Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Good Intentions

I know I declared 2008 The Year Of The TBR, but that doesn't mean I had any intention of slowing down my book buying. I actually spend very little money on books. Shocking given how many books I own, but I really don't. I happen to have a Borders Visa card, which is my "everyday" credit card. I buy groceries with it. I buy gas with it. Basically any occasion where I use plastic in my life, I use that card. In exchange I get gift certificates for Borders, and I had $30 burning a hole in my pocket. So what did I get?

The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne - The cover turns me off. It's just goofy looking. But hey, at least this guy has some hair on his chest (check out the "happy trail" that leads "below the Equator"). Everyone else seems to be loving this novel, and I'm nothing, if not desperate, for really memorable historical reads. Yeah, I know. I'm a sheep. So sue me.

The Wicked Ways Of A Duke by Laura Lee Guhrke - It's getting comical how many of Guhrke's Avon romances I have in my TBR (uh, all of them). I really should try reading them, dontcha think? She's one of my few autobuys for the sheer fact she wrote the wonderful pre-Avon romances Breathless and To Dream Again. I have "issues" with Avon, and while Guhrke is one of the very, very, very few authors I still buy new from that house, she's still languishing in my TBR because I'm scared. I know. I need help. Serious help. And side note: next time you're in the bookstore look at the back cover of this one. Is it just me or does the hero look like Clayface?

Revenant by Carolyn Haines - A suspense novel about a washed-up reporter who sobers up long enough to land a story that could resurrect her career. The remains of five murdered women have been found in a mass grave, each one buried with a bridal veil and missing their ring fingers. Two fresh bodies eventually appear, sending everyone into a panic? Is the serial killer back in action or is it a copy cat? Dead bodies and a damaged lead character basically makes this book Wendy Crack.

Deadly Advice by Robeta Isleib - Easy peasy Japanesey. I liked the second book in the series, so of course I went out and bought the first one. Doesn't get much simpler than that.


Amy said...

Y'know, it's hard to believe - I've actually read one of the books you bought today. THE SPYMASTER'S LADY, awesome spy historical romance. Am I the only one finding it ironic that the author's name is Bourne?

Oh, hey, and I have REVENANT too.

k, now I'm hyperventilating -- TBR anxiety.

Sherry Thomas said...

I finished HEARTSICK last night. And will get on with the rest of SPYMASTER'S LADY today.

I read a bit of the latter at work yesterday, while waiting for someone to remote-fix my software. And I have to say, so far the language and the characterization of the heroine is extraordinary. Makes me feel like a hack. :-) (But that's a good thing, I like the bar set high.) We shall see how the relationship shakes out, cuz so far it's been all about Annique.

Jennie said...

I thought that Spymaster's Lady was definitely worthy of all the hype it's been getting in blogland. Really good book.

A Borders Visa, hmmm? I don't need a new credit card, but gift certs sound pretty good.

Alison Kent said...

Oh, REVENANT was in my 12/07 eHQ order! Which has been shipped and is not yet here, argh!

sybil said...

The Spymaster's Lady amazed me. I rarely find books that live up to so much good praise. And really this one does.

We have a review up on Revenant, not that anyone could prolly find it right now. Hey I know bitch, bitch, bitch... url works. Tis something...

Sorry, ::focus:: we weren't talking about me right?

I tried to find out if there is another book in the works. Found nuthing... I thought it sucked rocks if there isn't more too it. But you know my hea junkieself. Yes I know it isn't a Romance. So you will must likely love it ;).

romancelover said...

You should be scared...I hated this was so...blah! I'm annoyed I used some of my X-mas gift card for this pile of crap!

Don't bother!