I went to Barnes and Noble last night on a much needed escape from the house. O.H. just left this morning for a 3 night retreat, so I was trying to get in my last moments of sanity while I could. Anyway, I'm at B&N and the first thing I notice when I walk in is new discount rates for members. Much happiness ensued. I am a proud member, paying my 25 bucks a year for a %10 discount on everything (really, everything even sale items) and they send me coupons regularly. I shop there a lot (books for every kid party we go to) so it is well worth it for me. I get %40 off all Hardback fiction best sellers! Score! I love that. So I got a new book. It is called The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara. It is historical fiction, this one set during WWII. Shaara and his father first wrote a trilogy on the Civil War, then he wrote two books about the American Revolution, one about the Mexican War, and one about WWI. They are all very well done. So far my favorites have been the Civil War ones. He writes from the perspective of several major and minor figures of the era. Using diarires, journals, written reports, and things of that nature he gives them a voice. So, the historical dates and places and war details are fact, but he has added his own take on the matter. Very engaging indeed. And I got his new one! Woohoo! There will be 2 more and I can't wait. Also, I now know exactly what to get my father-in-law for Christmas. In addition, there were easily 20 other books I would have happily purchased had money not been an issue. And that was without really looking through the stacks. So, I love books.
I use my library frequently, but they don't always have what I'm looking for. And with 4 kids in tow usually, I don't get a lot of time to really look for some good books. B&N is my friend.
On a less exciting shopping note, I looked for some boots last night. I really want new black and brown ones (I've had my black ones for 6 years now). I had found some I liked, but they no longer have them in my size. All of the ones I liked last night were $80!! Needless to say, I will not be buying those anytime soon.