Stacking the Shelves: First One of Spring ed.!

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

It’s been a few weeks – three, to be exact – so here you go!

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My copy of The Vegetarian Flavor Bible arrived just in time for a little culinary experiment I have planned – yay! I swear this book weighs more than some of the dogs I’ve fostered. Many thanks to Dianne of Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen and publisher Little, Brown and Co. for sponsoring the giveaway!

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Tor Teen made my Thursday with this copy of The Glass Arrow for review. I’m a sucker for anything marketed as even remotely similar to a Margaret Atwood book, okay.

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Stacking the Shelves: Oops! There Goes My Book Buying Ban! edition

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

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Fun story: Two of my three most recent Book Outlet orders arrived last Friday…and then sat there all weekend, on account of I was nursing a cold and doped up on fun sleepytime medicine. Shane was like, “I can tell that you really aren’t feeling well, because you haven’t even touched your new books.” He knows me so well.
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So I know I said that I was instituting a book buying ban after that epic Book Outlet Boxing Day book haul, but.

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Book Outlet got Of Metal & Wishes back in stock, and I just couldn’t resist ordering it, along with a few other much-coveted goodies (some of which I lost in the mad rush to check out on Christmas night. Anya’s Ghost, I’m looking at you.)

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And wouldn’t you know it, the Very. Next. Day. Book Outlet announces a $5 promo code good for the weekend. So that explains order #2.

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As for order #3? Well, that was the result of yet another $5 code, which I think I got for answering a survey. I priced this last order so that I basically just paid for shipping, so score!

By the way, did you notice how they slipped a $5 off coupon in with the first order? TEMPTRESSES.

I didn’t even stand a chance.

Title list after the jump.

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Stacking the Shelves: Book Outlet Boxing Day Sale edition!

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Boxing Day was many, many weeks ago (okay, three – but time drags when you’re waiting for book mail!), but as everyone who placed an order with Book Outlet knows, turnaround was painfully slow for their epic Boxing Day sale. The last part of my order just arrived this week; and, if twitter is any indication, a few poor souls are still waiting on their packages. (Thoughts and prayers.)

So this was my first time shopping at Book Outlet. I was lucky enough to see the 50% off discount code bouncing around twitter the week beforehand. Since I’m pressed for space and trying to buy e-books whenever possible, I was a little skeptical: 50% sounds like a sweet deal, but is it sweet enough to justify buying more “real” books? With a skeptical little huff, I hopped on over to their website to investigate. Within minutes I’d created an account and filled my shopping cart. Yeah. The prices really were that good.

I spent the week leading up to Christmas going through my Amazon and Goodreads wishlists, purging them of no-longer-wanted items and searching for the more expensive titles on Book Outlet. Between Book Outlet and ruthless culling, I managed to make a sizable dent in each. By the time 10:59PM rolled around on Christmas night (11:59 Eastern), I was ready to go. It’s a good thing, too: the sale proved so popular that would-be customers quickly overloaded Book Outlet’s servers. After much swearing, hand-wringing, and page refreshing, I was lucky enough to get my order in. Before the start of Boxing Day official, even!

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I’ll be the first to admit it: I went a little overboard. Just a bit. (Even though I managed to “lose” four or five books in the mad rush to submit my order before the stock ran out.) The first time around, I dropped a cool $200.65. But that includes shipping (which I’d mentally factored into the price per book as I shopped), and got me 71 books! That works out to about $2.82 per book, which is still less than the price of a used hardcover book at the twice annual library book sale. So it would have been silly of me not to buy all these books, is what I’m saying!

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I noticed some people complaining about the price of shipping, but I thought it was pretty reasonable: $38.49 for nearly 60 pounds of books. Of course this was for domestic shipping; I’m sure that overseas postage all but negates any savings.

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