Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Sunday Salon: What I'm Reading and Where Did My Last 20 Books Come From?

Yesterday and today I spent about 12 hours in a car, NOT having to drive, or worry about kids or worry about anything. I escaped from my family (where I'm the mom) and went with my family (where I'm the kid) and I was just along for the ride. I imagined reading during the whole trip and totally flying through the books! But no, I only read some of the time, and watched a movie, or slept, or talked, or listened to podcasts for the rest of the time.

So, for the time I DID read, I worked on The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, which was the same book I was reading last weekend, and all this week. Yeah, I'm not moving too fast on that book. I like it, but not as much as I liked the first book, Mistborn. Anyway, hopefully I'll get it finished this week, and move on to some more library books I have sitting around. Also, I hope a bunch of ones I have on hold become available this week too. So, next week by this time, let's hope I've moved forward on my list just a little at least.

And now, for something that's been going around... where did my last 20 books come from? A meme/survey of sorts:

1. The Monster in Me by Mette Ivie Harrison: library

2. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood: owned (I forget where I bought it, but it's not new)

3. Blue Noon by Scott Westerfeld: library

4. The Secret Keeper by Paul Harris: from the publisher for a book tour

5. My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison: borrowed from book club friend

6. Fablehaven- Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull: owned (bought at book fair I think)

7. Wings by Aprilynne Pike: owned (bought at Costco)

8. Just One Wish by Janette Rallison : borrowed from book club friend

9. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson: library

10. Beach Trip by Cathy Holton: from publisher for book tour

11. Beastly by Alex Flinn: library

12. And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander: library

13. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski: owned (birthday present)

14. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings: owned (from

15. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin: owned (bought at book fair)

16. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham: owned (bought at B&N buy 2 get 1 free)

17. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart: library

18. The Road by Cormac McCarthy: owned (bought used from ?)

19. One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke: library

20. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen: library

8 from the library
8 owned (bought from various places: 5 new, 3 used)
2 for blog tours
2 borrowed

Yep, that seems about right! Actually both the borrowed and the blog tours are unusual, because I don't do much of either one. Anyway, a fun little look into how I acquire my books!


  1. I think I might just have to do this 20 book thing. I don't get a lot of books for free (other than borrowing from the library) so I'm not sure my stats will be all that interesting. I'm glad to see someone else borrowing a lot from the library!

  2. And I thought I wasn't using the library as much as I usually do.

  3. I did the meme. It was interesting to see where my books came from, but I wasn't very surprised.



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