Saturday, February 19, 2011

The beginning of the end?

Great news! For my birthday I got $300 worth of book vouchers, for Angus and Robinson, Dymocks and Borders. I was incredibly excited, since I have a year to buy as many books as I want-virtually for free! 'The power of Six', 'City of Fallen Angels', 'Everfound', 'Nevermore' and 'The bridge of Clay'-just to name a few that are not yet released. Thats ignoring all the fantastic books already out there! 
Now, some bad news... Borders and Angus and Robinson are being liquidated. They are closing down, so my book vouchers are no longer valid. 
My heart = broken. 
I still have $30 to spend perfectly at Dymocks, but still...  

Fortunately, my mum told me that I can still use my vouchers-as long as I pay that sum in cash as well. So, say I have a $20 voucher-I can still use it, but I will have to buy two books in order to do so. So really it is like a half price coupon. 
Knowing that thee bookshops are due to close soon, I went into Rundle Mall today and went on a buying spree! Here are the books I brought: 

'Delirium' by Lauren Oliver 
'The Forest of Hands & Teeth' by Carrie Ryan 
'The Gurnsey, Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society' by Mary Ann Shafer 
'The Maze Runner' by James dashner 
'The Last Days' by Scott Westerfield 
'Wings' by Aprilynne Pike 
'Her Fearful Symmetry' by Audrey Niffenegger 
'The Spooks Apprentice' by Joseph Delany 

Plus, my brother and mum brought three books each. This leaves me with about $100 left, which I will spend either tomorrow or Friday night. 
I am incredibly excited to read all of them-especially the first two! 
However, I do have a troubling question. Is this the end for bookstores. Due to kindles, e-readers and cheap websites like The Book Depository, will all bookstores close down for good? Many people seem to think so. It is rather upsetting, since I love being able to browse the shelves, and flick through the pages. I seriously hope book stores keep going strong for ages into the future... 
What do you think? 
Have you read any of those books I purchased? 


  1. Hey Jessica, look at all those AMAZING books!
    The Maze Runner, Delirium (haven't read that one yet - I'll be looking forward to your review) and *cheers* THE SPOOKS APPRENTICE!! That's one of my favorite series ever! Good for you!

    And I'm so sorry Angus & Robinsons is closing too! That sucks. I knew Borders was closing, but I'm so sorry to hear Angus is going, too. Where in the world are we going to buy all our books?!