Ramblings on Bookstore Ethics and Book Picks

2nd post!

Anyways, it is like a gazillion degrees over here. The news people are all saying that the heat is breaking records and that if you leave your pets out they'll die. And We. Don't. Even. Have. Air. Conditioning!

So now I'm determined to spend the weekend at the bookstore. Yesterday I was at our local Borders, despite wanting to go to B&N (but apparently my Mom feels sorry for Borders because there's no one ever there). They have these nice squishy leather chairs (but not nearly enough of them). I picked up a few books to keep me occupied, narrowly avoiding meeting this boy I know who I really don't like, and sat down to the bliss of air conditioning and a multitude of books. I didn't technically buy anything. Usually I'll get some tea at the coffeeplace inside, but I had forgotten my money. So I just kinda sat there for a few hours reading. Noooo, I don't feel guilty. Not Really. Not.

I mean, I'm filling up the store, aren't I? It makes them look like they have lots of customers, even if they don't. Okay, how 'bout this. For every 5 books I read at the bookstore, I'll buy one! If I could afford it, I would buy a few books everyday. But hardcover is expensive, I mean one book is around $20, so imagine how much money I would have to be making to buy a book every time I go to the bookstore. Mhhmm.

So here are the books I picked off the shelve:

Another Faust by Daniel Nayeri--didn't read this one, but it looked really interesting. It's about these teens who disappear from their homes, apparently kidnapped, and then suddenly reappear in High Society five years later, with mysterious powers.

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella-- I read this! I love Kinsella's books, they're so hilariously funny. You should definitely start off with the Shopaholic series if you haven't read anything of hers yet. But this is the latest book out from her.
Lara, a stressed out 20-something woman begins seeing the ghost of her dead Great-Aunt Sadie. Apparently, someone's stolen Sadie's precious necklace, and Sadie can't rest until she gets it back. Lara is the only one who can see her, so Sadie enlists (forces) her to help her, using her persuasive powers she's gotten from being a ghost. Much hilarity ensues, as Lara is forced to ask some random man that Sadie fancies out on a date, and then turns up in ridiculous clothes from the 1920s.
I found myself cringing and stressed out in the first part of the book (Laura's business is about to go bankrupt) and then embarrassed after Laura goes through all that humiliation. But it was a fun read. I think. I would recommend it.

Immortal By Gillian Shields
-- I read this! The cover is a lurvely blue with a necklace on it (that looks quite like the one from Titanic). I read the blurb, and immediately sat down to read it.
The last thing Evie Johnson wants to do is go off to a private, snobby school filled with rich kids. But she's won a scholarship, and has no where else to go. Wyldcliffe School for Young Ladies is located in a gothic manor out in the moors of Northern England and there's a rumor that it's haunted. Evie is picked on by the other girls, but she finds solace in the friendship of Sebastian, a mysterious but beautiful boy that Evie finds herself drawn to. Evie begins seeing visions of a flame-haired girl that looks so similar to her that she could be a sister. As Evie begins falling for Sebastian, it becomes clear that there's more to him then she'd originally thought, and that the ghost of the girl is inexplicably intertwined in their lives.
I really liked the setting for this. England? Mmm. Gothic, haunted manor in the moors? Yummy. And romance? Even better. I didn't really like the ending but other than that I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it.

And last but not least,
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund--So I got to this one last, and the bookstore was about ready to close. So I only got to read the first half. But as soon as a I finish it, I'm going to write a full-on book review for it, because so far I love it. Spoiler: it's got killer unicorns in it! What's not to love about that?

Wow, I'm exhausted. I think next time I will just copy and paste the book blurbs a instead of writing them myself. And then comment. Hehe, still figuring out how I'm going to do this blog.

Off to the bookstore to finish Rampant!