Monday, August 28, 2006

Classics buying frenzy and NYC bookstores

After reading about the Barnes and Noble classics sale on several blogs, I lost all reasoning capabilities and made a ridiculous amount of purchases. I've been reading here and there about those of you that may have bought say 8 or 9 books during this sale, or perhaps even 16 or 17, but I have bought a whopping 34 books. Usually I am pretty good about taking my little notepad into the bookstores I frequent and jotting down titles that look interesting. My library card gets a good workout every week, but this past week, my credit card put the library card to shame.

I will say though that those 34 books only cost me approximately $100 with shipping costs waived and my 10% membership discount. I could barely even buy two pairs of shoes for $100, so my feeling is that 34 books at that price is quite a deal! At least that is how I have rationalized it to my husband, who just shakes his head and laughs. Can't wait for the shipment to come in, the titles will make wonderful additions to my collection. Dracula, Emma, War and Peace (not sure if I will ever actually get through this, but figured I'd try), David Copperfield, The Count of Monte Cristo, Moonstone, Madame Bovary, just to name a few.

Also found out recently that I am being sent to NYC in October for work-related software training. And the training facility is only a mere 6 blocks from the main branch of the New York Public Library. And only 12 blocks from The Gotham City Book Mart! Think I know what I will be doing in my spare time. If you've got recommendations of bookstores I should hit while in town, send them my way. Although I haven't lived in NY for several years, NYC is the city of my birth, and I'm ok with the subway system (so no need to restrict me to mid-town). Many memories of visiting The Strand with my parents :)

9 comments:

I Buy Books said...

Okay -- first, thanks for letting me know about the B&N sale. Don't know how I missed it -- but I'll definitely check it out.

Good luck with War and Peace. I'm fanatical about finishing a book when I start it, but that's one I never made it through. Hope you enjoy Emma. It's not my favorite Jane Austen (that's Persuasion), but it's very enjoyable.

litlove said...

34 books or two pairs of shoes? Well, there's no choice, is there! Only wish there was a sale like this in the UK!

Carl V. said...

That's awesome! I'm impressed. That will be one heavy shipment of books, no doubt about it. The Barnes and Noble classics are really nice sized books and are a terrific find for the price.

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

34?!?! WOO! I am jealous!!!!

Heather
www.thelibraryladder.blogspot.com

Kailana said...

You should post a picture with corresponding text when it comes in! I am nosey and like to know what people buy, and since I live in Canada, I don't have barnes and noble. :(

Kirsten said...

i buy books- Hope you enjoy the sale as much as I did :)

litlove- I didn't think there was really any comparison either. Although I do love shoes! And handbags.

carl v.- We'll see how long it takes me to get through them all :)

Heather- Major moment of weakness for me, but we're all entitled once in a while, right? :)

Kailana- Good idea. I will post that picture once the shipment comes in. Have been enjoying the book reviews you are posting on your site!

Pour of Tor said...

Thanks for the heads-up on the Barnes and Noble sale - I just bought 14 books there! My book addiction is now raging furiously. I am also really enjoying reading your blog....

Kailana said...

Yeah, I have to see all the shinny covers. I can live through all you people. :)

And thanks. I missed this blog until last week, glad I am now in the know! From now on when I tell people I bought books and they look at me like I have two heads when I tell them how many... I can tell them about the person that bought 34... new at that. lol I'm mean. :)

Kirsten said...

pour of tor- I am enjoying your blog also- getting some good movie recommendations!

kailana- That picture is coming soon...received all of my books yesterday!