Compulsion, conshmulsion

I prefer to think of it as a keen interest.

The notjob is going pretty well. The book sale is in a couple of weeks and my understanding is that I will be praying for sweet sweet death at the end of it. Also that people will try to steal books and will whine about the prices. Because they deserve to be smacked with a bookshelf.

The rule is that we can take books home to read as long as we bring them back before the sale. If we decide to buy said books, we can just give our supervisor the money. What I've noticed is that each day I'm coming home with a bigger and bigger stack of books. I did a round-up this morning and here's what I found:

The Harry Potter is to replace my brother's missing copy. And there are three of those Ladies Detective Agency books for Mom. I won't keep all of these, but at the rate I'm going there will be three stacks just like this before long. That's what Media rate shipping is for, right?


amyjane said... [reply]

Did you like Wicked? The book I mean. I know you loved the play but...I couldn't STAND the book. Aside from all the munchkin smut, it just drove me crazy in general. But if you liked it then hey, by all means...

Nemesis said... [reply]

I've never actually read the whole thing, so my plan is to give it another chance. I'll probably find out that the only thing the play & book have in common are the characters.

But hey, I'm not one to miss out on munchkin smut!

Chantel said... [reply]

Totally, totally keep The Scarlet Pimpernel! Very good book! I love it! Own it too.

kristen said... [reply]

Fun for you....

I was at Barnes & Nobles yesterday drooling over several books. I had to remind myself that I bought a few at Borders like a week ago. Self-control.

Maybe next week.

Lady Steed said... [reply]

I really really enjoyed Wicked. I couldn't put it down. It's sequel Son of a Witch, however I did not like so much. Seemed like the author used it as a soapbox to try and convince the reader that EVERYONE deep down is actually gay.

With how much I enjoyed the book I am actually afraid to see the musical since I know the two can't possibly have all that much in common.

Seeing your stack of books Nem. makes me very glad Theric didn't actually get the job at the library he applied for. The thought of him brining home such a stack each day is terrifying--where would we put SO many books?!

book borrower said... [reply]


B&N and Borders have an excellent rental policy.

You buy the book, read it and keep it nice, then return it with the receipt. Better than the library and no late fees!

Nemesis said... [reply]

Book borrower, I am ashamed to know you.

noelle feather said... [reply]

Secret Life of Bees: SO GOOD. I have it in hardcover--and I got it when I used to work at a discount bookstore. That translates to $4 for a HARDCOVER book. :) Yah. I was one happy camper then. Not so much anymore.

Desmama said... [reply]

A few weeks ago at my grandfather's funeral, my dad spoke about my grandfather's book-collecting habits. He said, "We knew he'd gone too far when he started storing books in the coal bin." I don't think you can ever have too many books. And I loved Secret Life of Bees too.

Th. said... [reply]


"So many books. so little time" indeed.

FoxyJ said... [reply]

I wonder if I read a different version of Wicked or something, because everyone keeps telling me it was smutty but I don't remember any of that stuff in there at all. I guess the books I usually read must be really bad...

If you want some nice literary smut, be sure to read One Hundred Years of Solitude. It's a fabulous book, but GGM is kind of dirty (and it's actually tamer than a lot of his books--his latest is called "Memories of my Melancholy Whores"). In my Latin American Novel class we had a lecture from teacher about why One Hundred Years of Solitude is not pornography but instead great art.

Umm, my name is Foxy and I only read dirty books :)

chosha said... [reply]

Temptation on a tressle table. Deadly.

Cicada said... [reply]

Well, I was going to get on here and make some comment about Wicked but I see that everyone beat me to it. Nevertheless, here it is:

I hated that book. Save your money; don't buy it from your library and just take my copy when you get out here---quick, before I burn it.

It's not just that it was smutty, but also that I hated every single character and I hated the story.

So there. Take my copy, please.

lilcis said... [reply]

I don't remember the smutty parts, but I do remember HATING Wicked. It was a struggle to finish, and once I did I was really angry at the author. He took a really cool story and ruined it by adding all of his political crap.

The musical took the great story from the book, and dumped all the crap.

It's a shame, really, because I loved "Confessions of a Wicked Stepsister" and "Mirror Mirror" was pretty good too.

Scully said... [reply]

Ditto on the Wicked hate. There was absolutely no sense of joy in any section of the book. And granted I finally threw it down in disgust about 2/3 of the way through, but still no sense that anyone ever could be happy in any way shape or form and that all were doomed to misery because they couldn't be themselves. And really, the part of the book I got through, the munchkin smut was half-described, half-implied. So if you have an active imagination, skip it.

Th. said... [reply]


If you people will try reading Wicked immediately after reading The Wizard of Oz, I guarantee you will declare it a work of genious.

Th. said... [reply]


Not that I know how to spell genius.


daltongirl said... [reply]

I never read Wicked. Mostly because this one girl named Nemesis told me it was porn. Hmm.

Also loved The Secret Life of Bees, and very much loved One Hundred Years of Solitude and everything else GGM I've read. I don't remember any smut at all in that book. Again, hmm.

A couple of friends and I are starting a blog book club, and you're all invited! The first book: The Secret Life of Bees.

noelle feather said... [reply]

Oh Oh Oh! Daltongirl! I'd love to come to the book blog thing! Can you send me the top secret link to the blog? :) PULLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE?



ta da!

daltongirl said... [reply]

NF: Yay! No top secret link necessary. I'll post something about it when it's ready and give a link then. When one of us finally makes time to do it . . . but until then you can read about the bees, if you haven't read it already.

Nemesis said... [reply]

First off, totally excited about the blog book club.

Second, I will follow th's advice and read The Wizard of Oz first. It's public domain so I should be able to read it online somewhere. Then I will read Cicada's copy of Wicked and make my judgement. Am v. excited.

Third, the musical is fabulous, no matter what the book is.

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