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message 1: by Holly, That Geeky One (last edited Feb 02, 2014 04:53AM) (new)

Holly (hollycoulson) | 1949 comments Mod
This is just a place for us to talk about what books we've recently purchased, in paperback or Kindle or whatever.

I went on a massive buying binge last night and bought a load of Wordsworth Classics. They're super cheap, and I get that the might not be the best translations, but they're just so cheap I couldn't help myself.

So I bought:
War and Peace
The Count of Monte Cristo
Don Quixote
Anna Karenina
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
Crime and Punishment

They cost £10.07 in total. I was super chuffed!


message 2: by Amber (new)

Amber (amberterminatorofgoodreads) The only book I've bought recently was The Horror Movie Societyat a book signing in a hastings bookstore and it was $10 so used a giftcard on it. It's a pretty good read for a 94 page book.


message 3: by Holly, That Geeky One (new)

Holly (hollycoulson) | 1949 comments Mod
I know, I was really chuffed. Although I need to rearrange my whole bookshelf because they won't fit right now...


message 4: by Candy (new)

Candy Tiley | 84 comments I went on an e book binge and bought 3 books yesterday. Two of them fall into the Chick Lit category that I want to read for the February Genre Book Challenge.
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy
and because I love Ann Patchett I bought The Patron Saint of Liars (her first novel).
They were all 2 or 3 dollars each.
I also want to note that I have never really been interested in Chick Lit so I am trying something new!


message 5: by Kassandra (last edited Feb 02, 2014 07:13AM) (new)

Kassandra | -1 comments I've been on a bit of a book buying binge since our challenge started last month. I'm so motivated to get into some good books that I just can't help myself! Luckily, I had some gift cards for Christmas so this week I have purchased:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
An Abundance of Katherines
The Fault in Our Stars
Switchblade
The Walking Dead Compendium
The Count of Monte Cristo
12 Years a Slave
Thy Neighbour
The Rescue
At First Sight
Paper Towns
Looking for Alaska
Water for Elephants
The Slap
Apocalypse Cow
Wild
The Bite in the Apple

Now I just need to have a reading day!


message 6: by Holly, That Geeky One (new)

Holly (hollycoulson) | 1949 comments Mod
That's an amazing selection, Kassandra. A lot of John Green in there!


message 7: by Kassandra (new)

Kassandra | -1 comments Thanks Holly - I blame it on how much I enjoyed An Abundance of Katherines. Once I read something I like by an author, that usually means I will read all of their works and in this case, I want to read them in short order!


message 8: by Susan (new)

Susan (suzybop) | 90 comments I had a bit of a binge in the early January sales mostly buying debut novels by authors I've never heard of.
'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn
'Fractured' by Dani Atkins
'The universe versus Alex Woods' by Gavin Extense.
'Wool' by Hugh Howey.
I will be investing in Count of Monte Cristo for the genre challenge. It's a book I've always wanted to read but never got around to.


message 9: by Kassandra (new)

Kassandra | -1 comments Susan, Gone Girl is really good. I hope you enjoy it!


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Yes I thought Gone Girl was intriguing.
I'm on book ban so I'm living through you guys book buying. I've made a pledge to use only library books and the books I get of good reads until I've cleared out my book collection - I have a huge hoarding problem when it comes to books. Always an excuse to keep it, I might want to read it again, the covers pretty, this ones signed, this one was a gift, it's a classic, they're part of a collection.
Te excuses are numerous! But I have real concerns my house may actually fall down from bearing the weight! The weight of books has collapsed shelves and a bookcase!!


message 11: by Roseanne (new)

Roseanne | 1209 comments that is the great thing about my kindle.....nobody knows how many books I actually have.


message 12: by Tracey (new)

Tracey | 916 comments I'm also on a book buying ban until I finish the books I got before christmas/at christmas.


message 13: by Melissa (last edited Feb 04, 2014 05:50PM) (new)

