Since I had the day off today – and a couple hours of ME time – I decided to swing by my local closing Borders to a) see how much percentage I’d be getting off books, and b) see if there was even anything left. Well, there was still a lot left – probably due to the fact that they’re still only taking 30% off books, and a lot of people – like me – are waiting for bigger cuts before they start buying books. Normally 30% off is awesome – when the Palos Verdes Borders closed last April, I bought a ton of books when they were 30% off. But being as my husband is still unemployed, I have to be careful. Must hold back and wait for 50-70%.
But just because I’m waiting for crazy discounts doesn’t mean I didn’t walk out of that store without some SWAG (Stuff We All Got). I did some serious bargain book shopping in the oh-so-awesome Bargain Books section. I mean, when books that are already only 2.99 plus 30% off, you don’t walk away empty handed. No, you just grab what you can. And here’s what I grabbed today:
I’ve never read these Thirst books before, but I have read Christopher Pike. I mean, I grew up in the 80s and 90s. Of course I’ve read Christopher Pike. He was the one who wrote such YA greats like Witch, Remember Me, Chain Letter, and Last Act. If I wasn’t reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books, I was reading Christopher Pike. So when I saw that I could get two volumes of his vampire series (a total of six books) for a really good price, I couldn’t pass it up. And those prices were? $2.09 each. Pretty sweet, eh?
Now, I actually have no idea what Hush, Hush is about other than the fact that it has angels in it and it’s written by Becca Fitzpatrick, whom I follow on Twitter. Why do I follow her on Twitter? I have no idea. But I pretty much follow every author that has written a young adult book, and it’s only fair that I read at least one of their books. Hush, Hush is no doubt about a fallen angel with a dark past and a will-they-won’t-they romance, so it probably can’t be that bad. And it was only $2.09, so…yeah. Good deal.
The back of Ally Carter’s Heist Society reads that it’s an “edge of your seat caper with more twists than Ocean Eleven and cooler gadgets than Casino Royale. Also, cuter guys than either one.” Well, I can’t really go wrong with that, right? They’re making a huge claim comparing it to those two movies – and to George Clooney and Daniel Craig – but I’m willing to take the $4.19 risk. And the cute guy’s name in the book is Hale, which just sounds like a cute guy name. There’s nothing worse than reading a book about a cute guy whose name is, I don’t know…Abner.
Gail Garson Levine is another author I’ve read before. Ella Enchanted, which won a Newbury Honor Award, is a favorite of mine (and waaaaaay better than the movie). And Fairest – a retelling of Snow White – is pretty good as well. I haven’t read Ever, but it sounds interesting, since Levine created her own mythology for it rather than retelling another fairy tale. It’s more about gods and myths and omens than princesses and castles, which sounds kind of cool. And check out the dude on the cover! Pretty cute, even if his name is Olus.
So in total my purchase came to $14.74 including tax and the book of paper dolls I bought for my daughter. Not bad, especially if you consider that it all would have cost me more than $50 were I to buy them at regular price. So yes, I’m totally sad that Borders is closing. I’ve spent a lot of time there over the past five years, either browsing around looking at books or sitting in the cafe writing whatever story it was I was writing at the time. And it just sucks for books in general that brick-and-mortar is becoming less important for sales. But I can’t deny that I can get some great deals because of the closing, and I will continue to take advantage of those deals until those doors close.