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TSS: Write-a-thon! and Adventures in Gift Cards

April 18, 2010

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all! The title of the post says Write-a-thon, and that is, I suppose, my plan for the day. My main goal is that I have the discussion section of one of my dissertation chapters that I told myself I’d have finished by today. It’s already in pretty good shape, actually; I had a minor epiphany on Friday about how to reorganize it and cut some of the paragraphs that were flailing around without reaching a point, so today there are just a few holes to fill in and a conclusion to write. I’ve also got three reviews left from the read-a-thon to start from scratch, plus two more where the review itself is written but the post isn’t ready to go yet; I’d like to knock off two from each category, if I can. Maybe I’ll also get a little time to actually read (crazytalk, I know); I’m not very far into Brunonia Barry’s The Map of True Places, but I’ve been enjoying it, and am looking forward to seeing how Barry builds her story.

Amidst my normal slew of errands yesterday morning, I also gave myself permission to go spend two bookstore gift cards that were burning a hole in my purse. Normally, I try not to let myself go into bookstores all that often, and when I do, I’m usually either shopping for someone else, or just browsing (read: torturing myself.) To be able to spend an hour wandering around not one but TWO bookstores knowing that I HAD to buy some books (lest the gift cards go to waste) was quite the experience. As my TBR pile shows, I acquire books at a good clip… but they’re very rarely *new* books, and when they are, they’re much more likely to come from online than from a bookstore. (To give you some idea, of the 169 books that came into my house in 2009, only 14 of those came from bookstores – and of those, 10 were purchased with a gift card.)

However, while I’m sure that saves me money, I think I might be missing out on some awesome serendipitous finds. I went into the first bookstore yesterday with a fairly clear idea of what I wanted to purchase, if I could find it: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I browsed around for a bit and couldn’t find it, and since it’s a small indie store I figured they’d already sold out and hadn’t had a chance to order more. I was getting ready to grab something else and head to the register when I got the bright idea to check the window display, and lo and behold, they had a copy… and not just any copy, but a *signed* copy. Too cool.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2010 11:15 am

    Oooh! A signed copy! What a find :)

  2. April 18, 2010 11:19 am

    Wow! That is beyond awesome :D

  3. April 18, 2010 11:24 am

    Signed Will Grayson, Will Grayson?! I would have fainted.

  4. April 18, 2010 11:48 am

    Alright, I’ve not heard of this book, but I do know one of the authors. I’ll have to look for it.

    I’ve also had a tough time spending book gift cards. I wish my favorite used book store had a branch near where I teach. I’d rather get their gift cards than Borders. But Borders will do in a pinch.

    And I do like getting gift cards.

    • April 21, 2010 9:20 am

      C.B. – Which of the authors are you familiar with? Although either way, the other one’s books are also excellent.

  5. April 18, 2010 2:30 pm

    What a find! Enjoy your new book!

  6. April 18, 2010 3:22 pm

    I am *so* envious of your SIGNED copy. :D

  7. April 18, 2010 6:07 pm

    What a find, a signed copy of the book you really wanted! Most of the new books that I have purchased in the last two years have been with gift cards. I can spend hours trying to decide what books I want to buy! Have a wonderful week and best of luck with the writing!

    • April 21, 2010 9:20 am

      Gavin – I can spend hours trying to decide what books I want to buy!

      That’s the best part!

  8. April 18, 2010 6:29 pm

    A signed copy? Grrrrr! ;)

  9. April 18, 2010 8:54 pm

    Good luck with your dissertation! It sounds like it’s coming together. :)

  10. April 19, 2010 12:03 am

    A signed copy?! That’s so awesome!

  11. April 19, 2010 10:17 am

    I almost never buy books new without having a gift card either. What good fortune to find a signed copy!!

  12. April 20, 2010 12:58 pm

    That is too cool that you got a signed copy!

  13. April 26, 2010 3:10 pm

    So, I’m super late in commenting, but I hope you got all your reviews written!

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