Melissa Coyle | 1557 comments This is fun looking into every ones book bags. My 14 yr. old daughter and I went to Barnes and Noble on Saturday and had a blast! Not only did we come out with a bag full but had a large raspberry white chocolate with java chips frappacino. Yum!
Inside the bag:
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Fingal O'Reilly by Patrick Taylor
Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
the Cliff notes to go with Atlas Shrugged, also.:)
And with that my friends we will be going to the library for further books into the distant future.
Again, But what a blast!


message 14: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (dbernier) | 63 comments I just bought 12 years a slave and Bronte sisters collection. .both super cheap on kindle: )


message 15: by Holly, That Geeky One (new)

Holly (hollycoulson) | 1949 comments Mod
So, my books arrived today...




message 16: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Coyle | 1557 comments Holly, I love your stack of books, they will look lovely stacked along side of your bed then to your bookshelves. Anyways, that's how books are stalked by my bedside. :) Do you ever buy the leather books from the used book stores? I would love to start that obsession. Maybe a road not to go down.
And Lorah, have fun from your book ban. When you fall off the wagon, you end up with a full bag, as you may notice. :)


message 17: by Tracey (new)

Tracey | 916 comments Lorah wrote: "Chase, it's tough isn't it. I keep seeing all these books I want to buy but know I can't, utter torture lol."

Very difficult. I keep making notes of books I want to buy though for when I finish my stack. Hopefully by March or April I'll finish the books I have.


message 18: by Irene (new)

Irene (zavrou) Chase wrote: "Lorah wrote: "Chase, it's tough isn't it. I keep seeing all these books I want to buy but know I can't, utter torture lol."

Very difficult. I keep making notes of books I want to buy though for w..."


When I indicate 'Want To Read' I also add it to the 'Books to Buy' shelf in the hope that if someone wants to treat me all they have to do is go to my shelf!


message 19: by Roseanne (new)

Roseanne | 1209 comments I have a notebook. I actually write them all down and label them which ones I am buying and which ones are from the library. I always have a budget for the year. I am constantly trying to decided what is worthy of a purchase.


message 20: by Roseanne (new)

Roseanne | 1209 comments Lorah wrote: "That's a great idea about the notebook, think I might start doing that. Do you write down what ones you've read too or is it just the ones to buy/library loan? I'm sometimes hesitant to buy certain..."

I write everything down. Sometimes I do go out and buy the book after I read library copy but I would have to really really love it to do that. I hesitate to buy some books too


message 21: by Faye, The Dickens Junkie (new)

Faye | 1415 comments Mod
Holly wrote: "So, my books arrived today...

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YUM.


message 22: by Yvonne (new)

Yvonne | 23 comments Lorah, I get most of my books from charity shops. I will occasionally buy brand new but only when I've got the money to spare, which is rarely. I'd rather spend £10 on ten books from a charity shop than £10 on one book from Tesco. Waterstones is even pricier but I usually get the new Diana Gabaldon from there because Tesco only sell certain authors. I do like brand new books but many of the books you get from charity shops are in pretty good nick. I got Ben Elton's Blind Faith in hardback from the Sue Ryder for only a quid and it was in perfect condition. Not even a folded corner. Some people give practically brand new stuff to charity shops.


message 23: by Tracey (new)

Tracey | 916 comments So, I broke my own rule this past weekend of not buying books until I finished my other books... I was waiting my hair salon appointment and stopped at the book store... Bought Rebecca finally and the rest of the Cousins War series books by Philippa Gregory. I need some book buyers anonymous. I have been doing a better job of focusing on the books I have though this month.


message 24: by Roseanne (new)

Roseanne | 1209 comments I just bought Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen because the digital library doesn't have it an my library only got one copy. I would like to know how they decide how many copies to get because really one copy, there was probably a hold list before they got the book. I just didn't want to wait.


message 25: by Amber (new)

Amber (amberterminatorofgoodreads) I acquired some ebooks for free on goodreads recently. These are ones you can read and download to your ereader on your tablet. You can find them at the ebooks section of the goodreads site under explore.

