In an earlier post this week I mentioned that I was going to Ollie's Bargain Outlet to see what bargains I could find on books. I ended up coming home with six books - four hardback and two paperback - all for less than the price of a single new trade paperback book. I found:
I Hate You, Kelly Donahue by Mark Svartz - I've already read this hilarious title (a review will be coming shortly). I can't resist an interesting design/ format and this fits that criteria. It's appears to be a handwritten spiral bound journal focusing on the narrator's intense hatred of Kelly Donahue and what he plans to do about it.
Dust City by Robert Paul Weston - Sounds like it could be a fun fairy tale retelling featuring the Big Bad Wolf and I love a good retelling.
Department Nineteen by Will Hill - This series has been recommended to me multiple times. A supernatural police force founded by Van Helsing? This sounds like it's right up my alley!
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell - I've been wanting to check out the female counterpart to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I think I'll be happy if it's anywhere near as good.
Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne - It's sounds like a good combination of dark and weird, plus the cover is intriguing.
Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan - This sounds like it could be a fantastic horror mystery - somewhere along the lines of The Mist by Stephen King.
Bonus book: Today, a coworker let me borrow her copy of The Woman He Loved: The Story of the Duchess of Windsor by Ralph G. Martin - a biography of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, a fascinating pair in a fascinating time period.
I thought I would share my most interesting customer interaction of the week. Yesterday, an older gentlemen approached me with a question while I was working with kitchen and bath caulking. I expected his question to involve the paint department in some way since that's my department and his current location. However, this was what he asked: "I have a candle that I like to set beside a light bulb, but when I put it too close to the light bulb, it melts. What should I do so my candle won't melt? Is there anything I can buy that would prevent that?" And, he said it with a completely straight face. Sometimes, I have a hard time telling when someone's joking, but this man wasn't. He was asking in complete earnest. I just don't know about some people...