The GoodReads/Vroman’s Book Swap! – An IMM Special (5)

Ok, so I hadn’t blogged a whole lot about this before because

a) I’ve been really, really stressed out lately

and

b) I know most of you guys reading this don’t live out here in sunny SoCal

but today from 4 to 6 pm was the 4th GoodReads book swap, held at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.

Here is my special episode of In My Mailbox, as hosted by The Story Siren:

Jason and I headed down there to meet up with Jane and Alfonso (Dale came too!), load up on books, and chat up the GoodReads folks. Yep, I got to meet Elizabeth, Otis, and Jessica from the good ol’ GR team. I feel like I met movie stars today–with less fainting and awkward silences, phew. They were very friendly and I wish I could remember to bring my darned camera to things like this. (It’s ok, Otis had a camera.) They’re just over there in Santa Monica so I’m sure I’ll run into them at a future event.

Here’s what we scored:

I'll trade you!

I'll trade you!

Yoinked from Dale Z, one of my favorite booksellers on the planet

Yoinked from Dale Z, one of my favorite booksellers on the planet

Procured for me by the wonderful and thoughtful Jane

Procured for me by the wonderful and thoughtful Jane

Yes, that is a math book. Math is *awesome*! Especially Trig.

Yes, that is a math book. Math is *awesome*! Especially Trig.

This will forever be burned into my memory as the book Paul Giamatti's son wanted when they came to my store. Ok, yeah, my old high school P.E. teacher's son also wanted it, as do a lot of other 12-year-old boys. But, I mean, <i>Giamatti</i>! *swoon*

This will forever be burned into my memory as the book Paul Giamatti's son wanted when they came to my store. Ok, yeah, my old high school P.E. teacher's son also wanted it, as do a lot of other 12-year-old boys. But, I mean, Giamatti! *swoon*

This was the husband's big score.

This was the husband's big score.

Formulas for everything! We could make our own <i>ink</i> for crying out loud.

Formulas for everything! We could make our own ink for crying out loud.

Anti-Kink Hair Cream? This book is now at the top of my TBR list.

Anti-Kink Hair Cream? This book is now at the top of my TBR list.

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Great fun was had by all, and I hope someone is enjoying my copy of Jonathan Tropper’s This is Where I Leave You. I thought it would be good book karma to swap a book I loved and totally wanted to keep. (But just one, hehe.)

Anonymous swappers, thank you for your fine taste in books.

As soon as I find out where the next one is, I’ll let you know. I do hope they have another one there–it was an excellent location!

Heart of Stone, Heart of Stone

So, no posts lately–it’s been a rough time at work. My boss quit on one of our busiest days. Everything is in an uproar. I’m just chanting to myself the title of a spell that Kvothe in Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind uses to calm his emotions, to stop himself from acting on them in times when it’s crucial to keep a cool head.

I’m reading Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood. I just love it. It’s about two women survivors of an apocalypse, members of a cult called God’s Gardeners. The religious group has married science with religion and predicted a great Waterless Flood, and in Year 25 the Flood engulfs the Earth. I’m only about 10% into the book; so I don’t know what happens, but the writing is just beautiful. Atwood does dystopia so well, and thanks to books like Unwind and The Hunger Games, it’s one of my favorite genres right now.

Well, with my head a bit heavy and my heart trying its best to be stone-like, I haven’t much else to say today.

So I’ll leave you with this, since I’ve been missing Wordless Wednesday lately:

Oh noes! Dont eat the island!

Oh noes! Don't eat the island!

Distracted… and IMM 2

It’s been a busy week for me and not much reading done.

  • I had to work a lot because my boss had a death in the family.
  • I played Beatles Rock Band with my husband for five hours on the 10th.
  • My mom lost her dog, then found him again (the prodigal dog!).
  • We had our YABC meeting for Click on the 13th.
  • I posted the winners for the 09/09/09 contest. (BTW everyone, I am waiting for a late paycheck to clear before I can send your stuff… one more day and I’ll have $! Yay! Which I will then turn over to the postal service. Boo.)

I also swore for the 18th time this year that I wasn’t going to acquire any more books… I guess I lied:

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In My Mailbox

If I’ve never given credit for this meme before, I do now: Thanks to Kristi aka The Story Siren. I ♥ you.

In My Mailbox: Actual Mail: Alice I Have Been (ARC) by Melanie Benjamin, Swoon (signed) by Nina Malkin (woohoo!)

Bought: Ruined by Paula Morris, Home by Marilynne Robinson, Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble, Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben Winters, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Borrowed: A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb (thanks, Jane)

Free: The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald (ARC)

I’m sure there was more, but I’m not ready to admit it.

Tonight’s agenda:

  • Master medium bass on “And Your Bird Can Sing”
  • Finish Home by Marilynne Robinson
  • Start The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  • Watch Jane Eyre for the 40th time in two weeks

Oh hey! That reminds me of why I was so distracted last week:

Toby Stephens

Toby Stephens

*swoons*

Ok, done fainting. Back to Rock Band!

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TBR in Living Color

I reorganized some of my books today–lately I’ve just been dumping them on any flat, level surface (tables, floors, other books) and it was getting hard to find stuff.

I have an area for Series Collectibles, Adult Hardcovers, Adult Paperbacks, Mass Markets, Art Books, Computer Books, Children’s/YA — and now, because it has gotten waaay out of control, a whole area just for my YA To-Be-Read books. Color-coded, of course.

What does your TBR look like? Comment!