Nathan Bransford, Author

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Writer Appreciation Week: Published Authors!

The published! They are the hardy souls who have climbed the Mount Everest of the writing and publication process. They scaled the foothills of writing, ascended the steep cliffs of agent-finding, and rose to the pinnacle of authordom without being felled by a freak storm and resorting to cannibalism (that you know of).

These pioneers make the multi-year climb, they stand atop the peak... and then realize it's sometimes a little lonely and chilly up there.

They shout, "Please! Buy my book (book book book echo echo echo)....... Um... please? (um... please? um... please? um... please? echo echo echo)

How can you help out these writers, the ones whose book you happened to hear about on a blog or picked up off the street or checked out at the library and loved?

The best way: buy a new book.

Authors don't get royalties for used book sales, their sales reports aren't padded when 10 friends pass along their book to each other, they only get credit for one sale no matter how many times people check it out from the library.

So: In honor of published authors, especially the ones who are living in non-bestsellerdom... let's help these people out.

For Published Author Day on Writer Appreciation Week I encourage, nay, require, nay, okay you can do whatever you want, everyone to buy a new book. And then brag about it in the comment section.

If times are tough for you at the moment: totally understand. There are lots of ways to support our favorite published authors. And it just so happens that Eileen Flanagan has a great post on how to do just that. (via Janet Reid)

Write a positive Amazon review! Or a Goodreads review or Tweet or blog about how much you love it! Help out your favorite authors. And then brag about it in the comments section.

I just bought LOST CITY RADIO by Daniel Alarcon. And THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST by Stuart Neville.

What about you?


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Scott Eagan said...

Fully agree with this one!

Scott Eagan
Greyhaus Literary Agency

Dawn said...

There are a couple of books I'd like to buy when I get the cash: Middlesex and Vanished. I've heard good things about both. (=

sex scenes at starbucks said...

I just bought two yesterday. Stuart's US version and one from the guy who I'm picking up from the airport for our conference on Thursday!

Yea for books!

Rose said...

Do we have to buy a book today? Can't we brag about our recent purchases? Mine included not one, but three new books by James Bamford: BODY OF SECRETS, THE PUZZLE PALACE, and THE SHADOW FACTORY.

Thank you, Mr Bamford for the work that is proving so helpful with my current WIP.

And to all the Published out there:
Nine bows to you for having what it took to get where you are.

JohnO said...

I did my bit this weekend, buying "Piano Shop on the Left Bank," and "Captain Freedom," by G. Xavier Robillard.

JenniferWriter said...

Great idea! I just went crazy buying several books by Catherynne M. Valente:

Palimsest (if you love language, buy this book!), In the Night Garden, and The Labyrinth.

I also recently picked up Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Audrianna said...

Done! LOL

I actually did this yesterday. I bought a book called "Prophecy of the Sisters" by Michelle Zink. I don't know how *new* it is, but it's hardcover.

Not to mention all the newer, but not just released books I buy on a weekly basis. My goal: have enough books to have a full library in my future million dollar mansion *cough* (think Beauty and the Beast library)!

Kiersten White said...

Today I am buying Catching Fire, Wings, and Paper Towns : )e

Anonymous said...

I hate to be a curmudgeon...but I say buy a GREAT book, a book with integrity and substance.

'Value' is created in the equal and opposite action/reaction of all buyers and sellers.

'Wealth' increases when/where socio-economic values increase.

Increase individual/collective wealth...value...integrity: Buy a book with substance. Buy a great book...


Anonymous said...

I love books, so I buy them.

But the majority of the books I bought "just to support struggling authors" I bought for the wrong reason. I will always buy a book for the right reasons, i.e., when the story or the subject is compelling enough that I want to read it.

Anyway, as a writer going into bankruptcy, it's gotten rather out of my budget at this point, so I have had to become very selective.

(sorry to be so depressing - stil rooting for all writers out there trying anyway!)

Nathan Bransford said...


If no one buys great books there won't be any.

So, uh, buy a great NEW book.

Anonymous said...

@Audrianna...Yay! PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS is really good. And new. It just came out over the summer.

I bought CATCHING FIRE just a half hour ago. Next week I'll buy DAY AFTER NIGHT by Anita Diamant.

Cheryl said...

I just purchased this past weekend "The Doctor's Wife" by Elizabeth Brundage.

Fascinating start to say the least.

Anonymous said...

If it helps, I almost never buy used books.

Like I said, love *LOVE* new books, especially great and compelling ones.

And I support the sentiments here! Right On Nathan!

(just broke right now)

MeganRebekah said...

I'll be doing my part after work today - Catching Fire has been calling my name for a long time!

Allena Tapia said...

OK! I bought (NEW) Whatever Happened to Anna K.? and I LOVED it! Sure, I tried to find it at the library, and at the used websites, but it's new, and I deserved a treat, so...!

D. G. Hudson said...

Great idea to encourage the buying of books by new authors. Congrats to those who have accomplished what we all want - publication.

However, in the last year, two of the new books I bought have been a little disappointing. Not all debut authors are equal. It takes a bit of research to find the good ones. When I do, I will buy them.

That said, I plan to attend the Book Festival in Vancouver, ( will probably buy some of the local authors' wares. I choose my books carefully, but I love to support a new writer if they write a good book.

Dearth of Reason said...

"Devil in the White City," by Erik Larson. I already read it, but I enjoyed it so much I just bought it again to give to a friend.

BTW: I happened to be in Portland Oregon last week and got to lose myself in the labyrinth of Powell's City of Books for the first time. Wow! That's up there with the best of them. Whatever happens in the electronic future of publishing, I hope we never lose treasures like Powell's.

mkcbunny said...

I am doing my part this week by putting a bunch of books on my birthday wish. Friends and family are now supporting a variety of authors as a result. Just received Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants.

Also asked for gift certificates, which will go toward a Kindle (so excited!). My first Kindle book will probably be The Help.

mkcbunny said...

That was supposed to say "birthday wish list."

Patrice said...

I just bought the Kindle versions of SAVVY, by Ingrid Law, THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, by Carrie Ryan, and JULIE AND JULIA, by Julie Powell. For my kids, I bought -all new paperbacks- four titles in THE LIGHTNENING THIEF series (Rick Riordan), MY SISTER'S KEEPER, by Jodi Picoult, and a second copy of INKHEART, by Cornelia Funke.

Let's hear it for the published authors! I don't know where I'd be without them. They give me hope.

(Nathan, you have so many Anonymous readers, and no matter what their opinions, you are always so courteous. Yesterday, Sarah Davies had something funny to say to them. Read it for a chuckle:

Thermocline said...

I'm starting to think Terry Pratchett writes faster than I read. I've only just caught up enough to crack open my new copy of Making Money.

Vacuum Queen said...

I just yesterday bought a book to start on my kids' first day of school (today). It was "The 19th Wife" and I totally freaking LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Totally. Go buy it. I have no indie bookstore in town anymore, so I did buy it at Target, which I think makes people mad, but hey, at least I bought it.

I'm half way finished and I can't wait to read more. Big thumbs up.

Mira said...
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T. Anne said...

OK, OK you twisted my arm...I'm off to Amazon, sheesh. ;)

Mira said...

Aw shoot. I'm starting to really second guess myself. I'll need to think about that.

On topic:

Oh, this is very cool. Yay for the published and for books!

