Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Confessions of a Book-aholic

I was gifted money for Christmas (thanks Mom & Dad). I bought a few "grandma toys" but saved most of it, waiting for the Whitney finalists to come out, because I knew I'd need to buy more books. I also had one Twilight themed Borders gift card that my sister gave me which I was saving specifically for Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George.

So yesterday, with $60 and gift cards in hand, I headed out to buy as many books as I could. I was hoping I could find most of them on sale because I had 16 titles on my shopping list (15 Whitneys and the aforementioned Princess book).

First stop, Deseret Industries because sometimes I can find gently used LDS books there. After 45 minutes of browsing, I left with Free Men & Dreamers: Dark Sky at Dawn by L.C. Lewis because I already have book 2 but haven't read it yet; Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver because I really liked The Poisonwood Bible; The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas (Read this several years ago and loved it. It's a mystery that I not only didn't figure out until it was revealed, but I was totally shocked by it—in a good way.); and Murder Among Friends (a collection of short stories by various authors) because it looked cool. Okay, so none of these books were actually titles on my shopping list, but they were cheap and...well, cheap.

Next I went to Seagull. (Shhh, don't tell my boss.) I love hitting their discount table in the back of the store. I found a board book called In Grandma's Arms by Jayne C. Shelton and Baby Einstein See & Spy Counting—both titles were only $1.99 and I had to get them because, well, I'm a grandma. Then I got Royal Target by Traci Hunter Abramson. (Yea, check one off the Whitney list.) While there I also got Ghost of a Chance by Kerry Blair because I just read her book, This Just In and LOVED it. I also got a copy of Farworld: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage. (Yes, I have the ARC but I wanted a copy with the illustrations in it.) Last, I got Lemon Tart by Josi S. Kilpack—even though she'll be coming to my store in April for a book signing and we'll be getting copies of her book in soon. But I just couldn't wait. Also, I'm sure Lemon Tart will be a Whitney finalist for 2009, so I'm simply starting early. So, I left with six books, only one of which was on my shopping list, but they were ALL on SALE! I refuse to feel guilty about that.

Then I went to Deseret Book. I scored there. They had Leven Thumps and the Eyes of the Want by Obert Skye for only $1.99! Cool! Yes, I know there's a newer one out, but I'm behind in that series. I also got Pillage by Obert Skye for 50% off. Yea! Oh, wait. Neither of those were on the list. But still. $1.99??? How can you pass that up? And if you average that with Pillage, that makes them what, 75% off each one? Isn't that smart shopping?

Last, I went to Borders to get the Princess book. Not. In. Stock. What??! It's an "online only" title. That is just crazy. I was informed that they could special order it for me or I could order it online and have it shipped to the store for no extra charge. That's nice. It would cost me the same in gas to go pick it up. I was so frustrated! They didn't have any of the remaining 14 books on my Whitney list either! I almost left in a huff but then I remembered I had a gift card and I had to spend it here. So I browsed and browsed, and I found a copy of Peeps by Scott Westerfield that I've wanted to read for a long time and my library doesn't carry it and I've never been able to find it in stock at any bookstore. They had one copy so I snagged it. I still have $10.13 left on the card, so I guess I'll be forced to shop at Border's one more time.

By this time (four hours later), I was pooped and my feet hurt. I came home, jumped online and did some price checking. I ended up ordering three titles from Amazon: Princess of the Midnight Ball (only $11.55; $5 less than stupid Borders); Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card ($9 cheaper than Borders); and Alcatraz vs the Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson ($5 cheaper than Borders). AND FREE SHIPPING TO MY HOUSE! Hah! What do you think about them apples, I'm-too-lame-to-stock-your-books-Borders?

All told, I got sixteen books—three of which were actually on my list. Now I only have two questions:
1) Who can loan me some Whitney titles?
2) Which book do I read first?


Josi said...

Um, I thought I was a book lover, but I bow to your literary greatness. Wow. I won't make any suggestions on what to read first due to a serious conflict of interest, but I wish you luck. You ought to have them all read in, what, a week?

Annette Lyon said...

Wow--sounds like a great day.

I have a few Whitney titles you could borrow--don't know if they're ones you don't have yet, though.

Sandra said...

I definitely need to come over and book "shop" in your house. I suggest Lemon Tart- You'll love it.

Anna Maria Junus said...

You're so lucky to live near those bookstores!

I love book shopping like that too.

Cindy Beck said...

Wow, you found some GREAT deals! We should all be so lucky. Next time I go book shopping, would you come along as a good luck charm? :)

As for what book to start with ... I'd go with Lemon Tart. Josi's books are alway good.

Nichole Giles said...

Oh my gosh, I'm laughing so hard! You are my kind of shopper. And I think you were totally justified in each and every purchase. (Shh, I won't tell your boss.)

I've discovered the internet is a great place to buy books. They're cheaper, and I can always find them in stock.

But usually I'm like you and don't have the patience to wait for them to be shipped.

Way to go, bargain shopper. Have fun with all of those.

Rebecca Talley said...

And I was all proud of myself because I actually checked out 2 books at the same time from the library. You are simply amazing!

Great titles--be sure to blog about them.

Marcia Mickelson said...

I have a few Whitney titles you can borrow. I'll mail them to you and you can mail them back when you're done. I have The Ruby, Bound on Earth and will be getting a few others I ordered on Amazon. Hopefully they come next week. I have a lot of reading to do too. Email me or comment on my blog if you want to borrow some.

Stephanie Abney said...

Karlene ~

You are too funny!!! I am addicted to book ownership. I don't always get them read, but at least I OWN THEM!!! I have 5 giant floor to ceiling book cases in the family room and cases in every other room and dozens of boxes of books in the storage shed (that makes me sad) and my most recent treasures are IN MY TRUNK!!!! Nowhere to put them. Good grief. And although I'll loan them out, I don't sell them back. I have a very hard time parting with books. I'm anxious to get my hands on Lemon Tart so I need to put a link on my blog for Anne Bradshaw's contest and hope for the best. Take care... you've heard of "bag ladies" ~ I guess we are a couple of "book ladies."

Karen Hoover said...

I have some I'd be happy to loan. I go to Provo every Friday for critique group, so would be happy to drop them off or meet you somewhere. e-mail me if you want me to bring some this Friday.