A Desperate Fortune, which fulfills the "book more than 500 pages long" category. It had its flaws, but overall I really enjoyed it and gave it five stars because I was left feeling happy and relaxed after--and isn't that one of the best things about reading?
Somehow a lot of the books I'm planning to read for this challenge are on the longer side, especially the ones next up in my queue (translation: due back at the library soon) but I thought I'd take a break from monstrosities this morning, and pulled out The Face On The Milk Carton. It turned out to be just the perfect length to finish before an 11 o'clock appointment. It fills the "choose for you by a family member, bff,..." category. Or at least I'm going to use it for that. She didn't exactly "choose" it for me, and she's not quite a bff, but the woman who told me about it definitely is someone I'd like to hang out with more except our work schedules are in conflict.
After finishing the book I had just enough time to shower and get dressed before heading over to my appointment. The woman I met with is super chatty and British and had two cute Westies, one of which was so excited to meet me that she peed all over, much to her mom's embarrassment. We had a great chat, and I picked up my order from her and headed out.
Next I stopped at the post office, where I was delighted to discover that the custom dog bowls I had ordered were in. Yay!
Then I hit the back roads to head over to Columbia, MD, to go to Daedalus Books.
I adore Daedalus. Unlike most bookstores which are mostly full of best sellers, Daedalus sells remainder books at discounted prices. There's an awful lot of good books published that don't make the New York Times Best Seller list, and many of them end up at Daedalus, just waiting for you to discover them. (They also have a handful of new/popular books to appease people who really need to buy a best seller.)
This book challenge includes two items that made me sad over there today. First there's the "first book you see in a book store." Second, Daedalus usually has a selection of " staff picks" which I figured would count for my "recommended by a local librarian or bookseller" category. (Have I mentioned I'm an introvert and find talking to people difficult? I figured this would work as a recommendation while allowing me to avoid talking to anyone.)
I popped an audio book (yes, for the challenge) into my CD player for the drive over and enjoyed a good story along with some pretty countryside. I followed a horse trailer part of the way until it pulled into a little lane in the historic area in Sunshine. Always have to wonder if they're picking up or dropping off.
When I got to Daedalus I put my "devious plan" into action. Most bookstores put their super sale final clearance type books, like "Healthy Cooking With Margarine" or "How To Repair Your Toilet With Motorcycle Parts" in the front of the store, and Daedalus is no exception. I figured I needed to make it to one of my favorite sections in the store without seeing any other books. So I squinted my eyes mostly shut and walked with my head down trough the front of the store and back to the right, back to the young adult table in the children's section. Woo hoo! I did it. Made it all the way back there without seeing any books. Then I opened my eyes and saw...
...the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy....
Well crap. Guess I have to read the whole trilogy now. Luckily I have it on eBook, so I took a picture just to remind me, and then went back to the front of the store for a shopping cart.
I wasn't in the mood to spend hours looking at the shelves, so I mostly skimmed the display tables, picking up a couple young adult books, a few mysteries, some history books, and a cute book Tiny Hats On Cats that will make a fun Christmas gift for my mom next year.
Unfortunately the "staff picks" section was basically signed first editions that were fairly expensive--and I had to wonder if staff had really picked them. I took a picture of one that looked interesting and figured I'd check it out from the library.
I took my purchases to the front. One of the guys bagging my books stopped as he was bagging and held up one of my books. "This is a great book. You'll love it." Dude. Got a recommendation. Score.
And so I headed home with two bags full of books, plus my recommendation and my "first book I see" category filled. And on my way home the same horse trailer pulled out in front of me. I couldn't tell, when I finally passed it, if it had a passenger or not.
Now I gotta get back to reading!