I'm proud to report that every month, I spend a set amount on new books. I get a bunch, and that lasts me until the next month. It supports my fellow writer, and is good karma.

I'm not going to tell you what I bought this month, because my tastes are not highbrow, and I prefer to maintain the illusion that they are.

But they were very good books. I really enjoyed them.

Ink said...

I'm going to buy The Drowning City on the way home, a debut book just released within the last week or so. Even if I am a foul purveyor of used books. :)

John said...

I recently bought:
Deeper, James A. Moore;
The Talisman, Stephen King & Peter Straub;
The Husband, Dean Koontz;
Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz;
The Inner Circle, T. C. Boyle

My reading queue is getting bloated, but I'm a slow reader :)

Ina said...

Everyone writing YA should go buy Jeanne DuPrau's "The City of Ember" and Cornelia Funke's "Inkheart".

Robert McGuire said...

Lorrie Moore's new book is winging its way to me from my favorite local internet retailer, as is Dan Chaon's "You Remind Me of Me."

Boni Ashburn said...

I bought a book by an author who inspired me to start writing- LOUSY ROTTEN STINKIN' GRAPES by Margie Palatini- and a book by an author (and illustrator) who I admire for all she (and he!) contribute to the children's writing world- BOBBY AND ME (ACCIDENTALLY) by Lisa Yee (and Dan Santat).

Ink said...

Okay, Lost City Radio might be on my list now, too. Curse you.

onefinemess said...

Just picked up Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss) in hardcover - taking a risk there, but pretty much anyone and everyone into fantasy is referring it to me, so we'll see. So far, I can't bring myself to start reading it out of fear that it will suck and I wasted my monthly book budget :P.

Also picked up Third Claw of God (Adam Troy-Castro), doing my "support a new fantasy/sci-fi author" thing. The fact that he has a cover blurb by the True Blood writer makes my brain hurt, although I suppose (?) it's good for sales. It was decent.

I picked up both at the downtown Powell's, potentially the one mentioned by Dearth of Reason. Definitely the best bookstore I've encountered in my brief lifespan.

Keith Schroeder said...

Do I really need encoragement to buy books? No.

I listed twenty or so books I've read this summer on my blog. Since the posting I've read several more. I started Nate Kenyon's THE BONE FACTORY last night and it is pretty good.

Carrie Harris said...

I bought Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev.

Cannot wait to read it.

Rick Daley said...

I bought two new books last week, can I credit one toward this week since I'm still reading it?

First one, which I devoured on three plane flights last week (and in perfect form with the Mount Everest analogy) was INTO THIN AIR. It sent me into a mad Google / YouTube fervor to supplement the intensity of the read, and I kept thinking about it for days after I finished.

The other book is FREAKONOMICS. Very cool so far, I'm half-way through with it.

WORD VERIFICATION: asigh. A deep breath that's more than a normal breath but not quite as extended as a yawn (and less contagious).

Amy said...

Thank you for validating my addiction to Amazon Books!

Anonymous said...

Dear Patrice,

I think the anonymous handle is delicate and try very consciously to be courteous when using it. I know it can be misused. It is also a very safe way to take part in a conversation without the danger of the snarks. I don't like mean people either.
I also agree, Nathan handles people here with impressive courtesy.


kathrynjankowski said...

Great idea!

I just bought GRACELING, HEROES OF THE VALLEY, and THE WEE FREE MEN (a laugh-out-loud treasure).

Cory said...

I've got over a dozen books on pre-order and/or on the way ATM.

One tip for people with a small budget: both the US and UK sites of The Book Depository offer very, very cheap books. I've picked up popular, brand-new books on pre-order for less than four euros, shipping included.

Susan Adrian said...


Just bought SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater, and SKINNED by Robin Wasserman.

When I told my husband I "know" Maggie, he said, "Then why doesn't she send you a copy?"

My answer: "I want to support her by *buying* a copy of her book. Just as I hope my friends will do someday when I have a book out!"


ryan field said...

I recently read a pg rated vampire novel by a new writer, Malia Sutton. The book is titled LOVING DAYLIGHT. It's set on Mt. Desert Island, ME, which I love. And the character arcs are amazing.

I'm also a huge fan of Jamie Ford's HOTEL AT THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET. I love that book and did leave a review for it on amazon.

Mira said...

Oh, I'll share one I bought. It was a re-print of a very early Terry Prachett. It was very affirming, because it really was sort of mediocre. I adore Terry Prachett and think he's brilliant, so how wonderful to see that he wasn't all that good when he was first starting out!

Ink said...


Into Thin Air is one of the truly great books. Wish I could read it again for the first time... Luckily, though, Krakauer's new book drops this fall. I await it all greedyfingered.


Richard Mabry said...

Just bought CERTAIN JEOPARDY by Capt Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky. Now if I can get it away from my wife (who's been engrossed since Chapter 1), I'll read it and post a review.

Marcy said...

Over the weekend, I used a $20 certificate to buy 2 NEW books -- The $64 Tomato and The Shadow of the Wind.

I love buying new books. It's a major weakness of mine. That and buying shoes. I keep Borders and Zappos alive.

Kristan said...

The BF recently bought Outliers. Loved it.

TereLiz said...

Just went out on my lunch break and bought Catching Fire. I was also looking for Jessica Verday's The Hollow, but it wasn't in stock yet, so I reserved a copy.

So, all y'all will be buying my book when it finally gets picked up, right? ;)

Laura Martone said...

Nathan - Thanks for having a writer appreciation week. I really, uh, appreciate your support and encouragement. Here's hoping that Hallmark will jump on the Bransford bandwagon soon!

As for honoring the hearty published souls of the world... about a month ago, I attended a book signing at Saturn Booksellers - a small, indie bookstore in northern Michigan - in preparation for my own travel guide signing. Ostensibly, I was just going to support a fellow author before my big day, but I ended up leaving with a signed copy (purchased, of course) of Bryan Gruley's debut novel Starvation Lake. It's about a hockey-playing newspaper reporter who attempts to solve a decade-old murder in his small northern Michigan town... and it was freakin' awesome.

So, naturally, taking your and Eileen Flanagan's incredible advice BEFORE I received said advice, I blogged about it.

It really is a terrific book - and I've tried passing the word along for a solid month now... May someone do the same for me someday!

Jeanie W said...

I just bought CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins, WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead, and READING LIKE A WRITER by Francine Prose about an hour before I saw this post. And I bought RAMPANT by Diana Peterfreund on Saturday. I would say I'm done buying books for the month, but the National Book Festival is coming up on the 26th and I don't see how I can come away from that empty-handed.

I am going to be so broke.

Broadway Mouth Blog said...

Well, I was looking forward to getting into the last two Jane Austen books I haven't read (which I recently bought new). I'll have to make a stop and the bookstore and see if there's something modern to take on in celebration of Writer Appreciation Week.

Ben Dutton said...

Gwendoline Riley's Joshua Spassky. Despite being an award winner (Betty Trask and Somerset Maugham awards) I've only ever seen her books in a bookstore once.

Bane of Anubis said...

Rick, both great books... listened to ITA as a book on tape -- riveting stuff.

Kristin said...

I just bought BREAK by Hannah Moskowitz. Absolutely fabulous. Everyone should read it!

Rebecca Knight said...

Bought three yesterday! :D I'm a big believer in supporting authors one new book at a time, too.

Plus, I love shiny, shiny books. Win, win!

