Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Extravaganza!

I don't normally take part in the "stack your shelf" or "mailbox Monday" posts, because sharing book hauls isn't my usual cup of tea.  But thanks to some lovely gift cards this Christmas, I raided Amazon and Barnes and Noble this week, and I had to share the spoils!

Generally, when I use gift cards, I try very hard to stick with bargain-priced and marked-down books, because I figure I can always borrow the full-price hardcovers from the library (or wait until they go on sale).  I'm not impatient enough with book releases to spend the $$ on new arrivals.  So I'm fairly proud of the amount of books I was able to get with just two $50 gift cards!

First up, my Amazon haul for my Kindle:

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Twelve by Justin Cronin
Why Have Kids? by Jessica Valenti
Don't Breathe A Word by Jennifer McMahon
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf

Amazon doesn't let you search by price (BOOOOO), so I never do as well there as I do at B+N.

Here's my B+N haul (shipping this week!):

Fragile by Lisa Unger
William Shakespeare: Complete Plays
Dracula by Bram Stoker (with a very cool cover design)
The Inferno by Dante
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Crashers by Dana Haynes
Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
The Brightest Star In The Sky by Marian Keyes
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok
I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
The Promised World by Lisa Tucker
Promises to Keep by Jane Green

I also received one book as a gift from my husband: July 7th by Jill McCorkle. 

July 7th is my son's birthday, so my husband snagged me a copy when he found it online!

What are your book shopping strategies?  Did you receive any good reads this holiday season?


  1. Thanks for sharing the great deals! Didn't know that Distant Hours was on sale for such a great price! I'm buying it now!

  2. Love love love your selection. I have 9 I want to read, especially Memory Palace, I'd Know you Anywhere and One Breath Away.

    Remember with the Kindle you can borrow for free, do you have the Prime account? Why Have Kids is a borrow. I started it, pretty good so far but not a straight read.

  3. I bought The Distant Hours, The Given Day and One Breath Away with my Christmas gift cards too!

    I just finished One Breath Away and really enjoyed it.

  4. @Alice, glad you were able to snap up the deal too!
    @Marce, I don't have a Prime account, is it worth it? I've heard varying reviews.
    @Denise thanks for letting me know about One Breath Away. :)

  5. I normally don't buy books at full price, but I go to second hand markets and big book events with cheap books instead.
    You've done a good job by buying so many books for so little money! In belgium I wouldn't be able to do so.

  6. This looks like some great reading. I get most of my books from the library. Which is good because when I do buy a book it's all about instant gratification and I pay no attention at all to the price.

    Joy's Book Blog

  7. @boeklover, yes, books are much more expensive over there, aren't they?

    @Joy, that is a great strategy! :)


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