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Subject: Confessions of A Bookaholic: New Years Resolution =)
Date Posted: 1/7/2011 9:58 PM ET
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I’m a bookaholic!  I freely admit it.  Seriously, this is how bad my book piles are getting.  I actually debated starting a page the other night to see if anyone else out there had, wanted, or was interested in making their New Years Resolution: "NO More Books...until my To Be Read [TBR] pile comes down!"  Of course "comes down" is such a vague term, don’t you think?  "Comes down" as in what? A book? 3 books? 10 books?  More?  Maybe an e-reader would solve my problem. =)

Confessions of a bookaholic: New Years Resolution

I bought my 1st 2011 book on Jan. 2nd.  On Jan. 3rd,  I received several more in the mail.  I also received a couple of books as gifts, and hubby gave me my favorite FAVORITE stocking stuffer: a Borders Gift card!! Woohoo!! =)  Did I also mention I have 5 more books being mailed to me?  But I really don’t think these should count.  I mean, I *had* to order them!  They came up on my Wish List.  You know, this wonderful Wish List we can have up to 200 titles on?  So, by Jan. 4th, well let's just say, I had the makings of yet - another pile!

I told myself, even though I usually don't do New Years Resolutions, my resolution this year would be: "NO More Books...until my TBR pile comes down."   Now, I admit, my initial goal might have been a wee bit optimistic.  Afterall, I only wanted to get rid of 3 of the *gUlp* 8 piles of books that are  in my bedroom!  And that's not even counting the ones in a basket, on a shelf, on my nightstand, or under my nightstand... Well you get the picture!  I realized finally that there was just no way to reach the goal I had set for myself.  So, I listed one whole pile into PBS.  (And I'm not saying how many were in this one pile!)  But, sadly, only 4 books were requested.

However, I am proud to say, that during the last 37 hrs. and 29 minutes, I HAVE NOT BOUGHT, OR ORDERED, ONE - SINGLE - BOOK!!!  =D  That’s right.  Not one! WooHooo!!  [Does a happy little dance.] =)

Then yesterday, out of the blue, I started having chills, sweats, blurred vision, and increased munchies.  Well, all right.  Maybe munchies aren’t so much an actual symptom as much as a bad habit. =D  Anyway, I finally decided that this just couldn’t continue. But what could I do?  I didn’t want to break my resolution, not even 2 days into it.  So, I decided to take a drive in my car to clear my mind.  Now, I know what some of you are thinking: “Wait! I thought she had blurred vision?  She shouldn’t be driving.”  So let me elaborate a bit more on that; my vision *only* became blurry when I looked at a new book or a book I wanted and didn’t have.  This told me that it wasn’t so much a symptom of whatever this horrid bug was coming on but, rather an incentive I might consider for an entirely separate goal I should make to cut down on snacks.

So, I get in my car and start to drive. “Yes! I thought to myself.  I have my tunes on, it’s a beautiful sunny day, and thoughts of books went right out the window.  Driving along, singing – thankful no one’s around within hearing distance - the volume’s sky high and my singings even higher.  (And no!  I cannot carry a tune worth beans.)  All of a sudden, I glance down at something on the dash that catches my eye.  Yikes!  My gas light came on for a second.  OK, no problem.  The light didn’t stay on so I had at least 2 miles I could easily drive before I needed to worry. 

I took a look around to see where I was and discovered “Geez! I’m almost at my Borders bookstore.  I don’t remember driving this way.  But, thankfully, there is a gas station just down the street in the next block.  Come on now.  I know what your devious little minds are thinking; “Ha! She planned this.”  No my pessimistic little imaginary friends, I did not plan this!  And besides, you have to remember, we just moved here a few months ago so I’m not familiar with the area yet.  Borders and Godiva were the first two stores I found and checked out but what's wrong with that.?  They *are* my favorite stores.

OK.  So, I realize I have to get over if I’m to turn around and get to this gas station.  I pull over in the turn lane when I’m able to and make my turn.  Patiently, I signal to try and get over in the next traffic lane I needed to be in.  Well it just wasn't happening.  I quickly turn into the first parking lot on my right: smack in front of – yes, you guessed it!  Borders!  Now you have to believe me when I say, “this truly was NOT planned.”  But what’s a girl to do?  I look at the still congested traffic on the road, I look at Borders, and suddenly a brilliant idea hits me. 

