Jul 10, 2009

New Books! Many, many new books

So, about a week ago I received an unexpected monetary prize, and like any book lover I did the irresponsible thing: I used it to buy books. Okay, I wasn't completely irresponsible. I didn't spend all of it. Less than a third, in fact. But it felt so good to indulge for once. I hadn't gone on a book buying spree since I spent the gift cards I got for Christmas and my birthday over six months ago. That's enough blabbing, though. On to the goodies. Behold! My new books:

My Precious
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff - Jenny called it "the friendliest Englandiest book ever". How can I not read it?
  • Black Juice by Margo Lanagan - it's Margo Lanagan, and plus it'll count for the Printz Project. I've already read the first short story because Eva was urging me to on Twitter, and wow - so brutal and beautiful and sad.
  • Fairest by Gail Carson Levine - I loved Ella Enchanted and I want more!
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen - I've been meaning to read her for ages, and this one is Renay's favourite. On a side note, I had never realized how pretty her UK covers were.
  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken - because I'm on a mission to read all the children's classics I missed out on growing up.
  • The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively - same reason. I found out about these two while browsing an encyclopaedia of children's literature at the library, looking for neat books to read. Yes, I am that much of a nerd, and I happen to be proud of it.
  • Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier - I loved Girl with the Pearl Earring, and plus this one is set in the Edwardian era!
  • Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons - when I mention how much I loved I Capture the Castle people tend to recommend this book to me, so here it is.
  • Myself When Young by Daphne du Maurier - du Maurier's account of her youth up until the publication of her first novel. I've been meaning to read it even since Cath reviewed it.

  • The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim - both Daphne and Claire recommended this, so I know there's no way I won't enjoy it!
  • Slow Storm by Danica Novgorodoff - a neat looking graphic novel.
  • Unauthorized Pleasures: Accounts of Victorian Erotic Experiences by Ellen Bayuk Rosenman - I find the Victorian's relationship with sexuality fascinating, so I'm really looking forward to reading this.
  • Dramacon by Svetlana Chmakova - Kailana was telling me on Twitter that I had to read this manga series, and then Chelle mentioned a one volume edition...what can I say, I am easily swayed.
Not in the picture: The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson, which I'm actually a bit worried about, since I ordered it the same day as most of the others and they arrived on Monday and Tuesday; and The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley, coming all the way from New Zealand via Bookmooch. I mooched it because Ursula Le Guin's brilliant Lavinia left me in the mood for more epics from the point of view of women, and this is the Trojan War from Cassandra's perspective.

These should keep me busy for a long while. And do me a favour: if you see me buying more books in the near future, please tell me off.

67 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed both Fairest and Just Listen. But, 84 Charing Cross Road is one of my favorite books for 2009! I loved I Capture the Castle so I'm putting Cold Comfort Farm on my TBR now. :)

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  2. Woohoo! More books! :D

    I can't wait to read your reviews on them. Happy reading, Nymeth!

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  3. Oh my gosh! What fun it is to get a new stack of books like that. I really want to read 84 Charing Cross Road.

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  4. I'm not in any position to be telling *anyone* off about buying new books. :-) Looks like a fun pile of stuff!

    Lezlie

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  5. Oh yay! I love going on book shopping sprees. Woot - awesome and you got such a sweet stash!

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  6. Unauthorized Pleasures sounds fascinating!

    And I'll have to take a look at The Firebrand - I just wrote about how much I love her book The Mists of Avalon, and now I'm listening to The Iliad (which is, of course, about the Trojan War), so this might be the perfect book for me.

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  7. God, Nymeth. You're making me go to the library and check out everything I can find by Margo Lanagan. =) Do you know I harassed my library into buying Tender Morsels and they didn't tell me when they finally bought it? Then they went and bought everything else Lanagan has and I didn't know that either. So I'm off to get my hands on everything they have by her.

    Thanks, Nymeth!

