It is so much fun to shop for new books. I think that’s the only shopping I really enjoy…I’m not much for clothing or shoes, but put me in a bookstore and I can browse the aisles for hours! Although I prefer to look for books at a physical store where I can hold and feel the book (yes, sometimes the feel of a book has a say in me buying it), I’m not opposed to online shopping. One of my favorite places to shop online is BookOutlet.com because they have such reasonable prices. Plus, they have amazing sales and when they do, I tend to buy a box full of books.
For Mother’s Day they had a 25% off sale, a perfect excuse to look around their website! I kind of find it intimidating when looking around their website because they have so many books that cover a lot of different subjects. At least when I’m in an actual store, those sections are nicely divided and the books are displayed on shelves which gives me the opportunity to see the spines/covers as I walk down the aisle. Online it’s a whole new ballgame…I tend to do searches by “historical fiction”, “children’s books”, “star trek”, and “ancient civilizations” but each search I do brings up hundreds of titles. Going through each page takes time and patience, but eventually you find a treasure amongst the many titles displayed.
On this particular search I found 12 books…okay, that’s a lie. I actually found over 20 books, however, I had to keep within my budget which meant I had to trim down my list. A very, very hard thing to do! Since Book Outlet tells you how many books they have available for each title, I was able to use that knowledge when selecting the books I would buy now. The books showing fewer quantities available went into my shopping cart and the books that had more than 40 copies went on my Wish List (for me to buy at a later date).
Here is a list of the books I selected:
- A Choice of Catastrophes (Star Trek), Rough Beasts of Empire (Star Trek: Typhon Pact), and Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Infinity’s Prism (Bk. 1) – These three are Star Trek books and since I’m a fan, these three were added to my list of wants.
- A Natural History of Dragons – I have been wanting this book for quite some time but didn’t want to spend the money on it. Lucky for me, with the 25% off sale, this book was only $3.74. Now, that’s a reasonable price – added to cart!
- Alexandra: The Last Tsarina and The Kitchen Boy – Both of these books had the historical fiction factor that I’m a fan of…yes, to both!
- Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played with Puppets – Saw it was about Jim Henson and immediately thought of my husband. It was one of the more expensive books on my list, but since it was a gift I decided it was worth the price.
- Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson’s Flight From Slavery – Real history, inspirational story…another book I knew I would enjoy reading.
- The C.S. Lewis Bible – Like I’ve mentioned before, I collect Bibles. Love them! And when I found this C.S. Lewis inspired Bible, it was a no brainer and I hit the “add” button.
- The Glass Puzzle, What the Witch Left, and Windblowne – Three magical children’s books. Give me an adventure involving magic, fantasy, and mythology and I’m sold. Three more books added!
The hardest part about buying books online is waiting for them to arrive. It took 9 days, but it felt like an eternity! When my box of books finally arrived, it felt like Christmas. I had a fun time looking at them all and leafing through the pages of each book. I don’t know when I’ll get to read them, but knowing I have them makes me happy. 🙂
Where do you like to buy your books?