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    Booking Through Thursday – Mark-Downs and Mark-Ups

    This week on BTT:

    Does the price of a book affect your decision about buying it? Do you wait for cheaper editions of books you want?

    Yes, I rarely buy books new. The majority of my books are used books from school or charity sales. If I do buy a new book, it is often from a book overstock site. If I do buy a book completely new (say from Amazon), it is usually a treat to myself such as a birthday or Christmas gift. I almost never buy hardcover books new (unless they are cookbooks) and try to wait for the paperback edition.

    Bonus BTT from last week:

    Do you write in your books? Highlight? Make notes? Or do you like to keep your copies as pristine as possible?

    Pristine as possible. I have never really had the habit of highlighting or writing in books, textbook or otherwise. I usually buy used books or give my books away when I am finished with them. I like books that move between people so I keep them as untarnished as possible.

    It bothers me a lot when I find people write or highlight in library books though. Sometimes, it can be amusing if they are correcting grammar, but usually it’s not.

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    The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

    I review this book as a fan of the show and movie. To read and appreciate this book, you must have watched some of the “Veronica Mars” show and definitely the recent movie. I was never a huge fan of the show in the sense I was not vocal about it, but I loved the first season. I grew to adore some of the characters. When the Kickstarter for the movie was announced, I became excited. In summary, I was satisfied with the movie. It was not perfect, but it made me excited like when I had first watched the first season.

    This novel takes place two months after the movie and it continues Veronica Mars’s return to Neptune. Veronica spends a lot of the novel with her best friends Mac and Wallace, her father Keith and a couple of returning characters. The novel felt true to the spirit to the characters and reminded me of an episode of the show.

    The book is darker though. There are more F words, scary scenes, and suspense. I liked it though. It’s not the best written book ever, but it has my favourite characters and it was entertaining and a quick read. There was not enough Logan, but I did not mind. I think the new difficulty in the relationship is much more realistic and enjoyable for me than to watch their trust issues play out ad-nauseaum like it did in the final season of the show.

    The audiobook is narrated by Kristen Bell and she does a pretty good impression of her best friends too. It’s fun hearing the book read by the lead actress of the show.

    Recommended to all my fellow marshmallows.

    Read March 30, 2014.