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Out of My Pocket #27

Hey, remember when this used to be a regular feature on my blog? I have to ask you people these things because I am failing as a blogger lately. Anyhoo, looks like the last OoMP post was in February 2010!! That’s over two years ago. Golly, have I really bought so few books? Go, me!

Previous OoMP posts can be found here!

At Christmas time I bought a ton of books with gift cards. I have read very few of those books. I was supposed to have something read and reviewed last Tuesday, yet I haven’t even cracked the cover open. I’m just a big puddle of restless misery right now. Although last evening we ended up at the bookstore near us because we happened to be in the area for other things. I picked up two books I knew were out that I wanted and two surprise ones. I am hoping that one of these will help kick start that reading drive again. Goodreads has already started telling me I’m 3 books behind in my goal for the year. I don’t like Goodreads’ attitude. So negative.

I was more than happy to find The Extraordinary Secrets of April May and June on the bargain shelf because it’s been a book that has always piqued my interest, but I was never brave enough to try it. I couldn’t say no to $4.99.

In other news, I just spent over an hour in photoshop trying to come up with a different header image for my blog – both blogs, really. I just… I’m all creatived out lately. I have nothing inside of me. I want to be creative and I want to care about things, but I have nothing. Emptiness. My muse has deserted me and run off with my imagination somewhere. Probably Disney World where they are having a hoot of a time without me. Bastards.

I hate my header. I just tossed something up there since I lost my regular one when my hard drive crashed. I just don’t have it in me to create things. Or read. Or sing. I’m just an empty shell.

Enough woe is me.. I’m really not as depressed as I sound. I’m just in a really weird head space and I can’t figure out what I want to do and I don’t seem to have anything but apathy towards so many things right now. Ugh. If you have any helpful ideas of how to get my groove back, feel free to share them. 😉

That being said, I am not going to write the titles or link them to goodreads as I normally do. No desire to put that much effort into this. I just felt like I should post something.

Ugh! I am so angry at myself for being in this funk! I don’t even want to READ! READ! That’s like, my thing. Boo. Hiss.

Out of My Pocket #26

Due to my book buying addiction I started this  feature on my blog where I post about the book(s) I bought that week. Not something I plan on having every week – though it seems to be turning out that way.  So here’s what I bought this week!

Previous OoMP posts can be found here!

I tried to use my remaining $8-something gift card money on this book but I didn’t have enough change on me to make up the difference from $9.49. So I still have that $8-something gift card left and used my real money on this book. It’s the first real money I have spent so far this year on a book. I will use that $8 on the new Kim Harrison hard cover later this month I imagine.

Bone Crossed
by Patricia Briggs

In a world where “witches, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters live beside ordinary people” (Booklist), it takes a very unusual woman to call it home. By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy’s found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so- human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for. (goodreads.com)

The cover is so shimmery! If you move it around it’s like Mercy’s hair is shimmering in the moonlight. I love it! I really want to read this one now but I have two other books I need to read for February – crap and a review copy to read, too, which I forgot about because it’s an e-copy and I normally don’t read those (I hate reading on my computer) but it was a gift. So, you know. 🙂

Out of My Pocket #25

Due to my book buying addiction I started this  feature on my blog where I post about the book(s) I bought that week. Not something I plan on having every week – though it seems to be turning out that way.  So here’s what I bought this week!

Previous OoMP posts can be found here!

The Iron King
by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined–the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series. (goodreads.com)

This has such a pretty cover and it falls into my Debut Author Challenge list! You know, this cover reminds me of the one for Merlin’s Harp (another book that I want to get).

I haven’t bought that many books this year (2010). In fact, I have only bought 4 including this one below, and these were all with gift cards! I still have $8 left on one of those cards. Go me! I have a feeling this will not be as much of a book buying year as last year. Which is good because I would really like to get through all the books I bought last year and never read!

Out of My Pocket #24 / In My Mailbox #29

Due to my book buying addiction I started this  feature on my blog where I post about the book(s) I bought that week. Not something I plan on having every week – though it seems to be turning out that way.  So here’s what I bought this week!

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren … and I end up adding a ton of books to my wishlist every week.

Previous OoMP posts can be found here!

All my IMM posts can be found here!

Good golly! The books keep a-comin’! Not pictured above is the 3rd Percy Jackson novel, which is currently upstairs in my bedroom and I felt way too lazy to go get it just for the photo. I’m also feeling too lazy to copy and paste the summaries for each of the books. Sorry about that – it’s been a loooooong week back at work. I’m exhausted. Books on the left were bought this week and books on the right showed up in my mailbox (ok, I bought them as well, but they still made me pretty darn excited when I got home from work!)

Those 12 Shakespeare bookmarks are because I was $1.50 short on amazon for free shipping and I didn’t want to add another book since the shipping fees were less than any book I would have added so I found this bookmark booklet for a whopping $2! You can never have too many bookmarks I tell you.

What I am super excited about is that my copy of The 13 Curses arrived on Friday! Woohoo! It was “processing” for such a long time at The Book Depository that I wasn’t sure I was ever going to get it. I have been anxious for this book since I read the first book early last year.

