Monday, January 10, 2011

Barnes & Noble Gift Cards

I'm actually writing this post on Sunday night. Can you believe that? Me? Writing a post ahead of time? Yeah, me either.

But there is a severe winter storm warning here in North Georgia, and I may have to go in late to work tomorrow, we'll see. So just in case, I'm writing this post, so that I'll have something on the blog for all of you to look at.

One of the favorite things to give in our family for Christmas is gift cards, especially gift cards for places where you can get books, like B&N and Amazon.com. I'm aware that these places are big business, and I'm all about supporting independent and smaller bookstores, like my local Humpus Bumpus Books, but when it comes to Christmas shopping, and especially sending gifts to my sisters all over the country, it's tough to beat online gift cards.

So anyway, this year I got about $50 worth of gift cards. Kelly got some too as well as the kids. Kylie had spent the night at a friend's house, but Madison came with us when we took a trip to the local brick and mortar Barnes and Noble. So here are the books we all picked up:

Dad
The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
The Marbury Lens, by Andrew Smith
All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy

Madison
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling
The Familiars, by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
Museum of Thieves, by Lian Tanner

The best part about all of this is that all of these books (minus Harry, of course) were selected based on reviews or advice from blogging buddies. The Maze Runner has been highly touted by The League of Extraordinary Writers. I first heard about The Marbury Lens, from my bud Carolina Valdez Miller. Technically I discovered Cormac McCarthy on my own, when I read The Road, but my friend and mentor Bryan Russell also loves his work, and turned me on to the border trilogy (of which Pretty Horses is the first). Shannon Whitney Messenger is considered by many to be the master of middle grade, and it was on her recommendation that I suggested both The Familiars and Museum of Thieves to Madison.

Way to go bloggers! Thanks for the knowledge hookup on all these awesome books!

EDIT: Sunday night. I"m here at the hotel closest to the office. It's that bad. They decided to put me up in a room to make sure I would make it in. It's crazy, I know. I grew up in Minnesota, and I have an all wheel drive vehicle, but they're worried I won't make it in. So I brought the family, just for fun! I should be able to read and comment on all your blogs today, because I love you guys!

48 comments:

mshatch said...

That's why I'm reading Matched - thanks to bloggers who touted it as a great read. And it is! I'll have to check out Maze Runner and the Marbury Lens - I read all the Pretty Horses.

Matthew Rush said...

Made it in. Any of you who live here in the Southeast know how bad this storm is. It's nothing really for us Yankees, but the roads are kind of crazy when the city has no salt trucks. Me and my co-worker Steve are the only ones here. It's going to be a LONG day.

maine character said...

Wow - did you use snow shoes? Huskies?

Wait - I just checked the Weather Channel's Interactive Weather Map, and it definitely looks wild down there. The upper half of the state is snow, and the lower half is icy, you already got over a foot of snow, and you're getting two more inches today.

Yikes. I'm glad your family all got books!

Em-Musing said...

Glad you made it OK. I too got a Barnes & Noble gift card. Oh, the possibilities!!!!

Ted Cross said...

Hope it doesn't get too bad. I saw you were on Goodreads not long ago!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I got a gift card to Amazon but haven't spent it yet. I really enjoyed Maze Runner. And I really want to read The Familiars. Maybe Madison can give us a review.

I can't believe your job wants you to go to work so much that they put you up in a hotel. Drive careful. Even if you lived in Minnesota, Atlanta probably doesn't have much salt for their roads.

Sarah said...

I just picked up The Marbury Lens and started it last night. But also on my list--Matched, Fall For Anything, Room, and Liar, all suggestions from other bloggers. My Amazon gift card won't stretch far enough, but it will be worth the extra. I hope you have a safe drive home!

Jessica Bell said...

haha. I can't believe you staying in a hotel. Nice employers, you got there buddy!

salarsenッ said...

