Where Do You Buy Books?

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I have so already purchased so many books this month…it’s ridiculous and I may have to put myself on a buying ban. Or rather, realize that my bank account is crying in pain because it stays so drained.

Anyways, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite places to buy books. I have a few. I will start with the obvious…

Barnes and Noble!

I just found out last weekend that Barnes and Noble has a credit card. You better believe I signed up for that. Now to be the responsible adult and not max it out buying books I will never have time to read. I can do that!

I recently spent like an hour and a half…maybe 2 hours in the store just browsing and looking. I even found a really comfy chair and sat down to read a chapter in a book I was planning on buying. It was a lovely time.

Amazon.com

I used to use Amazon all the time. Until I got my Barnes and Noble membership and it was cheaper to go through them. Now it’s on rare occasions that I buy from Amazon. Most of the time I am just too impatient to wait for it to ship.

BookOutlet.com

I browse this site so often! I keep adding things to my cart and taking things out when I realize that I just can’t afford all those books. Most of the books are so cheap compared to what you will pay in the stores. I have also bought a few signed copies of books too.

Local Second Hand Book Stores

I have two in my area that I go to all the time. The first and my favorite is called Mr. K’s. This place is so awesome. They sale mostly books, but they have a few movies and CD’s available. It’s always so neat and organized and so friendly! Seriously, when you go in there you feel like the people working there are instantly your best friend. I don’t know what it is, maybe it is just the shared love for books.

The second one is called 2nd and Charles. They sale so much more than just books. They have Figurines of your favorite characters, CD’s, Movies, Comic books, Manga, and T-shirts. They also have a section for games for just about every gaming console. The place is huge! But I go for the books. I just recently discovered that they had a middle grade section. Who knew?! The only problem with them though is that they are usually more expensive than Mr. K’s. So if there is a specific book I am looking for I will go to Mr. K’s first and then go to 2nd and Charles if I don’t find what I am looking for. They have a bigger selection though. But the vibe isn’t as friendly.

Of course if you want to go free…

Netgalley

I get a few books from here, but not a lot. Just because I have to limit what I get so that I can give myself time to leave reviews, which is the main purpose of Netgalley to begin with.

Lastly…

Walmart and Target

Honestly, I don’t like to buy books too much at either of these places. They are much more expensive than any of the other places listed above. But, they are closer to my home and there isn’t as much traffic on the roads when I go to these two places. All the other places (that are not internet) are in Greenville. The Greenville in SC if you were wondering. The traffic is heavy and crazy and I get stressed driving there some times. But, if you go early enough it’s not so bad, so I usually plan on spending time at the book stores in town on days I can get there before 4 or 5pm. Okay, truth of the matter, this is only if I want to go to Barnes and Noble. The local second hand book stores are in much more accessible shopping areas, but they don’t always have the newly released books.

But if I am impatient and really want a book RIGHT NOW that has just rleased, I will go to Target first, and then to Walmart.

Tell me, where are your favorite places to get books?

Book Review: The Eye of Minds

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Rating5 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: James Dashner

Release Date: October 8th 2013

Series: The Mortality Doctrine

Genre: YA/SciFi/Dystopian/Fiction

Pages: 308

Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers

Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: Michael Spoke against the wind, to a girl named Tanya

Blurb from Goodreads: An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series,The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.
Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.
And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

 

Review:

I went into this hoping for something as good as the first book in the Maze Runner series. I was very surprised to find that I enjoyed this book. Throughout the book you can tell there is something that Michael is completely missing but his mind is so focused on keep his friends safe as they track down Kaine, he doesn’t see what is right in front of him.

Don’t worry; I won’t ruin the surprise for you.

I loved the relationship between Michael and his friends, Sarah, and Bryson. Even though it was never said, it was obvious that these three friends were closer than most. It was obvious that they knew everything about each other. I love friendships like that and I so wish I had one like that myself.

The only complaint I do have about the story itself is that there are moments where Dashner seems to drag out a scene and since I was listening to this book, I would zone out and stop listening. Of course this resulted in me having to rewind the book so I could find out what I had just missed.

I have another complaint but it is more about the narrator than the story itself. It was narrated by Erick Davies, and while his voice is soothing, I felt like it was just too boring for the book that I was trying to listen to. I just didn’t care for the narrator. It looks like I need to get used to his voice though, because he narrates the second and probably the third books too. It’s not so bad that I want to stop listening; it just gets a little aggravating at times.

Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Rating

5 Nerd Girl Rating

I realize that I give a lot of book a 5 nerdy girl rating…but I can’t help it! I love a lot of books!

Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Genre: YA Fiction
Pages: 452
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Buy it: Amazon, B&N, Other Sources

Opening Line: Scarlet was descending toward the alley behind the Rieux Tavern when her portscreen chimed from the passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: “Comm received for Mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Person.”

**If that opening line does not convince you to read this book I don’t know what will!**

Synopsis: In the second instalment of the Lunar Chronicles:

In France, Scarlet’s grandmother disappeared and no one seems to care. The police are convinced that the old woman left to die, simply because her chip was removed and left at home. Scarlet knows better, and soon she meets a man who can lead her to her grandmother.

Meanwhile, Cinder is locked away in prison in Beijing and she has been given the tools to escape. The only problem is she runs into a man who insist that he goes with her, claiming he has a ship to help her get out of Beijing.

And then there is Prince Kai, sitting in his office, trying to deny his attraction to the Cyborg/Lunar that has come into his life. On top of his feelings for Cinder, he is forced to make a decision to pacify Queen Levana for letting her prisoner escape.

Review:  I am in love with this series. And Scarlet is one of the best characters I have read in a while. She doesn’t let anything stop her and she is a fighter to the end. Also, the little romance between Scarlet and Wolf pleases my little romantic heart.

All Scarlet wants to do is find her grandmother, something the cops should be doing, but they have already closed her case, calling it a suicide. Scarlet only has her grandmothers chip and no clue where she has gone.

On the other hand, the relationship that develops between Cinder and Thorne l makes me laugh. Thorne is such an arrogant man, and Cinder loves to put him in his place. He is the perfect person to be around when Cinder is forced to use her Lunar gifts, helping her see that she is not a monster for using it to her advantage.

I feel like Cinder becomes a stronger character in this novel and Kai comes into his own as well. But, at this point, Scarlet is by far my favorite character. Well, Scarlet and Wolf. The whole cast is amazing though, they are all strong characters that are fighting for the greater good of Earth.

 

Conclusion: If you have read Cinder, you will have to read Scarlet. If you haven’t read Cinder, you should probably go read that, like right now, so you can read this book. It jumps around from Cinder, to Scarlet, to Kai, but it is so easy to keep up with and seeing the perspective of three characters enhances the story.

Toodles