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My Borders clearance haul is assaulting me

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Borders in my 'hood is closing (son of a...), and I've been toying with some sort of narrative story about it for the newspaper.  That means I've been going to Borders kind of a lot. And every time I go to Borders, as you would imagine, I leave with armfuls of clearance books. It's like I need an intervention. A bookervention. Wow, that sounds boring. I guess there's a reason A&E has yet to pick up that series.

I'm typically a one-book woman (old-fashioned that way). I like to get all the way through a story before starting another one, because there's too much gobbledygook in this blond brain to handle multiple novels at once. But right now, I'm breaking all my rules. THE CLEARANCE DEMANDS IT.
I have three books going. Rich Again by Anna Maxted. Delightfully more raunchy than the cover suggests, by the way. Where are my blotting papers?

Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan.

And Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz. I'm kind of obsessed with the Spellmans, and Lisa Lutz. Three cheers for wacky lady crime nuts.

Apparently I have a propensity for buying books with hot neon covers. I also clearly veer toward the feminine, and I don't apologize for it. Sure, I could have thrown in some Franzen here if I wanted to impress someone. But it's my free time, and I'm reading neon. Non-neon books can enjoy a cold glass of STFU.

I also picked up Belong to Me by award-winning poet-genius Marisa de los Santos. I read Love Walked In, her debut, and I thought it was just the most beautiful book. It's like a biscuit soaked in butter. I have high hopes for the follow up.

And last but not least. Well.

Haters can get in on that glass of STFU, because Bridget Jones's Diary is pretty much the beginning of the time-space continuum for me. It emboldened women to talk openly about their granny panties, body hair and poor sexual decisions. Plus, it's really frekking funny. It's the holy land. I've read this book, as well as the sequel, so many times. I had a VHS TAPE of the movie in college, and for a while no cable, so I just played it on a loop on my 12-inch TV. Every day, every night, until the tape burned out. I'm sad and pathetic, but let's not dwell there.

I realized something while standing in that liquidating Borders. I don't actually OWN the book. No, the copy I wore out belonged to my roommate, Julia. I pilfered her copy all through college and then never got my own. I'm pretty sure she could press charges.

It was $5 in Borders, so I think I just worked a fourth book into my course load. Worth it. Would love to hear what everyone else is reading (all three of you).


  1. Huh. Commenting on my Phone is hard, and I'm nor sure if I managed to do so earlier. But, I'm not pressing charges because I'm too excited about being mentioned in the blog. And this entry was awesome and made me laugh. And I too have acquired an unreasonable amount of discounted books from borders.

  2. Whew, thanks! At least I didn't steal it fully.

  3. Steph, give me your top three all-time recommends for neon books and I promise to read one!
    My Borders binge books are much more boring, two politics books and Irish travel guide.
    But I have not embraced the full binge as I believe we'll see LOWER! LOWER! LOWER! prices before all is said and done.

  4. Hmm, three is hard! Well, Bridget Jones, for sure. It's not neon, but it's honorary. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner. Election by Tom Perrotta. Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen. And they're YA, but I'm obsessed with a British series by Louise Rennison: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging; On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God; Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas... it goes on. I guess I could go on.

  5. Oh, and the Borders has TEN DAYS LEFT.