Today I’m talking about one of my favorite things in the whole world: shopping!
I love to shop for dresses, purses, makeup, home decor, stationary, arts and crafts supplies, gifts for other people. I mean, you name it and I love to buy it. Especially, books. Lots and lots of books. On Amazon, on B&N with same-day shipping to Manhattan, at the bookstore, at another bookstore, at Target. If there are books somewhere in the vicinity, I have probably looked at them, hemmed and hawed about buying them, and then, eventually pulled the trigger. (Much to the chagrin of my husband since there are stacks and stacks of unread books in our apartment. I love you, husband!)
But there’s one shopping experience that I exclusively use for books.
It wasn’t always this way. Before my rediscovery of reading, meeting Magan, Rather Be Reading, I was happy enough to find books on the feature tables at the bookstore. The only book I can remember preordering was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I didn’t keep up with release dates and even if I just stumbled upon a future release by an author I loved, I waited until the book came out.
Blogging about books has changed my life in many ways. (Yay friendships! Yay inspiration!) But it’s also changed the way I shop for books. And even between the last year or so, my preordering process has altered too. Last year, I was focused on early releases. If I loved the book, I would preorder it. But when I realized I was getting these finished copies in the mail and not even reading them, I started to cancel my orders and take a break from that entirely.
This year, I’m taking a different approach. I want to read books that my friends are loving and I want to take some chances, and a lot of the books I’ve preordered so far this year follow those two guidelines. So today I’m sharing what goodies should be making their way to my mailbox in the next couple of months. And most importantly, WHY I chose these titles. (Can we talk about how convenient this process is too? No going to the bookstore and not finding it. No forgetting to go the bookstore. And the promise of mail on a Tuesday? The best!)
word of mouth.
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski ( Goodreads | Release Date: 3/4/2014 ): The 4-star and 5-star reviews that kept popping up on Goodreads convinced me to take the plunge. Fantasy is not really my go-to genre so I am really trusting these guys to be right. (I’m reading it right now, and will report back.)
Pointe by Brandy Colbert ( Goodreads | Release Date: 4/10/2014 ): Sex & Violence author, Carrie Mesrobian, has been very vocal about Brandy’s work on Twitter and I decided to press the preorder button after seeing some “must buy” tweets from her. Since then, Liz from Consumed by Books and Dahlia from Daily Dahlia have been singing Brandy’s praises so I think my choice was a solid one. (Did I mention it also got a starred review in Publishers Weekly?)
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord ( Goodreads | Release Date: 4/15/2014 ) Summer, romance, friendship! I’ve read so many great reviews for this title already but it wasn’t until the fangirling of Judith and Alexa that I finally took the plunge. I am so excited to get a head start on summer! I need warmth and I’m a sucker for a great summer romance.
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes ( Goodreads | Release Date: 7/1/2014 ) This release date is so so so far away, but after finally reading Me Before You, I think Moyes is an auto-buy for me. Ellice from Paper Riot (and Kelly from Belle of the Literati) have been talking it up SO much… and I caved. Something to look forward in the middle of the summer? Nice to have an adult read to look forward to. (That hasn’t happened in a long time for me.)
We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt ( Goodreads | Release Date: 5/24/2014 ) This is really unprecedented for me. I have two of Dana’s books on my Nook (unread), and I hadn’t heard of this title until I saw a really awesome starred review in Publishers Weekly so I decided to give it a shot.
And just for fun…
book i already read that i had to preorder.
Great by Sara Benincasa ( Goodreads | Release Date: 4/8/2014 ) I’m falling back into old habits by grabbing a copy of this but I loved it too much to pass by a chance to have my own copy. My review should be up next week or so, but this retelling of Gatsby had a fresh voice, addicting deception, and was super discussion worthy. It’s definitely worth reading and got me out of a tremendous slump.
books i already read that i want to preorder but i’m waiting.
why? because more than likely they will have events in nyc & i want to buy them in person. so really this category is about spreading the word to YOU because i really enjoyed these.
The Geography of You & Me by Jennifer E. Smith ( Goodreads | Release Date: 4/14/2014 ) Jennifer’s prose is gorgeous and the story of two people who bond over one evening and then are separated is so so so good. I loved the family side stories and the push and pull between the characters. Plus NEW YORK. BLACKOUTS. Did I mention amazing writing? I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this one.
Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu ( Goodreads | Release Date: 5/13/2014 ) It’s no secret I was a fan of OCD Love Story, and I was so happy to see Corey create something so totally different with her second book. I was on the edge of my seat with this multi-dimensional main character who is navigating life with her unhappy parents who are expecting a baby, the boy of her dreams who has a girlfriend, and this secret online group that makes her feel brave until they don’t anymore. Definitely in my favorite list for this year so far.
Here’s hoping my book shopping inspires some of your own! Because early buzz is important! Preordering is good for a book and good of the book’s author! (Check out this great article that Ellice over at the Paper Riot shared last week; she was the final push I needed to write about my preordering practices!)
Now it’s your turn! What are your preordering practices & how have they changed?
Anything good coming up in the mail for you?