+ Browsed at the bookstore on Sunday. Left with a 2013 planner that I really like. It’s got 2012 dates too, so I’ve already begun using it. Much better than the massive 8.5×11 thing from work that weighs a ton and is less than attractive.
+ Was looking for a biography of JFK, An Unfinished Life, based on a review that intrigued me, but ended up buying a new Nordic mystery (the red shoes on the cover sold me) by Kristina Ohlsson and Alison Bechdel’s family memoir, Fun Home. I’ve paged through Bechdel’s work before but never bought, and am EXTREMELY pleased with this purchase. The story telling and the drawing are excellent.
~ A review of a newish m/m book sent me to the bookseller for a sample. When I saw that the publisher was selling the novella for $3.99, I immediately closed that tab. Seriously? The story is 68 pages in total; with copyright, blurbs, author bio, etc., it’s probably 60 pages. For $4? I don’t think so. For the same price (or less), I can buy a category novel elsewhere from a known author. #lostbooksale
😦 I love Carla Kelly’s One Good Turn. Rereading it in e-format, I still think it is her best work and that Liria Valencia is an amazing character, even though she’s not a POV character. (Actually, that makes me want to go through Kelly’s backlist and catalog POV, because in my mind it’s usually from the heroine rather than the hero.) However. HOWEVER. The formatting for Kindle is pretty irritating: most of the time, there is no tilde over the “n” in señor…but not always. If it was not used at all, I would have chalked that up to a conversion problem, but having it appear occasionally but inconsistently was irritating as hell and sloppy editing for the reissue in a new format. Which I suppose presumes that anyone at the publisher bothered to check for things like that in the new electronic version of the book.
– I read an F book last week. Not a DNF, not a D, but an F. If I had been reading a paperback, I’d’ve torn it down the spine and ripped the pages out to feed to the shredder. Maybe the author was attempting a contemporary fairytale, but it failed for me as a reader. Cliche riddled, lacking any significant plot, two Mary Sue or Gary Stu MCs. Blech. This is from an author who seems to be very well reviewed and a fan-favorite. Oh well, different strokes I guess.