Saturday, July 31, 2010

Heist Society [Saturday Steals]

Since I probably shouldn't buy any more books if I can help it until we buy another house, I've been trying to visit the Bargain Sections a lot less frequently. But, sometimes, when I need stress relief (yes, I'm a stress-relief shopper! I know! It's bad!) I still load up my Amazon Bargain Books bookmark and look through what's new on the YA discount shelf.

This week I was pleasantly surprised to find Ally Carter's brand new Heist Society (which launched in February, people!) on sale for $6.80. I almost preordered it last year when I first heard about it and told you guys about it. I exercised restraint and was like, "Oh, I'll wait 'til it hits the Bargain section." And then, at the end of July, six months after it debuted on shelves, there it was. In the bargain books. My patience rewarded.  I feel blessed.  [Follow the link above or click the picture to get your very own copy.]
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own--scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her help. For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in history--or at least her family's (very crooked) history.

This post is written as part of Camille's Saturday Steals series at Archives of Our Lives. You should write your own and join us! It's really fun to see everyone else's steals! And it's always nice to get comments on your own steals too!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen [Coming Soon]

Title: Bright Young Things
Author: Anna Godbersen
ISBN: 006196266X
Release Date: 10.12.10

The Usual Questions:

Is this the first in a series?
It seems to be.

What is the basic concept?
(from author's blog)

"It promises all the intrigue and romance of Anna's Luxe books, set against a backdrop bustling with flappers, starlets, and speakeasies."

Is the cover art favorable?
I'd say that it's a little pedestrian for my taste. Predictable.  But it seems to be the trend in covers, so I'm sure it will be mass-appealing and will sell well.

What are some of the author's other works?
The Luxe series

Interested?  Read the prologue to Bright Young Things.

What do you guys think about the cover?  The prologue?  Sound like something you'd read?

Follow Castle on Twitter [Gone Viral] [You're The Expert]

We realize we've posted a few videos this week, but this one made us laugh and we had to share.  While @NathanFillion was at Comic-Con San Diego, our favorite TV author/crime fighter, @WriteRCastle, was in the Hamptons with a heavenly mystery on his hands.  

Tell us, are you guys fans of Richard Castle?  The new season premiers Monday, September 20th.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Maria V Snyder's Subscriber-Only Story, ICE STUDY [Freebies]

Maria V Snyder, author of books like POISON STUDY, INSIDE OUT, and STORM GLASS, (click the titles for excerpts) has an email-subscriber-only story called ICE STUDY.  If you'd like to keep up on the story, all you have to do is subscribe to Maria's email newsletter.    Scroll down to the end of the page, and see the box at the bottom.

We think it's really fun to get great extras like this in your inbox from authors we heart, so we thought we'd pass the knowledge on to you and let you know that you can get in on the good stuff... if you want!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jane Austen Fight Club [Gone Viral]

Guys, Angie Frazier of Everlasting, posted a link to this video on her Facebook and I had to share it with you guys.  Tell us what you think in the comments section.  One of the guys that hangs out around our parents' house said, "Now that's a Jane Austen movie I'd actually watch."

YA Characters You'd Forbid Your Daughter To Date [You're The Expert]

This post is totally inspired by Elizabeth Bluemle's Characters You’d Let Your Daughter Date article at Publisher's Weekly.

After I read Elizabeth's article, my mind was innundated by characters I wouldn't want my daughter to date.  Here are ten of them:

1) Ezra Fitz from Pretty Little Liars.  Even though I rooted for the whole relationship as a reader, there is no way in hell I could stand behind my daughter dating her teacher in real life.  How Sara Shepard got us to want that relationship to happen is beyond me, so more power to her.  Ezra's a stand up guy and all, but c'mon, I don't want a sixteen year old, no matter how mature she is, dating a college grad.

