Armchair BEA: Day 5 Giveaways

Friday, May 30, 2014

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Today is a choose your own topic day for Armchair BEA and what "topic" could be better than free books?

Just fill out the different Rafflecopters below for the books you want - only U.S. residents please! - and I will send a copy to the winner.

Just remember you get extra - extra - extra points in the giveaway if you comment on this post. The question is: what is your craziest book-buying story?

We all have them - the last minute dash through a bookstore, the visits to used bookshops while on vacation, the library sale hoarding. You know you've done it!

My personal moment of pride/shame occurred at London's Heathrow airport at the end of my first trip to England. I was so excited to be able to visit the used bookshops on Charring Cross Road that I went a little nuts and bought everything in sight. My suitcase was so crammed full of books it burst open at the airport checkout counter. I had to sit on the floor of the airport while a crowd of angry travelers built up behind me. The zippers on my suitcase had totally come undone and I had to hurriedly gerry-rig it shut with "Fragile Luggage" warning tape (thanks American Airlines check-in agent!) so that it could be checked on to the plane!

I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's stories!!!!!!

NOTE: You only need to comment once if you enter multiple giveaways. 

ADDED NOTE: Don't forget to fill out the Rafflecopter forms after posting a comment!
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16 comments:

Wesley Hoffmann said...

Oh my gosh I don't have a crazy book buying story. I'm bummed. Yours cracked me up though, I can see that happening to me!

traveler said...

I have been to many bookstores, but many have closed unfortunately. When I decided to visit a bookstore which was closing I didn't realize that it would be a circus. No room to roam, browse and the lineups were interminable. I could not wait to leave and I had to without having purchased anything. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Historical Fiction Notebook said...

Hello Wesley: Hope my story inspired you into some book-buying craziness :)

Historical Fiction Notebook said...

Hello traveler: You brought up an excellent point - I always think those going out of business book sales are going to be fun and they just end up insane!

Juli Rahel said...

I can't join the giveaway, UK citizen here, but this is probably the funniest book buying story. I was once in a bookstore, just browsing, and there was someone looking at bibles. And then this guy walked past and just yelled 'He dies at the end!' and I completely lost it. It had been completely silent except for that guy so everyone heard it as well. Anyways, that was it from me. And I know what it feels like to buy too many books although mt bag's ever burst before. Great post :)
Juli @ Universe in Words

KAS said...

I can't think of a single instance, but I will share that I have a really bad ARC seeking compulsion. ;) Thanks for generously providing this opportunity! --Kara

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Historical Fiction Notebook said...

Kara - Thank you for bringing up the ARCs addiction! Sometimes I find myself requesting them just because I can!

Historical Fiction Notebook said...

Juli - this is a great story! I'm so sorry about the international shipping issue. Here in the States we have something called "Media Mail." You can send books for a very low price but it can take weeks and weeks to arrive. If anyone knows of that shipping option, please comment here and I'll add international shipping.

Laura BookSnob said...

When I met Anna Quindlen this past February, I brought with me all the books I owned by her to get signed. Everyone standing in line had only 1 or 2 for her to sign and I had at least 10, maybe more. One lady said to me, in a sarcastic tone (she was behind me in line) "Your getting all those books signed?" Yes, of course I am! She is my favorite author. (as if she couldn't tell). She grumbled and I got my books signed and I am sure I looked like a crazy book lady.

I have a question for you. I am curious about your War and Peace challenge. What is it? I tried clicking on the button but nothing happened.

Holly said...

I have attended the National Book Festival with the intention of being a crazy book buyer but crowds freak me out so bad I eventually chicken out and return to the hotel. This happened last time I went when Geraldine Brooks was signing. I was determined to wait in the line and get a personally signed copy of Caleb's Crossing but the tent was hot and there were so many people eventually I found a stack of pre-signed copies, bought one and booked it back to the hotel. If only I could tolerate masses of people better....

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Historical Fiction Notebook said...

Hi Laura: What a crazy lady at that book signing - I wouldn't begrudge anyone getting to meet their favorite author!

Historical Fiction Notebook said...

Hi Holly: It's so funny that you mentioned this! I live in DC and went to the National Book Festival one year to see Geraldine Brooks.

She is one of my all-time favorite authors - she wrote a memoir that I read as a teenager that inspired me to become a journalist. I desperately wanted to meet her but it was just way too hot and there were way too many crowds. I left without meeting her. I think we may have been at the same event!

I'm thrilled because this year they are moving the National Book Festival indoors to the convention center. Hopefully it will be a lot more to fun to attend this time around.

ForstRose said...

I've gone to a very few book signings and such I am not a crowd person either but I went once hoping to get a book by one of the authors there that I didn't yet own and the only bookstore open that day in town was sold out of his books.

I also had an experience in the airport not with buying but related to books. I was traveling for a few days to visit family and didn't yet own any type of ereader so of course packed 20 gazillion books and had a checked bag as well as my carryon plus personal item. Well that was the one time the airline saw fit to actually weigh my checked bag and decide it was overweight. I'm sure it must have been my books. So I had to either pay a ridiculous overweight fee or rearrange my already intricately packed bags to redistribute the extraneous weight.

Historical Fiction Notebook said...

Hi ForstRose: Ah yes! The airport baggage distribution! My family has watched me do this many, many times and it is always caused by books. The problem has lessened "somewhat" now that I have an e-reader.

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