Favorite book stores and changing reading habits.

There are so many bookstores I have visited in my life and have enjoyed them all.  When I was growing up Waldenbooks was my favorite haunt.  I spent many a happy hour and blew most of my money there, well I loved the arcades back then too.  I loved getting a gift certificate for Waldenbooks for Christmas.  Book stores, new or used, were my home away from home.  The rush of getting a new pile of books and deciding which to read.  Things haven’t changed really, just the stores themselves.

Waldenbooks gave way to Border’s and then gave way to Barns and Noble.  When I moved to the other side of the pond and lived in Ireland for a few years, small independent book shops were  my new home away from home.  I loved spending a wet and dreary Saturday afternoon perusing aisle after aisle spending hours on end deciding which new book to buy.  As I became unemployed and money became tight used bookstores became a saving grace for my voracious reading appetite.  Another move, another country and store names changed but my book buying habits becomes more strained.  The only major bookstore in England very rarely had the titles I was looking for and I became disillusioned for the first time in my book buying lifetime.  I turned more and more to Amazon to get the books that interested me.  As time went by I missed looking through a bookstore.  When Kindles came along I immediately bought one.  I figured I was buying most of my books from Amazon and living in a small house with limited shelf space the Kindle became my go to way to read.  Slowly as time went buy I bought less and less paper books.  I found the cost of a DTB more expensive than the kindle versions and I couldn’t justify spending £10 for a paperback when I can get the same book on Kindle for half the price if not less.

Now I only buy a hardcover if it is a book I truly love, or I am going to a book signing. In saying that I have discovered a bookstore that I have fallen in love with, not with the same intensity of previous bookstores, but one that makes me happy.  There are only three of these stores in the country, I have been to two of them.  The reason why I love it, they sell various signed first editions of books.  I now get signed copies, if they have them that is, of books I have enjoyed and would look nice on my self.  I usually get to one location at least once a year, the prices aren’t cheap but finding a signed copy of a loved book is wonderful.

My buying habits have changed, the format I read has changed but my love for books hasn’t….. But I do miss spending a rainy Saturday perusing the aisle of a bookstore that grabs at my heart, and my wallet.



My picks for May

Hi all, I’m back.  Here are the books I’m looking forward to in May.


Fatal Vision









The Play of Death








Cheater’s Regret









Sorry to Disrupt the Peace










The Queen and the Cure                                                                                                                                       









So what books are looking forward to reading in May?



My picks for March

Hi all. I have been AWOL for a while and will be for a while longer due to personal issues.  While I won’t be posting much I will try when I can but things are going to be hectic for me until mid April and maybe longer. I will keep up with picks for the month and end of month round ups but beyond that, I can’t promise much right now and hope you can understand.  Drop me a line and let me know which books you are looking forward to in March.


Here are the books I’m looking forward to this month.

imageClose Enough to Touch









imageThe Weight of the World









imageStrange the Dreamer










Book guilt

We have all had some sort of book guilt at one point or another.  We either have too many books to pick from, some that languish on the TBR pile forever or books that pushed aside for either  a very long series that can’t be put down to old favourites that get re-read too many times to count.

I am guilty of it.  I have more books that I will probably ever get to read, especially at a rate of 150-200 a year. Just the books on my kindle right now would keep me occupied for at least 3.5 to 4 years, that is if I don’t add any more to it.  I have books that are at the bottom of a virtual TBR pile since I first got a Kindle 6 years ago.  So many free reads when I first got my Kindle, I gorged on free books when I came across something even remotely interesting.  I would get it for a rainy day when funds would be tight and congratulated myself on being frugal.  Now that frugality has gone out the window.  Places like Goodreads, Litsy and other social  media book sites along with book blogs overwhelm me now with so many recommendations that I end up with more books that time!  They are also great places to make new book friends and to connect with like minded individuals.  I have made many good book friends through social media and don’t regret the friends I have made, just the amount of books I have hoarded.

So in order to scale the mountain of books I am going to let go of the guilt and cut back on the buying ( Yes I do hear the howls of laughter out there.) It’s either that or be buried under a pile of books or get clumped on top of the head by a falling kindle…… although there are worse ways to go huh?



New Year reading resolution.

I was never any good at New Year resolutions. My diet attempts failed miserably within a few days and never mind getting into shape. The only shape I resemble is  round in my belly. I know, I should take better care of myself now that an unmentionable milestone birthday isn’t that far off but I will hold my hands up and admit I lack willpower.

I will try to make a resolution that I can stick to, or at least will have more success with, and that is a reading resolution.

While I have a vast  amount of unread books glaring at me from my Kindle,  I have an incredible urge to reread some old favorites and some series. I feel guilty putting new books on the back burner to visit some old friends that I haven’t read in 10 or more years. I also have the first 7 books of the Outlander series I bought a few years ago in a bundle on sale that has been languishing on my kindle unread.  I also have had The Tale of Genji on my shelf, as well as on my kindle, for 10 years now and have still not read it.  It’s daunting at just under 1300 pages and a character list that is about 5 pages long.  I keep telling myself this year will be the year I finally get to it….. let’s hope that 2017 is the year it gets read!

I also feel a twinge of guilt when reading older books and review them for this blog. I know a lot of people read book blogs to get reviews on the latest books. So this will be something else I will try to deal with in 2017. That isn’t to say I won’t be reviewing new books, I will, but some old ones might be making an appearance here. Who knows, you might discover some older books that you never heard of before.  Fair warning, I loved fantasy and sci-fi books growing up so those will be popping up on here.

Reading should be a joy, something to treasure, and so I want to rediscover the joy of some older books this year. I hope you come along for the discovery with me.

Wishing all of you a very happy New Year!