Book news: a strange feeling comes over me, and I win at Borders

I will start with the strange news and end with my shopping trip to Borders. So, in my last post I wrote about a book review I held onto for years and how I finally got a copy of the book. Well, I started the book last night but from the very first page something became eerily clear: I had a history with the story. As I read a weird sensation came over me, almost a foreboding feeling. I did not think “ah, I read this already” rather it just seemed I knew this story.  Had I previously read it and forgot? If so, why did it bother me, rather than just become another case of forgetting a long past read?
I looked at the publishing date. It was written in 2004, the same year I moved to Nevada. I know I was a little stressed out, but come one, surely I would remember reading this book,  yet the title and book cover are very unfamiliar to me.  I started a reading log in 2007 so it is possible I read it, but this would mean I either read the book before I saw the review, or read it after seeing the review but never made the connection. These are the two logical (yet scary) choices. The other is that I have some kind of supernatural connection with the story. I am going to continue reading hoping I will finally remember having already read it. I will keep you posted.
I decided to treat myself today to a trip to the book store. I was given a $30.00 Borders gift card last week and felt today would be a good day to spend it. The clincher was the 50% coupon e-mail I received. What true reader can turn down such a deal? I jumped in the car and headed out.

I spent an hour looking at various genres. It was nice to spend time in a book store knowing I had no time limit. No one was waiting at home. I could stay looking all afternoon, and stay I did.  I found very quickly that I no longer have the stomach to spend over $15.00 on a paperback novel. Oh sure I found several titles that sounded good; one is titled The Genesis Secret by Tom Knox. Have any of you read this? It is a biblical mystery which critics are saying is better than anything Dan Brown has put out. It looked good, but $15.99 for a book that I will read in a couple of days, then cast off to Paperback Swap? Nope, could not do it, not even with a gift card. I will save the title to my wish list and hope someone parts with it soon. Or maybe my library has a copy.  I also saw The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno by Ellen Bryson, which sounds oh so good is a new hardback at $26.00. Again I just could not do it.

So what did I finally decide on? Well, it is easier for me to spend money on nonfiction as these are the books I keep on my shelf to refer back to again and again. Though it still pains me to spend over $15.00 on paperbacks I am happy with my four picks. What do you think? Did I do good? I am not sure which to read first! Oh the dilemma!


Author: sarij

I'm a writer, lifelong bibliophile ,and researcher. I hold a Bachelors in Humanities & History and a Master's in Humanities. When I'm not reading or talking about Shakespeare or history, you can usually find me in the garden discussing science or politics with my cat.

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