Christmas in July

30 Jul

I may, MAY, have just gone a little nuts in Borders. Book binge, FTW (that means “for the win,” Mom.).

Lemme explain. The Borders located about a block away from my office building is closing. It’s pretty prime real estate in downtown DC, but I’m sad it’s going away. HOWEVER, bad for them = good for me. They’ve discounted all adult trade books by 40% — as low as they can go. I’ve been meaning to go over there for a few weeks now, but they’re in their last days before shutting the doors for good, and I finally took a lunch break to peruse the selection. I honestly wasn’t expecting much. Boy was I wrong!

There was so much great front list (new releases, if you don’t know the lingo), and some good back list finds (older books in their respective sections), that I may have gone a little overboard. I grabbed a basket — or rather, I asked a cashier for a basket since they were all out, up front, after my arms were full. She dumped out one full of plastic security cases for DVDs and handed it over. I told her she wouldn’t be sorry. Sure enough, I only stopped shopping because that basket was full. Trust that if I’d been able to carry anything more, I would have bought it. Most of the backlist I did buy was for my Must Read: Classics list — very productive indeed!

Lemme break it down for you:

20 books

9 hardcovers

11 paperbacks


Total savings: $163.30

Not bad, right? Yes, $246 is a lot of money, but these are all books I probably would have bought eventually and bought at full price or close to it.

Wanna know what I got? Of course you do!!






It’s possible — a little bit possible — that there’s a duplicate or two in there, from things I already have. But if that’s the case, I suppose it’ll just have to mean another giveaway ;).

So how’d I do? Pretty good right?


14 Responses to “Christmas in July”

  1. lbluca77 July 30, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    I remember reading Go Ask Alice in high school. It is so good. Now I want to read it again.

  2. Nora July 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    Nicely done!
    I always get sad when a bookstore closes because it means I can’t hang out there anymore =(
    I LOVED The B&N in Georgetown when I was in DC. Three levels of books? It was like I’d died and gone to heaven. You have a few books I’ve heard of in there and a few I’ve never seen before so enjoy!!!

  3. Skip July 30, 2010 at 5:00 pm #

    I have been circling LONESOME DOVE for about a decade. This would have been a great chance to finally strike. Let us know how it was when the time comes.

  4. Kathy July 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    My mouth is pretty nearly actually watering. What a haul!! Well, when you start to give them away I’ll be here. 😉

  5. Greg July 30, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    How did Larry McMurtry get in there?! Very nice haul!

  6. Amanda July 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    I’m so happy to see Ella Minnow Pea in there!

  7. Jenny July 30, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    Ella Minnow Pea is really good!

  8. Malnurtured Snay July 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    I just finished Lonesome Dove two weeks ago — the first 300 pages were really difficult to get through, but after that, it just powered through. Incidentally, I had to work a shift at that store last Monday night, and it was just insane. I clocked in at 6 and before I knew it, we were ushering the last few folks out the door.

  9. Julie July 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

    Awesome choices! I am obsessed with that cover of Wuthering Heights. I’m considering buy two copies so I can frame the cover of one and hang it in the library.

  10. Alice July 30, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    niiiiiiiice! my dad read watership down to me when i was really little, like 7 or 8. i don’t remember much of it except that it made me very sad and seemed like a pretty heavy book for a little kid.

  11. Deborah July 31, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    oooh where in DC is that Borders??? I’m going into the city this weekend to meet up with @mint910 and we want to go there!

    • Rachel July 31, 2010 at 8:49 am #

      It’s on 14th and F st. NW. Good luck 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  12. Life of a Doctor's Wife August 1, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    I love book binges! (Although they are solely responsible for my hatred of going to bookstores. Because what is the point if I don’t have the cash to BINGE?)I haven’t read ANY of these! But the Tana French book is on my list – I just have to read The Likeness first.


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