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  8. What an awesome pile!

    And wasn't that story incredible? I discovered it was nominated for the Nebula.

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  9. Snap. I just took Fairest and Bermudez Triangle out of the library today!

    Enjoy your books!

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  10. Whoo-hoo, what a great pile!

    Pop by my blog -- I've given you an award.

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  11. Congratulations on your win! Did you spend the rest of the money on anything nice?

    That is a great pile of books. I look forward to hearing all about them!

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  12. How fun! The only one I've read is Fairest, which I enjoyed!! I'm looking forward to seeing your reviews on the rest.

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  13. Nice pile of books! I hope you enjoy Just Listen. I liked it, but not so much as The Truth About Forever, which was the first book I read by her and my favourite. I also had a look at the UK covers of her books; yes, they're pretty, but I like the US covers better :)

    I want to read Falling Angels, too. I was intrigued to find a copy at my library a few months ago, but I didn't take it home with me that day and then sort of forgot all about it - maybe I'll pick it up again some day.

    Enjoy your new books!

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  14. There's nothing wrong with treating yourself from time to time. These sound like some great selections. I've been dying to read 84 Charing Cross Road myself. Happy Reading!

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  15. I got slow storm out of the library a few weeks ago! I really should get around to reading it!

    Cracking pile of books by the way :D

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  16. Fascinating pile--enjoy! 84 Charing Cross Road is one of my all-time favorites; hope you like it also. And to pay you back ;) for now adding several books to my list, I do recommend Christa Wolf's Cassandra. It's excellent. Look forward to your thoughts on these. Happy reading!

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  17. Fairest and Just Listen are brilliant- good choice!

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  18. Ooh, a couple of favorites in the stack there! You'll love Enchanted April, and Cold Comfort Farm was a favorite many years ago. I may have to pick a couple from your list to read, myself... I am in serious need of comfort reading. I might even need to do some re-reading. I was going to try and hit you up for a list of comforting YA books! (Owl is coming! In the mail today!)

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  19. Isn't it just the greatest when you can indulge in book buying? Enjoy your reads Ana and a great week-end :D

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  20. Wow...what a pile of lovely loot!!! But you know what--you deserved them all! And I love those UK Dessen covers!

    BTW, have you been able to get on Book Depository again? The site wouldn't let me log in yesterday either, but it did today. And while I was there I checked on the order status of your books. I'm a little concerned--one book they said they'd dispatched, but the other is still listed under "processing." The thing is, it says that that particular book usually ships within 48 hours. It's now been 10 days. Any idea if that's unusual for them? I've just never ordered from them before, and I don't know how long I should wait before I try to contact them.

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  21. I thought the Sarah Dessen covers were really different over here. They have a real 70's feel to them.

    I Capture the Castle is one of my favourite books too, so I will definitely look out for Cold Comfort Farm.

    I am sitting here drooling over all your new lovely books. I want to read Ella Enchanted and Fairest, so they will go on my list too.

    Thanks Nymeth for increasing the number of books on my TBR list. Like it needed any help.LOL

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  22. I thought the Sarah Dessen covers were really different over here. They have a real 70's feel to them.

    I Capture the Castle is one of my favourite books too, so I will definitely look out for Cold Comfort Farm.

    I am sitting here drooling over all your new lovely books. I want to read Ella Enchanted and Fairest, so they will go on my list too.

    Thanks Nymeth for increasing the number of books on my TBR list. Like it needed any help.LOL

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  23. After reading about your children's literature quest I wondered if you have read The Children of Green Knowe. It is a fabulous book.

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  24. Such a great pile of books! I love seeing books in stacks like that :)

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  25. What a lovely pile of books!

    84 Charing Cross Road is such a beautiful, charming book. I love it.

    One of my all-time favourites is I Capture the Castle but I wouldn't liken it to Cold Comfort Farm. I did enjoy CCF though.

