Another Book-Buying Binge! (Or, Why I Shouldn’t Go To Costco Anymore)

Yesterday I accidentally indulged in another book-buying binge. Yes, in case you’re wondering, it was totally by accident. I had no intentions of splurging on anything when I entered Costco.

Unfortunately, since it’s summer, the book section at Costco is a dangerous place for a book lover to be. I think the marketing assumption is that in the summer, people buy books to read on the beach or on holidays.

I’m thinking now that those marketing people are geniuses. Either that, or I’m extraordinarily susceptible to marketing ploys. (Okay, so maybe it’s the latter.)

Here’s the stack I came home with:


And here are the covers:

It Would Be Funny... If It Wasn't My Life, by Lisa DowTailSpin, by Catherine CoulterThe Last Oracle, by James RollinsThe Flying Troutmans, by Miriam ToewsWicked: Witch & Curse, by Nancy Holder and Debbie ViguiéThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg LarssonExit Lines, by Joan BarfootThe Society of S, by Susan HubbardThe Year of Disappearances, by Susan HubbardHow To Be Single, by Liz TuccilloThe Book of God and Physics, by Enrique JovenBrainMatics Logic Puzzles, by H. F. UllmannOne Fifth Avenue, by Candace BushnellDK Encyclopedia of Animals, by DK Publishing

I’m not sure when I’ll have the time to read these. I do, however, feel good knowing I now have them on hand, for whenever the right reading mood strikes.

Want to know something even sadder? Do you see the BrainMatics Logic Puzzles? My husband (who happens to be just as bad when it comes to cookbooks, by the way) happened to slip a copy of this one into the cart, too, thinking I’d enjoy it. So we came home with TWO copies. I’m promising myself I won’t give in to temptation again when we go back to Costco to return the duplicate copy.

Do you go on book-buying binges occasionally? Please say yes!

22 thoughts on “Another Book-Buying Binge! (Or, Why I Shouldn’t Go To Costco Anymore)

  1. Bernadette in Australia

    I do go on such binges – though rarely ‘in store’ – books are just too expensive here in Australia so my binges are usually online. However when I visit my brother and his family in Los Angeles every couple of years I spend a little time visiting with them and the rest of the time scouring bookshops and I put all my finds in the empty suitcase I bring me with me just for that purpose. So I have a 2 week binge every couple of years :)
    .-= Bernadette in Australia´s last blog ..Review: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Kate Summerscale =-.

  2. Pam

    Wow, sweet score! I hope you like The girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’m reading the sequel right now and I’m so in love. I tend to buy books in smaller bundles but more often. I have a bad habit of buying books at the grocery store (honestly, it’s just inhumane to put Angel’s Game where I am waiting in line for 15 minutes) or other places I can justify it because I didn’t INTEND to buy books. Ah, excuses. Enjoy your reading pile!
    .-= Pam´s last blog ..Lock and Key ~ Sarah Dessen =-.

  3. Kathleen

    There’s nothing like a good book buying binge. Last time I went to Costco I made myself NOT go past the book section because I knew what would happen…glad I am not the only one that can’t resist!
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..Back to School =-.

  4. Kristen

    Hehe. I won’t say yes I go on book buying binges. Instead I’ll say, “Of course. Does that seem to be a problem or something?” LOL! And as for skipping the book section of Costco? I can’t possibly do it. I actually go there first so that I know how much money I still have left to spend on other not quite as necessary stuff after I’ve done my damage where it counts.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Giveaway day 7 winner =-.

  5. Susan @ Reading Upside Down

    I agree with Bernadette. Books are too expensive in Australia to go on a book buying binge without inflicting serious financial damage. :-( I am so envious when I read book blog posts about spending sprees at Costco and elsewhere.

    That having been said, I have absolutely no self-control at all when it comes to books. I doesn’t matter how big my TBR pile (or piles) may be, I always pick up a book or two at the library and I find that is a dangerous place to visit because they have some good book bargains at times.
    .-= Susan @ Reading Upside Down´s last blog ..13th July 2009 – Which? What? Who? =-.

  6. Bookwormom

    I have to say I agree with Kristin- of course I go on book buying binges! I have even extended this to binge-ing (sp?) at the library. I think I’m going to have to buy copies of the Steig Larsson series. The library waiting list is really long & I’m very impatient. Not that I’ve other books to read in the meantime, you realize! lol 😉


  7. Margot

    Thank you for this post and, especially the picture. I showed it to my husband who believes there is something wrong with me. Now he knows there is at least one other person in the world who has the same ailment. You post and the comments were great fun to read.
    .-= Margot´s last blog ..An Interview with Nancy Thayer =-.

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  9. Joanne

    Book buying binges are one of my favorite things! And the accidental ones are the best. The only book buying binges I feel even a little guilty about are the ones where I will decide to stop by the grocery/drug store to pick up some random item we probably don’t even need – with the ulterior motive being that I want to check out the book section for any new stuff :)
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Review ? Slights by Kaaron Warren =-.

  10. Meg

    Holy smokes — a woman after my own heart! I absolutely go on book-buying binges — especially when I realize that I’ve been “good” all month and my credit bill (should) be low. Of all the things to blow my money on, I feel the least terrible about stocking up on novels! Needless to say, I’m a total book glutton… and I indulge frequently. You’ve got some great titles in there — happy reading!
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Famous Megs, volume one =-.

  11. Belle

    So glad to hear that book-buying binges are the norm. I always tell myself, it’s a much better thing to be doing than, say, buying clothes, which would put a far larger dent in my wallet than books.

    I always find that, after a dry spell of not buying any new books (ie on holiday in a remote cottage area) I have this craving … :)

  12. Michelle

    Ok seriously….like I need more books….like I need another place to get books….

    But yup, now I’ve got it. Goodness gracious woman I’d not thought about Costco!

    Yikes, I foresee a trip in my future.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Booking Through Thursday =-.


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