Book Buying Freeze

It’s almost June, RWA conference is coming up in a couple months, and I already have more books in my TBR pile than I can read by July. Now is the time to declare a book buying moratorium.

I always overspend at Nationals so I came up with this process a couple years back. I would stop buying books a couple of months before conference in order to save up a bit. Plus the RWA literacy signing is for charity so they do encourage you to buy books there and not drag in your bookshelf from home to be signed.

It’s killing me this year. Sherry Thomas’ His at Night is coming out…Joanna Bourne’s next book is coming. I can buy them all at Nationals, but…but…

Another thing about the buying freeze is it also frees me up a little to finish whatever imaginary deadline I’ve given myself before Nationals. This year the goal is to finish the first draft of my paranormal, Sorcerer’s Daughter.

Speaking of deadlines. I suppose they’re no longer imaginary…*shudders*

So the freeze starts…now. 🙁

P.S. I am making two allowances for two category books that come out in June that I really, really want. Now that I know how category sales are time sensitive, I have to buy these two books to support the authors. But that’s it!

P.P.S. I’ve decided checking out books from the library is still okay.

The Crying Test

I’m a crier. I cry in weddings and movies and television shows. I even cried at the end of Terminator 2 when they lowered Schwarznegger into the pit of molten metal. *sniff*

That’s my litmus test for reading. If at some point I get that tight, pinching feeling in my chest and I start to tear up, then I know the writing sucked me in and affected me. I still may not say that it’s a good book overall, but I’ll definitely give the author props for invoking emotion in me. I feel the same if the writer made me laugh out loud as well, but that seems to be a harder task than making me tear up.

I just finished reading Twilight and I have to say, I enjoyed that book. Of course, I’m not alone. 🙂 I expected to be underwhelmed after Stephen King’s remarks and my Little Sis being so-so on it. But I can honestly say I really liked where this book went. Are there issues with it? Sure, but even my most favorite books are not flawless.

I think one of the reasons I can say I loved parts of this book is that it made me sniffly, sniffly in parts. I’m not even going to go for the fallback answer of “I can see why teenage girls would love this” review. I can be a picky, discerning reader, but at the same time, I’m also ready to be swept off my feet.