Monday, January 11, 2010

Strange Reasons To Buy A Book...

That's what I'd like to know! What is the strangest reason you've bought a book?

You see, last week while browsing the romance books with my mom, I spotted a book I hadn't seen before by Kay Hooper. As many times as I've gone through those books at my Borders, I was surprised that I had never noticed it. The title of the book just so happens to be my first name. A lot of you don't know this, but my real name is Amanda (My mom thought Amy was a nickname. So I've been called that my whole life. If has caused some confusion over the years!)

Anyway, I pulled the book down and called my mom over to show her. I was considering buying the book just for the title, but what sealed the deal was when I opened to the first page and the date the prologue took place in was none other than the year I was born! Dude, is that not a coincidence or what?? Me and my mom got a good laugh out of that. Needless to say, I had to buy the book and there happened to be two copies, so my mom bought the other one.

I didn't even read the blurb to see what the book was about. I thought, even if I don't read it, I still have to have it! But I did read what another author had to say about the book on the back cover, and had to laugh all over again..."Amanda seethes and sizzles." Ha! Yup, that book had to come home with me :).

Someday I imagine I'll read it!

I've actually done this one other time due to an author's last name, Sharie Kohler (Sophie Jordan). Kohler happens to be my maiden name :). And again, my mom bought the book too! I did read that one, and I liked it too. And I even met the lovely lady at the RT signing in Pittsburgh.

So, what's the strangest reason you've felt compelled to buy a book?


Christine said...

That's so cool!!! I would have bought it too.

Amanda said...

OMG I want it too!!

Dana said...

I'm not sure that I've ever bought a book for a really weird reason, but for a birthday one year a friend bought me this old historical romance because the author's whole name (first and last) was the same as hers!

Anna said...

That is pretty dang cool. :)

Blodeuedd said...

Cool :)
Can't say that I ever have bought a book cos of reasons like that, but there is a first for eveything

Amy C said...

Hi Christine,
I guess it's not so strange then! Oh! You do have a book with your name! Stephen King no less! HA!

Anna, it's kinda like those cookies I had to get for you a few months ago :)!

Hi Dana, isn't funny how we get excited when we find someone that shares our name? One of those things! :)

Hi Amanda,
You bet! It's all taken care of! :D

Amy C said...

Hi Blodeuedd,
Someday you'll come across a book and just have to have it!

JenB said...

That's a perfectly AWESOME reason to buy a book! I'd have snagged a copy right then and there. :)

Gosh, I've bought books for all sorts of odd reasons. I like to browse the bargain section at my local used book stores for books with really awful covers. That's always fun.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Amy!

I've actually already read this book, LOL, and almost everything else that Kay Hooper has written, I'm a big fan! (I haven't read Rebel's Waltz yet and maybe a few that have slipped by my radar, but not many.) I didn't think about it being your name, lol, and too cool that it starts in your birthyear!

Happy Reading Amy!!

Dottie :)

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

I can't think of a better off-wall reason to buy a book than this. That is one awesome coincidence!

Silver @ The Raving Readers said...

Cool, that's incredible. If you like romantic suspense, you'll like the book. I've read several Kay Hooper, and thus far, I like her stories, the way she writes. Amanda should be a romantic suspense. It should be one of four books that has a lady's name as the title. There's two I've read--Finding Laura and After Caroline.

Silver @ The Raving Readers said...

Hey, Dottie! So you're a fan! I need to pick your brain. I've been searching for a book of hers. It's a fantasy with unicorns. I thought the title was Summer of the Unicorn, but I've been searching and searching for it, but couldn't find it. Did I get the wrong author?

Erotic Horizon said...

At least you can identify what you are buying a book..

I have been known to come home with a book and can't for the life of me figured out why I bought it...

Happy reading hon..


Anesthezea said...

I once bought a paperback copy of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" because the paper binding had been put on upside down, so the bookstore gave me a discount on it. I enjoyed reading it in public. hehe

I bought Kurt Vonnegut's book "Timequake" and read it before I realized that the day the timequake in question happened in the book was the exact date and year I'd bought the book.

I hope you enjoy your "namesake" book! I love it when books bring little coincidences and such with them!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Silver!

Nope, right title, but since it was printed in 1988, it's probably out of print. Amazon has some used copies available, but it does take a while to get them from the used book sellers. It's going to be difficult to find a new copy, but I've ordered quite a few from Amazon used book sellers and so far, I've been pleased. I don't like the wait time is all, I want the book now. LOL

You know this is one I haven't read, so I might have to order it myself. She writes outstanding urban fantasy/paranormal romance!! I've read everything that our bookstore has and ordered more from the library. I haven't been disappointed yet.

Dottie :)

Tracy said...

I think that's a perfect reason to buy a book - not strange at all. It was like it was meant to be! :)

I don't think I've ever bought a book for a strange reason! :)

Silver @ The Raving Readers said...

Dottie, thanks! I don't know why I didn't think of checking Amazon. LOL I'll go check it out now. Would love to reread that book again. I remember it's got a magical feel to it. You're right, she does write good paranormal/fantasy stories. I like the Wizard of Seattle for that matter. Love the conflict between the two protags.

Amy C said...

Hi Jen, that's funny! You look for the awful covers! Some of those older ones can be pretty bad too!

Anesthezea, I think I would have had to buy the book too! I've never seen a cover put on upside down before!

Silver and Dottie,
I have that Wizard of Seattle book by Kay Hooper. I bought it last year. It looked good, but it's just been sitting around. Maybe I should consider reading it soon as well as Amanda, since you both like her books.

Cecile said...

Hey Amy! My Mom did that for me. She bought me a book that was titled Cecile. It is about a young girl. I treasure that book more than any other one (okay, except my Bible). That book will stay with me forever for that reason alone... Now if only this author would write a book name Cecile and keep the date... we could share the book, lol!!! And make the month October!! Haa!!
The other strange reason I have bought a book before - okay this one is going to shock you... lol.. you ready... COVER HUSSY!!!!! The guy was hot... that is it... LOL!!!
Hope you have a great night honey!