My Massive “No BEA? Books Anyway!” Haul

So a few days ago, some other bloggers and I decided we need to recreate the book portion of BEA.  This idea transformed into “No BEA? Books Anyway!”  The idea is to take some of the money we’re saving by NOT being at BEA and take it to support authors, publishers, and booksellers, as well as promoting some books we’re very excited about.  I got REALLY into the spirit of the event today.  I went to Half Price Books, Barnes & Nobles, and Borders, since I had giftcards to all 3 stores.  I ended up spending my giftcards plus some (although at HPB I only went $1.04 over my giftcard amount).  I ended up buying way more than I planned, because Borders was having a bargain blow-out sale, all books with blue stickers were $1.00.  Barnes and Nobles had some good books on super sale too.  I didn’t buy books just for myself, though, I bought them for the whole family, including our little baby who is coming any day now.

For starters, the books I bought for hubby:


That would be:
There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz
The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell
Einstein by Walter Isaacson 

He’s been looking at “Einstein” since it came out and it was $10 in hardback!  He has also been wanting “The Tipping Point” recently and since he’s not a huge reader, I jump to buy books that he wants, because that means he’ll read them.

Then there are the books for/because of baby:

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What we have here:
Ruth and Naomi by Jean Marzollo
Daniel and the Lions’ Den by Jean Marzollo
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill
Where’s Spot by Eric Hill
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
On Noah’s Ark by Jan Brett
Baby Nose to Baby Toes by Vicky Ceelen
Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron 

Finally, the way too many books I bought for myself.  You’ll notice that I have “Einstein” in this pile too, that’s because a) I wasn’t paying attention, and b) I want to read it too.


So other than “Einstein,” what we have here is:

Left pile:
The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
In the Company of Courtesans by Sarah Dunant
Abraham by Bruce Feiler
1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies
 Sex With Kings by Eleanor Herman

Right pile:
Roanoke by Margarent Lawrence
The World Before Her by Deborah Weisgall
Speak by Laurie Halse Andersen
Sala’s Gift by Ann Kirschner
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
Mistress of the Art of Death by Arianna Franklin
Forever Lily by Beth Nonte Russell
Rome 1960 by David Maraniss
A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horowitz
Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie 

Here are the books about which I’m most excited.  Both of them have gotten a lot of buzz:

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Did you buy anything for “No BEA? Books Anyway!”?  If so, go and leave your link in the Mr. Linky on the original post.  If buying books isn’t in the cards this weekend, you can still participate by highlighting some of the books you are most excited about right now.

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