Half Price Books Haul

This picture actually has nothing to do with the bookshop or haul.  I just liked the way the light was hitting my carpet this morning.

This weekend Half Price Books is having a nationwide sale in honor of Memorial Day.  Everything in the store is 20% off.  Which meant that my friend Emily and I were booking (oh yes, booking) it over to our local Indianpolis branch at 11am to put a gash in our summer budgets.


I had been eyeing this Salinger boxset for weeks.  On Amazon it goes for around $60 and Half Price had it for $10+ under that.  Tack on the promised 20% discount, really I didn't stand a chance.  

I am a sucker for hardcover classics.  Actually any hardcover book.  I'm a binding snob.  I steer away from paperback as much as possible.  Unless the cover design is overwhelmingly compelling, I'm likely to wait until I can locate a hardback edition.

I'm looking at my bookshelf in my room right now, and yep, I have a paperback copy of Catcher, but I'm pretty sure it's my cousin's.  Who lent it to me when I was fifteen.  Guess I can finally get it back to him now that I have my own.  Getting Franny and Zooey in hardback has been on my to-do list for a while so I'm super excited for it.  Please scroll up and look at that boxset again.  I'm just going to lust silently over here for a second.

I really only planned to perform my Salinger splurge, but then I made the mistake of combing through the DVD section.  I have a running list on my computer of films I want to own.  Because I'm a film student and I feel like my DVD collection is a sorry sight.  Which it is.  I don't have to possess all the lauded movies, but I at least would like to have some of my favorites on hand.  Really I could probably get by with just Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind...

But anyway.  Building that personal film library.  At first I found American Beauty for $6.  Which I saw for the first time this year--watched it with my friend Julia during our trip to Sundance.  And then again for my postmodern film class.  In a movie theatre.  On 35mm.  God, that was a fantastic screening.  Looking in the clearance section later, I found another copy of it for $2!  Bazinga.

Set out looking for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and standing in the check out queue, I found (500) Days of Summer and Big Fish, the latter being arguably my second favorite movie of all time.

Considering the amount of beauty I walked off with, I'm feeling pretty okay with this.

This.  I was so iffy about putting this in.  But that's why you come here, isn't it?  For a glimpse at these stupid little ploys I pull.  Basically, there's this really attractive guy that works at this bookshop.  And he was there again today.  And I only got as far as writing down my number.  Giving it to him, well, that's easier said than done.  It's cool.  He probably has a girlfriend.  And I have my books.  And Big Fish.


4 comments

  1. NEEDS MORE PICTURES OF THE COVERS. O, Wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?!

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  2. Those covers are like porn. I mean seriously, they're beautiful! And I bloody LOVE Big Fish, it's a fantastic film.
    <3

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  3. I'm quite jealous of the Salinger boxset, it is absolutely stunning! I'm more of a paperback girl myself, but I do like to have hardcover copies of special books. Nice DVD finds, too.

    P.S.: rooting for you to give your number to the bookshop guy next time.

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  4. Oh I'm so jealous of this beautiful hardcover collection of Salinger works! Amazing find! This post inspires me to go on a discount book hunting spree.

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