Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This Week's Topic:
Where do you buy most of your books? No one is judging!
I should be banned from book stores. No, really. SO many places get my book business. I can't walk into any book store without leaving with SOMETHING for either myself or for my children to read. But, I usually only buy when the book's a DEAL. Very rarely have I ever paid full price for a book. So, I shall share my seven money pitfalls and WHY they're so irresistable.
1) Sams Club - they don't carry every book I drool over, but they sell the big ones: Shatter Me, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, my House of Night addictions. And at prices WAY cheaper than any other book seller. I went to buy chicken the other day, almost* left with a five dollar copy of Paranormalcy.
2) Books A Million - for their bargain tables. I've paid no more than $4 for some awesome hard covers like Paper Towns, Jinx, The Sky is Everywhere. $2 for children's books. $1 for Mad Libs. How can my wallet resist?
But *sigh* the doors of my second home closed recently. And reopened as a second hand book store called...
3) Second and Charles - gently used books at over 50% off the cover price?! On my first visit, I picked up hard cover Before I Fall and Jellicoe Road for unbelievable prices. And BOY TOY - a book I checked out at the library and cannot gush enough about - four dollars for a barely touched paper back. And...AND you can sell the store your gently used toss aways. I LOVE this place!
4) Barnes and Noble - this one's a little further of a drive for me, but I enjoy going to this store for the atmosphere, the children's section, the occasional bargain, and the coffee. They're running a buy two get the third free sale on some books I'm dying to add to my can't read fast enough collection (Incarceron, Will Grayson) and I always discover the best treasures in plannners. And their children's section is like whoa.
5) The Book Warehouse - I visit this little slice of book heaven when I shop in Myrtle Beach. Sometimes I don't find much of anything, but in October I snatched a $3 copy of Speak off the shelf. And just the other day I found hard cover copies of Wintergirls and Audrey Wait! AND a signed Lauren Myracle book. Four hard covers for fifteen dollars? LOVE.
6) Half.com - best online place to buy books. It's a subdivision of e-bay with books, movies, and more for at least half the price. The hubs and I used to shop here all the time for textbooks, pleasure books, audiobooks. Great deals.
7) Amazon - I love the ease and convenience of Amazon - especially when I host contests on my blog. They always have what I want, the prices are pretty fabulous, and the shipping is a stress reliever. And I love their email gift cards.
SO, that's where my monthly wages go. How about YOU? Where do you buy your books?
*note the almost. See - I do have a little restraint. Just a little.