Sunday Salon – Why I Shouldn’t Go to Going Out of Business Sales

Yesterday, while out enjoying the lovely weather (it’s raining today so getting out yesterday was imperative) we crossed paths with the Borders that’s closing in our neighborhood.  We decided to browse a bit and that’s how I came home with six new books.  In bookstores, browsing and buying are the same thing for me.  My TBR pile is officially out of control but it’s all good because I managed to pick up several books on the mighty big list so I’m considering it a win-win.

The Gates by John Connolly – a young kid goes trick or treating a few days early and finds out his neighbors have managed to open the gates to hell.

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley – a writer using history as inspiration starts to wonder is she’s dealing with an ancestral memory.

Poison by Sara Poole – a young woman searching for her father’s killer finds herself in the position of poisoner for Cardinal Borgia.

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse – a man traveling in the French Pyrenees during a snowstorm crashes his car and ends up at a small tavern where he meets a woman with a tragic story to tell.

The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger – a lady’s maid finds a new life but also finds out it’s not one meant for her.

Devil’s Brood by Sharon Kay Penman – the last days of the marriage of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Recently, these books also made it into the house:

Livia: Empress of Rome by Matthew Dennison – present from my husband who knows how much I love ancient Rome.  It’s my next non-fiction read.

Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon – LibraryThing Early Reviewers Give Away.

Twice a Spy by Keith Thomson – from the publisher.

And from the library:

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis – for the Time Travel Challenge.

The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V.S. Redick – other than being fantasy, I don’t know much about it.  I found it searching but it looks interesting.

Busy the next few weeks?  I will be. 🙂

Last week I had the chance to read an ARC of The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen and if I had to describe it in one word it would be wonderful.  I’m planning to finish Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran today — another favorite author — and from there I have no idea what’s next but at least I have options.

A few fun things to share this week:

Harry Potter Quiz at The Guardian.

Life instructions, Jane Austen or JWwow (she’s on MTV’s Jersey Shore  if you don’t know who she is and since I had to Google that I wanted to share that bit of knowledge so others don’t have to look it up).  Trust me, you’ll go with Jane Austen.  Somehow this one made me feel old but smart then vindicated.

Minis Tirith out of toothpicks.

What your books do when you aren’t home.

New David Foster Wallace story to appear in The New Yorker. It’s been a few years since I’ve read one his books but I still don’t think I’m ready to tackle Infinite Jest.  I may never be but it will always be on my list.

Happy Sunday.

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18 thoughts on “Sunday Salon – Why I Shouldn’t Go to Going Out of Business Sales

  1. Oo, thanks for the reminder. There are several Borders branches closing in the NYC area, and I definitely need to hit that before they close later on this year.

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed The Peach Keeper. It’s on my TBR list – love the author’s previous novels. I really enjoyed Madame Tussaud 🙂

    • My Borders was still at 25% off but there weren’t many books left on the shelves. Clearing out fast; go soon! 🙂

  3. You got some wonderful books at the sale! I know what you mean about out of control tbr piles but it would be much sadder if you passed up such a good sale!

    I am curious about the David Foster Wallace story in the New Yorker, I s’pose it’s from his archives since as he is unfortunately dead he isn’t writing anymore! I hope you read Infinte Jest someday. I spent part of last year readimng it slowly and it’s fantastic. I am already planning to read it again!

    Enjoy the rest of Madame Tussaud!
    ~ Amy

    • I’m always afraid to read an author’s works if it’s put out after their death. Sometimes I think editors take too many liberties but I might peek at this one. I read The Broom of the System several years ago and while it was great I think I’m still confused by it. 🙂 This is probably why I’ve yet to open Infinite Jest. He was such an interesting writer. It’s too bad he’s no longer here.

  4. You made quite a haul! I hope you enjoy Connie Willis’s book! I’ve been enjoying her writing so much lately. I’m also glad to hear that The Peach Keeper is good!

    • The Peach Keeper is really wonderful. Sarah Addison Allen is so my new favorite author. I’m looking forward to Willis’s book. I think it might be next!

  5. Borders shut up shop a while back in the UK – unfortunately I only realised the New Oxford St branch was closing when I walked past it in the very last hour of its life. Discounts were massive but there was almost nothing left in the store by that stage – it had been pecked clean.

    I just got Devil’s Brood out of the library and I want to read Madame Tussaud too.

    • Our Borders was looking a little bare as well but I’m glad I picked up everything I did. I don’t think it would have been there another day. I’m looking forward to Devil’s Brood too.

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