This is the first time I’ve ever done a post like this, because I rarely buy physical books, let alone physical books in bulk (I’m calling 5 books bulk…), so I’m excited to post my first ever book haul! Yay!
Firstly, I’ll tell you about my order and experience The Book People.
The online store for The Book People offers some amazing deals, most of which you can’t help but take advantage of. Obviously, I was immediately attracted to the idea of cheap books, and was further surprised to discover many were relatively newly released, all of them in brand spanking new condition. Because I happened to come across this site during Black Friday weekend, I witnessed many of the optimum deals, and was very lucky to do so. I’ll talk about this more a little later.
My only issue with The Book People is their poor customer service. I placed my order on Friday 27th November…I didn’t get my books until Wednesday 9th December. That’s 9 working days, when I was originally told to allow 5-7. Obviously, I wasn’t impressed at having not received a dispatch confirmation email within the first few days, and so by Tuesday 1st December, I had emailed The Book People via their system. By the time I got a response to this email, my books had been dispatched (7th December). Yep, that’s right, my email was responded to after the problem was resolved. I did also call the company, to no pick up. Useful.
What’s also rather annoying is that – according to the dispatch date – it only took my books 2 days to arrive by post. That means it took the company 7 working days to put 5 books in a box and stick a postage label on it. Granted, I understand that companies are busy during the Christmas period, but that much back log? Not great.
Also, when my books finally arrived, I discovered one had a little water damage on the jacket. Not heartbreaking, but a little annoying.
In no way do I want to come across as though I am attacking this company, I am just stating the facts of my personal experience with them. I will, in fact, be purchasing from them again in the future, and have started adding items to my basket for that occasion. I just want to be honest with you, my readers, before encouraging you to dive, head-first, into buying books from The Book People, and being unhappy with the outcome.
As aforementioned, I bought these books as part of a great deal. An amazing deal.
The offer stated “Buy 2 Patrick Ness Books for £10”. Already, great deal, and already intriguing, as Patrick Ness is on my TBR multiple times. So I type “Patrick Ness” into the search bar, and am met with multiple books, but 2 that – in particular – caught my eye: The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Ness’ newest release, that I’ve been watching BookTubers and bloggers praise for weeks; and The Chaos Walking trilogy, the whole trilogy counting as 1 book. That totalled at 4 books for £10, saving (based on RRP prices) £26.96. £26.96! Amazing! That pretty much makes the poor service forgiveable.
I then also picked up a little cook book entitled ‘Mug Cakes’ for £3, reduced from £7.99. Another great deal!
Here they are:
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
This is the book that – unfortunately – experienced a little water damage. It’s not noticeable from the outside, though, so it’s OK.
You can’t tell very well in the pictures above, but this book is a navy blue hardback, and the paler accents a cobalt blue. I really like the minimalistic design, and think it makes the book really attractive. Under the dust jacket, the book is buttercup yellow (which I forgot to take a photo of), and the words “Not everyone has to be the chosen one” are engraved into the cover, sin ink. It has a really lovely effect, because it can only be seen in certain angles, but can always be felt beneath your fingers. I think it’s just a really nice touch.
Other nice touches include the blue-edged pages, a miniature big-cat white sillouette prowling around the covers, and the stags and deer on the page pasted to the hard covers (I have no clue what these pages are called.)
Overall, I am very please with this book. Here is the synopsis:
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?
The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.
I really resonate with this synopsis, which is what drew me to the book originally. It reminds me a lot of one of my favourite quotes:
The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
This series has been on my TBR for a while, and when I saw it was included in such a great offer, I had to go for it. These books are mass market paperbacks, so they’re really floppy, and the pages are rather thin. However, I am used to books like these, and tend not to mind things like this. I also like floppy books because they make a great noise when you shake them!
I’m super excited to get around to reading these books, because I’ve heard so many great things about them.
Here’s the synopsis for The Knife of Never Letting Go, Book 1 of the series:
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
Mug Cakes by Lene Knudson
I bought this little recipe book as a Christmas present for a friend of mine. I’m also planning on buying her a mug to use for the recipes, but I just thought it was a really cute idea. This book only cost me £3 in The Book People’s Black Friday sale, and is now increased to £3.99, but that is still £4 less than RRP.
And that’s everything! Thank you so much for reading – I really hope you enjoyed it!