I hate Fridays. Absolutely despise them. Which makes no sense, since I am a stay-at-home mom. I have no days off, no weekend to look forward to, no downtime. By Friday, though, I am tired of packing lunches (for both son and husband), tired of errands (later today–laundry! In the rain! At the laundromat!), tired of trying to get enough sleep so I can pop out of bed at 7:10 and get everyone ready for their respective days.
So on the way home from the gym, I decided to treat myself. And not with food, because apparently I did that all summer, and my jeans are really, really tight. Hence the gym. I love shopping at Amazon, absolutely love not paying tax or shipping, but there is really nothing like going to a bookstore, choosing your book (or books, plural–I hate Fridays, remember?), and getting to take it home right away. Bliss.
I bought two books, but eyed at least a dozen more. My friend, and fellow writer, Myretta Robens recommended Jo Beverley‘s latest book, To Rescue A Rogue. So I bought it. Take that, Friday! I also bought Jenna Petersen‘s From London With Love. Jenna will be gracing us Riskies with an interview later on this fall. I’ve already pre-ordered Jenna’s next book, Desire Never Dies, from Amazon, but I didn’t want to wait until my order was complete to get this one from Amazon (you know, the free shipping conundrum–I want it NOW, but I also want to save money).
I bet most of the folks who visit here get that same new book thrill–so what’s the latest book you bought that lifted your spirits? How long do you take before actually reading it? And have you read either of those two books? What did you think of them?
And do you hate a particular day of the week?
Funny. I used to hate Friday, too, when I was a SAHM. Now that I work full-time, however, I absolutely ADORE Fridays. 🙂
I bought Jenna Peterson’s new book a few weeks ago, too!
Buying books on Amazon still can’t do it for me, because I love browsing. I order stuff online when I know exactly what I want; I go to a bookstore to get the stuff that I didn’t know I wanted.
The stuff I didn’t know I wanted is usually quite eclectic–a new book by an author I didn’t know had a new book out, a new book by an author I’ve never heard of but that looks cool, a random nonfiction book on a random subject (Barnes and Noble’s bargain books are bad news for me). We were just in England for a few days, where there are a dozen or more bookshops (used and new) along Charing Cross Road in London. And there was this one-volume collection of the stories of Robert E. Howard (Conan the Barbarian!–haven’t read them since I was a teenager). Then a few doors down, a reprint of a WWII Home Guard manual. I’m a sucker for things like that.
This may go some way to explain why every available wall of our house is covered with bookshelves…have to think about that…
So, happy Friday!
How cool that my book was your ‘treat’ Megan! I hope you and Melissa enjoy it.
For me, the treat is actually getting to READ a book. I am so behind in my pile right now, it’s scary!! I actually just finished a book, though, so for the next couple of weeks I’m reading! I am so excited, you don’t even know. See, I’m also cleaning my house and a girl needs a break while doing that. Ew.
I like buying books “in person” too and use online stores more at holiday time or for harder to find items. http://www.bookfinder.com has been very useful for finding research books, for instance.
I don’t hate any particular day of the week. Fridays give me my last bit of private time before the weekend hullaballoo. Though I adore my family, by Monday morning I’m ready to see them off to work and school.
My latest love-it book is Temeraire by Naomi Novik (called His Majesty’s Dragon in the US). It’s not a romance, although the only thing preventing it being a romance is that there isn’t a romance in it. If that sounds odd, it’s because Temeraire offers everything else I get from my favourite romances: authentic Regency feel, great characters, good dialogue, strong plot – but this Regency is set in an alternate universe where talking dragons exist, and where England fights Napoleon with the aid of a dragon air force. Now if Novik can put a romance in it, I’d call it perfection 🙂
I’m about to read the second Novik book, but did you hear Peter Jackson has some sort of deal to make the books into a movie? I hope it comes to fruition, that’d be neat.
Hm. Who would you cast as Temeraire’s owner (I forget his name)–Ioan Griffuid? Hugh Dancy? Matthew whathisname from P&P?