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Month in review

Reviews:
Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Langdon
Baby Angels by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan
Behaving Like Adults by Anna Maxted
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Damia by Anne McCaffrey
Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland
Dinosaurs' Halloween by Liza Donnelly
The Dragon in Lyonesse by Gordon R. Dickson
Ducks in Muck by Lori Haskins
The Earth by Émile Zola
Game of Shadows by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams
Gems and Minerals by Susan Harris
Geology by Frank Rhodes
Get Off the Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
Kings of Albion by Julian Rathbone
The Langoliers by Stephen King
The Library Policeman by Stephen King
Lost and Found by Eliabeth Hess
Lying Awake by Mark Salzman
A Man in a Kilt by Sandy Blair
Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler
The Player by Michael Tolkin
Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King
Sunday's Child by Edward O. Phillips
A Toad for Tuesday by Russell E. Erickson
Trucks by Byron Barton
(Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

Miscellaneous
225 Books
Browsing without Buying
Eating dinner
Ferdinand
Garden Round Up
Gardening
Getting ready for Kindergarten
Grocery Shopping
Harriet Milestones
Ian's Birthday
A Little Bit of Heaven
More Milestones
Only Three Books
Phone Calls from Far Away Places
Pi Day
Plum Flowers
School Stuff
Soon to be a one car family
Spring Cleaning Round 1
Spring Cleaning Round 2
Storage
Talking to Magnum
Thoughts on Sean
Well Baby
Zero and a Half

Vacation
Buena Vista State Beach
Arch Rock
Big Tree
Second Night in Eureka
Humboldt
Avenue of the Giants

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


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Comments for Browsing without Buying

BookshelfBrowsing without Buying: 03/10/07

Today we drove to Pleasanton to visit The Bookstore, the place I bought The Golden Fury. This time though the only person to get a "new" book was Sean who got another introduction to geology (as he's studying it in preschool right now). This is the second bookstore I've been in where I have enjoyed looking at all the books but haven't wanted to purchase anything. Even at my latest rounds of releasing books at the Starbucks in Dublin, I haven't picked up any "new" books for myself from the shelf.

I credit the Book Traffic Control database. Although I'm only about 1/4 through with the data entry phase, it has already opened my eyes to what books I have and at what rate I'm taking them versus getting them read and passed on to other readers. I was able today to look around and think happily of all the great books at home I still want to read.

Also by giving myself permission to purchase a new book or two a month with the caveat that I read them right after purchasing them has made me a more discrimating buyer. Rather than buying cheap used books instead of feeling guilty for buying one new book at the same price of a stack of used books that I may or may not enjoy, I am now able to look forward to getting the book I actualy want.

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