2) Patch from Hush, Hush.  I admit it.  Patch makes me swoon.  But seriously? My friend asked me why Patch liked Nora.  I couldn't answer.  So, in a maternal role, I can't see myself approving of a dark, fallen angel, who wore all black and had no relevant reason to be with my daughter.  But I daresay it again, *swoon*.

3) Zach from the Gallagher Girls series.  While Zach isn't a bad guy per se, he's got some seriously screwed up living conditions, and is a pretty dangerous guy to be around.  While I don't disapprove for Cammie, I would totally disapprove for my daughter.  Um, hello?  The guy shot a can of explosives with his girlfriend in the room.  Not a situation you want your daughter in.

4) Peeta from The Hunger Games.  I know I'll come under fire for this one, but, I wouldn't want my daughter paired up with someone who a) couldn't have survived without her, b) manipulated her and put her life in danger because of said manipulation, and c) is a complete and total wuss.  Sorry.  Personal opinion.

5) Ariel from Eyes Like Stars.  Ariel is hella slick.  I'd be scared to death that he'd continually talk her into doing things that she didn't want to do.  Love her or not, I think Ariel is probably on every parent's "watch like a hawk" list.

6) Alex from Perfect Chemistry.  Good heart and loads of potential or not, I see Brittany's parents' point.  I wouldn't want my daughter dating a gang member.  Under any circumstances.

7) Stefan Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries.  I mean, he's a vampire.  Not only that, but he's a weak, "vegetarian" vampire who wouldn't be able to protect my daughter from the other members of his world.  I'd be a lot more apt to let her date Damon.  (follow the link to find out the top five reasons I'm Team Damon anyway)

8) Edward Cullen from Twilight.  I mean, really?  The guy introduces her to a world that she didn't need to know even existed.  Then he abandoned her because he was too big of a weakling to deal with dumping her and staying in the same town.  Then he comes back and impregnates her with some half-half vampire blood sucking piece of scary?  No thanks.

9)Cabel from Wake.  He's so totally screwed up in the head.  I mean those nightmares?  Those issues?  I wouldn't want my daughter to have to deal with them.  Not that he's not a good guy and not that he doesn't have great potential, but I wouldn't want my daughter to have to deal with that.  I'd also not want her to have to deal with being involved with a snitch and all that risk that encompasses it.

10) Shane from The Morganville Vampires.  Don't get me wrong.  Shane is like another Patch.  He's totally swoon-worthy.  BUT, is he ever going to get out of Morganville?  Is he ever going to go anywhere or do anything with his life?  He's got parental baggage and a lot to overcome, and I don't think I'd want my daughter to date him.  Especially when there was such an age difference.

For the record, only two guys popped in my mind for the reverse of this question.  Tens from Amber Kizer's MERIDIAN, and Guy from Julia Hoban's WILLOW.

Am I a snob?  Probably.  But, tell me, now, who're on your list(s)?

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Trailer [You're The Expert] [Gone Viral]

Some of you know that I was not a fan of the first book in the series, THE HUNGER GAMES.  The second book, CATCHING FIRE was a lot better for me, but I still am not sure about the third.  Of course I'm eager to see who Katniss picks, Peeta or Gale, but I'm not chomping at the bit to read the book like a lot of you are.  That's not to say I judge you for being eager to read it, I totally don't.  I think it's great that the series has such great fans and followers because I think it, like Harry Potter and Twilight, will reach an untouched YA demographic and turn these newer readers onto reading.  I'm just not generally a fan of dystopia.

What I'm curious to know is your thoughts on the new MOCKINGJAY trailer.  I think it may have left me even less excited about the upcoming book.  But I want to know what you have to say about it.  So put on your critic hats and let us know what you think about this:

Medallion Press To Debut YA-YA Line [News]

Medallion Press has announced the opening of its Ya-Ya line of books.  Ya-Ya stands for "Young Adults writing for Young Adults" and will be aimed at teens aged 13-18, authored by teens in the same age group.  They plan to release both print and ebooks over a variety of fiction genres.

