I forgot how much money I spent on books before I started going back to school.
Now that my time is my own again, I’m back to chewing my way through book after book. I’m on the 2-books-out plan with Simply Audiobooks, and I’ve been going through additional audiobooks from the local library to fill the gaps. And yet, I managed to spend nearly $75 on top of that for paperbacks this weekend. At two different bookstores. Three, if you count Amazon.
In related news:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith: Decent, so far, in a Jane-Austen-meets-Buffy kind of way. I must admit that Austen really isn’t my style, and I find it hard to follow at some points. But, the juxtaposition of the prototypical snark-heroine and mentions of Shaolin is just too awesome to give up on. I assume that if I had ever read the original, I’d probably pick up and enjoy more.
Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan: Also awesome, but in a very different way. This is a literary analysis of the Romance novel genre, done by two women who aren’t afraid to sound like normal people. In a bar. Drunk off their asses. Swearing enough to make Marines get up and move away.
Storm Front by Jim Butcher: The first book in the Dresden Files series, now on its eleventh book. I went back and re-listened to this, after recently finishing Turn Coat. I’d forgotten how different it is than the later books in the series—I can only assume he was still figuring out exactly where he wanted to go with the character. I thought I’d remembered it being much worse than the later books, but it wasn’t that bad.
Jennifer Government by Max Barry: I wanted this to be more than it ended up being. I hope that it’s because the audiobook version was heavily abridged—it certainly felt that way. There were a lot of interesting ideas and some interesting characters, but it didn’t go as deep as I would have liked. I may have to give the paperback a try.