The Perks of Being A Bookseller: Part 13
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  • April 8, 2013
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It was a very light week for me as far as incoming books go. Here’s what I received in its entirety.

Yep. Only four, all of them final copies. And one of them I bought – A Witch Alone by Ruth Warburton. Which means I have to read it (and its other two books) this year in accordance with my goalwar this year. And since I didn’t get much this week I guess this is as good a time as any to reevaluate exactly how well I am doing on said challenges.
 
1. Buy limited books/read the ones I do purchase in 2013 – To date I have bought this many books in 2013:

1. The Hallowed Ones – Laura Bickle
2. Box Lunch – Diana Cage (read)
3. Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare
4. Deadly Sting – Jennifer Estep (reading)
5. The Prey – Andrew Fukuda (read)
6. The Indigo Spell – Richelle Mead
7. Broken – A.E. Rought
8. A Witch Alone – Ruth Warburton

This is an attempt to be more aware of what I spend my money on, and how frequently I buy a book and it sits around here, sometimes for years. I suffer a bit from a collector’s mentality, or mania, and I want things I like to be completed on my shelf. However, I have a ton of authors on autobuy and it doesn’t necessarily mean I will read them the week I buy them, just that I do. And then they sit.
 
 
For example: Last year I bought Jennifer Estep’s book Widow’s Web thinking I would read it immediately (as I generally do with her Elemental Assassin books). Somehow it got away from me and I didn’t read it until the next book, Deadly Sting, came out this week. Sure, I picked both of them up and blew through them but it’s the hoarding thing that I am trying to minimize… and doing terribly at. There’s so many books that I want to read.
 
 
Still, making an effort. And fighting the good fight with all my might.
 
 
2. British/International reads challenge – Oh, the British Invasion Challenge. Sadly, I haven’t read a one yet, unfortunately. Despairingly. The Ruth Warburton books are a British series. I have a number of series that I have UK or Aussie editions that have been imported to the states that fit this challenge. I just need to GET ON THEM.

Sigh.

 
 
3. Classics – This will be covered soon in my book group, as we have a couple planned. I am currently, kinda, semi-timidly baby-stepping my way through Darwin’s The Origin of The Species… and by kinda I mean I read the opening on Easter and I haven’t cracked it since. So, we’ll see.
 
 
4. Non-Fiction Challenge – “read at least one this year”. DONE! I read The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. And I’m working on Darwin. So there.
 
 
5. Debuts – This is always a no-brainer challenge for me, as I read many of these anyways. This challenge has already been met and smashed many times over. I’m more curious about seeing how many I put away in a year.
 
 
6. Second Chances – I’ve read a number of books that I started, didn’t like, and put down. This year I am giving those reads a second chance…. at least, the ones I think might be worth it. Most recently was Robin Bridges The Gathering Storm, which I didn’t like the second time either. I think this challenge will mostly teach me to trust my first instinct when it comes to did-not-finish books.
 
 
 7. E-Books – I am actually doing okay with this. My goal was to whittle down the amount of e-books I have stored in my cloud. They’re mostly companion novellas for series I already read. In some cases I may not read the e-book this year because I have to reread the entire series around it and in some cases, like the Michael Scott Nicholas Flamel books, I just don’t want to reread six books right now. Or, rather, not those six books. (I love his books, this isn’t about that. I’m just not in the mood. And I have a headache. 😉
 
 
Unfortunately, I have discovered the  sheer amount of free books that one can download… and that will be my undoing on this challenge. I’ve probably downloaded more than I will read this year. Oh free intangible books… how you tempt me.
 
 
8. 100 Books – Again, this is a no-brainer. Unless I die, or am severely impaired… or write the two books I am debating working on this year. I’m currently sitting at 40 read and it’s the first week of April… You do the math. I’ll do this easily.
 
 
So, that’s where I am. I’m planning on reading the rest of Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns series… but I keep getting my head turned by new, more exciting, sexier books. There’s something inexplicably more alluring about newness vs oldness, which is precisely what I have been combating since I became a bookseller. “Oooh, this book is shiny and new and though I didn’t even know it existed 5 minutes ago I HAVE TO READ IT NOW!!!” And for this reason I may end up reading Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, which I keep hearing is fantastic.
 
 
We’ll see.
 
 
Well, that’s it for me folks. What are you most interested in reading? And don’t forget to run off and enter THIS CONTEST.
 
 
Happy reading.
 
 
– BP
1. The Silver Dream – Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
2. Unnatural Creatures – Neil Gaiman
3. Unbreakable – Elizabeth Norris
4. A Witch Alone – Ruth Warburton
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