In just over 24 hours from now, we will all be holding the new Harry Potter book in our hands!!!! I am going to attend the Harry Potter party at my local Barnes and Noble. I may also sneak across the street -- I believe the Borders Express at the mall may be holding a Deathly Hallows ball. I will post pics here at some point over the weekend.
Another blog that I read a while back (I can't remember who, I'm really sorry!) called the Harry Potter books "the ultimate loss leader." I see the loss part -- as a B&N member, I got it for $15 below list price. But the "leader" part worked on me tonight.
Until I moved back here, I didn't realize how much my old life sucked. Living alone, with no friends or family in the area and no opportunity to talk to anyone at work (literally none -- I went days without seeing my co-workers, and when I did, we'd just talk about generic work stuff.) It took its toll on me, I think, and made me kind of emotionally dead to the point where I'd be able to wander through Barnes and Noble, like to buy someone a present, without even being interested at the other books.
Tonight I saw lots of interesting books. Bright Lights, Big Ass by the author of Bitter is the New Black. Dedication by those who brought us the train wreck that was Citizen Girl (they do know how to make them look appealing). The new Augustyn Burrows. The sequel to the Tales of the City series (just the title, Michael Tolliver Lives, made me happy).
But the one I took home with me was a nonfiction. I don't expect to get to it for a while, but I will eventually. Ironically, I found it in the art section, which I was pretending to look at because I saw a guy through the window and I wanted to see if he was cute or not. He wasn't, but this book looks pretty good. It's called The Medici Conspiracy: The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities From Italy's Tomb Raiders to the World's Greatest Museums. Well, I'm pretty sure they left out the museum I work at, but the rest of the world's greatest museums. Call me a freak, but I like the dark side of anything, including my chosen profession. I will keep you posted. And, like everyone with a book blog, look for a post on the end of Harry Potter sooner rather than later.