I’m already on a first name basis with two of the clerks in Borders.  Maybe one of them has a gas can in their car?  With gas in it - that they can loan me?  You know that evil little guy who sits on one of your shoulders?  Well he tries to interrupt at this point, and doing an evil little tap dance and laugh, says “Yeah! Right sister!  How many people drive around with gas?  In a can?  In their car?”  I immediately over-rode his ridiculous assumption, shut off my car, opened my car door, got out, and walked up to the store.

I get about 20’ from the front door and stop!  Oh no!  Borders is having a sidewalk sale.  Those books are usually discounted – a lot!  I think of my resolution and re-affirm to myself that I - can - do - this!  This is *NOT* going to be a problem.  I take a deep breath, watch for the next customer to open the door, and make a run for it.

I was concentrating so hard on getting in the door that I didn’t see the lady coming out with a couple of bags in hand.  Well needless to say, my aim wasn’t as precise as it should have been, a little bumping occurred, bags were dropped, and she started shrieking.  I quickly gathered the dropped items for her, apologized profusely, and wished her a nice day!  A couple more steps, and I was inside the store.  My mind calms, my breathing eases.  All is right again in my world!  =)

I pick a spot out of the way and stop for a moment.  I know the exact layout of everything in this store.  I take a moment to listen to the room; in the back, a child is impatient with her mother; in the “Young Adult” section, a group of teenagers are discussing the “Twilight” books, at the magazine rack, several people are browsing through their favorite; and all the while I can smell the fresh baked cookies at the café. 

I see the “New Releases” display and “Historical Romances” section.  The two sections I frequent most.  I start walking not really having a destination in mind.  My eyes fly over the lovely vibrant covers.  I love the gorgeous gowns the heroines are wearing!  What I wouldn’t’ give to have all of them hanging in my closet to add to my Renaissance collection.  Anyway, I continue down the aisle.  My hand brushes a table of books displayed just about hip level.  My fingers wrap slowly around a book.

 I raise my hand looking at the book – only then realizing I had picked it up.  I briefly smell the newly minted paper and open the insert.  The title and author are one of my favorites.  I sigh!  Completely relaxed now, completely content!  I realize that this wasn’t a bad thing.  This wasn’t something to deny.  I peek around the display in the “Historical Romances” section and find the two chairs the store has arranged cozily in the corner; both are empty.  Yes!  This is a sign, if ever there was one!

I drop down into my favorite chair and turn off my phone.  Somewhere along the way I had picked up a few more books and brought them with me.  They sat on the end table beside me.  I looked at them and smiled.  I picked one up and opened it.  My New Year’s Resolution?  I made it 39 hours and 21 minutes.  Oh well!  There’s always next year.  =)

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 1/7/2011 10:23 PM ET
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Thank you so much for posting this! And I can definitely say that this is so true. I have over 200 books on my TBR list, and almost 200 on my Wish List. I keep hoping my TBR list will go down, but sadly it does not. It is almost this compulsion...like I have this looming To-Do list to get accomplished. The books just stare me in the face, wanting to be read. And sadly, I am a graduate student who must read the seriously boring books assigned, instead of the delightful memoirs, biographies, and romances that are looking at me.

And I have had the same reaction to book stores, they are just calm and peaceful places. Places where I feel completely at home and I can just become lost in the stacks for hours at a time, which is probably why I am graduate student in Library Students...

Good job on making it 39 hours though...I don't know if I would have made it that far...perhaps a Book-aholics club is definitely needed. :-)

Cali (Cali) -
Date Posted: 1/7/2011 10:31 PM ET
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Oh, how sweet Denise. Thank you! 

I have been known to spend hours in Borders.  I won't say how many is my record, but put it this way; I was in there so long that Security began watching me, sure  that I was up to no good. *LOL* laugh

Good luck to you with school!  You may not believe it right now, but it will be one of the best memories and times of your life later on. Enjoy! smiley



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I have over "gulp" a 1000 books on my TBR list, with a full Wish List.  Don't fret Cali, books are the best medicine ever.  And a cheaper vacation you can take anytime you want.  I combine my books with my Calgon many an evening :).  This is also why I won't get an ebook.  I love the feel and smell of a real book.   Over the holidays, I pulled them all out, organized them on bookshelves and boxes, just to try to remember what I had.  Sad to say, but that was really alot of fun for me.  My husband just thinks I'm nuts, but since he reaps the rewards (hee hee), not too much complaining on his part.  And family and friends usually give me a gift card too, so what can I do?  Have to use them, so more books.  And you had every right to  Borders, you DID get a gift card for there, so it was destiny.

