Half Price Books Haul

26 May 2012

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 Indianapolis 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.


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

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

  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.

  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.