They are accepting submissions, and you can find out more about that process by visiting Medallion online.

[via Publisher's Weekly]

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Teem Peeta or Team Gale? [You're The Expert]

Mockingjay releases one month from today. We want to know what if you guys are 
 or ?

Badges from Galleysmith.

Bargains at Barnes & Noble [Saturday Steals]

This week I shopped somewhere else online for my books.  Wait for it... Barnes & Noble.  They have an online Bargain Books section too you know.  I rarely frequent it though because I am not a BN member.  It's only $25 a year and then you get unlimited free expedited shipping, but I haven't been able to bring myself to drop the 25 bucks when I'm already a member of Amazon Prime.  Especially when orders over $25 are shipped free anyway.  I ordered $25 worth of books, but by the time they shipped my order, they only had these three of the YA I ordered left in stock.  Luckily, I was given the free shipping anyway, so yay!  Total steals.  I did have to pay sales tax, so just know that it was an extra buck and a penny.  Oh how I loathe sales tax!

Nobody's Prize by Esther Friesner  $3.39  Regularly $16.99  81% off
(I do have a copy of the first book, Nobody's Princess)
In this rousing sequel to Nobody’s Princess, young Helen of Sparta is not about to be left behind when her older brothers head off to join the quest for the Golden Fleece. Accompanied by her friend Milo, and disguised as a boy herself, Helen sets out to join the crew of heroes aboard the massive ship known as The Argo.

Helen quickly faces all sorts of danger. There are battles to be fought, as well as an encounter with a terrifying murderous princess. With her beauty blossoming, Helen’s journey takes her beyond the mythology of the Golden Fleece to Athens, where her very future as Queen of Sparta is threatened.
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen $1.99  Regularly $8.99  78% off
(I'm gonna give Dessen another try)
When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about? From acclaimed author Sarah Dessen, this is a captivating novel about a tough-as-nails girl and the unexpectedly charming boy who’s determined to soften her up.
The Serious Kiss $1.99 Regularly £5.99  which is $9.14 today  79% off
(this is an edition only available in the UK, except for well, BN, I guess)
Libby's father is a drunk, her mum wouldn't know the meaning of home cooking if it landed in her lap and her brother's in trouble with the police - but none of this matters, as Zack is interested in her, not her home-life. But just as things are working out on the boy front, Libby's family lose their home, and have to move in with their gran. Libby has to start a new school, give up her plans for Zack, and leave her best friend Nadine behind. But slowly she discovers there really IS a silver lining to every grey cloud - and there's plenty to fall in love with in her new home: her gran's cooking, the school outsider who stands up to the bullies, and the deadbeat boy who wants to show her the beauty of the desert...
So whaddya think about my steals this week?  Are you participating in Camille's Saturday Steals?  Head over to Archives of Our Lives and check out all of the other Saturday Steals this week and go ahead and write your own post too.  We're dying to know what kinds of deals you got!

Friday, July 23, 2010

New Melissa Marr Series Coming 2013 [News]

According to PR Newswire, Melissa Marr will be debuting a new YA trilogy revolving "around a girl assassin, a demon with a soul, and a world where myth and science meet. "  Darkest Mercy, the last of her Wicked Lovely series will be out next year.  The new series will be published with HarperCollins and is tentatively scheduled for a fall 2013 release.

Sound like something you'd read?

Read the full release here.

Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter (A Gallagher Girls Novel) [Book Inspection] [YA]

Plot Sketch: I'll try to do this without giving anything away... ONLY THE GOOD SPY YOUNG is the fourth book in the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter.  This book starts out after Cammie's Christmas vacation with circumstances dictating that she needs a protection detail made of of MI-6 and CIA agents.  The story follows the reason that she needs this protection and the way she dodges that at some points and embraces it at others.  It features all of the characters from the last book and adds a few more, while connecting some of the unanswered questions we all had from the previous stories.  But I swear if I tell you anything else I'll spoil it.  Check out the trailer at the bottom of this post.

