Saturday, January 17, 2009

Bookshelf Meme

I do so love a good meme and Bookwormom tagged me for one about a week ago.

Bad Cindy.

I'm not sure how this will end because my brain will pull a whole bunch of stuff out of no where and decide to wax poetic.

So, you know.

Normal Cindy post.

Helmets on people.

The books that’ve been on your shelves the longest:

Ohhhhh, baby!! The mind is a whirling and I got some titles for ya.

1. A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss - I'm trying to think if this would be the longest one of the shelf and it would be a very close tie to Katherine Sutcliffe's book Renegade Love - my very first keeper.

I know these covers come from an era of 'bodice ripping' art but I was always intrigued by A Rose in Winter's cover and I must have stared at the hero on the cover of Renegade Love for hours because he was so different from all those Fabio and long haired guys that I never found attractive.

The guys on these covers. Yep. I'll say it.


A book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time, etc.):

Okay the first book to come to my mind is Julie Garwood's Secret. It was the end of my 3rd year in university and I was mentally exhausted and just ready for the hard stuff to be over. Final exams were on and my last one was almost the second to last day in May. Which is horrible because everyone else was normally done the first few weeks of May. I couldn't believe how many of my friends had their exams either in class or in the first few days and then went home. Me? Nope, three to four weeks of sheer terror and prep.

I digress.

I've mentioned before that during school I refused to allow myself to buy or read new romance books. I know myself and I knew I would spend a weekend reading a book and not get important papers finished. Even then, I was still editing and working on papers for most of the night before they were due. Technology back then was not graceful and the number of times I would have to reset the printer to get the damn paper to print out. I mentioned terror, right? Because I would just make it to the class in time with smoke rising from my sneakers from running wild through the parking lot to the building.

My, how I do go on.

Anyways, I worked at a pet food store on the weekends - every friggin' weekend. But on this Saturday in May I had an exam at 9am and could go till noon. Now, I could have gone to work afterwords but I just didn't want to so I booked the day off.

After the exam I went to the bookstore. My sanctuary. And TADA!! A new Julie Garwood book!! I remember that day so well. Thrilled to have a new book by my favourite author I went home and started reading around 11:30am and didn't stop until the last page around 8:30pm. (slow reader) It remains my favourite to this day. For all the above reasons and for the story itself. Wonderful.

A book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used bookstore, prize, etc.):

Well, I've definitely won prizes and woot!! Loved everyone of 'em.

But I'll tell you the story of the time before the internet. A time when you couldn't find books you wanted cause they were out of print and the only places you could go were creepy dusty places with boxes and boxes of musty books for sale.

For real.

Not only that but books with vampires in them? So rare they were worth more than diamonds!

No. Really!!

I believe my first vampire book was from Maggie Shayne's Twilight series. Mmmmmm, vampires. While reading this amazing book from Harlequin or Silhouette or whatever, I flipped to the front of the book and found other titles from the series. Thing was, they had all been in print and I knew I wasn't going to find them at the bookstore. (Okay, what's weird is that I remember clearly reading this book first which is fine but it was also the first in the series so how could it have had the other titles listed in it? Bad memory)

3 years I looked and browsed never really believing I would find that last book. The one I really wanted to read.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I entered a used bookstore and found a discount table with category books tied with strings - 3 for a dollar.

There in a pile of three were the two Twilight books I had been looking for for 3 years. I was so excited but I knew better than to make any noise (I had done that the last time I scored a book and scared the clerk so bad she thought she would have to call 911).

I also remember worrying that the teller would look at the books and say 'OMG, these are rare books, how did they get into that pile! These are like 400 bucks!!'.

A book that’s been with you to the most places:

Renegade Love. All of Julie Garwood's backlist. And most of Kathleen Woodiwiss's books also. From my home, to being married and being in Bob's home and then moving here to our new home.

I do have to admit that I finally bought a new copy of Renegade Love in case I ever wanted to read it again because my original is all broken from reading and reading and reading. I'll never part with that original though. Oh, I found the pictures of it I took a few years ago!

The most recent addition to your shelves:

Egads. I haven't bought myself a book in a while! I'm waiting for Nalini Singh and J.R. Ward, Anne Stuart etc.

I was busy buying books as gifts this year but I didn't get to add any to my shelves. I have gift cards - only 40 bucks but I know at least one book I want to buy.

Because if you didn't already know, I love him.

Seriously. Bad crush on him cause he makes me laugh till it hurts.

Good stuff.


We're done!

I can see you doing your happy dance.

So, who shall get tagged - hey, I see you slinking out in the back!

Nath (gotcha), Rosie, Holly (cause she supposed to blog more), Ames, and C2.

Just so you know, I don't know the original creator of this meme and don't know if there are books still being given away but I do know the original post was in November. So I'm thinking, not so much. But I had fun doing it!

The Rules
1. Tag 3-5 people, so the fun keeps going!
2. Leave a comment at the original post at A Striped Armchair, so that Eva can collect everyone’s answers.
3. If you leave a comment and link back to Eva as the meme’s creator, she will enter you in a book giveaway contest! She has a whole shelf devoted to giveaway books that you’ll be able to choose from, or a bookmooch point if you prefer.
4. Remember that this is all about enjoying books as physical objects, so feel free to describe the exact book you’re talking about, down to that warping from being dropped in the bath water…
5. Make the meme more fun with visuals! Covers of the specific edition you’re talking about, photos of your bookshelves, etc


C2 said...

You know the cone of silence never works! LOL

I'll play! Thank goodness it's a long weekend - I'll have to ponder a bit for this one.

Rosie said...

There I am innocently checking emails on my phone, in the car, and for about 10 seconds I wonder at the "you're it" a the end of your comment. I knew it!

Okay, I'll get this one sometime this week.

meljean brook said...

I have almost the opposite story for Twilight Phantasies -- I picked up the second book from the grocery store, LOVED it, loved the third too. But I couldn't find the first one and haunted UBSs for years looking. Finally, I found it in a shopping cart marked 10/$1.

Bookwormom said...

That was great Cindy! Thanks for playing! It's hard to remember the bad old days before the internet. Book hunting took much longer back then. And exams? Still make me break out in a cold sweat. *Shudder*

CindyS said...

C2 - a long weekend is always good for meme time! And yeah, that cone of silence thing is warped.

Rosie - I'm laughing about you in the car checking your e-mails you techno Queen you!! I have no clue how to do that and I don't want to learn. I spend too much time on this computer as it is!

Meljean - my sister from another mother! You and me looking for the dark side of love ;)

Bookwormom - Thanks for tagging me! The thing about the bad old days was the complete lack of knowledge. I had no clue how publishing worked, never knew when I would come across a new book by a favourite author. So now I don't let out the cry of joy that had that poor cashier looking for the danger.

Now, I'm harassing that poor clerk for the book that was released today gosh darnit and you better have it in stock!!


~ames~ said...

Thanks Cindy. This is going to be fun. :P

Jenster said...

Hey making the rounds, trying to catch up. LOVE this post! Why? Because A Rose in Winter was my very fist real romance EVER! And it was an accident, but it started me on the path. And I reread it every so often. So it would be the oldest book on MY shelf, too!

And the Dennis Leary book?? Todd won a copy of it by entering an essay contest - What's Wrong with People. LOL.

nath said...

I'll try to do this very soon. LOL, I enjoyed your answers :D and the covers, haha.