Diana said...

I just bought Roxanne St. Claire's new romance, HUNT HER DOWN. I've never read her work before, but I started following her on twitter, was amused by her web page, and went out to buy it. I'm only about 40 pages in, but I really like her writing and the pacing.

In that same bag of books, I bought Victoria Laurie's new book, DOOM WITH A VIEW, which was a good paranormal mystery (I already finished it!).

Matilda McCloud said...

I ordered from Amazon the memoir GIRL IN A ORANGE DRESS: SEARCHING FOR A FATHER WHO WON'T FAIL by Margot Starbuck, which I learned about on Rachelle Gardner's blog (guest post). I also saw BLUE BOY by Rakesh Satyal in B&N the other day (a guest post on this blog) and made a note that I should buy it. So I WILL buy it this week in honor of Writer Appreciation Week!

Mark Terry said...

I bought "Even Money" by Dick Francis and Felix Francis.

And I highly recommend you buy a copy of The Devil's Pitchfork and/or The Serpent's Kiss by, um, me, since they're going out of print, uh, yesterday, I think.

Karla Doyle said...

I've bought more books than ever this year - since I got my Sony e-reader. Today I'll buy either Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch, or The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson... maybe both, since it's Published Author Day.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Long time lurker here.

I bought In The Woods by Tana French. Okay, it's two years old, but it was still her debut. Regardless of the subject matter - murdered kids in a Dublin neighborhood - it is quite a good read. She's a fresh new voice and I'll probably buy her follow up novel as well.

Margaret Yang said...

Support the industry that you want to support you!

I bought 6 books over the weekend.

Steph Damore said...

Okay Laura, here you go:

I bought fellow blogger Laura Martone's travel book MOON MICHIGAN yesterday at my local B&N. And I can't wait until her fiction piece, HOLLOW SOULS, is picked up so I can buy that too!

Anonymous said...

Bought a couple new books this weekend and am greatly regretting one - seems was published without proofreading, editing, or even just a pal reading it once as a favor. So many word usage errors, so many typos, so many errors!!! I want my money back.

Lori Benton said...

Deal. I bought Raising Rain, by Debbie Fuller Thomas, which released today (Sept 1) from Moody Publishers.

Go Debbie!

Niveau said...

I went book shopping last Tuesday and now have no money left. But I did my bit to support several authors! Anyway, I bought:
Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare - loved it
The Maiden's Hand by Susan Wiggs - meh
Michel Strogoff by Jules Verne - I'm not sure if the title's spelled differently in English, hmm... anyway, I'm liking it but my French is a bit rusty
Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder - I have a hard time letting go of authors I've loved, but this trilogy is SO not nearly as good as the Study series was
Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block - hmm. That's all I can say about it thus far. Hmm.
Powers by... ugh, I can't remember the author's name and I've already let a friend borrow it - I love the premise and the characters, but it needs more depth, and length. I'll totally buy more of her books, though.
The Looking Glass Wars - I'm like it. I'm not finished it yet but I really like it.
I also bought The Splendor of Silence by Indu Sundaresan and Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck, but I haven't started either of those yet.

Audrianna said: think Beauty and the Beast library

That's so my dream library, too. It was the best part of the whole movie.

Christine said...

Should I make a list? In the last 2 weeks I received (read: bought and was shipped) 16 books. Got an extra 7 on order, 5 of which I should receive next week. You could say I support authors. Thankfully I usually don't buy them full price, which gives me the chance to support more authors.

Eric said...

Dean Young's Primitive Mentor.

Etiquette Bitch said...

I just bought my SECOND copy of "Assassination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell. 1 for me (last year) and 1 for a friend this week (bday present). I can't bear to give a used book --- yecch. (I've received used books twice as presents. My first thought: "this is what you think of me? seriously?")

Yeah, Sarah kinda sorta doesn't need any of our help -- she's easily my least favorite NPR guest, but her writing is superb and educational while being funny + witty. She makes me want to learn history. And I can't stand history.

Karen said...

I just bought How to be Single by Liz Truccillo and The Big House by George Howe Colt.

Haven't had a chance to read either one, but I felt good buying them.

scott g.f. bailey said...

I bought Jon Clinch's "Finn" and everything I didn't have already by Jhumpa Lahiri. And last month I bought Jonathan Evison's "All About Lulu" and Mary Miller's "Big World."

Laura Martone said...

Oh, Steph D., you're the best! My publisher and I thank you for your travel guide purchase. Gotta spread the word about this lovely state!

And I can't wait either until my novel, HOLLOW SOULS, is picked up so that you and others can buy that, too!

And the same goes for YOUR novel!

Yvette Ward-Horner said...

Having a shiny new book on my coffee table makes me giddy. I just bought Winter of Different Directions, by Steven McDermott.

Robena Grant said...

I bought Girls in Trucks, by Katie Crouch earlier this summer. This is her debut book and a very good read. I read it when I first bought it, now again for bookclub in two weeks time.

Bought Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides two days ago because I realized I'd seen the movie and never read the book. I'm enjoying it so far.

Cathryn said...

Just bought SHARP OBJECTS, by Gillian Flynn, and THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE,by Heather Gudenkauf.

Kristi said...

Rick - I loved Freakonomics and almost picked it for my book club.

Even though I recently bought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Nathan said to buy something TODAY. So, although I couldn't get to an actual bookstore and had to order off Amazon - I just bought:

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Wings by Aprilynne is on my list, but I have to finish my current wip first. I don't read books with similar elements while I'm writing but I should finish it soon and then I'll buy that one. :)

Jen C said...

Ugh, I've spent about $200 in the past 10 days on books, but they're all non-fiction reference books. I will endeavour to pick up a fiction soon. Not today though. I already spent all my money on cupcakes. (they were really, really good cupcakes).

Word Veri: cophob. A chat with a policeman?

Bontemps said...

I just got The Hickory Staff, by Robert Scott and Jay Gordon,and The Fade by Chris Wooding.

One thng though, authors do get an annual PLR payment from the library system based upon loans (not in the U.S.). It aint much but its there.

Rachel Bateman said...

I am a compulsive book buyer-I have bookshelves full with stacks of books surrounding them. Sometimes I will rent a book from the library-then buy it immediately afterwards because I must have my own!

Recently I bought 3 copies of The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (one for me-after having rented the audiobook for a long car ride-one for my mom, and one for a cousing).

Other recent buys: Drood by Dan Simmons, Wither by JG Passarella, and Thirst No. 1 by Christopher Pike.

Love the blog, Nathan. Congrats on signing Natalie-you got a good one!

Gina said...

Re writers only getting paid once no matter how many times a book is taken out from a library:
what a pity that the US doesn´t have a Public Lending Right scheme, unlike most European countries, Canada and Australia. I´ve never met a writer who didn´t strongly support public libraries, which for many people are the only way they can possibly read. It´s only fair that there should be compensation for the writer.

Ink said...


I should say Freakonomics was really good, too. Not as good as Into Thin Air, but really good. If you like that sort of book (Freakonomics) you should check out Malcolm Gladwell. I'm his newest fan.

Kim said...

I'm saving up to preorder Bree Despain's THE DARK DIVINE. It's one of those keep-you-up-till-four-in-the-morning, can't-put-it-down sort of books, and my favorite mix of well written, meaningful, and intensely, all around good. I got to read the rough draft, and I can't wait till it comes out in December!

Jen P said...

