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Subject: Retail Therapy
Date Posted: 11/1/2009 8:28 AM ET
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Ok so I went to B&N for some much needed "me" time while hubby took the crumbsnatcher trick or treating.  I got Twilight of a Queen by Susan Carroll as I have the other 4 and will be finishing the 2nd one today.  Then later that evening I wondered over to Bookcloseouts and ended up ordering 28 more books!  26 of them were either on my WL or on my RL waiting to go on my WL when I had room.  I feel better now :)

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 9:26 AM ET
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28 books in one session?! ROTFL! I bet that even beats Valli's score.

Glad you're feeling better. (:

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 9:53 AM ET
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Buying new books always makes me feel better too!

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 10:18 AM ET
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That's a pretty big one day haul. These days for me I only get out of control with the library holds. Thankfully they buy just about everything.

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 8:12 PM ET
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And I thought my 17 books for the whole month of October was bad!!  There's nothing like a good book to make you feel better (except maybe a pair of fabulous shoes!). 

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 8:33 PM ET
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Holly, I had to laugh when I read what you bought. My DH would be having apoplexy! He already thinks there are too many books around here - poor soul - he just doesn't know about us bibliophiles.

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 8:47 PM ET
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Jeanne that reminds me I need to address my next problem-how the heck am I going to smuggle that huge box of books into the house without my husband seeing it???

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 9:36 PM ET
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The most I ever did at one time was 22.  That was when bookcloseouts was having 50% off of fiction.  My biggest problem lately is trying to stay away from thebookdepository.  I've ordered about 6 or 7 times since discovering them in August.

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 7:58 AM ET
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Ahhhh, 28 books in one shot! You're my hero. I think the most I've done is maybe 11 or 12, and that was at the used bookstore for sure!

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 9:40 AM ET
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Oh Holly, I can relate to your problem of THE BOX! My DH doesn't work anymore but when he did, I would get the box in; shelve the books and destroy the box! Can you pull that off or do you both get home about the same time - to find THE BOX ON YOUR DOORSTEP? If that is the case, can a neighbor keep an eye out and collect it for you?  HAH! the deviousness of the bibliophile:)

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 10:25 AM ET
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Wrong, Genie! I have bought 55 books in one BCO shopping binge. LOL! To be fair though, not all of the books were for me.

Holly, I have figured out that it takes exactly ten days for a box from BCO to arrive at my home, so now I order the books on a day that I know will cause them to be delivered during the week...when the hubby is at work. I have buying books down to a science. :-D

Holly, you didn't do the most important thing in a thread about buying books! You didn't tell us what you got! You should know we NEED this information. Like a fish needs water, I need to know what books are being bought.. What if you bought the one book that would complete me and I didn't know it was on sale at BCO?! Oh, the horror! :-D

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 10:29 AM ET
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You have all made me feel so much better! I actually leave work earlier than I used to so I can intercept the PBS books before my husband sees them. I felt like such a sneaky geek...now; while I still feel like one, I know I am not alone! Debbie

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 11:04 AM ET
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Good haul!  Like Jeanne's, my DH would have an apoplexy too!  However, like many of you, I have become adept at sneaking books into the house.  Whenever I buy them on-line, I have them shipped to my work address and then bring them home on my lunch break when DH is at work!  I'm glad to know I'm not alone in my deception.  ;)

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 11:38 AM ET
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You know, the psych nurse in me just has to jump in here to comment. There is a real psychological bent here. We (the readers) are obviously suffering from some form of OCD or impulsive control disorder when it comes to our books (not too bad, though). Our men seem absolutely PARANOID! Is it the time spent away from them when we are reading or the money we spend because we are reading? I do know that if my DH were a reader, we most likely wouldn't have any issues about books - but he's NOT!!!!

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 11:52 AM ET
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You all make my 15 books sound like nothing, but then I got that many from PBS as well.  I told my husband that collecting little old books ain't nothin,  I could be collecting something really dumb and large like standmixers!

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 12:39 PM ET
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I should have known I had an expert group of book smugglers here :)  Unfortunately my company has a policy where I can't use my work address for personal use so thats out and what time hubby and I get home varies.  I hit the door at 5:30 pm.  Sometimes he gets there at the same time and sometimes he works later.  He's a cable guy so it all depends on his route for the day.

