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Audiobooks, Rashes and Shopping

I’m rather annoyed.

That Christmas list, largely made up of books, well, hasn’t been ordered yet. And apparently won’t be ordered. Why? Because I don’t get to bed early.



Arghh. That is super annoying.

Today was a rather good day for books. First, I stopped off at the library to pick up some books that I had reserved – Including Torment by Lauren Kate on audio tape. I don’t know how I feel about audiobooks. It’s going to take 9 hours to finish. I could finish the actual hard copy book in less than a third of that. 2 hours, tops.

The most recent audiobook that I have experienced was A Certain Slant of Light. I mostly listened to it while I was just going to sleep.

The reason why I had to get the audio copy of Torment was because the three hardcopies had an average of 10 people waiting before me. Since I’m not exactly the most patient person, I chose the quickest form.

I also browsed through the pitiful teenage fiction collection. It is literally one rack. Most of the books on said rack are there because of me, I’d just like to point out.

After going to the library, I had to stop by the chemist because the other day I found that a certain brand of sunscreen I seem to be allergic to. So my arms are covered in a really bad rash that looks like ‘german measles’ according to my mother. I had to pick up some Intensive Vitamin E. It is amazing stuff – anyone suffering from funky rashes, I highly recommend.

I then visited the op shop, browsing the books. A lot of Robert Ludlum and other hard cover sci fi / crime / mystery books. I did manage to find some good ol’ YA fantasy, as well as some very good condition discworld novels. Yesss.

I also got a lamp. It’s not a lamp, why do people call genie lamps lamps? Really, they look mAbstract Teapot or Genie Lamp? ore like a teapot… Anyway, this is a pretty awesome kind of abstract gold-coated brass teapot thing. I really like it, even if I did have to break my general rule of not spending over $10 in an op shop. Oh well…

So, with my stockpile replenished for now, I bid you a happy new year.


Farewell, kind sirs and madams.


Holiday! Celebrate!

Hm, Christmas holidays are coming up in one week.

I have one week to borrow an estimate of at least 50 books.

Oh what fun.

The way that I usually combat this is by dragging an unwilling friend into the library and have them pick books at random.

The most common reply they receive is “Read it.”

Some times they actually shock me and pick out books that I actually like. Rarely, though.

So, my current holiday pile is :

    • Jatta – Jenny Hale
    • The Society of S – Susan Hubbard
    • Golden – Cameron Dokey
    • The Crimson Thread – Suzanne Weyn
    • Snow – Tracy Lynn
    • The Storyteller’s Daughter – Cameron Dokey
    • Midnight Pearls – Debbie Viguie`
    • Beauty Sleep – Cameron Dokey

All apart from the first two I listed are in the same series, Once upon a time. Yes, they are re-told fairytales. I like fairytales.

One of the benefits of it being close to Christmas is that I too, can capitalise on the very much retail run and profited holiday. I can justify handing over a list filled with books.

I’ve decided to go for a new thing this year. Instead of listing books I adore and must own, I’ve shortlisted an accumulated number of titles that I have not yet read. It’s risky. What if I don’t like the book? What if, what if, what if.

I think I’ll go for the risk. I mean really, I can’t say no to the prospects of fresh fantasy books.