Saturday, May 7, 2011

Borders is Closing

Some time in the last year, our huge Borders in downtown Santa Barbara closed.  I never even thought to go there to buy the books at a discount.

Now that our smaller Borders in Goleta is closing in under 2 weeks, I decided to go check out what they had.  The first time I went a few weeks ago things were only 20-40% off so I think I bought a whopping ONE book.  But I went in tonight when everything is 60-80% off and went a bit crazy...and I want to go back when I have more time!  I bought 15 books...most by authors I have never heard of.  Here is my list:

Baby Love and Blue Skies by Catherine Anderson
Fear the Worst and No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
The Chocolate Mouse Trap and The Chocolate Puppy Puzzle by Joanna Carl
*Plum Island and The Charm School by Nelson DeMille
*Lucky's Lady by Tami Hoag
*See How She Dies by Lisa Jackson
*Never Look Back by Linda Lael Miller
White Heat by Brenda Novak
Murder in the Heartland by M. William Phelps (I think this one is a true story with pictures!)
Home Again by Mariah Stewart
An Invitation to Sin (4 stories by 4 authors)

Has anyone ever heard of any of these authors?  I put a * by the ones I have heard of.  Hope my book choices are good!

Has your Borders in your town closed?


Serendipity is Sweet said...

I love book sales, what a deal! I could spend days in a book store ;)

Have a great weekend!

Matty said...

Yes, all the Borders are closing around here too. My wife is the reader around here, but she just goes to the local library and gets them free. But at 60-80% off, I don't blame you for stocking up.


SparkleFarkel said...

Our Borders most unexpectedly (especially to the employees who heard about their new job loss via Internet stories only a few hours prior to public announcement) closed for good on April 17. Located literally in my front yard, it was a second home to me. I am shattered and miss it and my friends who worked there. Many of them still do not have jobs. And the ones that do, are working at coffee shops and fast food places. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong about working at coffee shops and fast food places, but we're talking about people who have earned Masters degrees and thought they had secured employment (Many of them had worked at our Borders since its inception.). They have no choice; they have bills to pay. It is sad. I still keep my book-pals in my prayers.

SparkleFarkel said...

P. S. I have heard of The Charm School. My cousin read it. I believe he said it was a "pretty good espionage thriller."

The titles of your selection ALL sound good! I might have to lift your list and head to Barnes and Noble for a "hunt"! Thanks!

I went for the whacky, more souvennir-y type books, when making my bittersweet booky purchases at my now-an-empty-shell-of-a-building-once-called-second-home-Borders. Here are just a few of the ten thousand zillion books I bought:

Penny Loafers and Bobby Pins: Tales and Tips from Growing Up in the '50s and '60s
Timmy's in the Well by Jon Provost (I'm a proud TV-holic!)
The Girls Next Door (Yep, I live for bad TV!)
Kardashian Konfidential (Yep, again, I live for bad TV!)
Amy Sedaris' Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People (When I'm not watching TV or bad TV, I'm doing bad crafts. <--Including laundry.)
Priceless: A Novel by none other than Nicole Richie!

Picked up lots of music and movies, too.