The ones I got last night were:
1. Eryan
2. Littletown Secrets-I'm reading this one and it is a cute children's short story collection that are creepy stories on the seven deadly sins. It's pretty good so far.
3. Temporary Monsters
4. Forbidden Quest
5. When Magic Fails
6. As Darkness Falls
7.Andragathia


message 26: by Michael (new)

Michael (micky74007) I just realized I have not purchased a book in over a year. We have a very good lending library here in Broward County, and I get a lot of books from family and friends.


message 27: by Faye, The Dickens Junkie (new)

Faye | 1415 comments Mod
I had a garage sale today, and I promised myself that I could spend half of the proceeds online in a splurge-like fashion. I got more money from it than I expected, so I've made out like a bandit on Amazon! :D

Fathers and Sons
White Nights and Other Stories
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories
White Fang
The Invisible Man
Selected Poems
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
The Wombles Go Round the World (don't judge me :P)

I AM SO EXCITED TO GET THIS PACKAGE!!!!!


message 28: by Kassandra (new)

Kassandra | -1 comments Woo hoo! Congrats Faye! There is nothing better than getting that box of books in the mail. I hope you enjoy them all!


message 29: by Amy (new)

Amy | 106 comments Receiving books from Amazon must be one of the best feelings! I don't think I've bought a book new from waterstones in at least 2 years.. I just cannot justify spending like £7 on one book. Charity shops are my best friends!! And amazon, and the libraries....


message 30: by Faye, The Dickens Junkie (new)

Faye | 1415 comments Mod
Amy wrote: "Receiving books from Amazon must be one of the best feelings! I don't think I've bought a book new from waterstones in at least 2 years.. I just cannot justify spending like £7 on one book. Charity..."

But that's the beauty of the books I bought, Amy - they're all (except the Wombles) published by a company that does thrift editions of classic books, so they're new but only cost as much as (or less than) books in second-hand stores! :D

Basically, I searched the company's name and just kept clicking "Add to cart" whenever I saw a title I haven't read yet, haha!


message 31: by Amy (new)

Amy | 106 comments Ah, score Faye! What's their name? I may have to investigate...


message 32: by Laura (new)

Laura | 138 comments I picked up 4 leatherbound classics from Barnes and Noble the other day. All on sale. Adventures of Huckleberry and other novels, Isaac Asimov The Foundation Trilogy, Ernest Hemingway 4 Novels, and op


message 33: by Faye, The Dickens Junkie (new)

Faye | 1415 comments Mod
Amy wrote: "Ah, score Faye! What's their name? I may have to investigate..."

Dover Thrift Editions. They have hundreds of titles, and it's all awesome literature. :D


message 34: by Faye, The Dickens Junkie (new)

Faye | 1415 comments Mod
Laura wrote: "I picked up 4 leatherbound classics from Barnes and Noble the other day. All on sale. Adventures of Huckleberry and other novels, Isaac Asimov The Foundation Trilogy, Ernest Hemingway 4 Novels, an..."

Leatherbound?! Nice!


message 35: by Gareth (new)

Gareth Townsend | 166 comments The other day I picked up:

The Quarry
Divergent
The Casual Vacancy


message 36: by Amber (new)

Amber (amberterminatorofgoodreads) I got this one for free in the mail one day: The Unfairest of Them All


message 37: by Gavin (new)

Gavin (thewalkingdude) | 209 comments A few days ago I got:
Ripper
The Passage


message 38: by Amber (new)

Amber (amberterminatorofgoodreads) Recently got The Finisher and The Infects at barnes and noble today. They both look to be pretty good reads and can't wait to check them out in the future.


message 39: by Kassandra (new)

Kassandra | -1 comments Marc, I'm so envious that you get great discounts on books. I'm glad you're making the most of it!!


message 40: by Faye, The Dickens Junkie (new)

