In My Life
This week I was reminded how much of a price difference there is between buying books in local bookstores and ordering them online. I happened to pass by an outlet of a local bookstore chain, which had a 1-for-1 sale on most books. Of course I couldn’t pass up on such a great bargain, or so I thought.
Obviously the charges were on the most expensive books while the cheaper books had to be the freeloaders. After picking out five books, I wasn’t sure if I wanted a sixth book, so I did what any savvy consumer does: compare prices. To my surprise, even with such a huge sale, I could get the books I had on me at lower prices online. Had they had Cinder in stock, then that book could’ve been cheaper coupled with Scarlet but that didn’t work out. There were no copies of Cinder left, and I had no desire to buy the second book in the series without getting the first as well.
In the end, I only walked out with The Great Gatsby and This Song Will Save Your Life. These two books combined saved me something like two to three dollars a book plus waiting time thanks to shipping. All my other possible combinations would’ve resulted in spending more. I left the store a little disappointed but at least I did walk out with two pretty books!
On the Blog
- [30 May] Epic Recs: May 2014
- [30 May] Negative Book Reviews Minus the Negativity
- [1 Jun] Retrospect #22: June 1st
Around the Blogosphere
Bloggers & Blogging
- Miranda @ Tempest Books considers the place of swearing on blogs and in book reviews.
- Rachel @ Parajunkee highlights several social networking faux pas.
- Amber @ The Mile Long Bookshelf eloquently sums up book bloggers’ responses to the panel at BEA (Book Expo America) entitled The Publishing Process: How Bloggers Have Changed the Game, where there was a booktuber on the panel but not a single blogger.
- Nikki @ The Paper Sea shares her blog organising schedule.
- Jennifer @ Boricuan Bookworms talks about the ups and downs of being a blogger and reviewer.
Rating & Reviewing
- Cait @ Notebook Sisters insists that being diverse is not a good justification in itself for highly rating a book. If a book isn’t well-written, then all the diversity in the world doesn’t make up for it.
- Kelly @ Effortlessly Reading notes when book previews aren’t necessarily a good thing.
- Stephanie @ These Paper Hearts is curious if you prefer new or old books.
- Kayla @ The Thousand Lives identifies 9 faces you make while reading in public.
- Kristilyn @ Reading in Winter asks if you go for quality or quantity when it comes to reading.
Quote of the Week
Vincent stretched out his long lean legs. “You know, we’re going to have to get used to this.” “To what?” “To us going out with other people.” “I know.” “It can’t always be us two.” “I know.” I looked up at the winter sky. “Do you think it’s weird that we’re not in love with each other?” “No. I think it’s perfect.” “Me too.” I scooted closer and rested my head on his chlorine-scented shoulder.—Katrina, Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors While I read this book last December, I still can’t describe how much I love that passage. Platonic friendships this strong can be so complicated yet so wonderful. People keep expecting that you’re dating, their partners can get weirdly jealous, but there’s this special bond that is incomparable. And I’m so glad Suzanne Selfors captured this in her book because I’m tired of reading about best friends who end up together as a couple. What about lasting friendships? Well, there is one right here, which makes me very happy.
How do you feel about platonic friendships? Doesn’t matter if in books or in life. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments down below!