Hello, gentle readers!
I shouldn’t have done it. Really. But I’m glad I did. I took myself to Barnes and Noble today. It’s a store that I love, but generally, try not to visit too often. Why? Because it’s tempting. Way too tempting! I’m a book lover and have been since as long as I can remember so places like Barnes and Noble is like catnip to cats for me. It’s incredibly easy to spend way over the budget I set for myself…so my trips are carefully planned out.
I also find I spend too much time walking up and down the aisles―oooh, Victoria Alexander has a new one out, but wait, so does Jennifer Ashley and Tessa Dare and Julia Quinn and…well, you get the picture. And then picking just one or two becomes…a challenge. I’m sure you understand. I’m sure you’ve been there. I’ll stand there, in the aisle, mumbling to myself, looking back and forth between the covers until I make a spectacle of myself, trying to decide.
But this time was a little different. I had gift cards! Whoooo-hoooo! I didn’t have to feel guilty about stealing from the grocery budget to pay for this obsession of mine. And it was good! Oh, my gosh! So darn good!
Still, I had decisions to make. Big decisions. Difficult decisions. I, of course, have my favorites authors (those that are pretty much automatic buys for my Kindle like the authors mentioned above) but, as I mentioned, this was different. An opportunity to try something new.
So what did I choose? Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger. Very definitely something different for me. It’s Steampunk! I’ve never read Steampunk, but I was in the aisle (yes, pacing and mumbling to myself) and grinning like the Cheshire Cat while reading the reviews on the back cover and I just couldn’t resist. They used words like ‘madcap’ and ‘laugh-out-loud’ and well…I was hooked. Can’t wait to begin!
Until next time, remember to spread kindness wherever you go.