I went to a book fair today at a library nearby. It was awesome. Crowded but so worth it. I scored big time. I’m very happy with my finds.
-The Last Song and The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks. I saw the movie for The Last Song, and I didn’t love it but I saw the book and I just thought, “Hmm. I wonder what the book is like.” I’ve read The Horse Whisperer (or is it simply Horse Whisperer? I forget) and I liked it. And the paperback books were on 25 cents (or 5 for a dollar), so I figured that if I hated it, it wasn’t too much of a loss.
-Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes. I’ve never read anything by her but it looked like a happy/comical, adult-ish romance novel and I do enjoy those.
-While we’re on that topic, Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve read this book, (in fact, I’ve read…pretty much all of her books, except for the Shopaholic series which I read the first book of and was perfectly content to let the story stop there) and I adore it. It’s really fantastic and funny. I saw another one of her books, but I didn’t enjoy that as much so I didn’t buy it.
-A user’s guide to Adobe Photoshop CS2. I actually have CS5, but considering that these books cost $20+ and this book was only $1 (or less. I’m not entirely sure) and that I’m about 98.9% positive that CS2 and CS5 are very similar, it was worth it. The way I see it, the book might not be able to tell me exactly what I need to do in order to achieve this effect, but it can direct me down the general road (whereupon I can experiment and try things out. I’ve always learned better like that anyways) and it can also make me aware of things that I can use CS5 for that I hadn’t even thought of. Honestly, I’m not going to buy $20+ book when I have the software at my fingertips and I’m not using it for anything but for fun. I will, however, pay $1. 🙂
-Paper Towns by John Green. It’s funny, you know. I’m currently reading the last book of The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (Mockingjay) and while it’s a good book, it’s sad and depressing and I have a sinking feeling that…well, something bad is going to happen and I hate sinking feelings and bad things…I like light, fluffy books that make you laugh and leave you with a smile on your face. (And here I go and buy two Nicholas Sparks books. Ugh.) So, I went to Mara (if she’s not there, then she’s here) and browsed around on a selection of books she had reviewed, looking for something that was lighthearted and easy to read and something that would make me smile. One of which was Paper Towns. She said it was a good and funny read, so I thought, “Okay, I’ll see if it’s at the library next time I go in.” Then, I’m at a different library (bigger one, actually), browsing around at the book fair. I see one author whose name was Tim Green. Ten minutes later, I see another author whose last name I forget but his first name was John. For some reason, my mind puts these together (even though I had seen authors with the first time of John before that) and I remember about Paper Towns. It never actually occurred to me, however, that I might find the book there. I was completely flabbergasted when I did. I read the prologue. It looks like a good read. I’m trying to decide whether or not I want to finish Mockingjay.
-How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse by Cressida Cowell. So last year, How to Train Your Dragon came out as a movie. I watched and loved every minute. This is the series that movie was based off of. Now, admittedly, I haven’t read the other books, but come on. It’s got dragons, it’s based off a movie I love, the main character’s best friend is afflicted with a lethal curse and will die unless Hiccup finds the cure, the legendary Potato. How can this possibly go wrong?
“Well, let’s see. 1. It’s a book written for eight year olds…”
Shut up, Jiminy Cricket.
“2. It’s a book written for eight year olds…”
Stop talking. Now.
“3. It’s a book written for eight year olds.”
*Charlie glares and brings out duct tape.*
Ahem. Where were we?
– Stravaganza: City of Flowers by Mary Hoffman. This is the third book in a series (or at least, it’s the third book as far as I know) that I’ve enj0yed in the past (aka, high school. But hey, what can I say? I’ve always had good taste in books) and I’m rather looking forward to reading this one.
– Lastly, Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. This book I know next to nothing about and I’ve never heard of the author. I mean, I read the back and thought, “Okay, yeah, this sounds…halfway decent,” whereupon I slipped it into my bag and only remembered it was there when I dumped my books out on the bed to take the afore-shown picture. The part about this book that I like though? If you take a closer look at the picture above (Labyrinth is the blue book on the bottom row), you’ll notice that right below the author’s name it has the words: The Number One Bestseller.
It didn’t top the New York Times bestseller list, it hasn’t sold over 10 million copies. It’s not even the highest grossing book. Nope. All over the world, in the history of books, Labyrinth by Kate Mosse is The Number One Bestseller. If you go to a bookstore in Nigeria and you ask for the book that sells the best, you will find yourself face-to-face with Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. (It’s The Number One Bestseller, you know.)
And this time, you might actually want to listen when the guy selling the book tries to tell you that this is his last copy and that you better buy it now or it’s going to be gone in five minutes.