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I'm treating myself to a book for Christmas because my favorite book-buying site,* BetterWorldBooks, is having a Black Friday sale (going on now through this weekend) where the purchase of three or more books gets a reduction of 15% (with the code BLACKFRIDAY).

The book? Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, singer for The Decembrists. Review here on the NYTimes to give you an idea what it is about and what a critic thought. (Disclaimer: I didn't read the review. I hardly ever do. :P )

I follow a blog called Design*Sponge (full of nifty posts on diverse topics), and that is where I first heard of Wildwood. I clicked through on the links not so much because of the blurb but because of the illustrations done by Meloy's wife, Carson Ellis.  The images tickled my sense of whimsy and I'm in the mood for a book with illustrations. I still remember being told that I was "too old for books with pictures" and the hurt I felt at that. It took me years to want to read again as voraciously as before. Oddly, I was not drawn to comics, then or now, but I do love illustrated stories.

I don't know if it will arrive before I leave for Albania, but here's hoping!

* "free shipping" to France?  Oh, yeah, I'm there. Yes, I know the higher prices cover the shipping, but BWB is a site with a literacy-funding mission I can get behind. And they don't have a minimum amount to qualify for free shipping.


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Nov. 25th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC)
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/ has free shipping worldwide, too.

I've had quite a few books from them now and have found their prices good and service excellent. I haven't dared look for Wildwood though, in case it turns out to be really cheap!
Dec. 1st, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Hehe. I think it was about the same price once you do the dollars to euros conversion, but I'll keep an eye on that site. Thanks!
Nov. 25th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like the book!

Going to Albania? FUN! For Christmas or vacation?
Dec. 1st, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
Yep, Albania. http://mnfaure.livejournal.com/271359.html

Not really just for Christmas or vacation. :P But it will feel like a vacation nonetheless, I'm sure. :D
Nov. 28th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
I buy used books from them sometimes through Amazon. Maybe I should buy direct. :-)
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:52 am (UTC)
*nods* Direct is better!
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