Terrie

Subject: That's why I don't make NY resolutions!
Date Posted: 1/8/2011 12:36 PM ET
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Hi Cali!

Here I am...you're number one candidate for charter membership in the Confessions of A Bookaholic: New Years Resolution Club

I didn't make a resolution NOT to buy more books....good thing too because I got a book yesterday and have 2 already on the way with 4 more waiting to be approved by the sending member!  I got a book for Christmas (not on my wishlist) and not something I was interested in reading so I returned it to Amazon and they posted the refund to my running Amazon GC balance.   I got 2 Amazon GC for Christmas and Thursday, I took 3 titles off my WL and bought them to fill up a $25 order.  I ask you, what's a girl to do when she's buying an Olive Oil Mister and needs to spend more to get free shipping?  Buy books of course!  DUH!!!......(sigh)  

Now anyone who knows me, knows I am never without a book in hand.  Even when I go to the Doctor, current book is right there in my hand.  So of course, when my doctor finally enters the room we have to discuss that book and other titles BEFORE we can get down to doctor business! 

Currently, my TBR Mountain Range numbers 975 books......and my mail carrier just dropped off another book...a contest win! 

That said, I guess I'm not a TRUE bookaholic since my PBS WL only numbers 105 books!  I must be missing some........ 

In reality, my goal was to read down some of 'never read this author' books in my TBR pile before I buy any more of their books.  So far, I'm holding to that goal.  I'm also trying to hold off adding more 'new-to-me' or debut authors to my piles.....at least until I get more of the first-time reads out of the way.  I didn't do so well on that.  Just added Stefanie Sloane with her 3 books coming out in a few months to that every growing WL.......

I'll close for now, must go finish my current read...............yes

Cali (Cali) -
Date Posted: 1/8/2011 1:25 PM ET
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Terrie, Oh THANK YOU!! Over 1,000 on your TBR pile?? OMG! You beat Karen's! I'm not there - yet. =D Does that mean I can go buy some more books? WooHooo!!  *LOL* "Destiny!!" Yes!  That's absolutely right! Gotta run guys! I'm headed to Borders!  And later to try out a little of that 'reward reaping' on hubby. laugh

Karen, *LOL*! I do believe we were in the same time bubble the other day! And Amazon...*LOL* Now why would you buy "Olive Oil Mister" when you could just add another book? Or two? =D Love that FREE S&H. And an Amazon GC is the next best thing to a Borders GC! I carry a book every where I go too! How many did you say were on your TBR pile? (NOTE - everyone, Karen's prayer: "Dear God, Please let me live long enough to read my TBR pile") I still laugh my butt off every time I read that girl!! And you're still welcome to be charter member Karen. After all, the whole pupose of support groups - is support! *LOL* What? No one's going to try and talk me out of going to Borders right now? [grabs keys] Toodles!cool

Cheers! And as always...Happy Reading! =)

 

Subject: Hello my name is Karin and I'm a bookaholic
Date Posted: 1/8/2011 3:26 PM ET
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Cali, I loved your story, and I've got my own Borders stories.  I sometimes get on my iPhone and check my "Wish List" and "Reminder" list when I'm in there, because I've got a really good coupon, so I decide to buy it new. OK, actually they send me a really good coupon twice a week on average. So the other week I must have gotten really engrossed in the stacks. I got home and no phone. I went back there the next morning and luckily someone had found my iPhone and turned it in. I know I left it somewhere in the Romance section.  I'm also a member of two different libraries, one in the town I live in and one in the town where I work. The library is my favorite place to spend lunch hour.   I don't keep a TBR list here because it would be too much to maintain. But let me just say that the teacher wrote a comment on my 2nd or 3rd grade report card that says "Karin sometimes fails to pay attention in class. She always has her head in a book."  I swear that's true.

One more thing-Am I the only one, if I've just bought a new book, I can't help but taking it out of the bag and reading it on the way home when I'm stopped at a red light? My bad. 

 



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Well, let's see, I have 975 books and Terri B has over 1000 books...I'd say that gives us both license to buy, buy, buy.  Must catch up, right?  Everyone....be warned!  Cali has grabbed her car keys and she is on the road to BORDERS!  Use caution...do not attempt to stop her...stay out of her way!  LOL  Happy shopping girlfriend! 

