ALA Midwinter Seattle

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This is my daughter with cardboard Amelia Bedelia

Wow. I’ve never been to one of these before, and thought I should probably take ONE of my kids (one because for two of us it cost $70 to get in–totally worth it though). So I took my daughter, and did bring back many books for my son as well.

Here she is with all of her ARCs

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And here is what I brought home.

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I will read and review andΒ share them when I’m done, maybe with some blog-following contests or something. I better get busy reading! πŸ™‚

What a fun day!

Buying Books

Do you buy books? I'm a little addicted to buying them from this place since the nearest bookstore to my house is over 25 miles away. My house is bigger than our local library, and I'm way too impatient to wait for the 100 people in front of me on the wait list.

While on eBay, bidding on a hand bag (Christmas present), I thought, hey, Shannon, why not see if ebay sells books? Duh. I can't believe all these years I've bought stuff on eBay and never thought of this! As a result, I'm bidding on three YA books (currently the high bidder, BTW), and have two on the way thanks to Buy It Now.

So now I'm feeling a little guilty, not because I'm spending money, because books are truly my only frequent indulgence, next to chocolate; I feel guilty about it because of karma. Buying the books cheap or second-hand means I'm taking away money the author could make, right? I feel it my duty as a writer to buy books if I ever hope to sell some. But then again, one of those Buy It Now books came from a bookstore, which means they'll buy new books and keep the authors in business, right?

What do you think?