TSS (Feb. 6): Book events & IMM (14)

The Sunday Salon (Feb. 6)

The Sunday Salon.com Being unemployed and any classes to distract me, I’ve been spending all of my time sitting indoors reading books or surfing the web. In fact, the only time I’ve been outside in the past month– besides the Disney trip– has been to check the mail. Which is maybe once a week! That’s pretty terrible, and it doesn’t make me feel like I’m making the best use of my time.

I’ve been trying to think up free things for me to do outside of my apartment, but most of them (like sitting in the park and reading) require better weather than what we’ve currently got going on. However, after updating Albuquerque’s events page on LibraryThing, I’ve realized that there are a lot of free-to-the-public book events going around in my town, and that I could possibly go to them!

But there’s an issue– all of the authors that are having book events here in the next few months are ones that I haven’t heard of before or they’re doing events for new books of theirs, books I haven’t read yet. Which brings me to my question: do you think I should go to the book events anyway? What I’m worried about is a) being pressured into spending money on books I don’t want to buy, b) being a weirdo who doesn’t have a book to get signed, doesn’t know anything about the author, and who doesn’t want to buy a book, and c) offending the author(s) and being shunned at every other book event from there onward.

On the one hand, it’d be fun to go and meet new authors and be more active in the local book community, and if I never went to an event for an unknown author I’d only go to, like, one event a year (Albuquerque isn’t real important for a big-name-author’s publicity tour, apparently). On the other hand, I’m not sure if it’s worth even going if I haven’t at least read ONE book by the author at the event.

Do you go to book events knowing nothing about the book and/or the author? Or do you just stick to events for authors you’re already familiar with?

Books read this week:
14. Cat in the Mirror – Mary Stolz [rating: TBD]
15. Thirteenth Child – Patricia C. Wrede [rating: TBD] e
16. Postmortem – Laurel Saville [rating: TBD] R
17. Skating to Antarctica – Jenny Diski [rating: Buy it]
18. The Red necklace – Sally Gardner [rating: Borrow it]

Books reviewed this week:
04. Walt Disney’s Way – New Word City [rating: Bin it]
05. The Boxcar Children’s Mysteries #1 – Gertrude Chandler Warner [rating: Borrow it]
08. Daddy Long Legs – Jean Webster [rating: Buy it]
10. Scrapped Princess: A Tale of Destiny – Ichiro Sakaki [rating: Borrow it]

Currently reading:
Back to The Whitechapel Horrors! I, er, lost it for a bit, but after cleaning up some of my book stacks I’ve found it again and am ready to continue onward in the Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper epic.

In My Mailbox (14)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren (who was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie‘s This Week in Books). Basically you just post about new books that came into your house over the past week, whether in the mail or by getting them at the library or by buying them in a store. Capiche?

For review:



I sold my first ad space! Exciting, right? Well, I think it is! Big welcome and thanks to new sponsor Kevin Gerard, author of the Conor and the Crossworlds books, a YA fantasy adventure series! Mr Gerard’s ad can be seen in the top left sidebar, and it’ll be up there for the next three months or so.

I’ve also decided to add another affiliate program alongside my usual Amazon one: BookDepository.com! I know not everyone can order stuff from Amazon, and that shipping worldwide is much cheaper through BD. I’m hoping that having another option available will be beneficial to all my subscribers who are outside the US (or who just hate Amazon).

4 thoughts on “TSS (Feb. 6): Book events & IMM (14)”

  1. I don’t see why you shouldn’t go, even if you aren’t familiar with the author/book. Most author signings include a reading (so I understand, my town is even more off the beaten track for big-name authors than yours is), so you could go with an eye to deciding whether or not you *wanted* to know more about the author/book. Nothing saying you have to get into the line for the signing.

    1. That’s true! I’d still feel pretty weird, though, if it was only me and three other people and none of us wanted books signed (which I have a feeling might happen a lot here with the more unknown authors. I’ve seen book events where the poor author was sitting at their table alone, waiting for someone to speak to them. I never did, because I expected them to then push their book on me to buy, and I don’t do well with “please buy my $18 book or I won’t let you leave the store/convention/whatever”).

  2. Your days sound similar to mine: the only time I leave the house is to go to the library, school, or pick the kids up. I can’t blame it on the weather; I just don’t know what to do with myself.

    Congratulations on selling your first ad!

    1. When I was in school I only did that and work, so don’t feel bad! I’m not overly looking for a more active social life, necessarily, I just want to go outside the apartment.

      And thanks! 😀

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