Verdict: I've never been able to walk away from a Gallagher Girls book before this one.  This was the perfect example of a good book/bad book roller coaster.  There were points when I asked, "Flip midair?  When did Cammie become a teenaged version of Cameron Diaz in Charlie's Angels?" Then there were times where I literally turned the pages faster than I have ever turned pages before (p. 194)  I kind of felt like the plot and the writing were all over the place and hit-and-miss throughout the text.  I've also come to the conclusion that these books are best read one right after the other as there were several things that I had forgotten about the other books, silly little things like, "What does P&E stand for?" that bothered me throughout the book.  I also felt that after page 200, Carter attempted her Gallagher-Girl-style wittiness and cleverness, but failed horribly.  I used to get at least one chuckle a chapter and after page 200, I got about three giggles total.  I could see where the rest were supposed to be, but they didn't work.  This was less emotionally engaging than the other books have been and I was disappointed that Cammie's mom wasn't in it as much as I would have liked to have seen her around.  Here's the nail in the coffin for me though: With 45 pages left, I was able to put the book down and not think about it.  That has never happened with any other Gallagher Girl book.  I hope Carter isn't spreading herself too thin.  Because of events that unfolded in the last five pages, I will return to the fifth book and read it, but if I were you and I hadn't read #4 yet, I'd wait to pick it up until you read some #5 reviews.

The Gauntlet:

Location: Gallagher Academy
Main Character: Cammie Morgan.  Love her, btw.
Favorite Character: I adored Zach in this book.  ADORED.  So many things fell into place for his character and he just sort of started to make sense to me.
Time to Finish: I don't even know.  I read it over the course of a week.  It was put-down-able
Would Change: I'd make it more cohesive and consistent with the writing style, characters, and plot.  I'd also fix the stupid that was DON'T READ THIS IT'S A SPOILER Why in the world would Zach even shoot the explosives?   Stupid move.  He should have just freed Mr. S with the sword and handed him the gun and fought his way out the way he came with Cammie.  It wasn't like they didn't have support or were drastically outnumbered. SPOILER OVER
Favorite Line: "(I guess Blackthorne doesn't have a Madame Dabney)" p 210, hardcover
Good for Monster? Na.  There are a lot of other books I'd have him read first.  But if your guy is already a GG fan, he might like it.  Though I suspect he'd have the same issues with it as I did.
People Who Will Like This:  cave dwellers, MI-6 agents, Anglophiles, Gallagher-Girls-can-do-no-wrong fans
People Who Won't Like This: people who liked the first 3 gg books for their wit, nitpickers about specifics and details lining up, Mr. Solomon,
Chapters:  36.  Good lengths.
Author's Website:

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book
Publish Date: June 29, 2010
ISBN-10: 1423128206

Acquire It:
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Enter If You Dare, A Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Collection [Nonfiction Inspection]

Title: Enter If You Dare
Author: Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
Topic: Strange But True
Chapter Titles: Strange But True, Weird World, Animal Antics, Extreme Sports, Body Oddity, Travel Tales, Incredible Feats, Bizarre Mysteries, Fantastic Food, Artistic License, Amazing Science, Beyond Belief
Format: Hardcover

Precis: There is no plot!  ENTER IF YOU DARE is a collection of verified-to-be-true events, feats, and artwork and even legend that will leave you in awe, shock, and catch you completely off guard.

Verdict: This came for review right before my family spent a lot of time in the hospital.  Having this book around was incredible for a couple of reasons.  The content was so intriguing that it took our minds off of what was going on.  The content is so easily browsed that you do not have to invest a constant block of time to be entertained.  The content is also so weird that it makes for great converstaion and even provides some education along the journey.  Excellent for all ages, it is a collection that will stimulate your family, your friends, or your coworkers and bring a much needed mental break or sparkling conversation on cue.


Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Ripley Publishing
Publish Date: August 10, 2010
ISBN-10: 1893951634

Preorder It:

Book Depository
Changing Hands


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lucy Hale on Pretty Little Liars, The Books, & Aria [TV] [Exclusive]

Thanks for answering our question, Lucy!  ♥ 

Watch Pretty Little Liars tonight on ABC Family!

Guardian Of The Gate Prize Pack [Giveaway]

Coming to stores August 4th, you guys are going to see Michelle Zink's awesome follow-up to PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS, GUARDIAN OF THE GATE in your local bookstore!
The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she'll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister's role in the prophecy, and that's not the only thing she wants: There's also Lia's boyfriend James.
Lia and Alice always knew the Prophecy would turn those closest to them against them. But they didn't know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing.
To get you excited, we have a limited time giveaway featuring swag from Michelle's GUARDIAN OF THE GATE and PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS.  Follow Michelle on Twitter, and Like The Prophecy Books on Facebook!

  • Black tote
  • Signed Prophecy of the Sisters paperback
  • Signed Guardian of the Gate hardcover
  • Two Victorian-style hairpins
  • An Antique-style picture frame
  • Lia necklace and earring set
  • Jasmine-scented candle
  • Victoria's Secret Pear Glace Body Mist
  • Victoria's Secret Minty Lip Shine
  • Prophecy series bookmark
  • $10 iTunes gift card
  • $25 gift card to the book store of your choice (obviously not pictured!)
  • Candyyyy (because everything's more fun with CANDY!)

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Monday, July 19, 2010

A Book Donation At The Hospital [You're The Expert]

So last week, we had occasion as a family to spend quite a bit of time in the hospital as a family.  Everyone's fine now, and everyone's healthy, but when we were sitting in the waiting room, awaiting news on whether our patriarch was going to be okay or not, a bookshelf caught my eye.  I walked over, and saw a sign welcoming me to trade a for a book there or to read one of the books on the shelves while I waited.  I have to say, that in a super-strange way, I felt comforted that someone had taken the time and effort to institute such a program in the hospital waiting areas.  I, being the bookish girl I am, grabbed a tote bag full of books before I left the house to go to the hospital.  I knew that my family would most likely not read them, but I picked one out from my shelves for each of the members of my fam I knew would be in the waiting room with me.  I was prepared.  But for those who weren't, there was a shelf full of books.

What I noticed when I looked at said books, was the shelf was completely devoid of YA titles.  Since I've been at home, going through and organizing my bookshelves, I decided to go through and pick out some titles and leave them on the shelf.  Hopefully some YA titles might help take some teen's mind off of a situation, or heck, some adult's.  I've spent enough time in hospital waiting rooms to know that it can be an agonizing experience and to know that watching TV can not only exacerbate the apprehension, but add a layer of aggravation as well.  Escaping into a book is a very comforting option for a lot of folks.

So I took 26 titles off of my shelves and added them to the shelves on various floors of the hospital (which funny enough, actually blocks access to this website on their wifi, as a seperate journal entry in the filter system) and will likely do it again before I move.  Additionally, I just ordered a hardcover copy of Lisa Mantchev's EYES LIKE STARS exclusively for that purpose... to take to the hospital.  It is such an uplifting and happy read, that I thought I'd add it into the mix too.  I couldn't give up my copy though.

My question to you is this... have you ever considered donating your extra books to the hospital?  Does your local hospital have a program similar to the one I described above?  Would you consider sending a copy of your favorite book to a hospital?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The LightWedge & Linger [Saturday Steals]