Patrick Ness - The Knife of Never Letting Go

I've started compiling my family Christmas gift list and planning gifts to buy for others today, so great new BOOKS are featuring prominently.

Great week Nathan!

Steve Axelrod said...

I totally agree with you there. I've always been suspicious of libraries: file sharing for the Luddites. I've just bought quite a few books -- a Robert B. Parker paperback or two (I recently demoted him from hardcover); all four volumes of my friend Paul Park's Princess of Roumania series; and from Amazon UK I got the new A.S Byatt novel ("The Children's Book") three months ahead of the US publication. I couldn't wait. Also, a new book I discovered in the best way, browsing through a book store: The Magicians, by Lev Grossman. It's kind of "Bright Lights Big City" meets "The Secret History" meets "Harry Potter". Delightful. I'll be looking for Grossman's other book, "The Codex", soon ...

Anonymous said...

This post inspired me. I just went out and bought The Elegance of the Hedgehog for me, and the new Sisters Grimm and The Naked Mole Rat Letters for my daughter. Sadly, the bookstore was out of Catching Fire so I'm ordering it on-line instead.

wonderer said...

I'm on it! Just bought UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld, and will be buying GIVE UP THE GHOST by Megan Crewe as soon as it's out (later this month).

Linda Godfrey said...

I might also add that published authors receive nothing when you read their work in Google Books (insert much fuming here).

I do continually buy new books -- and bookshelves -- but just bought one for research,Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age - Gregg Braden because I'm interested in application of fractals to various fields, and this author is good at putting science in layman's terms.

For fun, amusement and literary edification I chose Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel - Seanan McGuire. A half-faerie P.I. who just spent 14 years as a fish? What Pisces could resist that?

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Amen! Not only that, but support your bookstore! Don't buy from if you don't have to!

TKA said...

Okay Nathan,

For fear of being denied access to your blog tomorrow (or some other horrendous fate) I suppose I will have to stop and buy CATCHING FIRE on my way home from work today.

Good thing I have been eagerly awaiting its release and that its release date happens to coincide with your "requirement." ;)

word verification:sayin - No comment needed, right?

Ryan Potter said...

Cheers to this, Nathan.

I'm going with THE DUST OF 100 DOGS by A.S. King, which I bought two weeks ago and just finished (loved it).

Bought Sherman Alexie's THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN. I'm on p.30 and already know it's brilliant.

Shameless self-promotion somewhat related to this post: EXIT STRATEGY, my debut YA novel from Flux, comes out 3-1-10...and can be pre-ordered now from Amazon, Borders, and Flux!

There. I said it!

Jess Haines said...

A few recommendations (all recent purchases by moi, though they are not newer books):

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER DUNGEON by Greg Costikyan (I cann't say enough good things about this high fantasy novel. If you ever played -- or even thought about playing -- D&D, buy it! Right now!!)

SPLIT HEIRS by Lawrence Watt-Evans and Esther Friesner (This fantasy is hysterical. Truly, and awesomely hysterical in a Monty Python-esque fashion.)

THE HELMSMAN by Bill Baldwin (Amazing sci-fi. Persist beyond that first chapter. You won't regret it.)

Jen C said...

I only order from Amazon if I absolutely have to. Because I'm in Australia, they rob me so much on postage (no free shipping on international orders). The last time I tried to order from Amazon they tried to charge me $86 for postage. Nope, not a typo - $86!!!

I order from now if it's not available from bookstores here.

Anonymous said...

Just bought, King's On Writing, Kaylie Jones's new Memoir-- Lies My Mother Never Told Me (excellent!) and 2 Alice Hoffman books.
And guess what? Bought em from an Independent, I did.I know, I'm going to heaven.

Kristin Laughtin said...

I just bought a few off Amazon, and have a long list of titles waiting to be bought!

F. P. said...

I bought the latest Betty and Veronica digest yesterday, mostly for part four of a four-part environmental story I've been enjoying. (Comics are great at sticking to basic stories and sticking to the cores of stories.) That will have to do for now as my funds have been tight.

I'd rather someone read a used or free copy of my work than no copy of my work. Sales are definitely nice and frustrating when they don't come. However, to me, writing's about my work being read more than about making sales.

Especially today with economies in bad shape, if reading used or free is all many readers can afford, let them read this way. That's probably better for society than people not reading at all.

I once blogged one of my (long) novels for free--someone from Nigeria read the whole thing and loved it. Would she have had access to it had I not posted it, as the print version is $12.66? How many books could average Nigerians afford?

The cheaper books are, the larger the potential audience, the greater the potential sales in copies. I think everyone from every socioeconomic status should have access to books. Reading shouldn't become an aristocratic luxury, but I think it probably will if book costs keep soaring. I'm hoping the average cost of ebooks and ereeaders/devices will drop at some point.

Stuart Neville said...

Huge thanks for the plug, Nathan! And thanks for buying. I hope you can make it to my reading at M is for Mystery in San Mateo on 21st October. (I'll also be visiting NYC, Bouchercon in Indy, Scottsdale AZ, Houston TX and Denver CO if anyone else cares to say hello - dates and venues at

Anyway, back to the point - I've bought a bunch of books in recent days, some of them for research for future novels, some audio books to help me refresh my James Ellroy memory for when I interview him on stage in Belfast in November (yeah, I know, another plug, I'm greedy), plus I'm about to buy a Peter Lovesey book, whom I'll be doing part of the US tour with.

Keep buying books!

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Dorine White said...

I just bought and read Blood Promise by Mead. Loved it! To all published authors out there- way to go!

Gina said...

I didn´t mean to convey that I´m in any way suspicious of libraries. Quite the opposite; I can´t afford to buy many books. It´s nice to know that the author also profits (financially and through the most-borrowed lists) when I take a book out over here in the old world.

You´re so right, Tamara. Many times Amazon has saved this remotely-stationed reader´s sanity, and I appreciate them for that, but if you can, and if you can afford it, support your local independent bookseller.

Other Lisa said...

Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
Fear by Jeff Abbott
The Slaughter Pavilion by Catherine Sampson

Ummm....I know I've bought some other books for gifts too but I can't remember what.

And I didn't know Stuart's book was already out in the States! That is definitely on my "buy" list!

Lydia Sharp said...

So I just got back from the bookstore and sat down to catch up on my blogs that the Twilight Zone theme song I hear? Freaky.

I originally stopped there to get a copy of "A Short History of Women" by Kate Walbert (2009, Scribner), on a recommendation by everyone's favorite Editorial Ass, but it only comes in one version - a hardcover with a price tag that I really can't afford this week...or ever. So until that book is once again available at the library (stupid waiting lists), I'll have to read something else.

I was already at the bookstore, so I checked out the bargain section, and found a copy of "Happiness Sold Separately" by Lolly Winston (2006, Warner Books). I've never heard of that author or any of her books (I'm more of an SF/F reader), but the summary/teaser was interesting enough to get me to cough up some change (a whopping $3.99, via plastic) and buy the book.

Okay, I'm gonna shut up and get to reading now.

Kristi said...

Nathan, I tried to pre-order Lisa's Rock Paper Tiger from your blog but am just getting the enlarged cover. Is it not available yet?

Lis Garrett said...

I almost always buy new books, especially books that belong in a series. I recently read Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series, one right after the other.

