Monday, January 14, 2013

Bad News (For My Wallet) & Miscellaneous Items

(Check out my review of Me Before You that I also posted today. But if you don't, here's the quick summary: go read it right now.)

Guys, books are kind of expensive. Which is good, because I'm all about supporting the publishing industry. But I just discovered there's an independent bookstore like 5 minutes away from me, and it does cool stuff like allow you to pre-order The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson and get it as a signed copy with stickers. I am a whore for signed books.

So that's what I did today. And also, I bought Everybody Sees The Ants by A.S. King, which I'm excited to read. I have a Kindle, but I would say I buy about 50-50 print versus e-book. It's still nice to feel a hard copy in your hands.

Buuut, print books are somewhat more expensive than e-books, so I can already feel the danger of living close to a bookstore. I'm going to spend so much money, it's problematic. Especially as I'm a poor student. Anyway, I don't know how many people go to indie bookstores instead of big chains, but it kind of feels good to say I'm supporting a local bookstore rather than a behemoth?

I mean, I'm still mad that Borders is gone, and begrudge Barnes & Noble for being the only major bookseller left.

Other cool thing that I learned yesterday. LOIS LOWRY LIVES IN CAMBRIDGE? Not that I'm going to stalk her or anything, but I might memorize her photo and try to casually run into her in parks and bookstores. Which is totally not stalking, because as I learned in class the other day, the criminal stalking statute in Massachusetts requires the victim have a reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury in addition to three instances of harassment and a state of mind at the level of purpose with regard to conduct.

Fun facts for if you ever visit Massachusetts. But hopefully, you never stalk anybody anywhere?

And I want to start writing again. Soon. But man, staring a blank page is hard, so hard.


  1. I vote for stalking Lois Lowry. I met her at the National Book Festival (like met her met her, because I work for that bookstore you begrudge and so was behind the scenes at the NBF... :) ) and she is one fabulous, fantastic woman. Just like her books.

    "Casually" run into her any chance you get.

    1. Hah, I can't help it. I just liked Borders better. :)

      Very exciting that you met her!