As for what I got:

  1. The Maid of the White Hands- Rosalind Miles
  2. Woman of a Thousand Secrets-Barbara Wood
  3. Elizabeth's Spymaster: Francis Walsingham and the Secret War that Saved England-Robert Hutchinson
  4. In Triumph's Wake: Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters, and the price they paid for glory-Julia P. Gelardi
  5. Artemesia-Alexandra Lapierre
  6. A Hatred for Tulips-Richard Lourie
  7. The Jewel Trader of Pegu-Jeffrey Hantover
  8. The Master of Verona-David Blixt
  9. The Tea Rose-Jennifer Donnelly
  10. Alexander and Alestria-Shan Sa
  11. The Bronze Horseman-Pauline Simmons
  12. I, Mona Lisa-Jeanne Kalogridis
  13. The Terror-Dan Simmons
  14. Drood-Dan Simmons
  15. London for Dummies-Donald Olson
  16. Great Tales from English History 3: Captain Cook, Samuel Johnson, Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin, Edward the Abdicator, and More- Robert Lacey
  17. Great Tales from English History: A Treasury of True Stories about the Extraordinary People-Robert Lacey
  18. Queen's Consort: England's Medieval Queens-Lisa Hilton
  19. Sweetsmoke-David Fuller
  20. Infinity in the Palm of her Hand-Gioconda Belli
  21. Josephine: A Life of the Empress-Carolly Erickson
  22. The Stolen One-Suzanne Crowley
  23. Thomas Cromwell:The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's Most Notorious Minister-Robert Hutchinson
  24. The Given Day-Dennis LeHane
  25. Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge-Eleanor Herman
  26. Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers and Passionate Politics-Eleanor Herman
  27. The Song of Hannah-Eva Etzioni-Halevy
  28. The Concubine-Norah Lofts

Ok since I know at least one of you is heading over to bookcloseouts now, there are 3 coupons I ran across for the site:

$5 off $35 or more code: SUPERSAVER22-5

$10 off $65 or more code: SUPERSAVER22-10

$20 off $120 or more code: SUPERSAVER22-20

password for all is bookcloseouts.com  :) 

Yes, I am an EVIL enabler

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 12:52 PM ET
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Holly - Good stuff!  I read The Terror this past winter.  It never gets mentioned here, but I thought it was a good read.  It dragged a bit in parts, and it is very long, but I found it, for the most part, fascinating!  Wish I could take advantage of the coupon codes you so kindly posted, but I'd best refrain.

Jeanne - My DH is a reader, but he still doesn't understand why I have 100+ books on my shelf, plus more arriving almost daily.  He's content to get one book from the library, read it, bring it back and get another.  Weirdo!  LOL! 

Valli - Don't even tell us if you buy and read one of the books on Holly's list.  Every time you mention a book, I either order it, put it on my wishlist, buy it or get it from the library. I hold you mostly responsible for my large collection of books as well as the friction about it between DH and me!  ;)

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 1:38 PM ET
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I have The Terror on Mt. TBR.  One of these days I'll get around to reading it!

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 2:02 PM ET
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Oh, my, that IS a haul!

All this talk was just too enticing for me, so I endulged in a little retail therapy myself.  Amazon, though, not BCO.  I went to get just ONE book that I simply CAN'T wait for the WL because it's not moving.  At all.  Except to grow.  I ended up buying 5, and it would have been 6, except that just as I was about to order it (through the Buy from Amazon link here at PBS) I realized that I was about to order the large print version.  When I went to check the regular book, PBS had it, so I simply ordered it here.

So now I have 5 books coming from Amazon, 10 en route through PBS,  and four more waiting for PBSers to accept.  This is, by far, the most books I've ever gotten at one time.  I'm going to have a genuine Mt. TBR at the rate I'm going.  Hubby was saying I'm becoming obsessed last night, when he caught me buying credits because WL are being offered faster than folks are ordering my books.  And he doesn't know the half of it!



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Date Posted: 11/2/2009 2:18 PM ET
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Sharz - You are not alone!  I too buy credits here on PBS because I often get items wishlisted to me faster than I can trade stuff out.  DH would freak if he knew!  BTW, I see you're reading Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles.  Let me know how you like it. I want to get to it soon.  I read I, Elizabeth last month, and Elizabeth spent so much time disparaging her wench of a cousin Mary, that I need to read the George book to see "Mary's side of the story."  LOL! 

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 2:22 PM ET
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I buy soooo many credits.  It's not even funny.

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 5:22 PM ET
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Shelley: I, Elizabeth is one of the 10 PBS books en route, and your comments were among those that inspired me to WL it.  I was surprised at how quickly it was offered to me.  Looking forward to it.

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 7:22 PM ET
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Sharz - Be warned, I, Elizabeth is first person.  However, I really enjoyed the "voice" the author gave Elizabeth, so it wasn't an issue at all for me.  I really enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 7:33 PM ET
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Just looked and BCO has free shipping on orders over $35 for the rest of the year.

Egads.  I didn't need to know that!

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 8:11 PM ET
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Great haul there Holly!  Proud of ya'

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