Happy September all y’all out there. September. Wow (the expression).

I can’t decide if I got more or less gardening done than last year. I certainly got less done than I planned unless there is a HUGE surge of garden activity in the next month or two…which I’m thinking just isn’t going to happen. I started out with a rather simple goal of finishing up the garden space behind the house and attacking the lilac mess in the front yard. You know what of these two I’ve accomplished? Hopefully the first if I get off my duff and clear out the last 4 foot section of gardenage. I can do that by the time it’s too late to garden I think.

On the other hand, I’m reading books like a thing on fire. Already this year I’ve read 24 books which is the most I’ve read since I started this whole “Read Some Damned Books Initiative” three years ago. It’s only September!! I could probably hit 30 books by the end of the year (and still have 4 feet of garden to rip out behind the house). Currently I’m buzzing around the Hugo Winners list and trying to chalk up more of those reads. I’ve clocked in at 16 out of 57 which isn’t very impressive considering I’m a self named Sci-Fi buff. 28% is failing even in baseball (I think) so…yeah.

Speaking of books, which I was, I went walking with intent today at lunch. I was on a book buying mission and God willing and the creek don’t rise, I was going to come back with some Haldeman or the 2009 winner from Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book). I thought I’d also look to see if they had any of the reprinted Glen Cook Garret Files books and pick up the new Patty Briggs novel. God wasn’t very willing and the road was completely washed out because the only book I came away with from that quartet was the Patty Briggs book. Borders, how you disappoint me. I can see maybe not stocking the Glen Cook series but not having the 2009 Hugo winner in your Sci-Fi section? Epic Stock Fail. They also didn’t have some iconic Bradbury, Asimov or Clarke. They did have, however, the entire run of Wheel of Time and displayed each book cover out. It took up three entire shelves which…grumble.

Not to fear, I picked up The Gods Themselves (Hugo winner 1973) and a compilation short story book with works by Jim Butcher, P. N. Elrod and Patty Briggs. I figure it was worth it to get 3 authors TheMan and I really like with the potential of discovering a new fun author to read in the other 6 stories. Sadly, I’m still in the middle of reading Jon Stewart’s America and Gibson’s Neuromancer so I’m going to have to wait a bit before I can start in on my Shiny! New! Books! Soon my book pretties. Soon.

BTW, Neuromancer is a book that I was supposed to have read waaaaay back in college but never did. Every time I pick it up I am amused by the sticker which says ‘Michigan Book and Supply $3.95″. I remember being outraged at paying almost four bucks for a paperback. A PAPERBACK! The books I got at lunch were $8 each for a comparable read. My how the times change.


2008: By the time we got there, these dudes had already spent two hours yelling at people to quit being dumbasses. What’s up with that?

2007: JSFR: Mini Crisp Wafer Roll

2006: Oh hey, I just realized something: My cat’s gone hillbilly

2005: Trying to walk faster than the Mennonites and not updating Forgetting to change the non post message.

2004: Longest non-updating period from Monday to Tuesday in the fall season Here too.

2003: “Hey, hibiscus don’t have wavy antenna!”

3 Responses to “Bookomancer”

  1. TeacherPatti Says:

    I have been the worst garden motivator ever. Potatoes are such a “plant it and forget it” crop that I haven’t done anything. I feel awful about it. I am plowing up my front lawn next year (hopefully) so I can make a mess on my own lawn instead of mucking up yours. I’m sorry that I didn’t do more…I feel like a lame-o!

  2. Chip Says:

    I prefer used book stores anyway, unless I’m looking for something in particular.

    What is going on with Borders, anyway? I hear random dish, but none of it seems to be true. Which is usually the case with random dish. Here in Albuquerque, they have completely re-arranged the store and cut WAY back on inventory. And those special member deals ain’t what they used to be, either. Hmmmmmm… I’m losing my faith in Borders. They better wise up pretty quick, there’s a B&N across the street, and I got a gift card!

  3. Boo Says:

    Bad Patti, no biscuit! 🙂 Honestly, I haven’t been the best gardener lately either…

    Chip: I think what Border’s is doing is reducing costs by stocking less. I am torn because Borders is a home grown shop around here (store #1 babE!) yet their stock is less and less attractive. I want to support the small time book store gone big but…well…yeah. B&N is across the street.

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