Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Behold my goodies

Okay, I've been hesitant to buy books because I'm poor THANKS TO THE ECONOMY. I should probably be going to the library at this point, but I like to write in my books, read in the bath, keep my books around, look back at them and generally abuse them.

Anyway, today I learned I have $23 in cash back bonuses with my Discover Card. You can imagine where my mind immediately went. And not to sound like an ad, but when you link to B & N from your Discover account to buy books, you get 10% cash back! I am doing myself a favor, right? It would be insane NOT to buy books, right?

Here's what I got:

Palace of Varieties by James Lear
I've been dying to read James Lear, who is apparently both funny and terribly dirty.

My decision was between Lear's The Back Passage which Sayuri calls "by far the dirtiest, funniest book I have read in an age." And she read it twice in a week! Her review here.

Or Palace of Varieties, which Tumperkin calls "funny, filthy, well-written and extremely hot," containing "a series of eye-poppingly filthy adventures that rattle along an enjoyably exuberant pace." See her review here.

In the end I went with Palace just because it was written more recently. HOWEVER, I have a feeling I'll be reading more of James Lear.

Playing with Fire by Katie MacAlister

Then I ordered This fine looking Katie MacAlister book. It's a humorous girl/dragon/demon lord story that sounds hot and funny. I can't wait to read it!

Wow, this is a trend. I just realized: I'm in the mood for hot and funny.

Demon Bound by Meljean Brook
Oops, there goes the trend. But I have been looking forward to this book all year. And as everybody here knows, I'm a shameless fan. Meljean Brook always DELIVERS!

For whoever of you don't know, if you buy Demon Bound by NOVEMBER 15TH, you can enter to win a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore of your choice from Book Binge! Details here.

And even if you don't win, I'm confident you will totally get more than your money's worth with this read. I think you can even start the series here if you want - they really do stand alone pretty well. I swear, this series just kicks ass.


Tumperkin said...

Oh goody! I can't wait to hear what you think of POV. TBP is in my TBR pile.

Sayuri said...

Ohh, I just got POV too and it's on the TBR pile. I might leave for a while though as I think I may have 'duuurtied' myself out a little. I never thought there would be a celing on how much dirty man on man goodness I could take but seemingly there is.... *g*

Can't wait to see what you think of it. James Lear is an eye opener, that's for sure!

Ladytink_534 said...

I've read a few of MacAlister's books and liked them. I recently won this particular book and I'm looking forward to reading it.... um, someday!

Jessica said...

Ok, I am buying POV just based on those two lines from Tumpkerkin's review.

You will love DB.

And please don't feel bad, it's just a couple of books. It's not like you're buying crack and letting your kids starve, which is slightly worse.

little alys said...

Stop tempting me! Maybe I need to open a Borders or Amazon credit card. Maybe this way, I can justify my book spurge more. ^_~


I was eyeing that Sayuri suggested dirty book too. Teehee.

Carolyn Jean said...

T: Oooh, you went and got TBP.

Sayuri: Say it aint so!!!

LT: You won this? Lucky!

Jessica: Oh, funny!

LA: Yeah, did she say that on DIK island? I can't wait to get it!!

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

You dirty girl you, read dirty books!
So, how dirty are we talking?

Carolyn Jean said...

Well, Tumerkin and Sayuri would tell you better, but If you note, she has hit the ceiling on dirty, and the last book she read was a Lear.

I imagine you'll love it! Hey, maybe we should have a book club thing on it! Looks like Jessica just ordered it.

Carolyn Jean said...

I meant to say, Sayuri has hit the ceiling on dirty. Tumperkin apparently has NOT!!!

Sayuri said...

It's just a temporary celining, I am sure I'll get past it soon. I have just read an awful lot of m/m lately. I need mucho variety or I get bored. I think I may jump to a historical next...or I could start Demon Bound which I have had for over a week now and not started...(and I call myself a fan!)

Jessca said...

Ok, I just read some of the amazon reviews for POV. I have yet to hit "One Click". I may be too much of a prude for this book.

"a faux novel in reality, simply 275 pages of gay porn. "

"Some of the "sexual" acts described were outright disgusting to me (involving bodily functions/fluids I'd rather not remember) and there was no other storyline to provide a break from it."

Should this be my first foray into M/M?

lisabea said...

Wow Jessica. SOLD!

Hey, CJ, nice goodies.

Carolyn Jean said...

Sayuri: Yeah, I'm like that too. I like to read around a bit.

Jessica: Oh, this might not be appropriate. I would recommend you start with Josh Lanyon mystery. Like, The Hell You Say. As for those reviews, I would tend to trust Tumperkin's review more. But that said, this may still be a bit much for your first.

LB: Haw haw.

Serena said...

what a great list of books!

Tracy said...

Ok - I read Tumperkin's original post and have been thinking about getting POV but haven't. I really should, right? Maybe I'll wait to see what you say about it. Oh who am I kidding I want to read it NOW! lol

Now is Playing with Fire different from KM's Aisling Grey series?

DB - so damn good!

Liza said...

I have to say even with the state of the economy, I haven't cut back my book buying much. I'll have to look for Demon Bound when I go to the bookstore this weekend.

Katie Reus said...

Seriously, that totally settles it. Everyone has read Demon Bound but me. Must buy this weekend!

Sayuri said...

Did I see mantion of a Book Club for POV? I'd be into that!

RachaelfromNJ said...

Great pile of books! I haven't read any of them but I've seen the Meljean one everywhere lately! She must be really good.

Tumperkin said...

Well, I think James Lear himself would describe it as gay porn:

What's wrong with gay porn? *gives wide-eyed innocent look*

He's just a great writer though. Personally I think writing sex is a skill. Not that many people do it well.

Sayuri said...

What's wrong with gay porn? *gives wide-eyed innocent look*

Not a thing! James Lear is the gold standard for me when it comes to some down right dirty fun.

I should say Jessica, if you have never read m/m then James Lear is probably not your best bet. There were places in POV (I had a quick skim) where I was..Ewwwwww..LOL

Josh Lanyon would be a better start to m/m. He was my first (oo-er) and still one of the best. Adrian English mysteries. Can't lose.

naida said...

great books cj :)
you are doing yourself a favor by purchasing books of course!

samantha.1020 said...

I'm adding the James Lear books to my TBR list and will be looking forward to your reviews. Sounds like fun :)