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Jan 2016 Book Haul —
Boxing Day & A New Year
I don’t know why but most of my 95% of the images turned out grainy then the last shots I took for the ARCs looked fine. I have no idea why.
A Darker Shade of Magic Goodness
Victoria Schwab and Tor hosted a contest on Twitter for an ARC of A Gathering of Shadows and the prompt was to snap a photo of your A Darker Shade of Magic copy somewhere in the world. Unfortunately, I didn’t win the grand prize (the ARC) but I did win the AGOS art cards as a runner up! I think they’re the same cards you get from mailing in your pre-order information.
(The ARC of AGOS below is actually Shelly @ Read Sleep Repeat’s copy that she so kindly let me borrow.)
My entry: when you see it…
Boxing Day is supposed to be like American Black Friday but we have both (although the former is a statutory holiday in Ontario). Either way, sales are usually terrible so…
I also cannot understate how much I was playing with the checkout card to manipulate the sales. If I recall correctly, it was a lot of “do I spend 50 and save $20” or “should I just spend 30 and save 10?” AND IT WAS TOUGH, OKAY?
Anyhow, I have now completed my Jasper Dent trilogy, replaced my previous copy of How It Went Down, hauled 2 MG titles in Rain Reign and The Night Gardener and the other two are titles I thought I might try out. I clearly have limited intents to read them LOL.
That Haul Because of Golden Son
I left 2015 (last haul above) thinking “I am on a book buying ban [in the new year] unless it’s for Abercrombie’s Half A War or Pierce Brown’s Golden Son“. I was doing well on this promise. Then two weeks ago, news came to me that Pierce Brown was having a book signing in Toronto on Feb 18, 2016. Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.
If you don’t already know, I try my best, if possible, to haul most of my books at a discount. It was $18 CAD on Indigo and that was still much better than cover price. But I waited and hoped that this would be stocked somewhere (e.g. Book Outlet, Abe Books, or somewhere!). There was nothing for days and I was edging closer to wanting to just check out on Indigo.
Last thursday, there were copies stocked and I melted. I also insta checked out for fear that though it said the default 100+, it could have been a glitch (I’ve come across times it said 100+ then hours later it was at like 10). I can confirm that there were still currently 350+ copies when this post goes live.
I IZ DA HAPPY.
The Passenger below was actually purchased in December last month when Indigo stocked their shelves too early but I just didn’t have any time to read it.
Two are from Goodreads Giveaway, one is from Shelly (mentioned above), and one was by request.
Okay now I will return back to my ban…for the next weeks until Calamity and Morning Star comes out. Aye. :/….