My problem is that I'll start a book and everything else will fall by the wayside. My husband and three children always comment how nice it is for me to return to the "real" world once I'm done reading. So . . . no new books for me until I've finished the one I'm writing!

Dan Holloway said...

"buy a new book. And then brag about it in the comment section"

Excellent idea. OK, today I happened to be in my local bokostore asking them if they'd stock my new book, and I realised - hang on, I ought to do my bit for them back. So I ordered a book I've been wanting for a long time but always putting off - Josephine Hart's "Sin". Damage is one of the very best books I've ever read (as well as a brilliant film). I am sure Sin will be just as good.

And I am constantly amazed I see so few copies of Josephine Hart's books in the shops. So my request to everyone. Look through your bookstore, and if you don't see Damage or Sin, order it. But through thebookstore, not through Amazon. Because that's the way to get books back onto the shelves

Marilyn Peake said...

Great timing for this post, as I recently bought several new books while making progress in reading books from my To Be Read piles. I've been buying lots of books, including books by authors I've met online, for years. I have bookshelves filled with books! Last week and this past weekend, I bought more books, specifically including some by authors I know. I recently gave someone a gift of money to purchase THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman for their Kindle (I read this book in paperback a few weeks ago, and absolutely loved it!) and bought THE SHACK by William P. Young in paperback for myself. Since last week, I also bought the following books by authors I’ve met online: BREAK by Hannah Moskowitz, WAKE by Lisa McMann, and EYES LIKE STARS by Lisa Mantchev.

In my To Be Read piles are several books by guest bloggers here on Nathan’s blog: BLUE BOY by Rakesh Satyal and NEFERTITI and THE HERETIC QUEEN by Michelle Moran. I also bought a book recommended by a commenter on this blog: THE TERROR by Dan Simmons.

This summer, I read: ENDER’S GAME and SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card, THE LACE READER by Brunonia Barry, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd, BONES OF FAERIE by Janni Lee Simner, and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman; and I’m currently reading THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova.

I completely understand how writers only make money on new books, so I sometimes buy several copies of a book in order to support the author. When the HARRY POTTER books were published, I bought individual copies for each member of my family.

Rachel Bateman said...

After leaving my last comment, I thought about your challenge some more. Buy a book today-all the books I mentioned have been bought within the last couple weeks, but not today.

So, during my lunch break, I went to my nearest (and favorite) bookstore and fulfilled your challenge with gusto. I just bought:

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Also, the first season of DEXTER, 'cause I just couldn't resist (don't you worry, though-Darkly Dreaming Dexter is on my list of books to buy as well, I just had to stop myself before going too overboard today).

Rick Daley said...

Ink / Bane-

I agree re: INTO THIN AIR. It was haunting, almost. I've though about it quite a bit since I finished reading it, I think that's one sign of good writing - it didn't end when I finished reading. I barely stopped to consider the prose I was so enthralled by the story and how it was told. Sure, he uses the words "arrest" and "hypoxic" a lot, but I can get past that. I also really liked INTO THE WILD.

(now adding Kristi)...I can't wait to finish FREAKONOMICS. The first half is truly enlightening, I'm eager to see what the latter half has in its pages. It's the kind of book that can affect the way you look at life in general, very cool that Levitt and Dubner could pull that off.

hannah said...

AMEN. Please buy my book!

(I just bought a booooatload of books this week. I'm in the middle of Amy Efaw's AFTER right now.)

Alma said...

Great post! Great ideas!

Here's for the diehards--host a salon/reading for a fav author coming to town. Someone did this for my husband who is a musician. Hosted a little musicale in their house. Hubbie played for free. It was a chance to expand his audience and sell some CDs. And so novel that it got on the local Fox affiliate news program.

Bought six hardbacks in the last month: Inherent Vice, The Tourist, The Girl Who Played with Fire, Awaiting Your Reply, The City & the City and The Magicians.

Can't wait for 22 Sept release of Jess Walter's "The Financial Lives of Poets."

Crystal said...

Does getting books with audible credit count as buying abook? If so I recently purchased Across the Nightingale Floor by Liane Hern.

Sara J. Henry said...

These are the books I've been buying new recently - for me and for friends.

DUST OF 100 DOGS, A.S. King

There, all your gift shopping done.

Welshcake said...

Most recent purchase: Threads by Sophia Bennett. Brilliant debut YA novel that's building a bit of a buzz in the UK.

harmonybookreviews said...

Just bought Chinese Cinderella and a few books for my friend's baby the other day.

Don't really have the funds to buy a lot of books but I try to spread the word as much as possible and buy the books that really deserve it.

And in case people need suggestions, some YA books that totally deserve it:

Also Known as Harper by Ann Haywood Leal
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (comes out in Oct.)
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (comes out in Dec.)
As You Wish by Jackson Pearce (SO GOOD.)
Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert (edgy, honest, and the best book I've read all year <333)
Willow by Julia Hoban (fave after Ballads!)

I plan on buying my own copies of all of those books soon!

Cat Moleski said...

I bought Jay Asher's THIRTEEN REASONS. It's wonderfully written.

Also, GRACELING by Kristin Cashore and I have A DIFFERENT SHADE OF BLUE by Adam Eisenberg on order.

Great idea!

J.J. Bennett said...

I purchased quite a few books today for the school library. The newest ones are...

"Far World" Waters Keep by J. Scott Savage

"Leven Thumps and the Wrath of Ezra" by Obert Skye

(Both are great books for the "Harry Potter Type" readers)

Personally I purchased Glen Beck's "Common Sense"

and Mark Levine's, "Liberty and Tyranny"

Sharon aka Sapphire said...

I just bought 7 copies of SEW DEADLY, by Elizabeth Casey (Laura Bradford). I like to give signed books as gifts. Laura's bookmark adds a nice touch and tells when her next two books come out.

David Fitzgerald said...

I'm buying Jess Lourey's latest Murder by the Month! There are about three hardbacks I'm dying to buy, but no cash for that this month. NEXT month!

Dana Fredsti said...

Actually I will buy the books that David Fitzgerald mentioned - signed in under the wrong gmail account. :-)

Somewhere In Between said...

I bought 14 books within the last week at Barnes & Noble (though, some were on the bargain table...BUT! they are still new ediions!). I can't wait to dive into all of them (but I still find myself heading to BN to buy's an addiction).

Kathryn Magendie said...

Yes! Buy our books! *grin*

I just bought "Shakespeare's Kitchen" -

Horserider said...

Yesterday I bought Wake by Lisa McMann, Evermore by Alyson Noel, and the Tales of Beedle the Bard. Thursday I'm going back to the bookstore and planning to buy Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Break by Hannah Moskowitz, and one other book that I haven't decided on yet.

fatcaster said...

Just bought "Coop" by Michael Perry (signed by the author); "Red Rover" by Deirdre McNamer (two copies--gifts); "The Night of the Gun" by David Carr; "The Prince of Frogtown" by Rick Bragg (a gift); "Jazz Ear" by Ben Ratliff (to replace a filched copy). A replacement copy of "On The Road"--I don't think the author is going to benefit from my purchase.

All are new.

Wendy said...

I just bought The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. Loving them both so far!

FictionGroupie said...

Bought a kindle copy of The Hunger Games today. Who knew I was doing it on your official published author appreciation day? :)

Laurie T. said...

Some people buy too many shoes, I buy books:) Just bought:
Blood Promise
Haunting Beauty
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
If I Stay
& Collective Soul's latest CD, Rabbit, because I always need music when writing.