My Saturday Steal this week (brought to you by Archives of our Lives) is a LightWedge.  WTF is a light wedge?  It's a booklight.  But instead of shining light in Monster's eyes when he's trying to sleep, the light wedge illuminates the page from behind.  This might be the booklight I've been needing so that I don't wake Monster up with my powerful over-the-page lights.  Here's the manufacturer's product description:
The perfect book light
The leading book light for nighttime reading. Patented LightWedge technology directs all the light only on the page you are reading, without bothering someone sleeping next to you. The larger-sized LightWedge Original is ideal for hardcover books and large paperbacks. Whether reading in bed, reading on a plane, or reading in a car, the LightWedge book light is the perfect accessory for all readers and an ideal gift for travelers.
The one I bought is ocean in color and cost me $13.60, for the full-sized original LightWedge.  Regular retail, these run  $34.95.  This is a savings of 61%, not to mention what I saved in shipping and tax.  The wedge was $7.97 and the shipping was $5.63, and I feel like I got a steal. (If you follow the link above, and pick a different color option, you will see all of the colors that are available for $7.97) What do you think?

LingerAlso, this week, I got Monster's preorder (because I am remiss and have not yet read Shiver {I know! I know!}) of LINGER.  We paid $8.99 for the hardcover.  Remember how I told you about the awesome that is Amazon preordering?  $8.99!!  That's 51% off.  And it's brand spankin' new in stores this week total price paid for it to be delivered to my door.  *Snap*

Saturday Steals is a meme dreamed up and hosted by Camille at Archives of Our Lives.  Go over there now and check out the other awesome steals that people have gotten this week!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ghostgirl: Lovesick Release + GIVEAWAY [Giveaway]

The third book in the Ghostgirl series by Tonya Hurley was released this week. Ghostgirl: Lovesick hit shelves on Tuesday!
Before she can rest in peace, Charlotte Usher must return to the tragic site of her death: high school. Once there, her assignment is to help a designated teen solve a personal problem in time for the all-important prom. But no one explained what happens if you fall in love with your class project. Charlotte would die (again) for love but facing the all-too-familiar feeling of invisibility may be too much for her to swallow.
Check out the book's song, and the trailer:

Hold on to your boots, 'cause we've got some supa-fun stuff for you!  We have an awesome Ghostgirl giveaway which includes a copy of each of the three Ghostgirl books, a Ghostgirl tote, and a Ghostgirl pillowcase (um how awesome is that?) Open worldwide. Ends 8/31.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Choir Boats by Daniel Rabuzzi [Freebies]

Through the end of July, you can visit to download your free copy of Daniel Rabuzzi's THE CHOIR BOATS, described as a dark YA fantasy.  It's available in a DRM-free .pdf format that is compatible with most e-readers and computers, and sharable with your friends.  Check out the description below to see if it's something you'd like!
London, 1812 | Yount, Year of the Owl

What would you give to make good on the sins of your past? For merchant Barnabas McDoon, the answer is: everything.

When emissaries from a world called Yount offer Barnabas a chance to redeem himself, he accepts their price -- to voyage to Yount with the key that only he can use to unlock the door to their prison. But bleak forces seek to stop him: Yount's jailer, a once-human wizard who craves his own salvation, kidnaps Barnabas's nephew. A fallen angel -- a monstrous owl with eyes of fire -- will unleash Hell if Yount is freed. And, meanwhile, Barnabas's niece, Sally, and a mysterious pauper named Maggie seek with dream-songs to wake the sleeping goddess who may be the only hope for Yount and Earth alike.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

10% of at The Book Depository

If you've previously made a purchase from Book Depository, you've likely received an email offering you 10% off of a purchase to celebrate their 6th birthday.  If you haven't purchased from Book Depo, you may want to check them out.  Especially those of you outside of the US.

The Book Depository is an online bookstore based in the UK.  They offer free worldwide shipping on all purchases, with no minimum purchase.  They also have a very large offering of titles, and usually are within a dollar or two of US Amazon pricing.

So, if you want to check out a great online booksite, and want to get 10% off in the process, visit The Book Depository today and send yourself and/or your friends a 10% off coupon.

For those of you inside the U.S., make sure your purchase is made from the .com site and not the site to avoid foreign currency exchange fees on your credit cards (yes, this is a piece of personally acquired wisdom I share with you!)

Happy Shopping and I hope that you find something great!