March 22, 2013

Casual Friday: Confessions of a Book Binger

I have a confession. I, Dahlia Adler, am a book binger. I binge buy. I binge read. If it has to do with books, you can bet I'm doing it in excess. To wit, here are a few of my TwitPics from the past year:

This one is the result of going to Barnes & Noble with the wonderful Arielle Kane, obviously terrible influence but also enforcer of reading Melina Marchetta beyond JELLICOE ROAD.

(Clockwise from top left: Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta, The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers, Bitter End by Jennifer Brown, Where She Went by Gayle Forman)

Aaaand then we have these fabulous additions to my bookshelves, compliments of my wonderful agent, Andrea Somberg, who also represents the incredibly talented Jessica Warman and responds fabulously to begging for her books.

(From right to left: Beautiful Lies, Where the Truth Lies, Between, and Breathless)

Oh, but obviously I'm not done, because Amazon had a super sale on Gone Girl - only $2.99! - but clearly I needed to add other books in order to get free shipping. A little dark, I know, but clockwise from top left, you're looking at: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, and My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson.

Aaaand speaking of random Amazon binges....

(Left to right: Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, and It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini)

I also finally discovered - along with fellow Misfits Maggie and Marieke - the glory of the Scholastic store... which happens to be right near my office. Together with them, I bought Trapped by Michael Northrop, and then thanks to Bridget Smith alerting Twitter to a Gilt City coupon there, I went back and of course bought four more books:

(Left to right: Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys, What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell, Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian, and Stolen by Lucy Christopher.

The Scholastic store's not huge on contemp ;)

And finally (only not really, but I'll stop here because nothing will top this picture), the motherlode, thanks to my coworker who told me about

I'm not even gonna list them all - just bask in the glory and run, don't walk, to buy those Ruby Oliver books (The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Life Boyfriends - in that order) by E. Lockhart.

Other books I've bought this past year include SWEETHEARTS and HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by Sara Zarr, BITTERSWEET by Sarah Ockler, GRAFFITI MOON by Cath Crowley, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green, and, most recently, thanks to NYC Teen Author Festival (and having to kill some time at McNally-Jackson before attending one of its events), JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman, PAST PERFECT by Leila Sales, and EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS by AS King. And not only that, but this Sunday is a massive signing at Books of Wonder as part of NYC Teen Author Festival, and I will definitely be cleaning up.

So yes, I'm a bit of a binger. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Are you a binge buyer? A library goer? A one-at-a-time-er? What have you bought and borrowed in the last year?


Fida Islaih said...

I wish I could be a bringer, but I'm broke. Instead I spend many hours at my local bookstore, reading and having a chocolate drink :-D

Gina said...

We already know I'm a book binge kind of girl, which is even more dangerous when your job enables you by making it part of your job to buy books from publishers big and small! Except now I think I need to go shopping on your bookshelf because that is one kickass haul!

Jillian Schmidt said...

I am most definitely a book binger, but one on a budget, so my crazy buying sprees are mostly at used book stores and library book sales. I work at a community college whose library sells its old books for 10 dangerous for someone with my affliction!

Corrie Haluga said...

I'm a library goer and binge goodwill book buyer. Holla at library sales too! One day I'll support the publishing industry more...but right now I won't let my budget stop me from reading! And I try to spread the love of my favorite books so maybe other people will purchase! If I buy a book it's almost always after I've already read the whole thing from the library.

I know.

It's an inefficient system.

Sarah Guillory said...

I've been book binging a lot myself lately, then feeling overwhelmed by the lack of time I have to read all the fabulous books. I need a time turner. (Restraint I can do without.) :)

Sarah Wedgbrow said...

Definitely a binger. I am lucky in that I get a lot of ARCs sent to me at the group blog, but just this past week I've bought Eleanor & Park, and 17 & Gone. I have downloaded fifteen books on my ereader. The Name of the Star, Miseducation of Cameron Post, Stuck in Neutral, and MANY more.

I LOVED, loved seeing your book pics.

tawney13 said...

I am defiantly a book binger! As you can tell from my tweets. You created a monster with bookcloseout. I am just glad my hubby bought a new bookcase!!! You have a lot of nice books there....I think I might have to go and check them out. :D

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