Now I just need a bigger house.
Support writers!

Marla Warren said...

When John Grisham was on Charlie Rose recently, he told the audience to never loan his books to friends, make them go buy their own copies.

Nathan, you’re preaching to the choir here. I work in one of the large chain bookstores and it is a job I dearly love. But it is an insidious place to have an employee discount. I should be wearing a sign that reads “Will work for books”.

I’ve bought two new books this week, both presents for a friend:

Greyhounds by Barbara Karant

Caternal Instincts: The Feline Guide to Mastering Motherhood by Christine Montaquila and Kim Levin

Later this week I’m planning to buy:

Julia's Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime in Cooking by Julia Child (with David Nussbaum)

(Btw, I've noticed that ever since the Julie & Julia film came out I've had many customers asking for Julia Child's books, but only a couple have asked for the book by Julie Powell that was the basis for the film.)

Ruth said...

Awww... I bought three new books last week, do those count? WILDWOOD DANCING by Juliet Marillier, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and THE DEMON'S LEXICON by Sarah Rees Brennan.

Do you want me to buy another book this week?

Hmm... the movie "The taking of Pelham 123" is being released here in New Zealand next week. I wonder if I should get the book of that? I wonder who the agent was for that book.... ;)

Thomas Burchfield said...

I just bought new books at the Monterey Bay Aquarium: A book on the Aquarium and "The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices."

I also am reading "Spade and Archer" by Joe Gores, which I bought new. Too bad I'm not liking it . . . .

if I haven't mentioned it, I wrote about a local bar last week at my Red Room Web site:

(nothing this week due to illness).

Caroline said...

I guess I technically pre-ordered it last night. Since it comes out today, I'll just say it counts.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

It's estimated to come tomorrow! :)

Jay said...

I read lots of books, some borrowed, some gifted, but for some reason I tend to enjoy a book more if I purchased it with my own hard-earned money.

sandralambert said...

I bought Mean Little deaf Queer - a memoir by Terry Galloway and The Confederate General Rides North by Amanda C. Gable.

Ruth said...

OK, I bought CYBELE'S SECRET by Juliet Marillier.

Only for you, Nathan!


Lyra said...

Doing my part!
From author interviews on NPR I ordered:
The Philosophical Baby-Alison Gopnik
NurtureShock- Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
For research:
Fitzgerald and Hemingway:Works and Days- Scott Donaldson
Tender Is the Night- F.Scott Fitzgerald
After seeing him on Bourdain's show No Reservations:
Saving Daylight- Jim Harrison
The Raw and The Cooked Adventures of a Roving Gourmand- Jim Harrison
And on my master list of things to read:
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie:A Novel (P.S.)-Muriel Spark

Ink, Bane and Rick, mentioning Into Thin Air, reminded me of this excellent book I read about a journalist's walk through Afganistan in 2002. The Places in Between- Rory Stewart. Wonderful narrative.

Jodi said...

I win! I spent over $300 for new books this week. My daughter started college this week. OK, Mosaicos: The Spanish Language, America Firsthand and Intro to Statistics wouldn't have been my first choices but...

Lyra said...

And Rachel, they are broadcasting an interview of The Hunger Games author right now on NPR. You may be able to pull it up on their site.

gabriellel66 said...

I just bought Jonathan Tropper's "This Is Where I Leave You"--have to force myself to leave it at home or I know I'll spend the whole day in the loos, snickering away. Fantastic read. Next: The Battle for America 2008.

Richard Lewis said...

I did my part last time I was in Singapore, buying six novels and two non-fiction.

Bali has bookstores that specialize in local and Asiana and bestsellers, but doesn't have a book-y bookstore, if you know what I mean.

Marilyn Peake said...

Can’t believe I forgot this – I also read THE BEAN TREES by Barbara Kingsolver this summer: awesome novel by one of my favorite authors!

Carradee said...

I bought Hunting Ground and ordered The Hob's Bargain by Patricia Briggs last week. From Borders. :D

Before that, the last book I bought new was Cry Wolf (same author, and Hunting Ground's the sequel). I want to increase my new book purchases to one every other month, at least.

I mean, seriously. I can get a novel for less than lunch at the Chinese place I like to eat. All I have to do is skip lunch one day (not hard for me) and get a novel instead.

Anonymous said...

I find that if an agent has done his or her job, and if the book is good, there isn't a need to buy a book just to be supportive. If we buy books because we think we'll love them, that will persuade writers and agents to focus on the writing.

Maria said...

As a published author with bills to pay (and a brand new book just out on Friday, Mac users -- hint, hint), I heartily agree.

Buy a book!

Marla Warren said...

Of course as a bookseller, buying new books also protects my job, as we don't sell used books at our store. So when I buy books, I often rationalize that I'm helping my company stay in business.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm game.

I went out and bought a copy of a best-seller called The Bible.

In this best-seller, a kind of super-natural thriller, we're told that the world was created in six days, by somebody named God (in fact, God is the author of this book), and that this God fellow also created man, even though there's overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that man wasn't created by God, but rather that man evolved... that's right... evolved... out of, well, a sort of primordial ooze, really, which arrived on the planet earth from outer-space. (I know, how ridiculous is that!)

The author of this book, God, claims to have sent his son here, to find out what it's like to be mortal (he could've saved himself the trouble and just asked me: it sucks). What He wanted was for His son to love everyone, and for His son to teach everyone how to love everyone else.

The son's name was Jesus, and if you're wondering if it all worked out for him, well, guess.

Short story: The Great Unwashed basically decided to scourge him, and to nail him to a cross.

But don't worry there's a happy ending here: a few days later this Jesus chap came back to life, and returned home to California, where he got a job working at McDonalds.

Anyhow, great read, this Bible.

All proceeds go to the Supreme Maker, who will quickly cause another million people or so in Africa to die of starvation tonight. Is this really the type of person we want to be supporting here?

You see, this support a writer thing CAN backfire.

I'm just saying let's proceed with caution here. We need to think these things through before we jump onto these bandwagons.

That is what I am saying, my friends - that is what I am saying.

(Also, nice to see that anonymous commenting has been restored to this blog. Dare I say we all benefit greatly from frank discussion. Thank you.)

Nathan Bransford said...


Uh, the idea is to go and buy book you might find enjoyable, not to go buy a book indiscriminately. Support the market you want. If you want good writing, reward the writers you think are good and the publishers who publish them.

writerjenn said...

Just recently purchased:
AFTER, Amy Efaw

A perennial recommendation:

Victoria said...

I bought three yesterday for Father's Day. Last week I picked up Robin Hobb's latest, Dragonkeeper. I must admit, my latest purchases were all from established authors. I looked at brand new authors but in the end I went with the tried and true.

I personally think that's a frightening outcome of the GF Crisis - we're all being more conservative in our choices... tending to stick to the tried and true rather than experiment. I guess it makes sense on one level - I mean if we have limited funds, then we'd rather spend them on something we're sure we will enjoy.

As an aside - I think this is also why a web presence where word-of-mouth can strike up some excited chatter about your novel is so important.

On the other hand, I've seen some excited commentary about American novels I can't even purchase in Australia yet. So that might mean holding off on ourchasing until what I really want actually arrives. (Abercrombie, Carey, McKinley, for example.)

Vic K

Genella deGrey said...

I've been buying Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House boxed sets - one a month - and am reading them to my five year-old.


