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Subject: Wish List Books Chat
Date Posted: 8/16/2009 8:36 AM ET
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This is for conversations regarding wish list book offers, which are posted in another thread, by month. Sometimes we want to chat about those books, but that is not a chat thread! The purpose of those monthly threads is:

A place to OFFER Wish List books which one has and wants to share with others. The poster may request that people ask for more than 1 book, to save on shipping costs.  It is usually first-PM-first-serve.

Something like that should be posted in the first post of the month in these threads. Please, write up a better one, that can be copied and pasted.

So, lets chat! What else should we use this thread for? WL books that we'd love to see offered? Or is that against the rules?

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 10:23 AM ET
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Ok so nobody wants to chat about wish list books. That's ok, I can talk to myself LOL. I am looking forward to something getting released at the end of the month, Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs. I think I am #36 on the wish list but I may just buy it.  Someone (in this forum?) mentioned a site called www.bookdepository.com, which is actually in the UK. They often have new releases for half price, and there is no shipping!!!! I ordered some other new releases from them, like Jeaniene Frost's new one (#4), and Faefever by Moning.....great prices on those. I have to remind myself to check that site first....even before using the 40% off coupon.

I have been watching with interest a book that was released June 1st. I was #6 before it came out. Now #3. No copies have yet to be posted to PBS. So the 42 people wishing will be waiting a long time....its $9.99 on bookdepository, which is not bad.

 

What new releases are other people waiting for?

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 11:12 AM ET
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I'm looking forward to Obsidian Prey by Jayne Castle due out Aug. 25th. I haven't bothered to wishlist it b/c I plan to buy it (maybe at Target where it should be 25% off, unless my local Border store has it out early which is happening a lot lately). One of the things I love about PBS is that it gives me an excuse to buy books, esp. WL ones, post the book and poof! I can get another book. I tell myself I'm saving a little money this way, yeah right.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 11:32 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/17/2009 12:30 PM ET
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Anne,

The Book Depository is now in the US.  It is great.  Most books that I have looked at are cheeper than Amazon also there is no shipping regardless of what you buy.  You can pre-order books generally cheeper than Amazon also I have heard that many times the books are mailed when they get to the warehouse not the release date like Amazon waits for.  Also since The Book Depository is international you can get books that aren't published in the US cheep.  I just bought a paperback book for under $3 at The Book Depository that is published in the UK but not here.  At Amazon I would have had to pay over $15 for the same book.  I have a feeling that The Book Depository is going to be taking a lot of my money.

Nancy,

Those W's or Wa's next to books are guilt inducing for me.  I actually keep a paper with all the books that I have that have those marks next to them so that when I am trying to decide what book to read I look at the paper to help me decide. 

I have looked at some of my wishlist books and thought when would be a good time to buy the book.  Some of my books never seem to move and others I seem to be like 200 of 400 wishers.  I look at that and think maybe I should just buy the book but then I look at my TBR pile and think no I have enough books to keep me occupied I should just be patient.  Other times I look at my bookshelf and see 3 books out of 4 books in a  series and I am waiting for the 4th book.  I have OCD when reading series I try to have the whole series (or as mush as possible if not all books have been published) before I start reading.  Right now I have a series on my bookshelf where there are seven books.  I have all but number 4.  I don't want to read the series without number 4 but for some odd reason number 4 is very popular and I am 100 something on the waiting list.  So I have been debating about buying the book so I can read the series.  The weird thing about the series is that only two books are wishlisted.  I have huge debates with myself about buying books.  When do you guys break down and buy books?

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 12:53 PM ET
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Gotta laugh, Nancy. You're certainly no more OCD than I am. Back in March 2008, before the WL system indicated when a book was last listed and guesstimated when you might be offered the book, I set up an Excel spreadsheet to track my wishlist, to see how quickly I moved up the queue, and to guesstimate how many credits I'd need in the near future. I still use it.

It's particularly frustrating with so many users putting their accounts on vacation hold. One week, I'll be moving up 5 slots in a queue and the next week, backsliding 10 slots. It's really crazy when I'm at #1 and anxious for that "Wish granted" e-mail, only to check a few days later and find myself back at #5 or 6. :-(

I, too, have several books on my WL that haven't been listed in a very long time. But their presence on the list forces me to be more selective when adding more titles.

As for my TBR mountain... it's actually a small heap. Fewer than 25 books. Which probably means I spend way too much time reading (is that possible?). One stack that is slowly growing is the Hunters series by Shiloh Walker. I have rec'd 3 of the later titles but found this is one series where you have to start at the beginning (Walker doesn't provide enough back story).