I want the Maze Runner. Still need to get it. Aren't gift cards great? I agree with Sarah, though. They just don't stretch far enough....

Kristi said...

I love book giftcards!!!

And I think your storm is headed my way (NC)...I came into work early, knowing I'll end up going home soon!

Laura Pauling said...

I loved Marbury Lens for it's genius of hooking me. I had no idea what was going to happen from page to page and my heart was pounding the whole way through. Excellent writing. Hope you like the dark and twisted! :)

DEZMOND said...

We've heard about the storm that hit the USA even here in Europe. Hope you're safe and secure in all that snow!

Renae said...

Gift cards are the best. I have found the most amazing books thanks to the suggestions of other bloggers! They are amazing!

Hope you've enjoyed the hotel. I am loving the snow today since they canceled school!!!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

A number of books I bought last year were due to reading about them on the blogs. Not all the books were due to hype, though. Oddly enough, some of my favorites weren't the overly the hyped ones.

Have fun with the weather. It's bittterly cold here. Again. *sighs*

Tracy said...

I was so bummed about not getting any gift cards this year for Christmas. Now, I have to buy my own books!

They put you up in a hotel? You're such a bigwig! Unless they put you in a Motel 8...in which case, not so much.

Matthew Rush said...

Hah! LOL Tracy, it's a Courtyard by Marriott, so nothing fancy but not too bad.

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

Ah, southerners and snow...

Those Georgians would have loved my hometown a few weeks ago when I got trapped there... five feet of snow. You need a lot of salt for five feet of snow.

Stephen Tremp said...

I love to give and receive B&N gift certificates. I have one I'll be spending today. And like yourself I rarely write a blog in advance. I sit down, write it and post. Even series are written like this.

Lydia K said...

We're snowed in here in Nebraska, but it's not that bad. But no school for kidlets.
I want to read Marbury lens. So shallow, but the cover is amazing!

Justine Dell said...

I love me some new reading material (and gift cards). I haven't a "bought" a new book in FOREVER!!!

You guys got some freezing rain or something, right? That's dangerous! Tonight we shall be getting our own storm in Indiana. Yuck. I hope you have a safe trip home.

~JD

Katie Mills said...

Oooh fun! Slumber party up at the hotel with the fam! Hope you don't get too much snow. And I know what you mean about finding books through blogging. Most of the books I've read this year have been recommended on blogs I follow!

LTM said...

Wow--You are very vital to that office! I suppose in your case, the concern is all those *other* drivers. :D

I actually saw a trailer for The Maze Runner before Black Swan. How odd... But a good idea! You'll have to post a review~

Holly Ruggiero said...

How fun to bring your family over to the hotel. What a great idea. A mini-adventure for the family. I have picked up books based on blogger review’s too.

aspiring_x said...

man! you must be important to your office! we have a snow day today too!!! whoo hoo!!! too bad i live close enough to work to just walk in case of bad weather!
have fun reading those lovely new books!

Colene Murphy said...

LOVE The Maze Runner! Hope you do too! Heard about the Marbury Lens last week. Really want to get it! Sounds like a successful shopping trip to me!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Ha! Awesome!
Oh man, i JUST read the Maze Runner. It's great. I'm sure you'll love it

Mia Hayson said...

So cool! A lot of the books I read now are based on bloggers suggestions! It's so good to have some trusted people to introduce new books!

Gosh. That sounds terrible. How much snow did you get?

Arlee Bird said...

McCarthy's Border Trilogy is a great series-- McCarthy is a great author period!
Christmas gift exchanges can get pretty ridiculous sometimes. Last time we had a major family exchange, we mostly exchanged gift cards, which seems to take out the personal touch of gift giving. I don't mind receiving gift cards, but I'm just saying.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Can't beat gift cards! And I bet you have some serious snow right now.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

My to-buy list was filled with rec's from blogger friends too! And we have The Familiars - my youngest is completely absorbed in the adventures of Aldwyn! :)

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! that's dedication to work!! I am so glad the family are with you though - that's some adventure!! I hope you make it in to work ok - GOOD LUCK and please take care and stay safe!!

