All that being said, it hardly comes as a surprise that I spent some of my Christmas time off buying books. Here's where I went and what I got:
After all that lip service (pen service? blog service?) about bargain books, I will confess that I spent an exorbitant amount on the the Throne of Glass books: Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. Out of desperation for something to read, I bought the paperback of Crown of Glass while we were visiting family and shopping in the mall. Then I zoomed through it, and didn't want to wait for the next one at the library. Soooo I dropped $20 on the ginormous copy (it is literally huge! It's almost as big as my study Bible!) of Heir of Fire at Coles. But, it was so worth it. So. worth. it.
|How I felt after reading Crown of Midnight and getting my hands on a copy of Heir of Fire.|
MCC Thrift Store:
I spent all of 2 dollars on The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha and The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling).
Needless to say, I was very happy with my purchases. I usually don't find books as current as these. When I saw the hardcover version of The Cuckoo's Calling I got a bit excited inside. There was an older man browsing beside me, and I thought he was looking a little too interested in it, while I was having my mini freak-out, so I got it together and claimed the book. *Cue evil laughter* Even though I've already read both of these books, they were books that I had been keeping an eye out for. My collection needed them!
Salvation Army Thrift Store:
When I arrived at this thrift store, I got a pleasant surprise: books were half price that day!
The first thing to jump out at me was the plaid spines of the Gallagher Girls books. I really enjoyed this series, so it seemed like a no-brainer to pick these up on the cheap. They're the type of books that I forcefully lend people. You like spy books? You like YA? Well...I have the book(s) for you! I'll just conveniently "leave" them at your house.
Then I found Gone by Michael Grant and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. These are the only two books I bought that I haven't read yet. I debated buying Gone, but then I recalled some pretty positive reviews that I'd read...and it was half price day (so that meant I could buy twice as many books as usual, obviously). The premise sounds really interesting, so I'm looking forward to reading this.
As for The 7 Habits..., here's what I was thinking:
I should read this. I need to read more non-fic. I'm going to read this. I'll be an effective person. 15 million people thought it was interesting. I'm probably never going to read this. It's half price.
So, I bought it. I know, I'm a hopeless consumer.
|And of course, some cover love.|
How about you? Did you get any books for Christmas? Do you buy used books? Find any good book bargains lately? Have you read Gone or 7 Habits? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments!
Reading: The Lost Art of Reading by David Ulin
Listening: Taylor Swift