Saturday, April 11, 2015

4 Ways to Buy Books Without Breaking the Bank/ Book Haul

   You know that feeling when you really want to buy that book you've been drooling over for a month, but it costs anywhere between $10-$20, but you really know you can't afford since you're saving for whatever you've been saving for for months?  As a bibliophile, I know that feeling all too well.  However, as I cannot help buying books, here are a couple of solutions that have helped me.

  1. Go to used book stores.

I bought these two beautiful plays at a cool used bookstore, Atalanta's Music and Books, last month while spending a day in Bisbee.  I'm a big fan of the movie, My Fair Lady, so I thought it would be cool to have the play, and as for Hamlet, my mom has an antique pocket sized copy which I'm scared to read for fear of loosing one of the pages, so I thought I needed a (slightly newer) copy of my own. Plus these were on the sales rack. Need I say more?

    2. Find deals at online book sellers.

In March I decided to treat myself to some new books because I hadn't bought any in a while, and I really wanted needed all of these for my already overcrowded bookshelf.  Now there are a lot of great online booksellers, and sometimes I will find the same book at several and compare prices, but my favorite is Abe Books. They usually have the best prices and a lot of options. Plus, a lot of the time, the shipping is free.  Sorry if I sound like a salesperson, I just really love buying books there.

I got North and South and The Phantom of the Opera in pretty good condition with only a little wear on the covers. I've been wanting to read both of these books for quite a while and I was ecstatic to receive them in the mail. (The stickers on the covers make me sad. Whose brilliant idea was it to put stickers on covers of books? Why not on the inside of the front cover? )-: Anyhow, rant over, I still haven't read them yet, but I like to stroke their covers and anticipate reading them soon.

I got Replication by Jill Williamson and The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet  by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick in hardcover and both were in great condition, especially TSDLB which looked new. An other plus, their both really good books. (-:

   3. Second hand stores are unexpected treasure troves.

Guys, I'm not going to lie. More than once, I've bought an entire paper sackful of books just from a second hand store, thrift shop, whatever you want to call it, because I couldn't help myself. My best friend knows what I'm talking about, because she had to talk me into sorting my mountain of books and buying, you know, only six or seven. (-:  It's been a while since I've been second hand book shopping, so I'm not going to use any on this haul. (Also, I was to lazy to get more books an take photos of them.)

   4. Buy books from your library.

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That sounded weird. But my library usually has a couple of bookshelves with books they're getting rid of for really affordable prices. I usually have to dig a bit through the outdated encyclopedias and poorly written romance novels, but when I do find something, it's really worth it.  I got an almost new(!) copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury there for barely anything.

And now, finally, we get to see how much each book cost.
  • Hamlet ---------------------------------- $1.00
  • My Fair Lady -------------------------- $0.50
  • North and South ----------------------- $3.99
  • The Phantom of the Opera ----------- $3.06
  • Replication ----------------------------- $3.48
  • The Secret Diary of Lizzy Bennet --- $4.04
  • Fahrenheit 451 ------------------------ $0.50
The Grand Total is (drum roll please) $16.57

Overall, I feel like my book buying fetish isn't all that expensive due to these methods. (Although I still do occasionally buy a new book at Barnes and Nobles...) Tell me in the comments below how you save money on books.  Do you use any of the same methods?


Thursday, April 2, 2015

I Must Go Down to the Sea Again

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; 
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.
 ~Sea Fever, by John Masefield

It has been ever so long since I've posted guys, and I've missed you all lots. Thank goodness I've had a little more free time lately, and so I've decided to share some pictures of my Spring Break.
   We went to San Diego for a week in March, and had a great time just hanging out at the beach and doing a little bit of site seeing. It was great to be able to unwind and just chill without thinking about assignment due dates for once. (-:

We hung out at the beach a lot. Here's a picture of my siblings, our friend Mary, and I at Ocean Beach. It was a little cold, but lots of fun.

Some friends of ours were doing a trip from Washington to Hawaii on the schooner Martha and as they were in San Diego at the same time as we had spring break, we got to hang out with them a lot and we even got to go on a day sail!
Me, standing on the end of the
bowsprit and pretending not to be
scared of falling into the water.

Because sail boats are awesome!
Two of my sisters and I were able to spend a week on the Martha last summer, and so it felt really good to be back on the water again. We had to motor though because there was no wind.
The cockpit.

Hanging out on the bowsprite.
If it's not already obvious, the bowsprite is my favorite place to hang on the boat.
Me looking 'normal'

Me looking like a dork, which is actually
normal for me...

Ahhh, the water's so pretty! I miss it already.

We took an other escapade with our friends, but this time, it was to the San Diego Zoo. (Guys, I think this happened before, but I'm really bad with chronological order, so please excuse any randomness.) That place was huge. And even though I'm not really an animal person (I bet everyone's going to unfollow my blog after I confess this.) it was an incredible experience. There was a trolley that went over the zoo, and double decker tour buses, and the landscaping was beautiful. Not to mention, there were lots of really cool animals. Surprise, surprise!  I have to admit, I kind of wanted to take one of the koalas home.  Or a tiger. Wouldn't it be really cool to have a tame tiger?

Don't tell me I'm too old to be riding a giant extinct tiger.
Aren't flamingos so fabulous and wacky? Imagine being an explorer, and 'dicovering' the flamingo for the first time. I would probably have a panic attack.

We also spent a day at Balboa Park, which is a giant park with museums, beautiful plants, and all kinds of cool things. This building was a theater, that, I believe, used to be a Spanish mission. I love the Baroque architecture! (It's Baroque, right? Somebody correct me if I'm completely wrong... XD )
My sisters, Mary and I hung out at the natural history museum there because they were do a King Tut exhibit with exact replicas of what was inside his tomb. It was incredible, and I wish I could show you pictures, but it was probably not allowed, and anyways, my older sister had the camera. (-:

Speaking of which, the photography credits go to my older sister, Michaela. Go check out her instagram because it's awesome. And I'm not just saying that because she's my older sister. (-:

I've missed you all lots, and I'd love to hear about what you've been up to. (-: What did you do over Spring Break?  And if you were the first person to discover flamingos, how would you react?
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