IMM (35): The Day I Said I Would Not Go Online-Shopping

FAIL!! Haha. This is our 35th contribution to In My Mailbox, a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. As I was saying, the books I get are usually the result of my inability to suppress my will to NOT buy books. I don’t have the willpower. Books are notorious for being irresistible, especially for a nerd pie like me! The following books were from the Barnes & Noble clearance sale as well as a special online treat from the Science Fiction Book Club.

1. Sunday Brunch: The Best of Zits Sundays by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

I love comic strips and Zits is my second favorite next to Calvin and Hobbes. I discovered Zits more than 5 years ago through our local newspaper. I was hooked into the hilarious story of Jeremy Duncan, a 15-year-old aspiring rock musician. I love how Zits creators Scott and Borgman portray the life of an adolescent. Sunday Brunch is my first Zits collection so you can imagine just how happy I was when I purchased it.

2. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

I was introduced to Sedaris when my colleague lent me a copy of Me Talk Pretty One Day. I love his wit and dry humor. I started collecting his books ever since. I haven’t gotten around this collection yet. Hoping to get my hands on it this year, along with his other books that I own.

3. Dracula’s Guest and Other Tales of Horrors by Bram Stoker

One of my happy discoveries. I’m only familiar with Bram Stoker’s classic, Dracula. Glad to have unearthed this short story collection from the clearance rack. Would be perfect for our bimonthly theme if I have enough time to read it.

4. Cross Fire by James Patterson
5. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
6. Kill Alex by James Patterson

The three James Patterson books are for Mikey. He is such a big fan that he has read almost all of his books. B&N had a special James Patterson promo at the time. If you purchase his latest book in the Alex Cross series, Kill Alex, and buy another James Patterson book of equal or lesser value, then you get the holiday special novella for free. The man friend would be happy so I thought why not? I wished I recorded his face when he saw the books. Heh.

7. A Study in Sherlock by Various writers, Edited by Laurie King

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary masterpiece remains my all-time favorite book to this day. I simply cannot get enough of the cunning sleuth. A lot of Sherlock Holmes spinoffs and short story collection had been published since the last publication of Doyle’s long-standing series. I try to own a copy of each of these collections as much as I can. I was happy to get this latest Sherlock Holmes collection for only $9 from SFBC. Neil Gaiman was featured in this collection so that was a plus.

8. The (Complete) Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy by Douglas Adams

I wasn’t aware that there were five books in the series. This is my first official venture into science fiction (although I did have my share when I read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451), and humor is the way to go. Ha!

9. The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore

This, on the other hand, is my first dive into fantasy. Yes, I’ve read a bunch of books that fall under that genre, but not the hardcore fantasy novels from writers such as Terry Pratchett or Salvatore. I’ve heard lots of good things about Salvatore’s writing, as well as his Dark Elf series. Really excited to finally flip through this book.

10. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I loved the movies, but I haven’t read the books. (Someone please shoot me now. Heh.) I did enjoy reading Tolkien’s The Hobbit and the Silmarillion. Mikey has started reading the book, and I’m not surprised at all that he loved it.

How about you?
What’s in YOUR mailbox this week?

33 comments on “IMM (35): The Day I Said I Would Not Go Online-Shopping

  1. The Salvatore book looks so luscious! I myself can’t wait to sink my teeth into the Chaos Walking Trilogy. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s my first time to hear about Zits. We also have a great number of Calvin and Hobbes collection here at home, so it’s cute to see another one that seems to be right along those lines. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Whew! Finally able to sit down and reply to comments! Haha! Mary has read a few Salvatore books and said that he’s a good fantasy writer, so I’m looking forward to his novels. ZITS is funny, you should try to read a few strips if they’re available online. I also collect Calvin and Hobbes but haven’t bought any for the last couple of months.


  2. nice to see I’m not the only one addicted to books. Picked up a half dozen or so in the last few weeks, and brought four home from the library yesterday.

    You’re gonna love the Bram Stoker and the Douglas Adams!! ๐Ÿ˜€


    • Hello Redhead! Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad to hear from someone who has read Stoker and Adams. I can’t wait to get my hands on their books! ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. You found some really good books. I have done better this week in that I ‘shopped’ at our school library. We are on vacation all next week so I brought home several books that I’ve wanted to read: Bigger Than A Breadbox, My Name Is Mina (tell Myra that our library has this Almond book), and an An Na book about the immigration experience titled A Step From Heaven, so I’ll be doing some good reading this week. Hope you have fun with your books too, Fats, & that you read the Tolkien books. I’m one of those who have read and re-read them, & love them of course. Thanks for the post!


