Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Christmas Books and Movies! And January To-Be-Read Pile!

If you give me cash for Christmas, I'm going to spend it on books.  That's a scientific fact.  This year my husband, Edward, and I had lunch with his dad the day after Christmas.  He gave us a card with $50 cash, which we immediately spent at the Barnes and Noble next door.

Here's this year's haul:

My mother-in-law gave me The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer.  I'm excited because I checked this out at the library and never got a chance to read it before I had to hand it back in.

I used the last of a Barnes and Noble gift card and my half of the cash to buy Jasper Fforde's The Woman Who Died A Lot, which is the latest in the Thursday Next series; and Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket.  We also made a stop at Half Price Books and I bought another copy of Wizard of Oz for my collection.

This copy is part of a set of children's classics.  They had a few more of them on display and they all look a little cartoony like this one.  This one also happens to look a little slutty, which I like.  Although, the more I look at it, the more it looks like her left leg is no longer attached. 

My brother talked me into going with him to movie exchange, where they were selling three $3.99 movies for $10.  There was a severe lack of Alan Rickman movies, so I had to settle for some other stuff.

Seen here against my new Hogwarts blanket:  My Super Sweet Sixteen:  Seasons 1 & 2, I Really Hate My Job, and Shopgirl.  You can judge me if you want, but season one of My Super Sweet Sixteen was good entertainment!  It was before they started competing with all the other Sweet Sixteeners on the show, and before they started getting really ridiculous with their invitation processes. 

I've also managed to squeeze in some clothes shopping during all the after-Christmas sales.  Everything at Old Navy was about a billion percent off, and I am now the proud owner of their lacy camisole in six different colors. 

So, that brings us to...

2013!  Happy New Year!!

I've spent a lot of time trying to come up with some realistic resolutions, but I find that they're all repeats of resolutions I've already made and haven't been able to keep.  So this year's goal is to try and achieve my goals.  Even the mini-goals I set for myself, like how often I'm going to blog each month, or how I'm going to start getting up early.  I'm going to concentrate on one goal at a time, rather than set myself up for failure by trying to improve my whole life at once.

So, here's Goal #1:  January's To-Be-Read pile.

You may notice that none of the books I just bought for Christmas are in it.  Hooray for already being behind!  I thought that working at the library would help keep me from buying so many books, but my buying habits haven't changed at all.  I do, however, borrow a lot more books than I used to.  The only trips to the library I used to make were when I had run out of books at home, but now I see everything as it comes in.  I imagine it's a lot like working at McDonald's when you're supposed to be dieting.

I purchased Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella several months ago.  I haven't read it yet because I have this annoying habit of re-reading all the books in the series before I'll read the newest one.  Edward hates it because he thinks it's a waste of time, but I just want everything about the characters to be fresh in my mind when I read the next installment.

Then there's The Casual Vacancy, JKR's first non-Harry Potter novel.  I'm a little nervous about this one, because I've heard really mixed reviews.  A British guy my brother met at a bar told him the book was "cunty horrid."  So, now I have a new catchphrase, but also some apprehension.  We'll see, I guess.

I've also got Bill Willingham's Fables: Book One.  This was an impulse check-out, because I'm basically a sucker when it comes to any sort of retelling of fairy tales.  Also, Pure Vanilla, which should be easy to get through, since it's a cook book.  There's a recipe in there for Vanilla, Brown Sugar and Black Pepper Bacon that sounds amazing.

Happy New Year, everybody!  Good luck with your resolutions!

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