I don't normally post about my books haul's; I usually get a couple books a week through PaperBackSwap and it's not really anything special to post about, especially since I end up reviewing most of those books anyway so you hear about them eventually, but today was special. My husband I went out to get some lunch and run some errands this afternoon before we head out to the PBR tonight (woot!) and one stop was at the Eagle Eye Book Shop, which I've been wanting to go to since we moved down here in January. There was a whole thing on the Internet after Borders starting closing stores that readers should patronize independent book shops more often and I sort of agreed with that. I googled for shops in my area and Eagle Eye was not only the closest to where I live, but also had really high ratings.
I'd never been to an independent bookstore before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, though I was hoping to find some good deals. And did I! First of all, the ambience was great. The shelves were literally packed with books and stacks were piled on top of the shelves, too. There was a great mix of new books, selling at regular price, and used books, selling at good discounts. The staff was really friendly and we signed up for their rewards program, which apparently will get us sales during the year and five dollars off after every fifty we spend (I think). Second, they have a store dog. How great is that? She was sleep when we were there, but looked happy to be hanging out with the books.
Here's what I got:
1. JAG: The Novel by Robert Tine. I didn't even know there was a JAG novel! JAG is my all time favorite television show, thanks to the hotness of David James Elliot and his chemistry with Catherine Bell. I just stumbled across this thing, for under two bucks, and it totally made my day! It's out of print, so I think I was lucky to find it.
2. The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. This book is pretty popular and I've been meaning to get a copy for a few weeks. Can't go wrong for three bucks.
3. Wake, Fade, and Gone by Lisa McMann. A YA trilogy about a girl who gets stuck in other people's dreams. I needed more YA to review for my blog and was thrilled to pick up the whole trilogy for a price less than the cost of one hardcover book.
My husband also got two (autographed!) books by his new favorite author, Steve Berry. That was pretty exciting for him. Those sold at list price and I think our whole haul came to about forty dollars, which is a lot less than we would have paid if we'd gone to Barnes & Noble, that's for sure. So, the savings were great but I think in the long run that's going to be a problem for our budget, if you know what I mean! I you live in the Decatur/Atlanta area, definitely go check these guys out.