Yay for book tokens!! I love book tokens!! And look at all these fab books you all got!! Wonderful!! Take care
x

Lenny Lee* said...

hi mr matther! hope your staying warm. were all snowed and iced in at our house. good thing we got lots of food. ha ha. most books i got for me are from miss shannons mg monday reviews. on lots of other reviews i tell my brothers or my sister and they got some books cause of it.
...hugs from lenny

lbdiamond said...

I love getting gift cards to book stores. You picked up some great books!

Melissa Gill said...

Those sound like great books. Have your girls read Plain Kate by Erin Bow? I ask because I just finished it and I thought it was one of the best books I've read in a long time.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Reading reviews on blogs definitely influences my book choices.

Christina Lee said...

Darn-it toooooooooo many books on my list-- MAZE RUNNER has been on it forever! I gotz me some gift cards too--yay!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

My TBR list has a lot of blogger reviewed books on it. It's one of the reasons I got The Maze Runner. :)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh, how fun! It's cool to get away, even to a hotel. How funny they were afraid you wouldn't make it so they put you up. But eh, great adventure! I love feeling snowed in (as long as I have plenty of supplies). I even sort of like it when the power goes out. It truly feels like an adventure. Maybe that's why I enjoy camping. Cuz it's not like I like the bugs.

I really hope you like The Marbury Lens! (Thanks for the shout out!) It's definitely different, but it keeps you on your toes. If you liked Ship Breaker, I think you'll like this one, too. But it's even darker. Then again, if you read McCarthy, no problem :P

Abby Minard said...

Um, awesome they put you up in a hotel. How did the snow turn out? We didn't get that much, but it's coming down now.

All those book choices sound great! Have fun with the fam and your new books!

I recently picked up the Abhorsen Trilogy from Borders. My favorite series, and I realized I didn't own it.

Chris Phillips said...

how bad is it, we have gotten about a foot and will get more throughout the week, but omaha is pretty good about clearing roads.

Copyboy said...

Yeah, lots of smart bloggers are always good for book info. I'm not one of 'em. Good luck with the storm.

Shannon said...

How are you doing, Matt? Has the storm passed? Hoping things are going well.

Love to see that everyone in your family reads - that's awesome.

RaShelle said...

Matthew - I've heard all sorts of good things about The Maze Runner, too. Can't wait to hear what you think of it. Glad you made it in to work. =D

Kelly Dexter said...

I would much rather buy books than anything else, so I'm right there with you on the gift card front. Last week I received a box chock full of books from Amazon and boy, was that a beautiful sight.

Happy reading!

JM Leotti said...

Agreed! I love getting book shop gift cards. It's my favorite gift of the year, and my hubby and I go out first thing after Christmas to spend our book shop money.

Keep safe, Matt, in the storm!

Vicki Rocho said...

Perhaps we should introduce Georgia to the concept of a Snow Day. I can't believe they put you up in a hotel to make sure you could make it to work. Sounds like you're making the best of it, but I'm "Argh-ing" over here.

Hannah Kincade said...

hahaha, they didn't think you'd make the ride in?! That's awesome and unnecessary. Though we do put half of our state budget into snow plows.

I rarely get gift cards, go figure, even when I worked at the Barne for 11+ years! I think I've gotten like 2 in my lifetime for books. Some people just don't get it.

Most of the books you mentioned, I found out from either stores or publisher sites. Huh. I have checked out a ton of books from the library based on bloggers recs though. Thank you fellow booklovers!

Carolyn Abiad said...

Those are some great books. Some are still on my TBR, but the kids are home from school again...so quiet is at a premium! Roads are slick and everything is so icy I can't even throw the demons outside for fear of them cracking some bone or another. Yet I blog because Creepy is over with me today and I must get the word out!