Book Outlet‘s Boxing Day sale is pretty much impossible for a book lover to resist. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. It’s not a personal weakness. No way!
I have WAY too many books on my shelves, but whenever this sale comes around, I suddenly find way more books that I need now! And they totally get me with their “spend X dollars to get Y dollars off” because I’m always so close to that next level—of course I need to find a few more books.
That was the case with this latest haul. I managed to get $30 off (by getting my cart up to $75). I know I’m being a slave to marketing, but this is one of those cases where I just can’t bring myself to mind. When I figure out what I spent per book it’s only $2.68 per book—that’s less than I’d spend on postage to trade books with someone!
Besides—and here’s where you guys come in—there are so many books that you’ve let me know I’m missing out on. I need these books!
Here’s my Book Outlet Boxing Day haul (I got all of this for $45.63):
Okay, I can’t blame you guys for all of these, but most of them I bought because I specifically remember a review (or two) from you folks where you raved about the book.
Here are a few specific examples (if you click on the blog links, you’ll see the that blogger’s review of the book mentioned; clicking on the book title will bring you to Goodreads):
- Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit brought The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love to my attention and it stuck out to me as a cute read. I’ve kept it in mind ever since.
- EVERYONE raved about The Unexpected Everything when it came out.
- Victoria @ A Bookish Secret is doing a readalong of the Falling Kingdoms Series, so I needed to buy Gathering Darkness! (I’m behind on the readalong, of course… sigh.)
- Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog raved about All the Missing Girls
- Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight assured me that I NEED to read The Love that Split the World (and I’d trust her with my bookish life—trust me, that’s a heavy statement, indeed). She also really enjoyed The Smell of Other People’s Houses (along with Cait @ Paper Fury)
- EVERYONE seemed to love Alex, Approximately!
- The others are all either sequels to books I already own that you’ve all raved about (but I haven’t necessarily read… ’cause, yeah…), written by authors I already love (SJ Kincaid, Emery Lord, Jessi Kirby) or really cheap (Hexed and Charmed were both books I was already intrigued by and they were less than a dollar each!!)
So, I can’t really be held accountable for my book buying, can I? I think it’s definitely your fault. And Book Outlet‘s fault. Darn them for amazing sales!
Oh, I might as well also show you my recent Barnes & Noble purchase. This one’s your fault too. (Just so you know.)
I mostly blame this purchase on the Les Misérables Chapter-a-Day Read-along. But the rest of you guys can take some of the credit too—from flaunting your pics of the HP Illustrated editions. And my daughter saw the movie Wonder with friends and loved it, and I had a $5 Barnes & Noble coupon and wanted free shipping, so… Yeah, I had to do it.
Anyway, in case my husband asks why I have more piles of books on my bookcase, you’ll all vouch for me, right? It’s not my fault—you’re to blame. You and Book Outlet and Barnes & Noble. I’m just an innocent bystander.
Ha, I really wish I had the cash (and the storage space!) to buy that many books XD Hope you enjoy them.
My poor bookcases are going to buckle under the pressure!
Oh man Book Outlet sales get me every time!!! You got so many good ones! Yay for All the Missing Girls. I loved that one. Alex, Approximately and The Unexpected Everything are two others I loved. Happy reading!
Yep, see—all your fault. (Thanks for the recs!)
I hope you enjoy them all, because I see a bunch of books I loved.
So many good ones!
I’ve only bought from BookOutlet once, but I fell into the same trap. I literally ended up there because there was ONE book I wanted, and that’s where it was cheapest, and then I was like, “Spend $35 to get free shipping? Well OF COURSE I have to do that! Why spend $5 for shipping when I could use that to buy another book plus like seven more and then the shipping will be free!” That’s always how they get you, with the free shipping and the sales. Glad you got some great books you’re excited for!
Exactly—these types of sales are my downfall. (But I love them!)
Wow – I wish I lived near a store like that. I hope you really enjoy all these – I thought Alex, Approximately was really cute!
Book Outlet is an online retailer, so you totally do live near a store like that! (I’m both excited and nervous to tell you—now you’ll be able to blame me when you spend all your money on books.) 🙂
I am a huge online shopper so not sure how I didn’t know about this before. I’m in trouble now!!
Ha! Glad I could help!! (laughs evilly)
I die a little inside whenever Book Outlet sends out their boxing day sales emails! I ALWAYS end up stocking up my cart with the highest discount rate, but then I never actually bring myself to hit the “purchase” button. It’s just that I’m still a student and don’t make my own money–but when I do, I’m sure these sales will be the death of me. D: AND YES, I BLAME EVERYONE’S AWESOME REVIEWS.
Oh, I do that. ALL. THE. TIME. I’ll have a cart full but then talk myself down from the ledge. Even with awesome sales, you can’t do them all the time—at least not without going broke!
haha Love this! I’m definitely a slave to marketing sometimes, especially when it comes to books. It’s so hard to say no!!
Yep, they know me so well!
LOL You cracked me up with your post title. I can see why you couldn’t resist. Just look at those new lovelies!
It’s practically impossible to say no to this sort of deal. Of course, when my bookshelves are buckling I probably SHOULD anyway. 🙂
If shipping to New Zealand wasn’t such a killer for most sites I would definitely be doing this too! Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), shipping costs an arm and a leg so by the time you add that on, you’re almost paying full price anyway so it’s not worth it. This is an amazing haul though and I am incredibly jealous of some of the books you’ve got… Can’t wait to read some of the reviews!
