I just checked my annual leave for this year via the company's intranet and am both surprised and overjoyed to find that I have more than 15 days of annual leave to clear before I will go for my maternity leave around mid October. Since my maternity leave will extend over to next year, that means I will need to clear them before they are forfeited end of this year.

Since going for a trip is impossible at my current stage, I could do nothing but to take these days off to do some shopping and/or resting at home. So yesterday, I decided to take an afternoon off to do some shopping. I did not buy anything but books, although I did have the intention of shopping for some clothings and shoes but none of these had caught my fancy.

Book shopping during the weekdays is a bliss to me, because of the lesser crowd and you do not have to wait longer at the queue. Here are some of the books I bought yesterday; while a few others were bought online recently:
  • Tribute by Nora Roberts (I couldn't pass this up as they are having a promotion!)
  • Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (I have heard a lot of raves about this book so I want to get this as well)
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (I have always wanted to read other novels by this author after reading Pride and Prejudice, so I figure I may as well get these since I have Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility in my book pile)
  • Nefertiti by Michelle Moran (Another ravings on this book)
  • Body Language by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Helpless by Barbara Gowdy
  • 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
  • The Society of S by Susan Hubbard
  • The Likeness by Tana French (Her debut novel In The Woods is the Winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. As I have this book in my TBR list, I want to add this new release to my pile too!)

And these are some of the books I mooched lately:

Since my bookshelves are already filled to the brim, I have to put these newly-added piles in our storeroom along with the rest of my TBR piles. I am hoping to buy a new shelf in the near future (though I am wondering where I shall put it if I do!), otherwise I could clear some shelves in the storeroom and give away some books. We shall see.

Meanwhile, happy reading to all! :-)

11 Responses
  1. What a nice surprise! My husband works out a job where he has to use his time up before the year end too or lose it. I'm always so envious that he gets to take all these random days off. :-)

    And what better way to spend an afternoon--book shopping! You have some great reading ahead of you, Melody. I hope you enjoy your new books.

  2. Alice Says:

    It's always so nice to go book shopping! That's lots of great new books, Melody. :D

    I've got all Jane Austen's books including the ones you've just bought, and the only one I've read so far is Pride and Prejudice. *GRIN* Enjoy your new books!

  3. Julia Says:

    Whoo-hoo for new books! So happy to see NR's Tribute AND Suzanne Brockmann's Body Language on the list! Hehehe Enjoy all your new books!

    As I said to you before, I seem to seen the movie first before I read the books -- for the genres that written like the author Jane Austen for Emma ( I seen the movie).

  4. Melody Says:

    Wendy - Indeed it is a nice surprise to me! You can be sure I'm going to make full use of it. ;) I'm thinking of taking some days off on some days to catch up on my reading.

    Alice - We booklovers will never get tired of book shopping, right? ;P I'm looking forward to reading one of Jane Austen's books one of these days.

    Julia - I know you'll be happy to see NR's and SB's books on the list, hehe. I haven't seen the movie on Emma so I'll have to look out for the DVD.

  5. Debi Says:

    Oh, how nice to have all those days to use up and get to spend them just relaxing! You certainly deserve them, Melody...and your "relaxing moments" are soon to be fewer, huh?

    What a delicious pile of books! I've got The Society of S in my TBR shelves...just a whim buy one time. Look forward to your review!

  6. Melody Says:

    Debi - Indeed! I'll have to make use of these off days and try to read as many books as possible. ;)

  7. Ana S. Says:

    Such great acquisitions! A lot of those are books I want too. Happy reading to you too, Melody!

  8. Iliana Says:

    Fun - time off & book buying :)
    I recently got Garden Spells too! The Society of S was a good book. I read that one last year and I believe she has a sequel coming out this fall. Yay. Enjoy your book bounty Melody!

  9. Melody Says:

    Nymeth - Thanks! I can't wait to devour them all, hehe.

    Iliana - Oh, I didn't know that there's a sequel to The Society of S! I'll have to check that out as well. Thanks! :)

  10. Kim L Says:

    How nice to have some extra time off! I would definitely welcome that. I'm newer at my job, so I have to hoard my time off at the moment. Eventually I know I'll get some accumulated.

  11. Melody Says:

    Kim, I'm so glad to have those extra days off! I really need it! LOL.

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