Thursday, August 13, 2009

Christmas in August

I don't know about you, but I love a good book. I can sometimes read a full novel in a day, depending on how good the book really is and the amount of time I can devote to reading. And I read just about anything. Romance, suspense, thriller, self-help, Christian, anything. Because of the cost of books, I've learned to be creative in getting enough of them to fill my time. There is a store in Kentucky called Half-Price Books where you can buy, sell, and trade books. I have found many books there for $1-$3. It was there that my mom found out about an online website called I immediately signed up and started posting and ordering books. (If you've never heard of this and are interested, let me know and I'll fill you in.) And there's always the library. Right after Doug and I got married (before I had a bookshelf overflowing with books) I would go to the library and get 5 books every 1-2 weeks. And I've read and enjoyed all of these previously read books.

But last week I joined a book club and yesterday the first books I ordered came in the mail. I got six brand new books for less than the cost of one at a bookstore! Okay, to be honest, I only got 5 of them yesterday but the 6th is a preorder that was included in the price and is supposed to be shipped this month.

You would have thought it was Christmas if you saw me opening that box. I was very particular, carefully cutting the packaging tape and lifting the lid. Then lifting each book out of the box with care. They were so new, the dust jackets didn't have creases, it was like they were falling off the books.

Oh and the smell! There's not much that compares to the fresh smell of a new book to me (not even new car smell).

And the pages were so crisp, no writing on the cover pages, no broken bindings. Just completely perfect, brand new, straight from the factory books.

Don't get me wrong, I still love my old, previously read books. And some of these may actually end up on after I finish with them. I'll always have second-hand copies of books, but it is SO nice to get BRAND NEW books every once in a while.

Maybe that's greedy or silly or materialistic. but at least I can admit to my faults :)


  1. It's Doubleday Book Club and I got:
    8th Confession by James Patterson
    Cross Country by James Patterson
    Dashing through the Snow by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark
    Cursed by Carol Higgins Clark
    Dying for Mercy by Mary Jane Clark
    and the preorder was Alex's Cross's Trial by James Patterson

    I think you'd like Mary Jane Clark. All of her books center around a network television station in New York and the reporters, producers, videographers and anchors are the ones that run into and solve the mysteries.

  2. Oh sounds good I'll have to give her a try! I'm finishing The Time Travelers Wife now. Wanted to read it when I saw the preview to the movie version. It's really good I should finish by the end of the week, since I have school starting this week!