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(Sorry for the Re-run but I like this blog. :c )

My first day off in two weeks. I head for the bookstore. I love the bookstore. The one closest to me happens to be Books-a-Million. I can't decide if I like the name or not. What I do enjoy is wandering about hoping to find a treasure. I left with a bag; although I'm not sure any of my choices could be considered treasures. Unless you count the pen with the light up Skull on it. You hit it on the counter and multi-colored lights flash for a minute. It writes and it's fun banging on every hard surface I encounter.

As I was meandering I found myself making mental notes of some of the titles. Did you know there is actually a book called Freemasons for Dummies? True story. And another one called The 48 Laws of Power. You can also get Zen Meditation Balls (complete with chime balls and a pouch. And, while we're in the philosophy section, no library would be complete without Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Here's another beauty: If You Meet the Budha on the Road, Kill Him and for some reason Freedom from the Known made me laugh out loud. There's probably some deep seated meaning behind my mirth and I'm fairly certain there's a book ready to explain it fully. I decided to check. I didn't find anything. I did think a book called Questions to Cheer You Upsounded promising. Nothing like being relentlessly grilled to elevate your mood. Then I discovered it actually said "Quotations" rather than "Questions". Not nearly as entertaining so I moved on.

Perhaps the History section would prove interesting. I found World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. See what you miss when you go to school in a small, southern town?

And who could boast being well read without Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Ohio, just one in from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series?

For you self-helpers out there, there's The Four Hour Work Week, How Not to Act Old: 285 Ways to Pass for Phat, Sick, Hot, Dope, Awesome, or at Least Not Totally Lame and People are Idiots and I Can Prove Italthough I have my doubts about how helpful this last one may be.

I originally went in looking for a book about food. In that aisle I foundSoaked, Slathered and Seasoned and looked up to make sure I was still in the cooking section. There was I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, that one put a giggle in my grin until I found Babycakes: Vegan, Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes. I didn't even get past the title on that one. To that I say "Why bother?" One, however, that did get my attention wasIn Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto My enthusiastic "RIGHT ON!" caught the attention of a nearby employee so I put the book down and looked around to see who was making all the noise.

On my way to the register I made a cursory run through the politics aisle. Now, there's some entertaining reading. I found What in the World is Going On, Catastrophe, Windy City, (I expected this one to be about Washington, D.C. - it wasn't), The Swamp, Pay to Play, and one I ALMOST bought, Why Women Should Rule the World. Interesting how the titles seem to mimic how I feel about politics and politicians at present.

I bought 5 books. Tonight I'll be cuddling with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

And I said I didn't find any treasures.

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Comment by Pypermarru1 on December 15, 2010 at 12:10am

"My enthusiastic "RIGHT ON!" caught the attention of a nearby employee so I put the book down and looked around to see who was making all the noise"   - LOL <---Really, I actually laughed out loud

I read all the blogs you posted today.  You got skills, woman! 

Keep posting.  My writing skills suck but my recognition gene inables me to see and appreciate your wordsmithing badassity.  ;0) 

Comment by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 15, 2010 at 1:09am

LOL "wordsmithing badassity" you got some skilz yourself, sistah! You read ALL of them? Lord! How much do I owe you? 

Comment by tree on December 15, 2010 at 1:26am

one good re-run deserves another, so I am getting one ready for you, Dana.  Book Store.


Comment by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 15, 2010 at 2:32am

Tree!!! How delightful!!!  Re-Runs RULE!!! Can't wait! (((hugs)))

Comment by Marie on December 15, 2010 at 6:47am

You definitely have a talent for writing! Really enjoyed reading all your blogs this morning!!!


I get paralyzed trying to write and usually edit until there is nothing left and it ends up reading like an executive summary. *wink*

Comment by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 15, 2010 at 12:13pm
Marie - Thank you very much. I am amazed and truly grateful for anyone willing to sit through my infernal blathering. I mean that most sincerely. I lack genuine talent on mists areas. Words, however, seem to flow quite easily for me. Thank you. I'll have to add you to the payroll with Pyper. :c )
Comment by tree on December 15, 2010 at 4:14pm

your book store vlog is up

Comment by NatureJunkie on December 15, 2010 at 6:29pm

Ugh. It does seem like bookstores (and even worse, the book section of department stores) flash way too much literary fluff. By and large, I am turned off to a book if its title consists of two long clauses separated by a colon. "The Cow Jumped Over the Moon: How You Can Be Fat as Well as Fit."


One of my favorite book titles is "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking. No one I know seems to see the humor in it. Maybe it's just me. And I liked the title of the follow-up he wrote for people who needed a dumbed-down version: "A Briefer History of Time." Okay, now I'm on to Tree's book store vlog.

Comment by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 15, 2010 at 6:39pm
Thank you, Margaret. Wonderful video.

NJ - I have the same problem with the insides of books. I like Stephen King's stories but his magnified verbosity wears me down. Now THERE's some irony for you. Just call me Wordy McWordson, but don't make me read SK! LOL


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