Thursday, September 18, 2008

My Books

Yes, I carried all of these on the plane with me. Yes, I paid extra, and yes, the handle of my suitcase broke. But I think it was worth it. :)



Here's a close up of the writing books. I'd really rather not type all these in, but I can clarify a title or author if you have trouble seeing it in the photo.



I'd like to thank my numerous benefactors for supplying me with this staggering supply. My mom, who bought eight of the writing books and who also let me raid her basement library. Megan, who bought four writing books plus two novels. Zoe, who sent me a writing book and became my first online friend with whom I had physical contact. My aunt Karen, who gave me five books that were all duplicates (they are all Backspace authors). I'll also thank my dad who waited patiently at the bookstore while I perused every single aisle.

Finally, a sunset picture from the other night. The sun is actually behind me in the picture; the bright spot is a cloud.

18 comments:

Janna Qualman said...

That's a lot of stinkin' books! You better hunker down and get to reading. :)

And the pic is gorgeous.

spyscribbler said...

Ohmigosh! You have National Geographics! My father collected them, had BOXES of them going back to the 1950s. I used to sit in the basement and read through them (mostly looking at the pictures) for HOURS.

My got rid of them all. I hear you can get them on a CD, now, but it's not the same. Not quite as magical.

spyscribbler said...

My mom got rid of them , I mean. LOL, I skipped a word!

Melanie Avila said...

Yeah, funny thing about the National Geographics. My parents got Ibis a subscription for Christmas a couple years ago, then we moved to Mexico a week later. So instead of getting them monthly like normal people, we get them in bulk whenever I go home or they come here. It's Ibis' favorite thing I bring back.

colbymarshall said...

Now I have a hilarious picture in my head of you carrying giant stack o' books taller than you are...hahah!!!

Melanie Avila said...

LOL, they were wobbling when I took the picture - I was sure they'd fall just as I pressed the button.

Nadine said...

Wow, that is a lot of books!! I'm impressed!! (Mainly cause I'm a weakling and don't think I could lift a suitcase with all of those!)

Melanie Avila said...

*giggles*

You think I lifted my suitcase?

*giggles again*

Heavens no. My smaller carry-on suitcase was pretty heavy, but within the limits, and I did lift that thing a couple times.

WendyCinNYC said...

Get busy reading!

Robin said...

Wow! That picture of books looks pretty cool. Could you be a book writer/reader guinea pig and say which ones you like as you read them? Be your best frie-end!d

Robin said...

Not sure where that extra "d" came from. Ha!

Zoe Winters said...

OMG it's kind of funny seeing a picture of the book I sent you. So weird. You dont' really think about your stuff living in other environments haha.

Pink Ink said...

Wow, what a stack of books! Definitely worth the suitcase breaking, eh?

-Pink Ink of AW

Melanie Avila said...

Wendy, I am!

Robin, of course! I can do mini book reports at the end of each one.

Zoe, I know what you mean. My mom was with me when I opened it and before I tore the envelope I said, "This is my first physical contact with the online world!" I'd be lying if it didn't cross my mind that there could be a dead chicken or something in there, but I was relieved to find the book and your note. :D

Pink, definitely. And welcome!

aaroncrocco said...

Don't they have book stores in Mexico!??!?! Doesn't Amazon deliver there?? LOL. That is an insane amount of books! I have 'The Writers Little Helper' and I'm using it to get me started with my new WIP. I think you'll enjoy it, though it's a bit random and disorganized. Plus, I think it was fast-track edited as there are a few gramatical and spelling mistakes.

Melanie Avila said...

Aaron, there aren't any bookstores here. There is a small library but it doesn't have anything I'm interested in.

As for shipping, it's outrageous. I once ordered something that weighed about 3 oz and cost $2, then paid $30 for shipping. I paid $35 for my overweight suitcase and figured that was a good deal.

LOL @ grammatical mistakes in a writing book. :D

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures. Enjoy the books. Does Ibis get any attention!

Travis Erwin said...

Happy reading