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01 April 2003 @ 09:41 am
The Joy of Shopping  
Yesterday I went to Borders. I have wanted to go book shopping for a while, and with my mom's birthday rapidly approaching I had a beautiful excuse to do so. So, I went, purse in hand, with my Borders gift card.

It was beautiful to just browse through the bookstore. My mother likes mysteries and romances and other light reading (but no science fiction/fantasy), so I spent some time in with the romances. I poked and prodded the books, but it is difficult to determine the quality of romantic fiction via cover and back alone.

So, I went to the mystery section. I read Monica Ferris's series of "Cross-Stitch" mysteries (as silly as it sounds truly), and I wanted something that would be fun, light, and potentially useful. I picked up the first book in the series by Nancy something or other, Crime Brulee. It has over 12 recipes interspersed throughout the novel and I kept myself from reading it last night. It looks to be fairly entertaining.

Then I went to the science fiction section. I perused the collections by my favorite authors. I picked up Cyteen and put it back down. I really want to own it, but there are so many other books I want. And well, I have read Cyteen at least 4 times, so it is not in danger of being forgotten. Patricia McKillip's Ombria in Shadow also looked enticing, but I likewise set it aside. I picked up Beth Hilgartner's latest work, Cats in Cyberspace. Cats looked to be much more juvenile than most of the works I have read of hers previously.

I figured that I would have about $5 left on the gift card, so I wandered over to the literature section. I thought I might buy a small selection of Poe or maybe some Porter. Instead I saw I am a Cat by Soseki Natsume, the author of Botchan. I fell in love and put the Hilgartner back for a later time.

I am a Cat is a story of modern Japan and the different attitudes and peoples (etc) told through the eyes of a cat. So far it is hilarious. I started it and got to chortle at the various antics of both the cat and its household.

And for all this pleasure, I got to pay 3 dollars out of pocket. Boy I love gift certificates.
Feeling like: mischievousmischievous
Listening to: I am a Cat - Shonen Knife