@ Jerseygirltoo....I don't usually have books with me when I'm running errands because I probably would pull them out to read while stopped at a traffic light.  I think I could read at least a chapter at some of the red lights here in the Raleigh area....they are so lo-o-o-ong.  But a couple of years ago when I was coming back from Michigan after my Christmas visit with my children, I got caught in the traffic jam on I-75 due to an accident.  Sat there for over 2 hours.  Good thing I had a full tank of gas, a bottle of water, snacks and a book!

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Omg...I always have to have a book with me too...doesn't matter how close to home I am going. Because you just never know when you'll be stuck somewhere. It has happened to me so many times - stuck. In traffic, at doctors, waiting for class to start...I am always so happy to have my books!
Cali (Cali) -
Subject: Continuing Confessions...=)
Date Posted: 1/8/2011 9:59 PM ET
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Everyone..."Hello Karin!" *LOL* 

That's so nice of you!  Thank you!  And welcome!  Yaayy!  I have a name to go with "Jerseygirltoo" now.  smiley You have me on the red light.  I always have a book in my backpack but no, I haven't ever read one stopped in traffic at a redlight.  [Getting a strange look on her face...Wait!  What about that time at...]  OK.  Well maybe I *have* done it once!  But I don't make a habit of it: much!  And I haven't done it since. laugh  Well since the last time I remember anyway. *gRiN*  I used to get *so* mad at Borders with those coupons.  I'd just get home from a visit there and pull out muy register receipt to find I have a coupon for the following weekend.  And only for the weekend, which is my least favorite time to be out shopping.  But Isn't it cool that we can pull up our WL like that [snaps fingers] *while* we're in the bookstore now?  smiley


Karen, I'm LMAO at that one. That is to funny!!  And *totally* me today. Definitely a good rule: "Do NOT attempt to stop me!" =D  Especially if you happen to be between me and Borders or me and Godiva Chocolates.  You won't win! laugh  It's bad enought I practically knocked down the lady coming out of Borders the other day but today, I was on a mission!  So, 3 hours and 4 books later, I head to the register.  Only to find out - WoooHooo!  I had $5 in Borders Bucks to use. That's another book! (Well, almost.)  So, I went back to grab one more. smiley   And came hoime with 7 books. (I don't know where the other 2 came from. Really! [Shaking head.])

By the way Karen...*YOU'RE* not supposed to be the one buying more books!  We, that is, those of us who do NOT have 1,000 books sitting around like you and Terrie, are supposed to be the one's buying!  Right?  wink

Welcome bookaholics!  smiley



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That day I lost the iPhone in Borders......my husband was just shaking his head. What an embarrassment!  But you've reminded me, I've got some Borders Bucks too. Plus 3 requests from my bookshelf today! That means I can pick out more books to pile up next to the bed! 

 I also had a resolution to whittle down the pile before I get more. But those Borders Bucks expire at the end of the month, so I have no choice!  

Cali (Cali) -
Date Posted: 1/8/2011 11:01 PM ET
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Karin, on that NO TBR pile...that's just wrong!  What can we do to help?  [Thinking to herself..."Hmmm.  I could send her some books. And that would lower *MY* TBR....and make room for more!] laugh  So you're "whittling down."  Does that mean you're 'on' the wagon, or 'off' the wagon?  *gRiN*

Let me tell you *my* definition of embarrassing: leaving my cell phone on the seat inside a colliseum!   Where a group of about 7 gals find it - *right* as my cell phone rings because hubby just called my # to see if we could hear it and locate it.  There was a very - VERY personal photo of him on my screen!  I *totally* died!  I can still hear them laughing!  And this was 2 years ago. laugh  That was my one and *only* time of putting a personal picture up on *anything* permanent! cool

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LMAO @ jerseygirltoo!  Sweetie...any excuse to buy books is better than none I guess.  But those Borders Bucks about to expire?  That was the ultimate excuse!

 

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Karen H, I thought it was an excellent excuse-not using the Borders Bucks is like throwing money away!

Cali (Cali) -
Subject: Confessions of A Bookaholic: #2 Borders Books Or Barnes & Nobles? =)
Date Posted: 1/17/2011 1:07 AM ET
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I wasn't sure if I should continue this here or list it on a separate topic so they're easier to get to. Suggestions anyone?

Confessions of a bookaholic: #2 Borders or Barnes & Nobles?

OK. So everyone pretty much knows the two main book competitors out there are Borders and Barnes & Nobles. Right? But here’s the thing - and what I don't get. Why in the world would *anyone* PAY to be a customer at a store?? The store is supposed to pay or reward YOU to come in and shop, right? But, that’s exactly what you do at B&N if you want their membership card; you pay for it!