And I had two dog-related things come in the mail as well. My Shutterfly calendar that we made finally arrived on Tuesday and now I have my gorgeous dogs showcased in my kitchen. I love my dogs. Also, this actually came the day before New Year’s but I finally put it up this week – it’s a Christmas gift from my husband which arrived late.

A street sign for my dogs! What better place to put it than over the frame that shows off all the Lappies I have had in my life. Annie and Jinx are the top and bottom dogs, while my first ever Finnish Lapphund is the glorious Kewpie-Doo in the middle. Sadly she’s no longer with us, but she’s always in our memories (who could forget a dog who thought everything was FOOD! Really?).

I love my dogs. I love my books. I do not let my dogs near my books since one of them especially (Annie) thinks that paper products were put on this earth for her gourmet enjoyment.

Out of My Pocket #23 // In My Mailbox #28

Due to my book buying addiction I started this  feature on my blog where I post about the book(s) I bought that week. Not something I plan on having every week – though it seems to be turning out that way.  So here’s what I bought this week!

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren … and I end up adding a ton of books to my wishlist every week.

Previous OoMP posts can be found here!

All my IMM posts can be found here!

It was a lovely week of things because I received all the books I ordered with Christmas gift cards! I wasn’t expecting all of them to show up this week, but they did! So this is a combined post, even though the money spent wasn’t *technically* Out of My Pocket.

Amazon.ca Order:

Firespell (Dark Elite #1)
by Chloe Neill

As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face…

When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building.

The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster.

Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of a firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet… (goodreads.com)

I have already read and reviewed this book. The link above will take you to the review. I enjoyed it!

Captivate
by Carrie Jones

Zara and her friends knew they hadn’t solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king’s needs grow deeper every day he’s stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It’s made him vulnerable. And now there’s a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he’s one of the good guys. Nick isn’t buying it, though Zara isn’t as sure — despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it’s a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It’s her life — and his. (goodreads.com)

I will likely have this one finished before I go back to work on Monday. I hope. By golly this is a beautiful cover.

The Books of Bayern Box-Set
by Shannon Hale

The first three books in the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series are now available in a beautiful boxed set. It all began with the retelling of a Grimm’s fairy tale in The Goose Girl, and now the world of Bayern is rich with fairy tales all its own. Fans will be delighted with this package that features their favorite Bayern characters as well as a sneak peek of the newest book: Forest Born.

I have read The Goose Girl and loved it so I couldn’t resist when I saw this box set appear in the Fall.

Chapigo order:

Iron Kissed
by Patricia Briggs

When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she’ll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life-whether she wants to or not.

Took me a while to pick this one up after having read the first two, but I can’t wait to read it!

Dream Girl
by Lauren Mechling

CLAIRE VOYANTE HAS been having strange visions ever since she can remember. But the similarity between her name and her talents is purely coincidental. The name is French, and unlike the psychics on TV, she can’t solve crimes or talk to the dead. Whenever Claire follows her hunches, she comes up empty—or ends up in pretty awkward situations.
But that all changes on Claire’s 15th birthday, when her grandmother, Kiki—former socialite, fashion icon, and permanent fixture at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel—gives her something a little more extraordinary than one of her old cocktail dresses: a strange black-and-white onyx cameo on a gold chain. It’s not long before Claire’s world becomes a whole lot clearer. And a whole lot more dangerous.

I have read and reviewed this one already, too! The title will link you to the review.

The Ruby Key (Moon & Sun Book 1)
Holly Lisle

Mankind is Sunkind
And rules by the light;
Nightlings are Moonkind,
And rule in the night;
Or there will be war.
Human and Nightlings are never to meet, but when Genna and her brother Dan venture into the old forest at night, they encounter a Nightling slave who reveals a terrifying secret: Genna and Dan’s village chieftain has made a dangerous deal with Letrin, ruler of the Nightlings, offering the lives of his people in exchange for his own immortality.
To save the villagers and themselves, Genna and Dan strike their own bargain with the Nightling lord, but the stakes are even higher. Now, the siblings must embark upon a journey along the Moonroads, and bring back the key to Letrin’s downfall.

I enjoyed Holly Lisle’s adult fantasy books and was excited when I realized she was the author of this book that caught my eye over a year ago. I waited forever for the paperback to come out and then my store never stocked it, so I bought it online!

And this isn’t book-related, but it’s a contest win! I discovered the A Bit O’Shine blog through RJ Anderson’s blog over the summer. Molly makes the most beautiful crafts and jewellery and when she hosted a contest right before Christmas I came out of lurking just to enter. How I could resist a potential awesome jewellery piece from her etsy shop? I was so happy when I saw that I was one of the lucky winners and I received these beautiful Winterberry earrings!

I have already worn them once this week. Thanks SO much, Molly!

And I’m also excited because I know my copy of The 13 Curses has shipped from The Book Depository so I should be getting it this coming week so I’ll get to IMM again next weekend!