Faye | 1415 comments Mod
I discovered just in time yesterday that Chapters (Canada's big bookstore chain) was having a 3-for-$10 sale on select classics! I jumped on that like a life raft on a perilous sea. ;)

Lord Jim
Nostromo
The Secret Agent
Heart of Darkness
Vanity Fair
Cousin Bette
Animal Farm
Martin Chuzzlewit
The Mayor of Casterbridge

I've already read 5 of those, but now I'll have them on my shelves, and I basically got them free! :D


message 41: by Kassandra (new)

Kassandra | -1 comments Great buys Faye! I love Chapters for that very reason.


message 42: by Polly (new)

Polly Clarke | 56 comments Very rarely do I buy new but I treated myself last weekend to...

The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R.Carey
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (another attempt at reading Stephen King. Have failed on many of Kings books and have got further than the others at page 38 so far but thought it might be a good read with it being a sequel to The Shining)

Just bought this ebook tonight which was on special offer at £1.70 from Amazon - We are all Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. I just need to shut the world away for a few days which is near enough impossible at the mo! These books will all go towards my teeny tiny goal of 10 books from now till the end of the year.


message 43: by Melissa (last edited Aug 14, 2014 10:00PM) (new)

Melissa Coyle | 1557 comments From our local used book store The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle; and arriving in the mail the other day, Sneaky People by Thomas Berger.

I was having a hard time finding the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and this volume is complete with the first four. The Thomas Berger mystery was referenced from the author Thomas H. Cook as his top ten favorite mysteries. Here's the link, http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by...


message 44: by Amy (new)

Amy | 106 comments Topazriver, Life after Life and Doctor Sleep are AMAZING reads. I thoroughly enjoyed both of them. Doctor Sleep stayed with me for weeks afterwards.


message 46: by Tracey (new)

Tracey | 916 comments Topazriver wrote: "Very rarely do I buy new but I treated myself last weekend to...

The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R.Carey
And the Mountains Echoed ..."


I also treated myself to The Miniaturist this past weekend. Also bought The Supernatural Enhancements and The Magicians.


message 47: by Nada (new)

Nada (nadae90) I went on a book binge over the span of 2 weeks.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Thinking Life by P.M. Forni

The Art Of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar

Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas

One Small Step Can Change Your Life The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer

The Blue Elephant by Ahmad Murad (Arabic Novel)

Desperate in Dubai by Ameena Al Hakawati

1001 Comics You Myst Read Before You Die By Paul Gravett

Wonder Woman The New 52 Series Volumes 1 - 4 by Brian Azzarello


message 48: by Alessandra (new)

Alessandra (chibisuke) | 266 comments Yesterday I placed my order for:
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell ('cause owning the ebook isn't enough)
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Now I'm on a book buying ban 'cause I keep on buying more and more books and I haven't read half of what I bought recently.


message 49: by CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian (last edited Sep 03, 2014 11:04AM) (new)

CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian (klandersen) | 436 comments Last saturday I got six books from a bookstore that is connected to one of the libraries near me. The store is run by volunteers from a "Friends of the Library" Organization. Most of the books (and records, tapes, tapes on book) are donations but a good portion of them are older books that had been in the library system and were either replaced by new fresher editions, overflow of stock or other (lack of interest maybe?). All 6 were priced at $1.50 but I was charged a little less as my grand total was under $7.50.

(I wrote in a little detail about them in another group here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...)

The books:
2012 Washington Nationals Media Guide
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/68... by David Elfin
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55... by George Carlin
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/93... By George Carlin
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/70... by Fred Saberhagen
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44...
By David Alexander Smith

OH and through Ebay I got a copy of https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6... by Robert Guenette. Long story short I used to have a copy of it way back when and after almost 40 years finally tracked down a replacement copy.


message 50: by Amber (new)

Amber (amberterminatorofgoodreads) found two for 30 cents at Big Lots today: Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic with a Blood-Sucking Twist and Sizzling Sixteenso that was a good deal.


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