So you’re both cursed with high shipping and saved from the temptation of giving in to every sale. 🙂
I used to have absolutely no self-control during BookOutlet sales myself…I no longer have room on my shelves for new books so that’s the only thing keeping me from buying more lately ??
Don’t worry I fell behind in the readalong myself this week?
I thought I could catch up, but I keep falling further and further behind! I’m inspired to keep going, though! I might be behind the pack, but I’ll keep pushing along!
I totally fall for marketing ploys too, but it’s so tempting!
I love looking through BookOutlet, but unfortunately it costs a lot to ship to the UK so I just live vicariously through hauls like this!
Looks like you got your hands on some awesome books 🙂
Yeah, I will fully admit that those of you across the pond miss out on a lot of the fantastic deals that we can get here in the US. Sorry!!
Book Outlet is my weakness, too. I’m a champion at snapping up books from their scratch & dent section. If I wasn’t broke all the time, I’d probably spend ALL my money on Book Outlet. I hope you love your new books!
Their sales are practically insane. Sometimes I wonder how they do it.
Ummm…..it’s totes are fault! Those are some amazing deals you scored! I can’t even believe it!
Thank you for admitting it. I’ll be sure to let my husband know you agree with me. 🙂
Quite a haul! I hope you enjoy all your new books based on everyone’s recs. Happy reading!
Since I started the Shelf Love Challenge three years ago, I’ve seen my book buying on whim take a huge dip. But it is super hard to resist a GOOD sale.
Yes, I’ll confess that I never got great at the “not adding to my shelves” part of the Shelf Love Challenge—but it was still great for getting me to read the books that were there!
Haha look at all those new books you added. Hope you enjoy. I know I have trouble when I see a book on sale in any formate. ^_^
Those sales are the hardest to avoid!
So true!!! ^_^
I’ll happily take the blame. 😉 Such a great haul. Yeay for The Last Star. I’ve been curious about Hexed/Charmed for a bit so I’m curious to see what you will think of them. 🙂
Yay! Thanks for taking the blame. I’ll be sure to pass the sentiment along to my husband. 🙂
YES! I fell for that same sale as you hmmm I believe it was about the middle of last year. And I purchased in the same price point as you too. $30 off?! That’s crazy and who can resist that?! I’m hoping they have that same sale again before May, so I can stock up on some more books for RT. 🙂 I hope you love all the books and I can’t wait to see what you think of Alex, Approximately and Wayfarer (both I still need to read). 🙂
It’s impossible to resist! Impossible, I tell you!
This is why book blogging is so dangerous!! It seems like everytime I read the updates for the blogs I follow, I end up adding half a dozen books to my to read shelf. Thankfully, I’m just digitally adding them on Goodreads… MOST of the time. Once in a while I do cave and go buy whatever book someone just raved about RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE, haha.
Yeah, I usually just add them to Goodreads too, but a lot of them stick in the back of my mind, and then when there’s a sale like this, I jump on it! 🙂
Pshhh you can feel free to blame me anytime! Tell him peer pressure made you do it! You were held up at gunpoint! I will agree to any lie 😀 And YEP, I did like both of those books a lot- The Love that Split the World is on my favorites shelf, and Smelly Houses is awesome! And frankly, the cover alone is worth having it 😀 Hope you love them all! (We are not sorry, by the way 😉 )
Ha! Thanks for backing me up on this. If I have to, I’ll switch to that gunpoint defense. That sounds like a good one. 🙂
aren’t we book bloggers just the worst [BEST!] influence on each other? 🙂 I know I have read MANY books because of your reviews! You got a great pile here Nicole! he Falling Kingdoms Series is one I have to read!
Yep—I still love you all, even though you make me buy all the books. 😉
Haha, I totally have no self-control during Book Outlet sales…I had to take myself off their mailing lists in order to stop myself. =P Great pick with Geek’s Guide, by the way – it’s such a good contemp and I feel like it really got comic cons right. I’m planning to read more from Sarvenaz soon!
Thanks for your great review of the book—you definitely put it on my radar! 🙂
You got some pretty good book deals, I must say… and that cover of Les Miserables???? SO BEAUTIFUL!!!
I agree about the Les Mis cover—I’ll confess that I NEEDED this version for that very reason.
I always get the Book Outlet emails but rarely order, since I ordered once several years ago and found the books were a little more worn than I’d like (and they weren’t from the Scratch and Dent section). However, I did haul several books over the holidays when Amazon was having that crazy sale!
The only issue I’ve ever had with a book from Book Outlet being worn was when I ordered a box set and the box itself was in bad shape. (The books were fine.) And, of course, there’s always the dot on the bottom, which can be a little crazy-making.
So many beautiful new hardcover books! That is such a brilliant deal actually, and if I were you I wouldn’t mind too much either 😀 I hope you enjoy reading all of these! I recently got Wintersong as well, and I loved Wonder when I read it! Oh, and I know what you mean. Being part of the book community and reading reviews just makes me want to buy book after book.
Yes, it’s impossible to resist all the amazing books I see on blogs. It’s not my fault!