At this rate, my TBR stack is large enough that I could abstain from purchasing another book for two years and still have plenty to read. Yet, today, I found myself with a 40% off coupon from Borders in my hot little hand. And I thought to myself "Self, you know you have signed up to read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami for the Japanese Reading Challenge. Now is the perfect time to buy it." So off I go, with my kids in tow, promising them it will be a five minute stop. In and out, easy peasy.
Well, not quite THAT easy. You know what's coming. There was a $1 bin in the lobby, which is where I found "A Beautiful Place to Die" by Malla Nunn. Reviewed well by EW, and about a murder mystery in South Africa, if I recall. For a buck, how can you walk by?
So then there was the "Buy One Get One Half Price" table. This table and I have a history. I walk up and give it the attention and love that it wants. I find:
"Benny & Shrimp" by Katarina Mazetti. Of course I didn't write down the bloggers that penned their lovely reviews of this book, but I do remember the plot and the warm fuzzies that tip-toed out of my computer screen and onto my TBR list. A widowed librarian and a farmer find love in middle age. I needed it.
"Unaccustomed Earth" by Jhumpa Lahiri. As I finished her amazing collection of short stories (Interpreter of Maladies) a couple of weeks ago, I vowed to read more from this talented author. And here it sat.
When I arrived home and started going through my blogroll, I read the most amazing post on the blog My Friend Amy. It was a guest post by a woman by the name of Pam Ripling, talking about her love affair with lighthouses, and how she incorporates them into her fiction (she writes under the name of Anne Carter). She perfectly expresses the reasons why we love these structures...for their protection, guardianship, strength, mystery, loneliness, romance, intrigue, history, the past. AND...it is National Lighthouse Day. The moons were aligning. Would you like to guess how many seconds it took to download her latest book, Point Surrender, on my Kindle?
Am I the only one who allows herself to surrender to such temptations, then break out into a cold sweat when I see how high the stack grows? Nah, I didn't think so.