    I really hope you enjoy The Enchanted April; it was one of the most enchanting books I've read so far this year.

    I've had The Firebrand on my shelf for a long time, waiting to be read, so I'm looking forward to reading your review!

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  26. Nymeth....I don't think you were being irresponsible at all. In fact I think buying all those books was very responsible of you. LOL
    I loved The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken. Like you, some time ago I started reading books I missed out on as a child. Joan Aiken became one of my favorite authors. I know you will LOVE "The Wolves...."
    Let me know.
    Wisteria
    Happy book buying!!! Enjoy.

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  27. What a gorgeous stack of books!!! Just Listen is very good and I just adore the new UK covers!! And I'm very jealous too, I want the UK covers too!

    I've always heard 84 Charing Cross Road was good; I'll be interested to see what you think.

    From what I remember, Falling Angels was good. It's been awhile though.

    The rest all sound great!! Congrats on your beautiful pile!

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  28. wow, great new books! looks like you had a great book buying spree, I dont blame you!
    Fairest looks good.
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

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  29. 84 CC Road is an excellent book...I hope you love it!

    I'd never heard Cold Comfort Farm compared to ICTC...I'll have to be on the lookout for it.

    Enjoy all those wonderful books!

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  30. Oh, yay! Once the slacker finishes LAVINIA, she would be happy to make THE FIREBRAND the next book! Enjoy all your books!

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  31. Ooooh, fun stuff! 84 Charing Cross Road was the first book I read, this year. It's wonderful. And, I get you about Gail Carson Levine. I love her books. I haven't read Falling Angels or Just Listen, but those are both authors I love.

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  32. I always love it when I see someone's book stack and recognize titles. The Enchanted April is lovely; the Wolves of Willoughby Chase I felt indifferent about. You'll have to let me know if you like it more! (I'd spend a windfall of money half on books, too).

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  33. 84 Charing Cross Road is really lovely and I am sure you will like it, but do be aware that Cold Comfort Farm isn't much like I Capture the Castle. It's super wonderful! And the movie adaptation with Kate Beckinsale is one of my favorite movies ever and contains Rufus Sewell and Ian McKellan and Stephen Fry all being funnier than anyone has ever been! It's just not super similar to I Capture the Castle.

    Jealous of all your new books!

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  34. That's quite the stack of books, I know you must have had fun picking them all out!! I hope you enjoy them :-) I've only read Just Listen (my first Sarah Dessen book) and really enjoyed it! In fact, I seem to remember you commenting on that review, too :-) Anyway, happy reading!!

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  35. "Englandiest" - LOL! I love made up words like this :o) Loved the book too!

    OK. So now I have to get my hands on some Margo Lanagan. Tender Morsels sounded good and some short stories might be nice for those times I'm way too busy.

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  36. Oh! I love book splurging! I hope you enjoyed every second of it. :)

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  37. Tricia: I'm really looking forward to all of those :D Now the hard part will be deciding what to read first!

    Melody, thanks :D

    Bermudaonion: It is a lot of fun :D

    Lezlie: lol. I think that's true of all of us :P

    Nely: I love it too! I wish I could do it more often. Then again, Mt. TBR is bad enough as it is :P

    Heather: I loved Mists of Avalon too! And it sounds like following The Iliad with The Firebrand would be perfect :)

    Vasilly: That's so cool that your library got them all! You have some great reading ahead of you :D

    Eva: Makes sense! It should have won :P

    Michelle: Like I said over at your blog, great minds think alike :P Enjoy yours too!

    avisannschild: Thanks again :D

    Jackie: No, I'm Being Responsible and savinf the rest :P

    Andrea: Fairest looks like it'll be a very fun read :)

    Alessandra: I will! And I'd love to hear your thoughts on Falling Angels. You need to go back to posting you know :P

    Anna: Yeah, I thought I'd give myself permission to go nuts for once. It felt good :P

