Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Vacation Book Buying

Candleman, daughter Katie and I had a phenomenal book shopping spree while on our little vacation last week. While in Vegas visiting our daughter Alyson we went to Barnes and Noble to find me a new novel. We found that but we also found several other books for $4.98, $5.98 and even the unbelievably low price of $3.99! On our way home we stopped at another Barnes & Noble in Provo.

Here's a look at what Katie hauled home:Starting from the bottom she has Vampyre: The Terrifying Lost Journal of Dr. Cornelius Van Helsing, an artist sketch book, The Big Book of Grimm (graphic novel), The Princess and the Bear, a blank unlined journal, Peter and the Starcatchers, and breathe.

I bought a few cookbooks for $3.99 each (the grill one was Candleman's doing).
The books in the next two pictures were all just $3.99 and will be enjoyed by both Candleman and I.
Let's start at the top this time: The Celts: Life, Myth and Art, Kings and Queens: The Story of Britain's Monarchs from Pre-Roman Times to Today, China's Imperial Dynasties: 1600 BC-AD 1912, Dark History: The Popes: Vice, Murder, and Curruption in the Vatican, Spirit of the Polar Regions, Wonders of the World: Masterpieces of Architecture from 4000 BC to the Present, and Great Rivers of the World.Webster's New Explorer dictionary of Word Origins, Freedom from Addiction (Candleman moderates a 12-step type of program that uses this book), The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Candleman plans to donate this to the youth detention center where he is involved in church meetings on Sunday and an activity night on Wed.), Making Sense of Fibromyalgia (hopefully, I find some helpful advise), and Leslie Beck's Best of the Best Quilts.

And finally some novels for me:
Case Histories (I've been wanting to read a Kate Atkinson), The Innocence and the Wisdom of Father Brown, Orthodoxy (ok, not a novel, but it's in this stack), The Tale of Hawthorn House (book 4 in the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter - will have to look for the first 3 in the series), The Secret of Lost Things, and The Lightening Keeper. All were $3.99 except the two by G.K. Chesterton, but I wanted those enough to pay a bit more. You may remember from an earlier post of my recent interest in Chesterton.

That's 30 books and a couple of Lastline Bookmarks and two brain teaser games for Candleman for less than $145! I think that's remarkable and I'm so excited to read them. Many will be used as reference but I hope to read big chunks of those as well as the novels. It would be satisfying to actually make some of the recipes from the cookbooks, but even if I don't I will (and already have) enjoyed looking through them and marking luscious-looking recipes. Hey, it's cheaper than a jewelry fetish! I think.


Anonymous said...

That's a deal, especially for new books! Hwo did you carry them all home? ;) Have a wonderful time digging in!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I love great book buying adventures. My husband likes telling the story of how we needed to buy an extra suitcase on our honeymoon to bring back all the books I purchased at a used book store!

Kristie said...

The best thing I think about bargain books is I often try things I normally wouldn't buy and then get to discover new authors! I look forward to seeing what you think about the Atkinson.

Kailana said...

That's a great haul! Enjoy!

Booklogged said...

Bellezza, getting the books home was definitely a concern. When we bought them we didn't have my mom with us - she stayed in Cedar City with my sister - and we didn't have all our luggage. It was tight, but we were able to squeeze everything in without leaving anyone behind.

Holly, that's a funny story. Did it frighten your husband at all when you bought so many books?

Kristie, you are right about buying books we normally wouldn't have bought. All those wonderful coffee table books we don't usually buy because they are so expensive. I am so tickled to have them and will refer to them often. I'm also looking forward to trying out several new authors from that stack.

Kailana, truly!

Iliana said...

What a book spree! How fun. I read Case Histories quite a while back but though it was a really good book. Hope you enjoy them all!

Framed said...

I have the first three of the Beatrix Potter series but haven't read any of them yet. Stacey really likes them. I listened to The Secret of Lost Things last year. It was addly likeable. I'll just have to wait for your review on the rest. I'm not sure where I would put thirty books, especially hard backs.

Booklogged said...

Iliana, so glad to hear that you liked Case Histories.

Framed, maybe I can borrow the first three and in exchange you can borrow the 4th from me?

Anna said...

Wow! What a great deal!

Diary of an Eccentric

SuziQoregon said...

Wow - great haul! I hope you like Peter and the Starcatchers. I listened to the audio version of that series (read by Jim Dale) and enjoyed it a LOT!

Zibilee said...

Wow! You scored some great stuff there. I had no idea that you suffered from fibromyalgia. My husband is going through a lot of problems with it right now, and we have been looking for any advice and help that we can get. It seems that the doctors can only do so much, and the treatment options aren't really that great. Let me know if that book is worth buying, if it is, we will be sure to pick up a copy.