Books books, and more books.

So, we went up and saw my grandparents today and dropped off some food that I’d made for them (spicy red beans indian style, basmati rice, spaghetti sauce, waffles). We hung out there for a while talking to Grandma and Grandpa. Dad went and did a little bit of running around at one point… apparently it was the first time he’d been out of the house in nearly a week.

Afterwe left, we went up to Borders so I could look at some books. I managed to keep myself from buying any, though only just. I was mostly looking at Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everthing and The Best Recipes in the World. I definetly would love to have both of them, but I think I want The Best Recipes in the world more. It just looks like it has so many cool, tasty sounding recipes its really pretty amazing.

So, I started a new wishlist for myself on thethingsiwant.com (). Its pretty short, as theres just not a lot of stuff I *DO* want, as crazy as that may sound. I mean, I suppose there’s lots of stuff I’d like, but not neccasarily ‘want’. If that makes any sense.

John Scalzi’s series about the Colonial Defense Forces was great – I finished
it last week – it had a fascinating premise and was just very thought provoking. I would love to read more about the CDF, Consu, Boutin, and the Perry’s someday!!

I’m also anxiously awaiting Sanderson’s publication of the third Mistborn book in October. The Well of Ascension was just as good as Mistborn, though it certainly asked as many questions as it answered. Which I suppose is to be expected in a series.

I’m nearly finished with The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. I keep forgetting to look up and see what the next book is and if any of the libraries around here have a copy. I’m sure Tor’s hope was not to encourage more library usage, but that’s certainly been my reaction. I just can’t justify spending $8-25 on a couple days of bliss, you know? Honestly though, they are selecting wonderful series.

If you need something to read…

Subscribe to Tor! When I first subscribed to Tor’s newsletter which would supposedly give me free ebooks, I was very, very skeptical. I mean, come on, are they really going to send me good books for free? The answer, I can now assure you is yes, the really are. Or, at least, they have. I sat on the computer and read Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson in two days – 600+ pages of absolutely wonderful writing. It was fascinating, and I can’t wait to read the next book – The Well of Ascension – though its going to have to wait for a little while. I’m just not able to justify spending $28 on a book that’ll last me all of 2 or 3 days, judging from the first. So, I’m waiting till June when it comes out in paperback – $8 is justifiable!! Either that or I’ll get it from the libary.

The second book they sent was Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. I’m not quite through it yet (been busy with other stuff, and not been able to devote my entire day to reading ::sniffle::), but so far it’s very good too. I did notice that there are at least a couple more books already out in paperback in the series, so I’ll be able to get them much more quickly.

Now, the one downside to e-books that I must admit, is that it takes up your computer. I suppose if you have your own then thats no big deal, but if your sharing (like me) with other folks, it becomes slightly more of an issue. But my family has survived me hogging the computer for quite a while now, so its nothing entirely new.

Anyhow, if you’re into science fiction and/or fantasy, I definetly recommend subscribing to Tor’s newsletter, especailly if you have a hard time, like I do, deciding what to read next. So far at least, they have selected very good books. We’ll see how long it lasts!!