Friday, March 5, 2010

Impulsively

By Heather

As most of you know, I’m not a big shopper. But recently I’ve noticed something about my shopping habits—I’m an impulse shopper.

When I run into Target for two things (two!!!) I come out with twelve. I’ll pick up something “we might need soon” or “maybe I can use this for a giveaway” or “this looks really good” or “I can never have too many purses” – it’s just endless.

My most recent impulse buy was a book (surprise, surprise). I have a to-be-read pile that is near to toppling over it’s so tall. I. Do. Not. Need. Another. Book. Yet, when I ran into Target yesterday for three (three!!!) things I ended up wandering into the book aisle (I went out of my way to wander there, mind you) just to, you know, take a look-see.

I ended up buying Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, which is now my car book (the book I keep in the car for those long waits when I pick up the kids or am stuck in traffic, that kind of thing--does anyone else have car books?). So far, it’s really, really great—so it was a good impulse buy at least.

Do you impulse shop? If so, what was your last buy and do you love it or regret it?

~Heather

About Saving CeeCee Honeycutt (product description):

Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom

Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.

In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie's all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

25 comments:

Shannon said...

Not only do I have a car book, I have a book that stays near the bathtub (because you know you'll forget to bring it with you then have to get out to get it), one in a shoulder bag ( for dr. visits, bored at a meeting), and one in the guest room (for when husband snores and I have to move to the other room to get back to sleep). Can you guess which book gets read the quickest? Yep, the one in the guest room. At any given time, I easily have 3-4 books going.

Kelley said...

I also have a car book and a purse book, usually the same one. I always take a book to a doctor's appointment or for car repairs, whatever. And I have one by the bathtub as well. I also use that one to read at night before falling asleep. When I was working I even had a work book for those down times, which meant I got a lot of books read at work :) And now because of the book you listed Heather, I have ANOTHER book to buy, thank you very much ;p

Kelley

Dru said...

I'm adding this book to my ever growing TBR pile.

I'm an impulse buyer when it comes to book. If I walk in a bookstore with a list, I'll walk out with the books on my list as well as others. It's the blurb and cover that will pause me to stop and yeah, a couple of pages I quickly read.

Have a good weekend.

Jessica said...

Hey Heather! There is a book in every room of my house. My boyfriend threatens to get rid of them sometimes, but I told him that if he did I'd get rid of his motorcycle LOL. I have a book with me at all times...I love to read in the car if I'm not the one driving...and I read on my breaks at work too.

I'm terrible about impulse buying.... I don't shop a lot, but when I do have the opportunity I see a ton of things that I just "need" LOL

Melissa said...

Absolutely an impulse buyer here. Luckily I'm not near a Target or I'd be in deep trouble. My favorite store is Christmas Tree Shop. If you see an item there one week, it won't be there next week, so you have to make quick decisions and stock up. And book stores? I won't even get into that, altho I do the majority of my book shopping online, which helps with the impulses a little.

Chris V. said...

yes, a nightstand book, purse book, (no car book - yet).
And really, do you ever have too many purses? haa!

Melissa said...

One other thing-I don't have purse or car books. I have to have perfect quiet to read, and can't concentrate picking up a book for just a little bit at a time. I'd never be able to remember what I read LOL

Lover of Books said...

no car book but I am a weird creature of only reading one book at a time. I do some impulse shopping and want to get Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. I may wait till June cause of Birthday money. lol

My hubby hates shopping with me at Target cause I always hit the dollar area. lol But they have the cutest baby socks. :)

Jeanne C. said...

First, I want to say that I have books ALL OVER THE PLACE! The car, the bathroom, my pocketbook, bedside, end-table in living room, kitchen... absolutely everywhere.
Second, I am the biggest impulse shopper ever! For 2010, I am trying to save money, so I decided I will only go to the store once a week, and I TRY to stick to a LIST. It is not easy. If I buy one more book, I think my husband is going to suggest I try therapy.

Sarah said...

Thankfully I hate shopping so I'm not in the stores a lot but when I am, yes, I'm a terrible impulse shopper :-)

Sarah

Mason Canyon said...

I try not to impulse buy, but sometimes can't help myself. I tend to pick up too many magazines (and tote bags) that are at the checkout counter.

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt sounds like a wonderful book. I've added to my wish list. Good luck with your reading.

Lisa D said...

I am most definitely a impluse shopper when it comes to books, skin care products and chocolate. I have books everywhere and chocolate stashed all over in case of emergency. As for the skin care products, I guess I just can't explain it. I have all kinds of mositerizers squirreled away (hand creams too)! Crazy!

Marlyn said...

If I go to Target on my own, I always veer past the book aisle. And often (but not always) I'll buy something.

signlady217 said...

I just added this book to my TBR list.

I'm not a huge impulse shopper, but it does happen. Mostly I can follow my list (at least for groceries).

One thing that helps for books is knowing I can usually find them at the library. Some I read from there and then go out and buy because it becomes a keeper.

Katie said...

I think my last impulse buy was a magnetic whiteboard for the fridge.

I have a car book (book on cd), which currently is P.S. I Love You and a bed book, which is currently Smart Women by Judy Blume

Heather Webber said...

I did it again! Ran into a store for velcro (of all things) and came out with velcro and Valentine's ribbons and bows (on clearance!). Do I need them? Well, not this very minute...but soon. Probably. Maybe.

Therapy might be in order!

Shannon said...

Well, Heather, you are the ONE person who can use "Valentine" stuff year round!

Andrea C. said...

Ohh..sounds like a good read..it is going to have to go on my endless list! :)

Kris said...

I used to be a bit of an impulse shopper but I've gotten really good at resisting. for the most part. books tend to walk out the store with me though.

Helen Kiker said...

I do not have a car or purse book. I do have a bed book and a couch book - I like to be comfy when I read. Outside the house I like to take crossword puzzle books.

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt will definitely go on my want list. Thanks for the review.

Vicki said...

This book sounds really good...love the character names! I always have a book going but it usually just stays on the bedside table for night reading. I don't have any down times during the work day (I'm lucky just to catch my breath!) so I really look forward to picking up my characters where I left them.

Vickie said...

I have four books going at any given time:
~Audiobook in the car for the 50 mile RT commute for work
~Audiobook at my desk at work
~Purse book for sip'n'reads or waiting for appts or waiting in line
~Bedside book to go to sleep and to wake up

I wonder if we can have a 12 step program for us impulse buyers.....

Mardel said...

I always go through the book aisle at Target also, but they rarely have the type of books I read. Good prices though.

Anonymous said...

Very good work and excellent post! Cheers.

brandi said...

I just read this blog to my husband and he said "Are you sure you didn't write that? It sounds just like you, right down to the 'not having enough purses'"