I have $75 worth of gift cards to Barns and Noble! WOOT!

United States
December 31, 2012 8:11pm CST
I got three $25 Barns and Noble gift cards this Christmas. Which is super exciting all by itself, but I also got 9 books which brings the total on my to-read shelf to 21 books. That shelf hasn't been clear since I created it, even though I read 1-3 books every week. SO! I was thinking, to save myself the heartache of "So many books, so little time!" I would get myself a cookbook. I've been wanting a cookbook anyway. But I can't picture myself spending all $75 on a cookbook. So then I thought I could get books that I'd read in the library and wanted a copy of, but I couldn't think of one. Or I could wait until I clear my to-read shelf (as if) and go on the wild book-shopping spree I want to go on! But that means my gift cards are going to sit sad and lonely for at least a month or two, provided no friends loan me books, no one in my family buys a book I find interesting, and I don't visit the library (not likely, hence the 'as if'). The horror! How am I supposed to decide? But I'm not complaining. I have $75 to my favorite store in the world! It's going to be a joyous book-shopping trip whatever I buy and whenever it is.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
1 Jan 13
Wow, that is a gift card I can totally use.. I do have a 5.00 one I earned from this site. From what I understand, electronic gift cards never expire, right? I hope not, because I actually wanted to use it to save on a book for my son, but it isn't on the market yet. I don't blame the author's, considering I thought my book would be published by now, but I have been hanging onto this gift card since March 22 of last year. Anyways, have fun spending your gift cards...
• United States
1 Jan 13
They shouldn't expire. Just read the terms and conditions on the site to check on my gift cards, and the terms explicitly stated there was no expiration date or dormancy charges for their gift cards. I don't think it should be any different for electronic cards... Did they have a release date set for their book at all?
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• United States
1 Jan 13
They had one, for the beginning of last year but the problem is, they also have a video/computer game coming out and I think they want the two marketed simultaneously. But that's okay, I am trying to save up for both the book and the game, I know my son will love it...
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• United States
1 Jan 13
Then it's worth the wait. What series is this? I'm curious.
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@maezee (34086)
• United States
3 Jan 13
Yay! That would be super exciting. Although, new books are incredibly expensive, unless you choose to buy them in paperback (I prefer paperback over hard cover anyway, so it works out for me). Have you thought about what books you are going to buy? 21 books to read sounds like a long queue! . Have fun with your $75!
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• United States
5 Jan 13
I actually prefer hardcovers because they're durable and they last longer, but these days I only buy hardcover books I know I want to keep for a long time. I used one of the cards to get a vegetarian cookbook and a writer's digest book on characterization. Still got $50, but I think I'll save them for awhile.
@LaDeBoheme (2001)
• United States
1 Jan 13
Good for you. I got a couple of amazon gift cards and I have a Kindle and also love to read, so I am a happy camper... uh... I mean... reader, too. I am a member of B&N too, by default since they picked up all us old Borders members. But I have been an amazon customer since the day they only sold books and I went with a Kindle instead of a Nook, so amazon is usually my go-to store. However I feel your excitment as a fellow book lover.
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• United States
1 Jan 13
I got an Amazon gift card as well, but I wasn't nearly as happy to get it. I'll probably buy books with it, but book shopping on Amazon is no fun for me. I don't like shopping on the internet at all... it's sitting on my rear staring at a computer screen. It's cheaper, but that's it's only benefit in my opinion. But when I'm out to save money, I'd rather go to the library. But of course I'm going to use it anyway, cause I have it... and I love books...
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
1 Jan 13
I so hear ya! I got 4 books around the first of November. I went and got another one later, I have read all but 1 and I'm on the last little bit of that one, so I'm trying to savor it. Not that I don't have books, I do, but these were "special" books. Special, by meaning that 3 of the 5 I bought on the day of release! and, yes, I do have a membership card!
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• United States
1 Jan 13
lol, yes those are very special books! I'm still on my family's membership myself, but I'm planning to buy my own when I move out. Or, the back of the cards say I can use the gift card to buy a membership. Hmm...
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