Books are better than chocolate. Maybe.

There’s a great scene in Tamora Pierce’s Page.  The story is about Kel, who is attending school to become the first female knight.  She declares war on other pages who bully students under the guise of “hazing” — and it’s kept the pages away from the library.  But after Kel and another page, Owen, survive a fight with the bully, the other pages realize: why not study in the library?  They head out as a group, with Owen happily chanting, “Books!  Books!”

Mmmm.  Books.

Definitely better than chocolate.

I go to the bookstore probably more than I should, and that’s in addition to what I get online.  I went into withdrawal when Border’s closed down and still wistfully stare at the building where an Ashley’s Furniture is now and wish for more places for books.

The one thing I really like about a bookstore is simply being able to walk through and scan the shelves for a book that catches my eye.  I’ve been known to sit on the floor to get at those delectable chocolates books on the bottom shelf. When Borders was still around, they had a new paperback table that was always my first stop.  The books were face up on the table, so I could see the covers and the titles.

* Whimper * No more Borders.

A girl sicks on a stack of hardbacks by a large bookshelf and happily reads a book.But I have my own frustrations with the bookstores, too.  Barnes and Noble is it, and they just throw thriller into the general fiction section.  But it depends on the thriller because if it has a crime, it’s probably in the mystery section.  And that isn’t helped by publishers who recategorize books in different genres because the genres are popular, not because the book actually fits.  Like the publisher who labeled a book as a thriller for someone like moi to pick — and discover that it was actually a romance novel!

I felt like I needed to get the cross and garlic.  I do not care for romance.  If I did, I could easily find the section in the bookstore.  I don’t need publishers to try to sneak it past me.  Puh-lease!  Respect the reader with the money!

This time, I picked up manga, because Mary Sue recommended some feminist books.  Yeah, yeah, feminist is kind of a dirty word, but in this case, it refers to books that present women as great characters and avoid sexism.   I picked up Sailor Moon, though I’ll admit it’s been a challenge reading it.  Manga is done from right to left, so I had to start at the BACK of the book, on the last page, with the upper right hand corner.  Grrr!  I keep catching myself flipping left to right!

What new books are you trying to for the fall?  Anything that’s not what you would normally read?  Tell!  Tell!

My story “A Soldier’s Magic” has been accepted by Mosaic Indigo Publishing for their anthology The Darkness Within.  It’s a contemporary fantasy set after Desert Storm.  Two female soldiers have to make the difficult decision to kill a friend to keep a parasite from infecting the military world-wide.  The anthology is due out in September, so I will post more information when it is available.

Also, check out my article “Critiquing for Omniscient Viewpoint” published in Vision: A Resource for Writers.  The reason I did this article was because I’ve found hard to get anything in omniscient viewpoint critiqued.

10 thoughts on “Books are better than chocolate. Maybe.

  1. I know what you mean about books being in their wrong places. Just who are they trying to trick? I would love to get some manga, but unfortunately our local bookshops haven’t been stocking them anymore, and when they do, they’re usually in French. =[

    I’m going to try my hand at Stephen King’s latest novel. Horror is something I try to avoid, but the premise of the book sounded really interesting!


    1. Zen, is that “A Face in the Crowd”? I don’t like reading horror much myself, but I was mesmerized by his story “The Mist” that was in an anthology I got from the library. I thought it was the best story in the bunch, then went back and looked at the author and discovered it was Stephen King.


      1. Actually, it’s 11/22/63 – it tells the story of someone who goes back in time to stop Kennedy’s assassination. I’ve always liked time travel stories, which is what got me to buy this. Its size is quite daunting though, so I have yet to make a dent in it!


  2. rabiagale

    I’m planning on tackling a list of SF&F must-reads. I’m working off an NPR list and I’m too lazy to go look it up right now, but it includes DUNE and THE SPACE TRILOGY (C.S. Lewis). There are a lot of older classics in the field I have not read.

    And also making room for more non-fiction.


    1. Rabia, I think you’ll enjoy Dune. It’s a pretty big book (they had to go to a special publisher to print it when it debuted) and will require a slow read. Much more interesting than the movie with the strange blue eyes.


    1. Erica, I was checking out some of the reviews and thinking it might be worth looking it. How’s the world building? That’s an area where I’m really weak in, so I need some studying.


  3. Jackie Crawford

    Thanks all, for the great recommendations! I’ve been looking for a few new books to add to my “must read” list, I’ll have to pick one of these up! I just finished a great book called “Tell Me When It Hurts” by Christine M. Whitehead. You can get check her out and get the book right off of her website, I’m typically/strictly a romance novel type of girl, but this one is a bit of a thriller too (still more romance than anything). Thanks again for the post!


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