Melissa Pearl said...

There is something quite tantalizing about holding a crisp new book in your hands. You've inspired me. I'm off to the book shop today :) Can anyone suggest a "must read before I die" book for me?

Stacey Nelson said...

Just hooked up with your blog and love it. Thanks for the humor and insight!

Had a blast at B&N today though I didn't realize I was participating in Writer Appreciation Week - icing on the cake right there.

So, just purchased:
The Warrior Heir by Cinda WIlliams Chima
Carrie by Stephen King
Shutter Island by Dennise Lehane
And preordered Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins as well as Echo In The Bone by Diana Gabaldon.

Oh and a great book on writing called Thanks, But This Isn't For Us by Jessica Page Morrell.

Should keep me occupied for at least a week. :)

Steph Damore said...

Hey Marilyn - I love THE BEAN TREES. My sister-in-law actually bought for my mom one Christmas. My mom never read it, so I "borrowed" it. I've since read it over and over again. I LOVE Kingsolver's prose. I've since bought all of her published novels and proudly display them on my bookcase.

Laura - You're welcome =)

Della Luna said...

I buy way more books than I can keep up with; don't know when I'll read them but the most recent are:

Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

Wild Inferno by Sandi Ault


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Plus a book by the Dalai Lama, a NM history book, a recipe book, two anthologies published by Glimmer Train and Zoetrope.

Yamile said...

I'm on my way to B&N to get Catching Fire, and The Hollow, by new author Jessica Verday. I was going to go today anyway, but after reading your post, I feel extra happy. Book shopping makes me soooo happy!

Author Guy said...

Perhaps now would be a good time to mention that my publisher, Echelon Press, has just debuted today a new line of short stories called Echelon Shorts. My own story, 'Chasing His Own Tale', is one of the clever tales available, and I will be the spotlight author tomorrow, 9/2, on the Echelon Shorts blog. I hope someone will actually read this comment and stop by.

Charlee Vale said...

I just bought
- Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- A Sweet Disorder - Jaqueline Kolosov
- Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Now I'm working on reading them!!

Charlee Vale

Jay said...

Well, I'm still working on climbing that mountain, and I am definitely a book buyer.

I also wanted to let you know I've nominated you for a lemonade stand award for all the fantastic information you discuss here.

Anonymous said...

most recently bought and read Spiel by David Sornig. intellectual thriller of sorts, set in Berlin and Australia. loved it!

Annie Reynolds said...

Ok have just bought Catching Fire, Blood promise, Lux, Envy, Rumors, Wicked, and Nightfall (for the daughter of course) . Oh I forgot, I also pre ordered Tempted. I am now scarily broke and wont be leaving the house for the next month!!!!

Somehow I have to put some time aside to actually do some work on my own novel and hope its not too influenced by a:
18th century vampire, complete with beautiful dresses, and tattoos, a symbol of her amazing abilities; who has just slipped out of her vampire high school. She has to find her turned evil vamp boyfriend and save the world from flying monkeys; all while trying to avoid the evil capitol, and flying houses.
Yep I have my work cut out for me.

Rachel Fenton said...

I'm hosting a virtual tour stop for one of my favourite authors - Nuala Ni Chonchuir, and I bought her book, too, it's called Nude!

Kristin Tubb said...

Hear hear! The amazing SWEETHEART OF PROSPER COUNTY by Jill S. Alexander is on sale *today* - a lovely YA with a REAL Southern voice, y'all! :-)

John said...

I completely agree. Buying new books is a great way to thank authors. The same can be said about buying music. I hope the e-book phenomenon doesn't result in the same piracy pitfalls of music being made available online.

Maureen said...

I'm a consistent buyer of books at least one new one a week, sometimes more. I purchase eclecticallly, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, how-to, cookbooks etc. Last week I bought THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC by Richard Russo.

sharonedge said...

I buy several new books every month, and I read them. Then, I recommend them to my fellow teachers on the Oklahoma State University Writing Project listserv. I'm OSUWP's book talk moderator.

My favorite recent purchases: Masterpiece by Elise Broach; Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer (illustrated by Dan Santat); and the first book in a new series by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Missing: Found.

Alison said...

My most recent new purchase was the e-book of Diana Peterfreund's Rampant three days ago.

Arik Durfee said...

I'm ordering CATCHING FIRE tomorrow and I can't wait to get reading it. (I'm also ordering 10 copies of HUNGER GAMES for my students, if that counts). There are very few things I love more than a brand new hard-cover book.

Arik Durfee said...

TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY by Jay Asher is another one I've been itching to buy. Just to celebrate Published Authors Day, maybe I'll order that one, too.

kdjameson said...

Don't know if this has already been said, but one option is to buy a book from a published author from this very community (Nathan's blog). Personally, I'd be interested in knowing what published books have been written by someone is this group.

Sara and Staci said...

I just bought Shiver and am buying Catching Fire tomorrow. Can't wait to read it. I loved Hunger Games. I'm in the middle of Shiver (by Maggie Stiefvater) and it is brilliant so far.

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Natalie said...

I bought THE ROMANCE READER'S BOOK CLUB by Julie L. Cannon. The writing is gorgeous and I'm wild about the setting. I am debating on whether or not to buy CATCHING FIRE. If it's too cliffy ... I might wait until the third book comes out before I read the second. I can't handle the suspense/waiting. (This is why my family uses packing tape to wrap my Christmas presents ...)

AM said...

Yes, times are tough, but I have recently purchased:

"Duma Key" by Stephen King
"Frankenstein" by Dean Koontz
(though I doubt either of these writers need my support)
- and -
"Specimen Days" - Michael Cunningham
"The Diviners" - Rick Moody
"The Bondswoman Narrative" - Hannah Crafts
"Keeping Faith" - Jodi Picoult

I picked a couple from the bookstore’s discount table. However, I enjoyed them so much that I wish I could go back and pay full price - well, almost.

Seriously, the books I bought off the discount table have earned their authors a new regular reader. If I could not have purchased their books at a discount, I may never have tried them.

A win - win.

Go writers!

Courtney Johnson said...

I went ahead and treated myself to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, mostly because I thought it would be *fun*. Fun seemed imperative for an end-of-the-summer read.

redqueen1 said...

I just bought Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr and Rampant by Diana Peterfreund.

Catherine Hughes said...

My recent acquisitions include Scarlett Thomas' 'The End of Mr Y' and 'Pop Co' as well as 'Ironside' by Holly Black and 'Fragile eternity' by Melissa Marr. And 'The Keeper' by Natasha Mostert; Michelle Sagara's 'Cast in Silence' and Tony Gonzales' 'Eve'.

To name but a few. I'm not joking when I say that my book addiction is severe and intractable. Amazon is one of my home pages and I have enough points on my Waterstones card to warrant a free book - and a hardback one at that!

I should be restraining myself (and indeed have picked up one or two second hand books in the last couple of weeks) but I find that almost impossible.

It's not just the stories - it's the covers and the look, feel and smell of books. I bet I am not the only one here who sniffs pages! I have favourite typesttings and fonts, too, and others that will turn me right off even if I fancy the story.

I would ask for help in gaining some self-control, but the truth is, I don't want it, decimated bank balance or no!

Donna Hole said...

Nathan, if you happen to have access to a copy of "In The Break", please send it my way. No one seems to know why it has gone out of print.