Now granted, you don’t *have* to have a membership at either Borders  or B&N to buy books in their store. But come on!  If you’re a true bookaholic (and who here isn’t? =D) why wouldn’t you want to get credit – regardless of how minimal it might be – for buying books?  You’re just passing up the opportunity to get FREE books and add to your TBR pile. (And some of us have a way to go if we’re to catch up to Terrie & Karen *gRiN*)

Me? I’m a Borders Rewards member!  I love, love, LOVE Borders! Why? Well I could say it’s for the author guests or author signings Borders has, but B&N has that too!  I could say it’s for the free samples of all the goodies in the café but I’m sure B&N must offer that as well.  Or I could say it’s the book and costume parties that Borders throws, (The Twilight and Halloween party were awesome!) but B&N probably does something similar.  What I can say is what B&N doesn’t have and the number 1 reason I love Borders so much is this: FREE Bucks to get FREE books and a membership card that’s FREE!

When my inbox has a message from Borderssaying “Congratulations! You have $_ in BordersBucks! I get all ga gaa and gushey! I jump up like a cat on a hot tin roof and do a little happy dance! (Not an easy feat for someone with a broken back I tell you.) Borders Bucks is the one thing, well, besides a book, that can makemyday, put the “ooh” in my “ooh la la” and the “woo” in my “Woohoo!”  I can’t wait to grab one of my book bags, (Have I mentioned how many book bags I have yet? =D) my car keys, and head out the door! And we all know what happens when I head out the door on a mission. *LOL* So, really. Help me understand why anyone would PAY to shop in B&N?

I admit there is the rare occasion when I’ve gone into Borders and they didn’t have or were out of the book I specifically went in to buy; so I end up down the street at B&N.  I take my book up to pay for it and just wait, yes wait for it, when the sales person greets me and says “Hi. Do you have a B&N card?”  A slow smile spreads across my face, I look them right in the eye, and say, is it FREE yet? And when I get that dazed look or “No. I’m sorry.” I feel like doing my little happy dance all over again! Yes! I am a bookaholic and a Borders Rewards member!  Life is good!  =)

And stay tuned for : Confessions of A Bookaholic: #3 Book Bags

 



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Subject: I agree-Borders is the way to go.
Date Posted: 1/17/2011 9:29 AM ET
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I'm very lucky because there are 2 supersize bookstores near my home, a B&N and a Borders. The B&N does have a cozy cafe with armchairs, but I find myself doing the buying at Borders. I'm a Gold Tier member, so as soon as I spend $100 I get $5 free. It adds up fast especially if you buy books as gifts.                       Also, buy 5 cafe drinks get one free.

Lately they've been pushing their paid membership card, which is Borders Rewards Plus, but the only extra benefit I see is discounts on hardcovers(which you can get anyway if you use a coupon) and free shipping on online orders. So I'm sticking with the free membership.

I don't want you to think I'm just shilling for Borders, so let me tell you about another way to get free books(besides Paperbackswap, which I love!),  if you use credit cards. I got an Amazon Visa card a couple of years ago, and whenever you use it for anything, gas, groceries, whatever, you get points. This Christmas I was able to cash in the points and get a $25 credit at Amazon.com.  More books!  

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Date Posted: 1/17/2011 2:17 PM ET
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*LOL* I swore I wouldn't ever pay for a membership but Borders Rewards +  which is normally $20/yr. (still less than. B&N $25/yr.) was half price at Christmas $10 + coupons and a $10 Gift Card you could use after Jan. 1st. so in other words - FREE! So, yes, I did it! =)

I just found out about that Amazon a few months ago, nice!

Then we have this new (or not so new for some folks) BookDepository.com from over in the UK that has discounts of their cover prices AND FREE S&H! How the heck they can do that anywhere they ship to in the world is beyond me! But so far, I'm loving it! =D



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Date Posted: 1/29/2011 9:25 AM ET
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Hi.. my name is angel ...and I am a bookaholic. :)

A very happy bookaholic! LOL

I recently moved from New Mexico back to New York, where I grew up.  I gave away several thousand books before I moved -- but still brought a couple thousand with me. LOL

I love non-fiction - so since I might need to know something about a particular topic again, it is very hard to part with them.

I am trying hard to downsize though... but the only things I seem to be able to part with are the multiple copies I manged to get of the same book!

(hmmm... remind me to list those two extra copies of "Practical Intuition" -- perhaps if I had read the first one more carefully, I would have intuitively known that I already had a copy!")

