After a lovely week away visiting family (Hello, Family!), I came home to an equally lovely surprise: my Book Outlet order arrived!!!
If you have yet to stumble across this gem of a website, Book Outlet is a Canadian bookstore that specializes in selling brand-new publisher returns and overruns for 50%-90% off the cover price. At first I was skeptical, but when I saw a signed copy of The Humans by Matt Haig for next to nothing, I thought I’d give it a try. Since shipping was only $3.99 for the first two items, I of course added on a second item, and a third — and a fifth. My point is, it was all such a great deal that I couldn’t buy e-books for as cheaply as Book Outlet’s prices, even with shipping. So here I’ve sat, patiently waiting for my order as the kind people at Book Outlet carefully packed my box-o-books and gave it to the postal carrier who then drove it down from Canada, all the way to my little neck of the woods in the deep, deep Southern United States.
I tried to restrain myself until morning so I could do a lovely book haul video, but I’m just not that patient. (You’ll just have to make do with my rambling descriptions instead of my lovely visage.) My resolve lasted about ten minutes, after which I tore into the box like a kid on Christmas morning. (Yay, presents!!!) I’m happy to report that the books were in fantastic shape and just as promised; I’ll definitely be ordering from Book Outlet again.
So, let me give you the rundown on my first ever littlebookreviews book haul. As you know, I ordered five books; they are: The Humans by Matt Haig (signed in real ink, nonetheless!), The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley, The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna Van Praag and Lock In by John Scalzi.
I’ll start with the obvious choice: The Humans. The Humans is a funny, amazing, intelligent, unexpected book that I came across a couple years ago on the Staff Picks display at my local library (I love libraries: free reads!) Thank you, Random Staff Member! It was a great recommendation, and I can’t wait to read it again.
The Rosie Project is one of my favorite books of all times. I bought the Kindle version for 99 cents back before it became a complete sensation. Like most everyone else, I loved it, loved it LOVED it! When I saw a hardback copy on Book Outlet for $4.99, I couldn’t resist. Once I catch up on my TBR stack, I’ll give this one a re-read and review. Also on my wishlist is the sequel, The Rosie Affair. I’ll be keeping my eye on Book Outlet to see if they get any in stock. (Note to you, dear readers: If you happen to see The Rosie Project before then, and you are also a fan of Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory, and you’re now dying of curiosity, don’t wait for my review. Don’t wait for anything. Buy it! Borrow it! Read it! You’ll laugh; you’ll get all misty eyed; you’ll lock your door and turn off your phone so you can read it in a single sitting. It really is that fantastic.)
As the Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust is part of Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mystery series. I have to say that this is just about the most charming, clever series ever. Don’t let the fact that the protagonist is a thirteen year old girl fool you; it’s dark, imaginative and plenty creepy. Anyway, I’ve read everything published so far in the series either via Kindle or the library, and I’m starting to work my way through collecting the series in hardback. My only concern is that this copy is a different size from the two U.S. versions already on my shelf. What to do? I know it doesn’t seem to matter, but I’m particular that way.
The House at the End of Hope Street is the surprise book for this order. I haven’t heard anything about this book or read anything by its author, Menna Van Praag, but the plot sounded interesting enough, and the price was right, so I took a chance. It seems to be a bit of magical realism, which I tend to like, so I have high hopes for this selection. (No pun intended, truly.)
Last, but not least, is Lock In by John Scalzi. I ordered Lock In not only because it sounds fantastic, but because both my husband and I are reading it for a fledgling book club in our area, and I don’t want to have to fight him over the library copy we’ve requested. $5.99 in exchange for some domestic harmony? Yes, please! Anyway, I haven’t started it yet, but I do have a little blurb/synopsis already posted for Lock In if you’re interested.
So, that’s the lowdown on my book haul. If you’ve read some of these, feel free to weigh in. I love talking about books! If you haven’t read any of them, pick one up and check it out; let me know what you think. Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give you the link to Book Outlet. Even though this all sounds like a giant infomercial, I swear they didn’t put me up to it; I’m just that happy about it all.
Until next time, happy reading!
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