Postage? The only way I can afford my PBS habit is by selectively selling some series and HTF titles on eBay. :-(

Colleen

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 2:38 PM ET
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WL books.  yum.  ;)

well, except for the one book i bought myself and the one i replaced it with, my top 10 most wanted WL books hasn't changed in a month.  though at least i'm up to #4 on a couple of those, so *hopefully* they'll be getting posted to me soonish - one is estimating a week, the other a month.  i *want* The Mage, so i can finally find out how the series ends, but it's been estimating i should get it soon so many times i don't want to break down and buy it since i'm not keeping it.

the next two releases i'm most looking forward to are Hunting Ground (Alpha and Omega, Bk 2) by Patricia Briggs next week (#20 on WL - will probably break down and buy, but since it's a keeper i won't mind), and What A Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken (#1 on WL!).

i refuse to let the little W's induce any guilt.  it's not until page 5 of my TBR pile (showing most recently added books first) that i get more non-WL than WL.  i read plenty of WL books every month anyway, just picking out what i want to read.

though after years of just buying stuff i really want, and then looking at how many books i bought new that are still sitting there unread, now i'm trying not to buy things unless i'm actually going to read them soon.  i can always buy them later if i don't get them via WL and i'm actually ready to read it.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 3:11 PM ET
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"It's particularly frustrating with so many users putting their accounts on vacation hold. One week, I'll be moving up 5 slots in a queue and the next week, backsliding 10 slots. It's really crazy when I'm at #1 and anxious for that "Wish granted" e-mail, only to check a few days later and find myself back at #5 or 6. :-( "

You're so right, Colleen!  By the way, I was just thinking the other day how much I appreciated your help with my spreadsheet so long ago.  I love it!  The whole thing with the vacation holds has indeed been very frustrating.  Plus, did you notice maybe two months ago when most of your WL books moved up an unrealistic number of spots?  It was too good to be true so I figured it had to have been a glitch.  Sure enough, soon thereafter, there were "adjustments" back toward more normal figures - darn it! ;-)

As for WL books...I'm looking forward to Obsidian Prey and What a Dragon Should Know as well.  I'll have to look into the Patricia Briggs book...Hunting Ground. I just recently started WL'ing all of her Mercy Thompson series. I've never read anything by this author but it all  sound good.  I'm also looking forward to Belong to the Night  by Shelly Laurenston (8/25/09) and Grady's Awakening (Resonance Mates bk 4) by Bianca D'arc.  It comes out tomorrow in ebook and next year sometime in print: http://samhainpublishing.com/coming/grady-s-awakening

-Lynn

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 3:12 PM ET
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Arica, I thought The Book Depository was in the UK because that's where the first set of books I ordered all came from. I'll be watching to see where the next set comes from!

I should not be buying *any* books unless I think it will be a keeper. I have hundreds in my bedroom (all on book shelves) plus I can get most anything I want from booksfree.com. So I don't need to buy anything!  However that hasn't stopped me. I need an intervention! I am going to be firm with myself from now on! If I can't get it for $4 or less I am not buying it (including shipping costs, if any!)

 

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 3:35 PM ET
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Nancy, you might find people offer you WL books if your wl was public.   I have many books I just give away rather than even check to see if there is a wish list.  I have managed to pick up some fairly obscure stuff here, like the Wiki Coffin murder series, but I know getting SPQR books is nearly impossible.  Most are read by men and they rarely trade them.  The SPQR books are on my keeper shelf and both my brother and I enjoy them a lot.  If I found one taker for many books, I might be willing to let some go, but I rarely ship single books anymore.  That why I post WL books to FIFO  infrequently.  Trade paperback and hardcover are just too costly to ship alone.  I will, on occasion, put a few thru FIFO so those unable to use the forums to find their books have a chance, but it's more of a 'gift' to them than anything else.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 3:47 PM ET
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Lynn, soooo glad I could help you get in touch with your OCD'ness!

The lines for Bengal's Heart (Lora Leigh) and Dark of Night (Suzanne Brockmann) are moving pretty quickly while all others are plodding along, so I'm cautiously optimistic. I can't complain though. I've had 20 wishes granted since July 1. Just don't ask how long I've been in the queue for some of those. '-D

REACHERFAN: I agree about the postage for trade-size/hardcovers being too high to post to the shelf. If I come across a buddy's wish that I can grant, I'll do that. I've got a huge bookshelf filled with mostly category titles. After 2 years on the site, I'm finally far enough up the FIFO pile that they are requested with some frequency, with users often clearing my shelf of a favorite author... i.e., this week, I'm shipping 8 Lucy Gordon titles and 7 Lass Small titles. Since these typically weigh 5-6 oz wrapped, they're postage lite.

Colleen



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Date Posted: 8/17/2009 4:00 PM ET
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Anne,

I can't help you with where The Book Depository is going to send from.  My first order was for a game so it didn't come directly to me and my second order I know is coming from the UK because of the book that I bought.  I try (not too hard) to buy only keepers but then I get suckered into buying other books whether at a book store or online.  I also have no will power when places like Ellora's Cave has a big sale.  I have very little will power when it comes to books.  Although I am having space issues because I have so many books which is becoming a problem.  I am not sure I could keep to $4 a book.  I think the only books that inexpensive these days are Harlequin Presents books.  I can handle Harlequin Presents books but only in small doeses. 