Have a great weekend, all!

 

heart  ~ angel   heart

Subject: Hi, my name is Jamae . . . and I'm a bookaholic.
Date Posted: 2/13/2011 4:43 AM ET
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Although I don't have as long a TBR list as most members on this post, I consider myself a bookaholic. (Though my pile is gradually growing at a steady rate. ;D) I love love LOVE books (real books, though; I don't ever plan on buying  e-books). When I walk through a bookstore, I end up with a pile of 'em in my arms, debating whether or not I should put them back or buy them all. Since I am currently a working undergrad student, my only option is to choose the one book I can afford and painfully part from the rest of the pile. *Sigh. Either way, nothing beats the excitement of getting more books. :D

As a suggestion for your "Confessions" posts, consider making a new post for each and titling them by their position in the series (i.e. "Confessions of a Bookaholic #3") so that this one doesn't get too lengthy or cluttered. Plus, it adds excitement to see a new post in the forum. (: Write on!

 



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Date Posted: 2/13/2011 9:25 AM ET
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Welcome Angelcrush! =)

Welcome Jamae!  = ) 
Jamae, if you started reading from the top, that's sort of what I tried to do. But it didn't seem to help much.  I'm not sure I follow what you're suggesting though. Drop me a PM please about it. It might take me a day or two to get back to you but I will. We're moving right now. Thanks much!

Cheers! And Happy Reading! =)
Cali

Subject: Borders-Chapter 11.
Date Posted: 2/16/2011 11:02 PM ET
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So Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankrupcy protection today. Who here is bummed out about losing their local Borders store?

You can search this list to see which stores are going to be closing:

 http://s.wsj.net/public/resources/documents/st_borders0216_20110216.html

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Date Posted: 2/17/2011 4:53 PM ET
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Me! Me! This sure knocked the wind out of my sails!  =(

I could cry! But I'm trying not to lose faith yet. I just received their email announcement. They did file Chapter 11 but this is a re-structure. So I'm hoping things will turn around for them. Heck! I'm doing my part! *gRiN* Thank goodness our Rewards and Borders Bucks are still going to be there. It's sad though that so many additional stores are being closed. But this would also explain what happened to a couple stores 2 years ago when they closed out of the blue and no one really knew why.

The new place we're moving to has a Barnes & Noble right down the street. You know a nice walk even if I wanted to. So far, I've refused to go inside and driven the 3 miles the other direction to go to my Borders!! *That* store is now on the list of stores closing. =(

Support them! And let's hope for the best! =)

Cheers!

Subject: Sorry for your loss, Cali!
Date Posted: 2/17/2011 5:13 PM ET
Member Since: 9/29/2008
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My local Borders is not on the list to close.....YET!   But apparently Borders has not been paying their publisher bills lately, so the new releases are not coming in. I've been there at least 3 times this month looking for the new Elizabeth Hoyt book, but no luck! In the meantime it came up on my wishlist so I got it for free.  But I would have been happy to spend money on a favorite author and get it right away!   

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Subject: Borders
Date Posted: 2/19/2011 12:17 AM ET
Member Since: 8/14/2005
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Thanks Jerseygirltoo! =)

There are 2 Borders stores in the area we're moving to and I knew one of them was on the list to cklose. I went into my current Borders store tonight (which would have been a half hour drive, each way, I was more than willing to make) to find out not only is the 2nd store where we're moving to closing but my *current* store is as well. =( Talk about bummed!!

I love Karen's prayer! I think mine will be "Dear Lord, PLEASE let me outlive Borders!"
Maybe if they start doing well again they'll leave some of these stores open. One can hope...on the bright side, I got some GREAT deals tonight! 40%-60% off! Including magazines which are never on sale! I think at the least this deserves a trip back tomorrow. =D

Cheers!

Subject: My name is Cheyenne and I am a BOOKAHOLIC!!!!
Date Posted: 2/25/2011 8:20 PM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2011
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Sadly, I live in a very small town and don't even have a B&N or a Borders nearby. :(

Not that it would really matter though. I don't have a lot of money to spend on books so  renting books or buying secondhand are really my only choices.

I make due with trips to my church library and, using my library website, I can order books from other libraries in the area. This does not seem to curb my appetite for more books, though.

I can't find a lot of books at my library that I see at bookstores so I just write down the books in a notebook that is slowly filling up.

Add that list to the very large stacks of to-be-read books and you get one very addicted bookaholic!

The saddest part,I think I'm getting worse every day!!!surprise

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