A few days ago I had the awesome opportunity to attend the Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse Sale, which takes place in the summer in certain major cities of the US. I was able to attend the sale thanks to my aunt who is a teacher, who was invited to attend (Remember those Scholastic Book Fair Book Orders you used to get in elementary schools? These warehouses are the fulfilling centers for them and for the rotating book fairs they set up in school libraries). Most of the books are anywhere from 20%-50% off and it goes without saying that I went a little crazy (by my standards, anyway).
This year’s YA selection was really good. I went two years ago and spent an hour wandering around only to really find four YA books I liked (and I had to dig for them), but this year I had the opposite problem. I wouldn’t let myself get a cart because I thought it would help my self control, but all it really led to was me carrying around a giant pile of tottering books that threatened to become taller than me. They had everything from older releases (Twilight, City of Bones, etc) to newer series (The whole Lunar Chronicles series so far, I would say January 2014 releases were the newest in the bunch). It was really, really tempting to buy copies of books that I had loved but didn’t own because I had checked them out from the library (Shadow and Bone! It was so hard to leave you there!)
Equally tempting was the great selection of children’s picture books, which I was already trying to justify buying for my “future child” (future as in eight years, not anytime soon future). I was especially drawn to a series about a glamorous little girl who stars in books themed around colors, Pinkalicous. Also, I came across the above gem, Dragons Love Tacos, and thought it was simultaneously perplexing yet hilarious, and way too good not to take a picture of.
I normally don’t indulge in super large “hauls” because I’m mindful of a budget and the TBRs already sitting on my bookshelf make me feel guilty. I ended up with seven new paperbacks, because when I went to have them price checked they were too good to pass up (most were $3.50-$5, with one adult fiction paperback at $8).
I was so so excited to find books by Morgan Matson and Jennifer E. Smith that were on my TBR list! I’ve seen good reviews of Going Vintage and Catch a Falling Star, while Dead Beautiful and Grave Mercy are new to me. I was excited to pick up Lone Wolf because in high school I was such a Jodi Picoult fan and I miss reading her work.
The Scholastic Warehouse Sale was a great way to add some long-awaited books to my shelves and also to explore some older ones that aren’t so heavily marketed, seeing as the books are surplus stock of older releases. Last time I went one of the books I picked up on a whim, The Splendor Falls by Mary Clement-Moore, ended up being a five-star read and new favorite!
Have you read any of the books I picked up? Thoughts or suggestions on which were hits and misses? Have you been to a warehouse sale? Let me know in the comments!