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Pushing that Preorder Button

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.

Books I Preordered March 2014

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.)

publishers weekly.

We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

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

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.

Books I Want to Cheer About March 2014

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?

March 30, 2014 - 10:24 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oh wow, you loved GREAT that much? Are you a Gatsby fan or was the book just that good? I read Gatsby in high school and I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it so I didn’t even download the egalley of GREAT because I thought I wasn’t going to like it enough!
I can’t wait to read the Geography of You and Me. I’ve been hearing really good things about it! BUT I should read This is What Happy Looks like first too! 🙂
I’m not really a pre-orderer AT ALL. I don’t know why… Maybe because I like walking into the store and picking out my book and I NEED to take it home with me (I don’t like waiting for deliveries) but I just pre-ordered a bunch of books yesterday because I want those ASAP and going to the store takes a lot more time now than it used to because nothing is on the way home anymore haha.
YAY all good things! 🙂

March 30, 2014 - 7:30 am

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March 29, 2014 - 8:25 pm

Cassie - OH YES. #1: JoJo Noyes. One Plus One is AMAZING. Open Road Summer? YES – so excited for that one!!! Life by Committee looks awesome and We are the Golden has me SUPER intrigued.

SO LOVING THIS POST!! I even LOVEEEE Kindle preorders!! To have it just pop up??? SO FUN!!!

amaazinggg idea!

March 24, 2014 - 12:48 am

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March 22, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Alexa - I think it has been a long time since I preordered anything. I was buying finished copies like yourself but then I stopped doing that as well. Now I don’t have a ton of extra money since I quit my job to be in a medical program full time so I hardly preorder books.

March 21, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Kelly - I never preorder books! I think the only one I’ve ever preordered was Deathly Hallows, and that was only to a) guarantee myself a copy on release day and b) to avoid spoilers by reading it ASAP.

I really like the idea of preordering something that won’t be released for months, and forgetting about it, only to have it show up on my doorstep! Might be a new shopping tactic I need to employ 🙂

March 20, 2014 - 7:59 pm

Alexa S. - I only started pre-ordering things recently, and they’re usually things that I’ve (a) already read and loved or (b) are follow-ups in a series! I don’t do it often still, as it’s a fairly new thing for me — but I love it! Getting book mail is the best. (Also, your post kind of made me want to get Pointe!)

March 19, 2014 - 6:59 pm

Laura @ Scribbles & Wanderlust - Because I work in a bookstore, I tend to wait to borrow the hardbacks of books I’m interested in, read the first 50 pages, and then decide if I’d like to buy it and join the hype. I’m always so nervous about spending money, because sometimes the hype doesn’t live up. However, getting ARCs and THEN buying them — that always happens. THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME is one of them; read the ARC and immediately pre-ordered so I could have my own copy.

Beautiful thing about ARCs. You’re reading them for free, like a library, without the lending/return policy. A blessing for my wallet.

I’ve heard great things about POINTE too…let us know what you think!

March 19, 2014 - 3:15 pm

bookrockbetty - I think you’ll really like Open Road Summer!! I liked that it not only focused on the romance, but a lot on friendship too… plus the whole… hot musician falls for non famous girl is always a fun premise!!! <3 I love the Life By Committee cover.

March 19, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Molly @ wrapped up in books - I’ve been trying to cut back on my pre-orders this year. I always buy books at author events, and I go to anything local, so that’s already several full-price hardcovers a year. If I really love a debut I read as an ARC I’ll sometimes pre-order. I do order library books 2-4 months out so we get them on release day and to support authors, because I know those pre-order numbers are important.

March 19, 2014 - 11:07 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I tend to go through phases of buying books, or getting them from libraries. But I really don’t preorder many books, usually because I know I can get them very quickly from the library.

I think you’ve picked some great books to pre-order though. I definitely want to read Open Road Summer. And I’m very interested in Pointe because BALLET!

March 19, 2014 - 10:51 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I preorder books, but not a lot. If it’s a book I know I want to read the day it is released and I won’t be able to get to a bookstore for some time, then you bet I click that preorder button. But my most recent trip to the bookstore reminded me how much I miss wandering through the aisles, picking up a book and reading the back cover, then deciding if I want to buy it or not. It’s a feeling that just calms my soul and something I won’t get from clicking a preorder button. But I do understand the importance of those preorders and how they benefit the author & such.

Btw, good decision on preordering Open Road Summer. I was going to do the same, but decided to hold off because Emery Lord will be here in April and I plan to buy a copy for her signing.

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