It has become a Christmas tradition to visit The Book Depot each year. This is a remainder warehouse in St. Catharines, Ontario — which basically means that it has tons of old (and new) books that were overstocked, over-printed or over-bought by publishers and bookstores. The warehouse is yards and yards of every kind of book you can imagine, for the cheapest price you can find for new books. Some of these have sat in bookstores, unsold, for ages. Others just sat in a box in a warehouse. No matter where they come from, all that sets them apart from your average bookstore experience is a red or black stripe from a permanent marker on the bottom or top of the pages (to mark that it is a remainder book) and perhaps a little wear-and-tear from transportation and shelf-life.
The Book Depot recently underwent renovations and is now called Book Outlet. Their prices are the same, but the organization of the warehouse (and their website) has been wildly improved. Since I only really go once a year, I CLEAN UP. As an FYI, the prices are the same on the website, just with added shipping (or, if you live in driving distance, you can pick up your shipment in the store for $1!)
I could spend hours in this place. I always end up finding something special, and my haul is usually one of the best ones I get all year. If you can brave Boxing Day, they have an annual sale of 25% off (used to be 50% but .. oh well!) and throughout the year, there are still box sales (fill a box as much as you can for $30). If you are a heavy reader and don’t mind your books a little well-worn, this is THE PLACE!
Here’s a picture of my stash from this year, which I am beyond excited about!
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safron Foer
This has been on my radar for years, after my friend Danika read and loved it. She raved about the multi-media function of it, with pictures, letters, drawings and more sprinkled through the text. But what finally made me go and pick it up, was having just started Eating Animals by Foer. It is wonderful and the writing is superb. I can’t wait to give this one a shot too!
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
I read parts of Lamb years ago, and LOVED it. I have always wanted to go back and read the entire thing again, but have yet to do so. This one is supposed to be one of his best and is BELOVED by so many. Maybe I will start here, and go back to Lamb after!
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
I have seen this book so many times and it makes me think of a cross between Andrew Kaufman’s Born Weird, Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, and The Radley’s by Matt Haig. A family drama that is crazy, funny and heartfelt? Yes, please! Also, the movie buzz this one is getting is pretty intriguing!
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathon Tropper
Finding out that Tina Fey was going to be in the movie adaptation made me instantly want to read this — along with THIS video from a member of the Kobo team. The first page of this book is two siblings discussing their father’s death and it made me instantly think about the beginning of Elizabethtown, which is one of my favourite movies. I know this will probably be nothing LIKE Elizabethtown, but I’m sold regardless.
Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli
I’ve been getting pretty heavy into Harry Potter again. I didn’t finish the books as a kid, and decided to purchase the gorgeous new editions (illustrated by one of my all time faves, Kazu Kibuishi) and start over. I have a goal to finish the series in 2014, so I picked this up, because I want to completely immerse myself in the story and the fandom! (I also picked up the entire set of 8 films on Amazon for $40 on Boxing Day!!! Talk about a deal!)
Alexandra Gone by Anna McPartlin
Anna McPartlin is the author of one of my favourite books: Pack Up the Moon. I tried to read another one of hers after, but it didn’t grab me in the same way. When I saw this, I almost died, because I have never seen it in a bookstore before (not that I looked that hard, but I did look a few times!) McPartlin is Irish, and sells much better overseas than here, but I couldn’t NOT grab this for the $3.00 it cost me.
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Lead the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente
These books are so stunningly beautiful. The covers are beautiful, the illustrations within the pages are beautiful. Everything is just..beautiful. I have owned the first book in the series for a few months, but kept putting it off because I wanted to read Alice in Wonderland first (which these books are very clearly modeled after). But, to stay with my hardcover collection, I had to grab this one!
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I go through phases with my YA reading. Sometimes I want tons, others I could take it or leave it. But I’ve read some fantastic YA lately that made me really want to pick up some more highly recommended ones. Graceling is the favourite of so many of my friends, so I had to grab it!
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I’ve yet to read Cinder yet, but I have the hardcover, and I am pretty sure I will love it (based on reviews, recommendations and the plot), so I thought, why not?!
This generous stack of books cost me $50!
I decided to be keener and add up all of the retail prices. I saved well over $100 on these books! Helloooo savings!
Have you ever been to or shopped at The Book Outlet (or the previous Book Depot)? Let me know in the comments :).