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Spending My Annual Barnes and Noble Gift Card Christmas Present

thought I’d get some writing in today, other than my blog, but so far that hasn’t happened. I decided instead to venture out into this artic cold and spend my annual Christmas Gift (a gift card to Barnes and Noble).

Every year my parents get everyone a gift card to Barnes and Noble, and every year I look forward to spending my gift! Sometimes I just put the card in my Nook reader and get a bunch of books I’ve been looking forward to reading, or like today, I make a trip to the store and venture out, braving the after Christmas crowds to browse the brick and mortar store.

I wasn’t actually sure what I was going to get this time around, because I recently purchased a bunch of books on my nook, so I am all set for winter reading already. This meant that this year I could have a little fun with my gift card (not that it isn’t always fun buying books – it’s one of life’s simple pleasures in fact.) and browse the store for things that caught my eye.

The first thing I saw was the “Local Author” section, and I browsed through, wondering if perhaps one day I will see my own book published on one of those shelves! The dream never dies! Nothing in particular attracted me right away, as I said, I have a lot of current reading material lying in wait for me to just finish the books.

Before I get into what I finally found at Barnes and Noble to attract me enough to purchase, let me just tell you what is currently in my reading stack at the moment. All of these will at some point be followed by a review on here – when I finish them.

My winter reading list:

  • Fairytale by Danielle Steel (Reading In Progress)
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
  • The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • Mistletoe at Moonglow by Deborah Gardner
  • Firefly Hollow by T.L. Haddix
  • The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
  • Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
  • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

As you can see my list for this winter is quite long…and I need not add anymore books to my collection at this point. Probably I could have hung onto my gift card until I got through these and purchased more, but if there is one thing I don’t have it’s patience. In other words, I must use my gift card right away!

Back to traversing the after Christmas crowds at Barnes and Nobles. I had to park so far away in this artic cold I almost changed my mind about going, but considering the amount of driving I had to do to get to the store in the first place, I opted to just deal with it.

Again I looked at the local author’s section first, and upon not finding anything to immediately catch my eye, I walked around a bit more, finding many things that caught my eye. I thought about finding some books on writing to read, but I already have three of those sitting on my shelf that I still have to read. [so much to read – so little time]

Instead I opted for the game section, and a puzzle caught my eye. It was from the New Yorker, which considering I studied several short stories on the New Yorker this year in class, I thought was the perfect puzzle to get. When I am finished with it I plan on framing it and placing it on the wall.

I also found myself a “Paint by Sticker” book, which looked entertaining, and I’ve seen the results of these first hand as my niece has one of these books and did an amazing job with it!

With my purchases found I checked out at the register, only to discover I still have money left on my gift card, alas…that will have to be for another trip!

If you are venturing out in the holiday crowds like me, remember to stay bundled up and drive safely! It’s cold and slippery out there folks – take your time.

~Mel

 

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