The Barnes and Noble Effect

You know the feeling when you go out shopping with a specific goal in mind? Then fast forward a few hours and suddenly, you’ve spent an obscene amount of money on everything but that one thing you set out to get.

Whoops. It happened.

I set out the other day to find a new pair of shoes for work since my current ones are wearing out on me, amy-and-rogers-epic-detourand as you can guess…I still don’t have new shoes. What I do have now though is five books, and a Barnes and Noble membership card.

Do I feel a little silly for spending more money on books than I even set aside for new shoes? Yes. Do I regret it? No.

I was going to just browse around, and maybe decide on taking one or two paperbacks home with me, but this is where the Barnes and Noble Effect came in…

First, I saw Morgan Matson’s Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour (which I fell in love with this past summer) and lucky for me the store was out of her other books, otherwise I would have taken home all of her novels.

Next….I saw the Sarah Dessen section. I’d been wanting to re-read Saint Anything for a few weeks now, and Along For the Ride is my all time summer favorite, so naturally I had to get them.

saint-anything               along-for-the-ride

But then I realized, I’m just buying books I’ve already read. Maybe I should give another book a chance? And in that same section, I stumbled across another contemporary read, Summer in the Invisible City, which seems right up my alley, so in the pile it went.

you-deserve-a-drink          summer-in-the-invisible-city

And last but not least, as I was walking away from the fiction aisle, I stumbled across the humor aisle and saw none other than Mamrie Hart’s You Deserve a Drink, which I never got to finish reading since the free sample on iTunes only goes so far…

And that’s how I ended up with 5 new books (which with hardcovers, did not come cheap).

Maybe next time I set out to buy new shoes, I’ll actually do it, but for right now I’m totally fine with my investment. But note to self – don’t go into a bookstore thinking you won’t buy anything, because let’s face it girl…you will.

-Wine on the Balcony 

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