    Bart: You should read it and tell me if I should move it up the pile :P

    ds: I was just looking up Cassandra and it does sound good! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  38. Rocs: I'm looking forward to them :)

    Daphne: I'll think of some comforting YA! And yay, Owl :D

    Madeleine: It is! And thank you :D

    Debi: Good news: It worked for me too! I think it was probably a technical problem on their end. And hmm, that is strange...normally they're pretty quick. I wonder if that's what happened to The Bermudez Triangle too. It did say it would dispatch in 48 hours, but all the others arrived already. They're really really nice about replacing/refunding you for missing items, though. In all these years I only had problems twice. Once a book was lost and they immediately sent me another copy after I e-mailed them. And another time a book turned out not to be in stock after all and they refunded me right away. Also, you can easily e-mail them and get a real person on the other side, unlike with Amazon.

    Scrap Girl: They do! I really like them a lot. And The Children of Green Knowe is on the list! That children's lit encyclopaedia mentioned it too.

    Joanne: Me too :D

    Claire: I wonder why people told me that! It was two different people, actually. But CCF does sound like something I'd enjoy regardless.

    Wisteria: lol, I like the way you think :P I was supporting literacy, right? :P I finished The Wolves already and I enjoyed it a lot! I'm looking forward to the rest of the series! I love me some alternative history :D

    Heather: Aren't they beautiful? Makes me want to get all of her books even more :P

    Naida: I knew none of you would blame me ;)

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  39. softdrink: I think I will love it! And thanks :D

    Kailana: Good plan! I'll let you know when my copy arrives. It's coming from very far away, so it'll probably take a while still!

    Bookfool: Seriously, I want to read them all RIGHT NOW! I bet you know the feeling :P

    Jeane: I've actually read it already, and I enjoyed it. It reminded me of Lemony Snicket, only not so over the top.

    Jenny: I wonder why different people told me that! I do make weird connections between books that no one else gets myself, though :P In any case, I'm really looking forward to it.

    Melissa: Yes, I remember your review! I'm sure I will love that book.

    Terri B: lol, "Englandiest" made me smile. I hope you enjoy Lanagan!

    Becky: I really did :D

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  40. There's no such thing as too many books. Fantastic.

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  41. Enjoy! looking forward to a few of the reviews. Congrats on your prize.

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  42. How fun for you to read Wolves and Cold Comfort for the first time! I am a bit jealous that I'll never have that pleasure again...

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  43. Nice stash! I really enjoyed Fallen Angels...hope you do too!

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  44. Oh, I do love book shopping. Looks like you are set for awhile...but I have to suggest just ONE more.

    Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert. Yep yep. Out July 21. Pretty cheap right now if you pre-order and you could win BIG if you do...just check my blog.

    -Quacky the Ballads Duck

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  45. I love 84 Charing Cross Road. The film with Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft is fabulous too.

    Don't you love unexpected financial windfalls? Books are the perfect place to spend them!

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  46. Between your post and Bart's, I'm losing it over here :p You put me to shame for once! Now the bad thing is that the only one of those that's on my TBR mountain too is Black Juice :/ That means that the others will undoubtedly be added soon :/

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  47. A book buying spree - how fun! I absolutely loved 84 Charring Cross Road and the Enchanted April. Oh my goodness, to read those books for the first time - I envy you :)

    Enjoy your loot!

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  48. WOW, you didn't buy any books in the last six months?! I've been trying to do that for ages but each time I succumbed...

    Enjoy your new books, Ana!

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  49. Lucky you! I wouldn't have been able to resist spending the money on books too. :-) Enjoy your new books, Nymeth.

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  50. Catherine: There isn't :D

    Care, thank you!

    Charlotte: I've finished Wolves already so I won't have it again either :( It was such a great read, though!

