Book-Buying Binge

It happens to me, on a fairly regular basis. I go on these book buying binges, and unlike other types of binges, afterwards it feels lovely. I had ample justification for this one, as a group of us on Twitter came up with a wonderful event: “No BEA? Books Anyway!”, hosted at Devourer of Books. There’s still time to play, by the way. The event is open all weekend.

I ended up going to four five different places. And I have another big excuse for this particular binge: we are going to be vacationing in the Maritimes for two weeks in July, so stocking up on reading material for the 19 hour drive there and back, not to mention the two weeks on the beach, is actually an essential thing. No, really. It is.

Basically, I bought for myself, for my two teens, my six-year-old, and my husband, who loves to cook.

So here we go!

First stop: Online shopping at Chapters, Canada’s big bricks ‘n’ clicks bookstore. (Ironically, the pics and links are from/to Amazon.com – my apologies to my fellow Canadian readers, but it’s much easier to do it this way. But Chapters definitely carries all of these books, too.) If you hover your mouse over a cover, you should be able to see a small box with the title.

Italian Vegetables: Delicious Recipes For Appetizers And SidesThe Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes Colonization: Second ContactColonization: Down To EarthColonization: AftershocksHomeward Bound Now And ThenConfessions of a Jane Austen AddictMind GamesFlirting in CarsEncyclopedia of an Ordinary LifeThe Language Of BeesBest Of Mad LibsMore Best of Mad Libs

The Harry Turtledove books are for my older son, who loves reading alternative history books. The two Mad Lib books are for my daughter; her best friend is coming with us (we did a similar trip last year) and their idea of fun is to play Mad Libs using my older son’s name in various places, which bugs him no end (that being the point, I gather, of the whole thing).

I had borrowed both The Language of Bees and Now and Then from the library, but couldn’t finish them in time (I want to read The Language of Bees slowly so I can savor it);  I couldn’t renew either of them because they’re on other people’s holds list, so I thought it would be a good idea to get my own copies.

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life is a special treat just for my vacation: I read about it earlier this week on this wonderful post about memoirs at Books and Movies, and just knew it would be perfect for me.

The cookbook is for my husband; he’s fallen in love with Italian food, so it looked like a good fit. And the rest of them I discovered by browsing the bargain outlet section.

Next up: Winners. Winners is actually more of a clothing store; they sell brand name clothes, shoes and handbags at discounted prices. I normally leave that store with lots of clothes and shoes – very definitely shoes. And handbags. I have a thing for handbags, too. But they also have a small toy section, and an aisle of discount books. To keep me from wandering the rest of the store, I brought my six-year-old with me; we picked up mostly toys, but I also picked up this book (I almost forgot this one!)

Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over

Then I went to Homesense, another favorite store of mine. Homesense carries lots of lovely things for the home; it’s affiliated with Winners, and the merchandise is all at discounted prices. They have a larger discount books area, so I managed to pick up the following books:

My Best Friend is a Princess: A Princess Friendship TreasuryThe Artist's Muse: Unlock the Door to Your CreativityClutter Cutters: Store It with StyleMartin Yan's Chinatown Cooking: 200 Traditional Recipes from 11 Chinatowns Around the WorldPatricia Yeo: Cooking from A to ZA Year in My Kitchen

All of these books were impulse buys; they were also bargain-priced, which always adds to the good feeling of a binge.

Of course, I can never resist the book aisle at Costco, which for me is located too conveniently close to Chapters:

City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments)City of Glass (Mortal Instruments)Goodnight NobodyA Version of the TruthUgliesPrettiesExtras

I also bought Specials, but the image won’t show up for some reason – I’ve been meaning to read the Uglies series for a while now, and Costco had the four titles in paperback for a great price. I’ve read Book one of the Immortal Instruments series, so thought it would be nice to pick up books two and three. I read Literacy and Longing in L.A. last year and just loved it, so A Version of the Truth was a must-buy. The Jennifer Weiner book was an impulse buy; Weiner always makes me laugh, so it looked like a great vacation read.

Last stop: Chapters – the physical store. I could browse the aisles at Chapters for ages, but unfortunately, I had my six-year-old with me again, as well as my daughter and her friend, an exchange student from Japan. So I was more or less in “grab what I can” mode – but as it turns out, even when under constraints, I can grab quite a few!

Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls: Moving DayNaming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative WriterA Picture Is Worth 1000 Words: Image-Driven Story Prompts and Exercises for Writers101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists: Insider Secrets from Top WritersHow I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell You in Their Own WordsLoveless, Volume 3Kyo Kara MAOH! Volume 1Debbie Travis' Facelift: Solutions to Revitalize Your HomeWaterside Living: Inspirational Homes By Lakes, Rivers, and the SeaMy Little Pony: Pinkie Pie's Special DayExtreme Rescue: Dolphin MissionTools at the Pool (Handy Manny)

Luckily for me, this weekend turned out to be a special weekend for iRewards card holders at Chapters (I’ve been an iRewards card holder ever since the program began, and when they switched over to their current program terms, they actually gave me a lifetime membership, so I never have to pay to renew. Honestly. That’s how much I buy from them!)

As you can see, I wandered down the “Writing & Publishing” aisle. I’ll be starting a “Books for Writers” review feature here (my flimsy excuse for picking up these writing books). And I blame my purchase of How I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell You in Their Own Words on Louise Penny; as I flipped through the book, I saw that she had contributed her story. How could I resist?

The anime books are for my daughter, who’s not much of a reader; she’s mainly interested in filmmaking and anime. The story books are for my younger son, and yes, he has a wide range of interests. He likes My Little Pony as much as he enjoys Diego, Handy Manny and Thomas the Tank Engine.

So this is my contribution to No BEA? Books Anyway! I think I did pretty well, although now all I need is more time to read!

22 thoughts on “Book-Buying Binge

  1. I couldn’t resist getting the Uglies series – Costco had them on for $6.79 each. I just don’t know if we’ll have room in the van for people after packing up all the books.

  2. Did you enjoy Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Meghan? It looked really interesting when I saw it online.

  3. That is quite the haul you got. I will have to go and check out the Costco here to see if they have the Uglies here. Dying to read it but taking forever to come in from the library.

    Good night nobody is on my TBR pile.

    Okay I go to winners but never seemed to notice the books I guess I need to look my closely and the same with Home Sense. Thanks for mentioning that now I will be looking.

    Happy reading :)

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  4. Cindy, I have a weakness for blank books too, journals, notebooks and things like that – I have to be very careful at Winners & especially at Homesense because the books are right opposite the journals!

  5. I have been dying to read The Language of Bees for a long time and just picked it up from my local library yesterday!

  6. I’m impressed (and jealous). I am trying to be strong at the moment and not buy any more books until my TBR pile retreats to taking up just one room of the house instead of three.

    I’ll be looking forward to your review of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. I’m reading Darcy’s Passions by Regina Jeffers at the moment. It’s Pride & Prejudice told from Darcy’s perspective. I don’t mind it in general, but every now and then the author obviously strays from the dialogue of the original and I find it really annoying. I shall persevere though.

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  7. Holy Cow!! When you say binge you really went at it with gusto!! LOL

    I’m going to have to hit Barnes & Noble to see what the description of some of these books are because many of them look extremely interesting to me. As you know, I too purchased Uglies as part of my No BEA purchases. I’m not sure if it will be my next read or not but something YA likely will be.

    Great job here :)

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  8. Memory, I’m glad you picked up Cooking from A to Z, too. It looks great so far!

    Emily, you will really enjoy The Language of the Bees – I would have raced through it by now but I really wanted to slowly savor it. It’s that good.

    Carrie, I’m looking forward to your next book binge (I know you’ll have one).

    Susan, I am hoping Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict will be good, too – this is my first foray into one of the “Austen-esque” books, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    avisannschild, there’s a big box from Chapters sitting on the dining room table – I’m hoping it’s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life! Off to take a look at your haul now.

  9. Oh wow, I was speaking with a friend a couple days ago and she couldn’t stop raving about the Cassandra Clare books. It’s so cool to see that you have them and can’t wait to read your reviews. Of course, I may need to break down before then and get my own copies. :D

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  10. Wow!! That was one amazing book binge, you’re my kind of shopper :) Can you believe I’ve never been in a Homesense store? But that will have to change now that I know they sell books lol! And Costco is great for books, I’m pretty sure that’s the only reason I even have a membership there :) Hope you enjoy all those gorgeous books!

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