Monday, March 28, 2011

Bittersweet Borders

As most of you probably know, Borders has recently declared bankruptcy and are planning on closing many stores. Luckily, the closest Borders to my house is remaining open, but the Borders about 20 minutes away is closing. Due to this, everything in the store is 40 to 60% off! So my friend and I decided to make a little trip there and see what we could find. Here are my discoveries:

Juliet by Anne Fortier (50% off)
-This was the most expensive book I bought, but I think it will be well worth it. A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet with an interesting spin, I am very excited about it. I love Romeo and Juliet and all related stories (see my review of a particular favorite, O, Juliet by Robin Maxwell, here).

Miss You Most of All by Elizabeth Bass (50% off)
-This book interests me because of the sister storyline. The women are step-sisters, but they still feel that bond. It reminds me of Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson, only an adult version.

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (50% off)
-I used to knit a lot, and I loved it. There are very few books written about knitting, and I'd heard great things about this one, so I decided to pick it up. (An amazing YA trilogy about knitters is Chicks With Sticks. One of my favorite series of all time.)

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison (40% off)
-Yes, this book is just dripping with cheese and predictability, but I love Janette Rallison. I've already read at least six of her other books. They are fun, light reads, and I just couldn't resist.

So after my friend and I hit up the closing Borders, we headed to the Borders closer to our houses because I had a 40% off coupon, which was worthless at the store where everything was already at least 40% off. There I found:

XVI by Julia Karr
-This was the only book I paid full price for all day. I thought it looked interesting when someone recommended it to me on Goodreads, but I wasn't dying for it. Until I read the back when I found it at Borders. It looks different, and now I'm really excited about it.

The Element Encyclopedia of Birthdays by Theresa Cheung (40% off with coupon)
-So I love astrology. Some write it off as stupid of coincidence, but I'm fascinated by it. When I found this book for only $10 ($6 with my coupon), I had to pick it up. I've already found some insane connections to my family and friends.

So the sane person would say "Wow, six books in one day. That ought to hold her over!" But I, my blog-readers, am not a sane person when it comes to books. As luck would have it, Half Price Books sent me a coupon for 50% off one item, good for Sunday March 27 only! So you all know where I went yesterday! Here are the treasures (yes, plural, despite to fact that my coupon was only good for ONE item.) I found:

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (50% off with coupon)
-I've heard great things about this one for a while now, so I thought it was high time for me to get it, and it was only $4 with my coupon!

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
-This one just sounded good, and I'd heard of it before (it was a #1 New York Times Best Seller), and it was only $2! Who would've passed that up???

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
-So I feel terrible about The Kite Runner because I've seen the movie, but I haven't read the book. I want to read the book, so when I saw this at HPB for only $2, I picked it up too!

And that, my friends, is the profit of my book-splurge weekend. Should I be saving money for college next year? Absolutely. Have I read any of the other books I've bought it the past couple months? Not yet. Do I have room for any more books on my shelves? Noooo way. And still I found myself in three different bookstores this weekend, never leaving empty-handed. Do I regret it? No. Has this happened to you, readers? Let me know in the comments, so I can feel less guilty!