    Bibliolatrist: I definitely think I will :)

    Holly: Yes, I've heard good things about the film. I'll have to look for it once I've read the book :)

    Chris: lol, Debi said the same thing when I first told her about my book shopping spree. Maybe you two will get lucky and they'll all turn out to be duds? :P

    Iliana: To want to read it again for the first time is always the sigh of a great book :D It looks like I have some excellent reading ahead of me.

    Alice: I did, but never more than 1-2 at a time. They do add up, I know, but let's pretend they don't :P

    Wendy: I will :D

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  51. I've been wanting to read 84 Charing Cross road since I was there. Like, in the 80s! Shame on me...

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  52. That is quite the load of books Nymeth! I by accident ordered 4 books the other day, like I needed any more. lol.

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  53. I Capture the Castle is on my nightstand, and getting to it soon. Haven't read it yet but am sure I'll love it, sooo.. adding Cold Comfort Farm to the wishlist. Thanks! And happy happy reading! You have got a huge stack there. :D

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  54. wow, that's quite a pile! Isn't splurging on books a fabulous feeling? ;-)

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  55. Wow...some lovely books. I have Just Listen but haven't read it yet. I'll look forward to your review.

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  56. I did the same thing after selling a piece of art I made a few weeks ago.

    Here's my "list"

    http://readywhenyouarecb.blogspot.com/2009/06/library-loot-not-really.html

    BTW, My partner and I love Cold Comfort Farm. Though I wouldn't quite put it in the same category as I Capture the Castle, it's lots of fun.

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  57. I miss books...haven't read anything for a while now! Hope to get back into the reading mode soon.

    I haven't read Sarah Dessen's books too though I've heard they're quite good. When I was at the bookstore, I just read a few chapters of The Truth About Forever. :D

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  58. I hope you like Myself When Young. I absolutely adored it as you know. And Falling Angels is a huge favourite of mine, definitely the best thing Tracey Chevalier has written. 84 Charing Cross Road is lovely too and I can recommend the film. What a wonderful haul of books!

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  59. Oh oh! So many good books! And so many I want to read! They didn't have Black Juice at Margo Lanagan's signing this week, so I couldn't get it. I wanted to, but they just had Tender Morsels and Red Spikes. I'd brought my own TM so I just had her sign that one.

    I know I"m super-late to comment. I hope you've gotten the Bermudez Triangle by now.

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  60. I enjoyed The Firebrand so much more than The Mists of Avalon.

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  61. Great choices -- I won't stop you from buying more if you won't stop me!

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  62. Awesome haul! I am looking forward to reading the reviews of some of these, and I hope you enjoy Cold Comfort Farm, it was a really great book.

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  63. I hope you enjoy Cold Comfort Farm! I just finished it a couple of days ago and will have a review posted within the week. Also - if you're looking for some good YA - check out John Bellairs books, excellent gothic/creepy/magic books set in the 1950s (The Mummy, The Will, and The Crypt is one of my favorites.)

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  64. It's good to indulge every once in a while. I hit the bookstore three times this week (we had a daily coupon and I had to use as many as possible!). :) I just picked up my first Dressen book and I have to agree that your UK book covers are much more lovely than our American ones. I think I'd be more likely to pick up some of these books if we had different covers.

    Enjoy my dear. Especially knowing that they come well-funded from a marvelous and deserved prize.

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  65. I really must check out Gail Carson Levine. I have heard mixed reviews but if you loved Ella Enchanted then I am sold! I loved The Wolves of Willoughby Chase as a child, good luck with your quest to read old classics. I must try Sarah Dessen as well. I have 2 of her books ready and waiting.

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  66. Oh a book splurge! Fun! I've had 84 Charing Cross Road, and Falling Angels in TBR purgatory for quite a long time. Sigh.. Enjoy your new books! :)

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  67. Yay Dramacon! I love that series (and really, really want more of it.) Now, though, Svetlana Chmakova has started a whole new series, and I've got the first one at home (it's got a supernatural element to it that I think I'm going to love.) I really hope you enjoy Dramacon!

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