Getting in under the wire

I've decided that September is going to be a no book buying month.  Which meant, of course, that I had to go book shopping today. lol Even though I have *plenty* on my shelves that require reading it's never enough is it? Although as the very nice man at the secondhand bookstore said, at least books retain value (if you can ever get yourself to part with with them).

First stop was Odyssey Books.  This is one of my two "usual" secondhand bookstores in Montreal (the other, being the good little McGill student that I was, is The Word and from what I can tell they do not have a website).


  1. Balancing Act: A Canadian Woman's Financial Success Guide by Joanne Thomas Yaccato.  I reviewed the anniversary edition of this last year. I bought a slightly older edition but I'm not concerned about there being a big difference. It's the first time I've seen a copy of it in a secondhand store so I jumped on it.  The man at the bookstore said he just received it a few days ago when I told him I was happy to have a copy.

  2. The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton.  A sort of must have in terms of personal finance books. Was not the first that I read but one that I appreciated. Again the version I have is slightly older than the link but again, it's for reference so I'm not worried. At this point the man in the bookstore (whom at this rate needs a nickname...I'm going to guess from the website that his name is actually Bernard) asked if I was planning to become wealthy and my response was that I'd have to stop buying books first. ;)

  3. Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen by Kate Taylor. I know there were a number of people writing about this a year or two ago and I've always kind of wanted to read it.

  4. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell.  I had no idea I wanted to read about the Mitford family until I picked up this book.  Isn't it funny how that happens in bookstores?

  5. Undercover: The men and women of the SOE by Patrick Howarth.  Ah what can I say? Over the last couple of years I've become really interested in the women who worked as spies (and the women who were at Bletchley Park) but do you have any idea how difficult it can be to find books about them in Canada? So I'll take them where I can get them.

And then right across the street from Odyssey Books is ye locale Chapters. Sigh. What's a girl to do but buy more books?

  1. The Foundling by Georgette Heyer. A friend just sent me a couple of Heyer's novels as a housewarming gift. I finished one yesterday and started another today and I'm afraid they are going to be come a bit of an obsession.   (OH DRAT IT! While looking for that link I found there were a bunch of her novels in the bargain books. I can resist anything but the combination of temptation at a bargain! But I will resist!)

  2. Avalon High: Coronation by Meg Cabot.  The sales person and I had a heck of a time finding this. The computer kept telling her there were two copies in stock and it took us 15 minutes to find them.  Thank you wonderful children's floor employee.  No thank you to the adult male who had planted himself in front of the graphic novels with his coffee and refused to move out of our damned way even though it was clear that he wasn't buying anything and was just reading. Hmph!

  3. The 100-Mile Diet: A year of local eating by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon.  I've been wrestling with whether or not to buy this one or not. I've very interested in the "Eat Local" movement and I'm all for supporting local farmers. But I also am not about to give up pancetta or buffalo mozzarella or, you know, WINE.  I clearly decided to buy it mostly because I was tired of my inner voice debating whether to buy it or not.  I figure it will pair nicely with Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Mineral which I also own and have not read.

Which brings me to something I've been realizing. I find that I'm almost organizing my reading into units of study. I have my military/war history books (with their various subsets).  I have my YA (and its various subsets). I have the personal finance reference books. I have the writing books that I've recently started collecting. I have my burlesque books.  I almost feel like I need to start organizing my books by topic instead of how right now they are largely arranged by "read" and "not read".

Also have you noticed that there seems to be a trend of doing something for a year and then writing about it? Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping (and I'm still so very glad I didn't),  A Year Without Made in China, The 100-Mile Diet... I'm sure there are others but those are the ones that are just popping out of my head. Plus then there's Brotherhood 2.0 (Caution: Addictive! Go Nerdfighters!). I find it interesting. And I suppose I'm going a year without eating at McDonald's (probably longer) but that's neither interesting nor writing worthy (and the only reason it's stuck is because I haven't been hear a McDonald's after drinking cause that tends to be when I'm at my weakest in terms of Big Mac cravings).

Ok, that's it.  No more purchase updates until October!  And no, before anyone suggests it, I could NOT go a year without buying books.