Entertainment Out of Control

My bookaholic ways may be getting out of hand.

I probably have 20 books, already purchased and waiting to be read.  Yet I continue to restlessly troll bookstores online, looking for more.  This is, in part, due to my need to read according to mood.  I can buy a book or two but, by the time I’m done with whatever it is that I’m reading at the moment, I’m no longer in the mood to read the new book.  It won’t go to waste; I’ll read it when the mood swings back around.  But in the meantime… I hunt for the next book.  Or two.  Or three.  I’ve bookmarked so many books for future consideration that I’ve had to create a bookmark folder just for those potentials.

The one bright spot, other than having plenty of reading material, is that some Nook and Kindle (yes, I finally downloaded the app) books are much cheaper, even free.  Most of the ones I buy aren’t, mind you.  But I’ve scored a couple of times.

Boy, that sounds like an addict right there.  Or like a frat boy.  But I’m more comfortable with the addict comparison.

So many books and, for now at least, time to read them!


Breaking away from book talk for a moment, what did you House fans think of the finale?

Here again I’m probably revealing my tweaked thinking, but I have to say that I loved it.  First of all, Taub’s situation at the end cracked me up, perhaps more than was meant.  Normally it would irritate me, but it just struck me as funny this time.

More than that, though, was House’s action.  I know that I should think it was messed up, and I do.  What if Cuddy’s daughter Rachel had been hurt?

Yet I have to admit there was something incredibly satisfying about what he did.  I smiled along with him because, though I would never do the same thing, there’s a part of me that would have wanted to, given the circumstances.

I don’t know how things will play out next season, how he’ll bounce back.  But man, that ending was good.

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10 Responses to Entertainment Out of Control

  1. Lazygal says:

    ONLY 20? Aravis, you’ve seen Mt. Bookpile – you’re a mere piker!

    As for House, I’m conflicted. It was totally irresponsible, but it was so in character.

  2. Aravis says:

    Yes, but you’re a librarian who receives ARCs in addition to the other books you choose to read independently. Your Mt. Bookpile is an occupational hazard. ;)

    I went back to check. I have 29 books purchased.

    I have 51 more bookmarked for future consideration/purchase. Many of these are the first in a trilogy or series, which means that there are more future books attached to those already earmarked.

    I have 7 more on my wish list because they haven’t been released yet.

    And still I look for more.

    But thanks for making me feel better about it! *G*

  3. Leah says:

    I do not judge one bit regarding the book obsession. :) I have an Excel spreadsheet listing the books i have read, would like to read, or that have been recommended – over 700 titles, he he. It’s the thrill of the chase, no?

  4. Leah says:

    Besides, there are many, many hobbies and forms of entertainment that are much pricier than reading!

  5. Leah says:

    The Forest of Hands and Teeth, huh? That certainly sounds…interesting. :)

  6. Jandy says:

    LazyGal is right, you’re a piker. I personally don’t admit how many books are on Mt. Bookpile. If I quit buying right now (ain’t gonna happen) and didn’t borrow anything from the library, I’m still fine for another year or two or three…

    I quit watching House a few years ago. He became too annoying for my tastes. The time he pretended he had cancer so he could get drugs injected directly to his brain core was the end for me.

  7. Aravis says:

    Leah- Yes, the thrill of the chase precisely! The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy takes place in a dystopian future. Pockets of humanity survive attacks from zombie hordes, and each other. From what little is said, I gather that the zombies are the result of botched research into a drug that would either keep people from dying, or into bringing them back to life if they did; I’m not sure which was the intent. Those who received the drug died, then were immediately Returned as zombies, no part of their human selves remaining. A bite from one of these zombies infects the victim (if the person survives the attack, that is), and the cycle continues. Much of the landscape is wooded and filled with zombies, and is referred to as the Forest of Hands and Teeth as a result.

    The story follows a core group of people. The first 2 books had scenes that made me cry (moreso the first than the 2nd book). That doesn’t happen very often. That being said, they’re dark books, sometimes repetitive. I’m on the 3rd now. Supposedly it’s the best of the trilogy, the MC more well-rounded. The MC of the first was too coldly selfish, the 2nd (daughter of the one from the first) so cowardly for most of the book that I wanted to kick her. So far, though, this MC is stronger.

    I’m not usually big on zombies. They bore me. I kept reading about this series, however, and decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did… it’s good. But after this book, I’ll want something a little more light-hearted!

  8. Aravis says:

    Jandy- you, LG, and Leah have properly put my in my place. I’ve set my worries aside and am now comfortable with my reading and purchasing habits. Many thanks!

  9. Alecya G says:

    Aravis- check out paperbackbookswap. its an online book trading site. It has saved my life for book purchases. I cheat too, I go to garage sales and stuff and buy popular books for cheap, post them, and then get books I want for free. It’s a great way to get new stuff. Also, I might add, you should see my house. If you think your book addiction is bad. We don’t have a dining room anymore. Its a library, and it spills into our living room. The last time we indexed we had over 1,000 volumes in general fiction alone.

  10. Aravis says:

    Alecya- Good tip. I do a little of that, too.

    As for space, there is none here anymore. I just did a major cull – can’t tell you how painful that was, but I’m sure you can guess – and still, every room is practically overflowing. It’s part of what led me to ebooks. Now I only buy physical copies of books I think are worth space on my shelves.

    You and I are friends for many reasons, and the amount of books in our homes is one of them. *G*

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