    • Hi Linda! I’m back to replying to comments. It has been a while since I took a break, so the comments have piled up. Anyway, I would love to get back on my Tolkien reading, and actually read the books than be content with the Hollywood blockbuster.


  4. Wow, nice IMM. I have only read a few by James Paterson. I should read more but he just didn’t do it for me. Not that he was bad just…he was…blah…If you know what I mean.

    Thanks for stopping by my IMM.
    Have a great week of reading!



    • Hi Mary! Thank you for visiting! I do know what you mean. I suppose not all authors appeal to us. I haven’t read any Patterson so, unless I pick up and read one now, I’d never know. Have a wonderful week ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are great must reads. I loved Hitchhikers. It’s great and fantastic that you have the whole set in one to enjoy.


    • Hello Jessica! Thanks for stopping by. I truly enjoyed The Hobbit. Yes, I am so glad I have all the Hitchhiker’s books. I didn’t even know there were five in the series!


  6. Ooh, I’m curious about the Dracula one. I’ll have to try to get my hands on it!

    I’ve come to the conclusion trying not to buy books always ends in..books being bought. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have no willpower.


    • Hi Amanda! Thanks for visiting! I can never say no to books. Hehe. I bought Dracula’s Guest for a bargain. You might find copies for cheap, too, online. Do check it out when you get a chance. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Great haul! Iยดm the same I always end up buying books. I want to read the Lord of the Rings.
    happy reading.
    thanks for stopping by My IMM


    • Hi Adriana! Thank you! I’ve always wanted to read The Lord of the Rings. Now that I’ve got a copy, I just need to make time to read it! ;P


  8. I have a hard time not buy books, especially when grocery shopping at Sam’s Club! They are just so cheap, what could one for book hurt! I hope you enjoy all your new books and thanks for stopping by my blog today!


    • Hi Chandra!! Thank you for dropping by! I used to be a Sam’s Club member when I worked at Wal-Mart but did not renew my membership. I’ve only been to the store once, but I don’t remember checking out their book section. In any case, bargain finds are always a temptation. Haha!


  9. I love online shopping!! Awesome haul you had a great week! I’m curious about Alex Cross I’ve heard so many good things about him but haven’t read any of his books.

    Xpresso Reads


    • Hello Giselle! Thank you for visiting. I love online shopping too because it’s so convenient and you can spend hours without your legs hurting. Haha! Have you seen Along Came a Spider? That’s the only way I know Alex Cross, not in books. Hehe.


  10. Oy, we have all been there… do not go online… do not! Darnit, went online! Books are so addictive!

    Here is my IMM

    Happy Reading,
    Lindsay @ Turning the Pages


    • Hi Lindsay! I couldn’t agree with you more! Thanks for dropping by. ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. Ooh, great haul this week. I know what you mean about buying books too. It’s like an addiction. I’ve actually lasted a month so far.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Jennifer @ Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance


    • Hi Jennifer! Thank you for visiting! Book-buying gives me so much pleasure. I haven’t bought anything in a month or so. On a bookworm standpoint, I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. Hahaha.


  12. We really have a problem with books! xD It’s so difficult to me to not go online….anyway,enjoy your books! Thanks for stopping by my blog ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Hello Gaby! We do have a problem, don’t we? I think it’s a bookworm’s “degenerative disease.” What say you? Hehe. ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. Oh, I’m new to them all, but I’m curious about so many already. o: I’ll probably have to stalk Goodreads some, lol! Hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by:)


    • Hi Rebecca! Glad you stopped by and gave you some helpful ideas. Lots and lots of books to check out. Enjoy whatever books you got. ๐Ÿ˜€


  14. Those bargain aisles are deadly!

    By the way, you will love the Lord of the Rings…


    • Hello Rob!! Thank you for visiting. I sure can’t wait to get my hands on them!! ๐Ÿ™‚


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  16. Amber Yet Waves

    I love comic strips as well, i have been amassing a small collection of c&h, foxtrot, peanuts, zits baby blues, garfield. i recently got into zits myself due to my recent interest in baby blues (i think i love jerry scott lol).


    • Fats Suela

      Hi Amber!! I haven’t read Baby Blues yet. But I do love ZITS and Calvin and Hobbes. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I share your love for Jerry Scott. Haha!


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