Once upon a time, I had a serious Barnes & Noble habit. I’m going to call it $100 a month, mostly online. Then I discovered the used book stores. And then I started school. And then came the cable TV and DVR in my bedroom. Now I am down to perhaps $25 a month. I still pay for the membership, so I still receive the 15% off coupons regularly, I just don’t use them nearly as often as I once did.
I was in the Glen Town Center this morning and discovered that the Book Market finally re-opened in its new space. It wasn’t a great store, but I would make an effort to buy something from time to time. I found a darling children’s edition of Beowulf for $5, so I picked it up. Then, wandering around, I saw Luke Skywalker’s face on a book:
Scholastic book – I have the Darth Vader one and I rather enjoyed it. Sixteen bucks. I put it down. Then I remembered that I have a BN coupon sitting in my inbox, so I wnt home and got online. Those who know bn.com know that the minimum for free shipping is $25. So when I picked up my $16 book for $11.51 I had to “fill out the order”.
I looked at DVDs for five minutes, then remembered that I don’t have time for them and don’t want to spend the money on a TV season right now, anyway. Music.
You know what I found? Trans Siberian Orchestra has an album coming out the end of next month. I loved Beethoven’s Last Night in a Stranded on an Island way – easily in the Top 10. (Thank you to my friend Rich who doesn’t even remember that I first heard it at his old apartment in Crystal Lake.) I didn’t look to see what this album is, but I pre-ordered it. I am expecting a rock opera of some sort. Of the not-Christmas variety. Wait – Night Castle. Does that suggest Halloween? I going to go back to look.
This is why I should check in at Barnes & Noble more often.