22 thoughts on “Cheap and Easy

  1. Yay! I owned the hardcover, but I had to let it go when I moved into my van. (Letting go of my books was pretty close to the hardest part of moving into a van.) So glad I can add it to my Kindle collection now!

  2. “Letting go of my books…” I read that and thought of all my lovely books. For book lovers, it must be the hardest part of downsizing into a smaller abode. Looking at my lovely, lovely book shelves filled to the brim with lovely, lovely books and the prospect of moving is very taunting. I will have to be ruthless one day.

    So glad I have several versions of Bet Me.

    1. For two months, every day I would go through a shelf of books, two books at a time, deciding which one I would keep. Then I would put the other one in a pile to get donated to the library. My collection got smaller and smaller and smaller. Finally I hit the point where I just couldn’t let go of any of the rest — I probably still had about 150 books. Then I sat down with all of them, and checked to see if there was an ebook edition available. If there was, I put it on my wish list (sadly, I did not have anywhere near the money to buy all those books, but I’ve been picking them up slowly ever since) and put the book in a pile to go to the library. At the end, I probably had… 60 books left? I put those in my storage unit and a year later, without opening the boxes, I took them to the library and dropped them off. As soon as I drove away, I started to remember what was in those boxes and was so, so, so tempted to turn around and go back, but I didn’t. I still own the copy of Winnie-the-Pooh that my parents gave me for my 4th birthday and the copy of Anne McCaffrey’s The White Dragon that they gave me in 6th grade. And for a long time Welcome to Temptation lived in the van with me, as an emergency read if I had no power to read on my phone, computer, or iPad. But that’s it. Fortunately, my iPhone has about 1000 books on it and now Bet Me is among them, much to my joy!

      1. I’ve been there. I think I still own a dozen treebooks. The rest are either ebooks, audiobooks, or both.

        What finally gave me the courage to donate the last few hundred books was a passage in “A Civil Campaign” by Bujold, where Miles is explaining to Ekaterin that a saddle (his grandmother’s – Princess Olivia Vorbarra Vorkosigan) is designed to be used, not hoarded by a collector. Books are meant to be read, and I can only read a few at a time. Now they are where others can enjoy them, too.

    1. I love this book, and the friendships in this book…. but my comfort book is still Faking It. It’s the one I read when I’ve had a bad week. I’ve bought more than a couple copies of it, because they keep getting torn up from all the use. 🙂

      It’s hard to believe I was 37/38 when I first bought the book. And now I’m 54. So I’ve gone from being close to Tilda’s age to being older than Gwen. 🙂

  3. Is Bet Me the paperback out of print? I have a copy in paper that I bought when it came out, but I saw on Amazon when I just now bought the Kindle version (yay!) that all the paperback copies were from the secondary markets for $12 and up. I love this book. And all the others.

  4. Thanks for tip! One of my favorites of yours, I love the friendships. Also, I’ve never been to Book Bub, so thanks for leading me there.

    1. Oh, trust me – you want to forget you found Bookbub.

      Otherwise you’ll suddenly discover you have a lot more books than you have time to read them but they were such a deal!

  5. Already have Bet Me on the Nook – along with almost every other published Crusie. (I think the only full-length I lack is Wild Ride, which was available as an e-book from my local library.) Just today I finally sprang for Hot Toy, since ’tis the season!

    1. I have a couple Christmas romance collections that get packed away with my Christmas decorations and lights and unpacked each year to reread. I just finished reading Hot Toy (which is in one of those collections) and yes, it was enjoyable all over again. The funny thing is the other one I enjoyed most in that collection bugged me some this time since it hasn’t aged as well.

    2. What I loved about Hot Toy is her anger. When I remember myself many decades ago was that I would have been happy that I got a second chance at Happy Ever After with a guy who basically acted like a jerk. And she wasn’t. She was mad and she deserved to be mad and she did not make it easy for him. Even though she still wanted him, she held him accountable and did not cave, totally against social training and biology.

  6. I was really surprised to read your blog on how romance relationships develop — it was the same system that Cynthie was pushing in Bet Me! Who knew that the plotting, beautiful, and skinny woman had the answer to how relationships happen.

    But then, while Bonnie’s fairytale theory seems to be the one that Min and Cal fufill, I like Tony’s view that everything is chaos.

    Was your point that all three work simultaneously?

    1. My point, as far as I can remember, is that they were all right and all wrong depending on who you were. The one I probably liked the best was Tony’s chaos theory just for that moment when being changes into becoming, which I thought was a perfect way to describe the feeling of falling in love, the moment when you realize your life has just started over with a new center.
      Cynthie’s theories were all taken from real psychological research, and they’re the easiest rubric to use to analyze a love story, but outside of fiction, I’m not sure how useful they are. The one useful fact that I learned studying that was that infatuation is a stage you pass through. You know when you start to fall for somebody and you think, “But what if it’s just infatuation and not True Love?” It’s infatuation because infatuation is a stage you pass through on the way to mature love. Simples that question up a lot.


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