On another blog, I have just been inspired to read "Black and Blue". It is actually on my wish list of "need to buy" books. I've misplaced the list, and rewritten it many times, but that always seems to be one I remember on the list.

Sadly, I'm a bit strapped for cash, and haven't been able to purchase a new book in God knows how long. I'm reduced to reading "The Dark Tower" again. I love series books, and always find something new in them no matter how many times I read an episode.

I don't like to borrow books from the library because I am possessive and like to show off the books I own/read. And I only buy "used" if I've had the book before and somehow it come up missing from my collection.

Once upon a time I was a small business owner, and consider buying books supporting small business. Though, you probably don't want to hear how much I pay for newly released Stephen King, Dean Koontz, J K Rowling (though I guess that expense is now ended). I never wait in line, however, or camp out for a new release.

Guess that's my whole issue with buying e-books: how do my visitors rave about my book collection if they don't see them on every wall of my house?

But this is a good post Nathan. It reminds me, as a potential published novelist, that buying NEW supports a writers career, and pays for all the sacrifices of writing that first novel.

Congrats to all the published writers out there, no matter how many or few are purchased.


Gina said...

Ok, pre-ordered EXILES, by ELLIOT KRIEGER, from my favourite press, Soho.
It´s out in the US; UK-release Oct 9.

Linda said...

Yes, support your favorite author(s). Every month I support at least one debut author who (preferably) publishes at a small indy press. I buy my books direct from the press OR from an indy bookstore. Sure, it's super to support the Meyers and Grishams of the world, but it's the writers penning edgy, less 'commercial' stuff that appeal to me and who need the greatest boost in this cut-back economy.

Every month I review the book, the press, the bookstore on my blog . In August, my pick was Peter Selgin's LIFE GOES TO THE MOVIES
(, a phenomenal book.

Just purchased: THE ADDERALL DIARIES (Stephen Elliott), AVOIDANCE (Michael Lowenthal), and Neville's GHOSTS OF BELFAST.

Support the little guys! Buy Indy!

Peace, Linda

Anonymous said...

And let's not forget libraries! I'm currently unemployed so can't afford to buy new books but my local library have several times ordered a new title after I've handed them the promotional leaflet for a book.

Anonymous said...

I bought Eve of Darkness by S.J. Day recently.

It seems paranormal romances are becoming more romance and less paranormal. The book was fifty percent sex scenes, twenty percent characterisation, twenty percent love triangle tension building and ten percent paranormal.

A lot of people like that, but I'd prefer a little less sex and more action.

Still, a very enjoyable book.

A Paperback Writer said...

I went to an independent bookstore today and bought Tombstone Tea by Joanne Doehme and the Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey. Mr. Abbey won't be able to appreciate the sale these days, but I supposed Joanne will.

Martha W. said...

Missed posting yesterday (too tired!) but I stopped at my friendly B&N and picked up Dark Slayer to feed my Feehan obsession, plus the other day I bought Black Hills by Nora Roberts and Atlantis by David Gibbons.

Just doing my duty for authordom... :)

Courtney said...

I bought Pat Conroy's South of Broad and Sedaris' Engulfed in Flames.

Sissy said...

In my professional life, I buy new books all the time and don't have to spend my own money (the joys of being a librarian.) I spent $200 over the weekend on brand new books!

CKHB said...

My recent purchases include not only new books, but new books in hardcover, AND new books in hardcover from debut authors! My favorite so far this year is J. Courtney Sullivan's COMMENCEMENT.

Deb said...

Nathan, I LOVED Lost City Radio. Curious what you'll think.

Helen DeWitt said...

I do get money on secondhand sales. I put a note in the sidebar of my blog pointing out that I would only get about $1.12 of the purchase price of a new pb; a reader does not actually have to buy a book for $14.95 to send me $1.12, because they can always buy the book secondhand and send me a donation by PayPal. Some readers give much more than a dollar or so.

The only readers who donate, obviously, are those who read the blog; it's less efficient than having an invitation to donate in the book itself, which publishers, admittedly, would be unlikely to welcome. They might be wrong. Readers who really like a book often want to buy multiple copies for friends; if they send in a donation on making a secondhand sale, one has a way of contacting people who are exceptionally enthusiastic, which might be helpful when promoting a new book.

Michelle said...

I just supported one of my writer friends by purchasing his book on Amazon. He was a fellow finalist in the 2009 Book Festival. His name is Terin Miller and his book is "From Where The Rivers Come".

Lee said...

I usually don't read your blog, and certainly don't bother to add comment no. 186 under normal circumstances, but ... ugh, being published is NOT the pinnacle of authordom. The pinnacle is writing well, and frankly, you're doing no one a good service by toting conventional publication as the be-all and end-all of a writerly existence.

If you want to support a writer, read their work - online or off.

Carleen Brice said...

I have lots of suggestions for books by black authors at my blog

caitmorgan said...

I just recently pre-ordered Terry Pratchett's new Discworld novel in addition to Amanda Downum's debut Drowning City. Can't wait!

Ink said...


I bought the Drowning City yesterday! Haven't cracked it yet, though, as I have to finish Matthiessen's Shadow Country today first. Looking forward to it, though.

Karen Walker said...

I just bought: "Queen of the road" by Doreen Orion; "Killer Career" by Morgan Mandel, "The Ride" by Jane Sutton Kennedy, "Pretty is as Pretty Dies," by Elizabeth Spann Craig.
Karen Walker

B.J. Anderson said...

This week I bought THE GOOD THIEF by Hannah Tinti and NICK OF TIME by Ted Bell. And Jeff Lindsay's DEXTER BY DESIGN, which comes out next Tuesday, is on my pre-order list. So exciting!!

kyred said...

I just joined a book club at work, so it looks like I'll be buying a new book this week. LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH by Emily Giffin. It doesn't really look like my kind of reading, but maybe it'll be good, right? :D

Alexa said...

Well I just bought Catching Fire but I'm not sure that one needs much help :)

I got Cracked up to be by Courtney Summers and it's so fabulous I had to rush out and buy it to keep!

marypearson said...

Nathan, you are LOVED by published authors far and wide. My newest purchases:
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Comeback by Marlene Perez
Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Jason said...

I picked up "Tricks" by Ellen Hopkins, "Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End..." by Ph.D. Philip Plait, "White Night" by Jim Butcher, "Schooled" by Gordan Korman, and "The Complete Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi... After seeing all of these on a list, apparently I am an eclectic reader and I may have a book buying habit(read: problem) ;)

Erika Parker Price said...

I'm on my way to my independent bookstore to get Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. My bookclub chose it for this month and I hesitated when I saw the $26.95 price so I got it on CD from the library. 24 hours of CDs is not working out for me so this is the perfect chance to meet your challenge and get the book I need.

Trish Slver said...


May I have your permission to add your IMPORTANT blogs to my Web site I find them inspiring and would like your permission before I add them.

Thank you,
Patti Silver AKA Trish Silver

roseleaf24 said...

It was my birthday last week! Some birthday money is going towards books, and NEW ones, since I actually have money. Today, I bought Things are Gonna Get Ugly by Hillary Homzie and When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Last weekend, I bought City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson, and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart.

Haley said...

Feeling kind of dumb and guilty - didn't really know the details about the resale of books. Yesterday, went to used book store - bought one used and one new. So I only commited half a sin right? Here's what I bought:


Amber Argyle-Smith said...

I just bought Catching Fire!

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