So what books am I looking forward to I am not sure.  Jayne Ann Krentz has a book coming out in January that I am looking forward to.  I really like Jayne Ann Krentz books although her Harmony books haven't been up to par lately.  I was counting down the days for Dangerous Passions by Lisa Marie Rice to come out.  I bought her book as soon as it hit the shelves.  I am looking forward to seeing what JR Ward's new series is going to be like.  The first book Covet is coming out soon and I do have the book wishlisted.  I was looking forward to Hidden Currents to finish off the Drake sister series but because of the reviews I am not sure I want to read it.  Lori Foster has her last Fighter series book coming out early 2010.  I am a little unsure about that book.  I liked all the books but My Man Michael was from left field.  If Lori goes back to how the other books were written than it may be an enjoyable read.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 6:47 PM ET
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I have way too many books to read so I shouldn't even be checking out the WL theads! the ones I really really want ( or wanted since my patience level is fairl low !) I end up buying myself..occasionally something will turn up on my WL but I've been getting stuff from my RL lately.

I'll probably go out and buy Aiken's new book and the Laurenston title as well...I've liked her books so far but I do still have 2 on my ereader to read - started the 2nd book, Go Fetch then have Here Kitty Kitty to read..haven' tliked this series as much but not sure why..think it's the violence in it..more I think than the other series had.

I though the main purpose of the WL thead - or purposes- was to post books to our fellow romance buddies and for the sender to save on postage. The few timesI've posted stuff I've wanted to save on shipping but I've sent out singles since I've gotten singles. These asking someone to order books from the shelf then posting a book to the wl iskinda, I dunno, almost like asking more than 1 credit for the book though technically not since a credit per book is being done but the other book(s) probably wouldn't have been requested otherwise. I just ignore them 'cause I dont wanna draw attention to the thread! but I've noticed a lot of names I don't recognize so I guess word's gotten out huh?!

I like reading the thread though and seeing who's getting what..kinda fun. One time I was so close to requesting one but said I'd wait and hope someone else beat me to it and sure 'nuff! took several hours though :-)

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 8:33 AM ET
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hee hee boy the smut posted sure goes fast doesn't it?! :-)  sigh..love my smut collection...

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 8:46 AM ET
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me too Susanna, I need to read more and collect less LOL

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 8:55 AM ET
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Smut? Nah. Soft porn for the lovelorn. Let's face it, ladies. We're all virtual vixens. Cyber sluts. Ro Ho's. <wink>

Colleen

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 9:44 AM ET
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I'm happy to admit it. Love my smut. Wish I would have known about it years ago. Back when all I could find was porn magazines and stupid victorian porn stories written by men. ugh. and then there was Anne Rice writing cool vampires who didn't have sex.  I love my romance and my paranormal with sex!

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 12:07 PM ET
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Oh my, you gals are crackin' me up! I, too, am a "virtual vixen" who loves her booty books. In fact, that's the reason I signed up for PBS in the first place. This place is a treasure trove for erotica, and my hefty WL is prime evidence of that fact. The books on my WL that I'm most looking forward to are any of the Lora Leighs, Maya Banks and Megan Harts. But the new release I'm anxiously awaiting is Patricia Briggs' next Mercy installment, Silver Borne, but that's not until February. :-(
Date Posted: 8/19/2009 12:22 PM ET
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Lora Leigh and Maya Banks are favorites of mine!!!! Love love love them. Have a few Megan Hart books here that I haven't read yet!

I think Silver Borne is the one where I am #1.....could be a different book of hers....I am psyched, I love her paranormals!!!!  Haven't read her fantasy books.

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 12:48 PM ET
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Anne, I am totally in love with the Mercy series. I didn't even bother putting myself on the WL for Silver Borne - for me, that's an automatic trip to the bookstore on the day it's released! I actually just started putting Briggs' other series on my RL, though Cry Wolf is on its way to me as we speak. :-D
Date Posted: 8/19/2009 12:49 PM ET
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I've never read any Patricia Briggs. Almost afraid to. I don't have any more room on my WL. :-(

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 1:21 PM ET
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Colleen, I can't recommend the Mercy series enough, especially if you like paranormal/urban fantasy (she leans more toward the latter). Haven't read any of her other stuff (yet) so I can't comment, but Mercy is a keeper for me.
Date Posted: 8/19/2009 1:24 PM ET
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Gina, make sure you read the short story in the On the Prowl anthology before you read Cry Wolf. You really need to.

So far I have kept all my Patricia Briggs books, too.

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 2:06 PM ET
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On the Prowl is sitting on my bookshelf, just waiting for the other two books in the series to join it! :-D
Date Posted: 8/19/2009 3:29 PM ET
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I still need to read Briggs' books..I have 3 or 4 of them..2 different series but they just haven't made their way to thetop yet..same with Jim Butcher..read the first Dresden Files book and liked it but haven't caught up. my coworker/friend hs been reading my paranormal..she's addicte now...she didn't like regular romance but read fantasy so most have been a good match for her; she loved laurenston/aiken and that's a lot of sex in those..but she said she liked the story better than that part...um, yeah right LOL!

 

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