A Book Hunter's Weekend // Rachelle + Me

* ahead lies a peek into our wonderful book hunter's weekend - enjoy! *

{ Friday - Day One }

  Up above ^^ is my stack of books to trade in.  

 Rachelle was so thoughtful and brought a few books for me to read from her own collection of books. How sweet a friend is she?

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine (to keep) // Love In Disguise by Carol Cox (to borrow) // Curly Girl The Handbook by Lorraine Massey (to borrow)

In fact, Rachelle is so thoughtful and sweet that not only did she bring me a few books to read, but she also brought me a gift bag full of lots of lovely goodies! Thank you so much, Shell! <3

Pictured Above: Rachelle browses through the "Inspy" section at the double-decker B&N.

Rachelle and I had a blast looking through all of the rows upon rows of books at Mr. K's! We both took in fairly good sized stacks of items to trade in for store credit. And while I traded in mostly books, Rachelle turned in only DVD's. All in all we both did fairly well in the book trade credit department. ;-) 

Yes, we both still love to read YA books. In fact, I know for certain that I will never completely grow up, as I adore children and teen's literature more than adult fiction most times. It was a lot of fun discussing back and forth what book series we had both read as young children. It seems, overall, that are story tastes were, and still are, quite similar! 

 You see this bright yellow basket? Yes, that one up ^^ there. Well, I noticed after only a few minutes of looking through books in the Christian/Inspiration section at Mr. K's that Rachelle had a stack of books in her arms measuring nearly a foot. Rachelle proceeded to find her way to the YA section where she continued to balance the stack of books she was holding ever so precariously against her tiny gymnast's frame, while looking for even more books. 

Ahem, like any good bookish friend I dashed quickly to the front of the store and was back before she knew it carrying this lovely little yellow basket intended to relieve her now fully extended arms. I handed the basket over to Rachelle and then she proceeded to tell me that I was such a good friend because a) I had gone to get her a basket after seeing that her arms were in need of dire help and b) because I did not tell her that she had gotten too many books already and that she needed to stop finding more books anytime soon. 

My personal philosophy is "the more books, the merrier!" =)

 At the end of our book hunter's day these are the books that ended up finding their way home via me.

Pictured Above ^^ :

Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan // Witch & Wizard by James Patterson // Meet the Austins by Madeleine L'Engle // His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman

After having applied all my trade credit to my purchases I ended up spending a mere $9 on our venture to Mr. K's. 

 At the end of our book hunter's day these are the books that ended up finding their way home via Rachelle.

Pictured Above ^^ :
From A Distance by Tamera Alexander // Beyond This Moment by Tamera Alexander // The Outsider by Ann H. Gabhart // Songbird Under A German Moon by Tricia Goyer // The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble // Eragon by Christopher Paolini // The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine *new from B&N* // A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman // Divergent by Veronica Roth

{ Saturday - Day Two }

The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck 

...is the book I chose to buy for my half-off book for August. I do love the half-off book perk at my job!

On day two of our book hunter's weekend Rachelle wanted to go see where I worked at and do a little shopping for her family. Usually I wouldn't be all for going into work on my off day, but it was actually a lot of fun showing Rachelle around "my bookstore," and introducing her to a couple of my co-workers. Oh, and of course we both did a little shopping too, and om-nommed on some rather yumo cookies thanks to my generous and ever so kind coworker, Avery! ;-)

Before Rachelle had to head back home we wanted to make sure we'd never forget our awesome "book hunter's weekend" together, so naturally we broke out Lila Canon (my DSLR camera) and had my sister Mary capture a shot of us two. I had such a wonderful weekend with Rachelle, and I am already looking forward to the next time we can spend time together! ;-)

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{ Saturday & Sunday - Day Two, Part Two + Day Three }

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
*bought new from B&N*


Mad Mary by Liz Curtis Higgs // The Girl's Still Got It by Liz Curtis Higgs // Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
*these three were purchased used*

After Rachelle left Saturday afternoon I drove back out to A-ville to see Jared for the weekend. Needless to say I ended up stimulating the economy (only because it was tax-free-weekend *or at least that's what I told myself*) both Saturday and Sunday by buying a few clothing items from Eddie Bauer and Sears' clearance racks. And I also bought a couple more books in B&N and Mr. K's too. Yes, I know... I am Sarah Elizabeth and I am a book-a-holic.

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Okay, so now it's your turn... Have you ever had the chance to meet up with a dear blogger friend in real-life? Or maybe, like us, you bought some good reads this past weekend too? So... Who, What, When, Where & Why? Rachelle and I would love to know! 


  1. I'm also such a sucker for YA books! I refuse to grow up entirely.

    Looks like you had so much fun! I always love to spend an afternoon in a bookstore!

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one around here who never wants to grow up, entirely that is. *wink*

    2. Love the Peter Pans in us emerging! :)

  2. Looks like an awesome time! :) Rachelle is so sweet in the blogosphere - I know she must be even sweeter in person! And how fun accumulating all those books together! I am definitely a book-a-holic, as well, so I hear ya. ;)

    I've had the pleasure of meeting Casey from the "Writing for Christ" blog (http://enjoyingthewritingcraft.blogspot.com/) in person several times; here are some posts from a couple of our meetings:


    We've met up during my family's annual Sunriver summer vacation and once while I was at school. :)

    Hope you have a great week, and thanks for sharing!


    1. Hi Amber! Thanks for following ORB! =) And yes, Rachelle is just as sweet and genuine in the blogosphere as she is in real life!

      Thanks for sharing your blog and your post about meeting Casey with me! Sounded like you ladies had an extremely wonderful time as well.

    2. Oh, my goodness, ya'll are too delightful!

  3. WHAT a fabulous time you two must have had--I must say I'm a wee bit jealous. ;) Pass this on to Rachelle---GREAT choices with the "Inspy" books {the Colleen Coble one is GREAT}. ;) And let me know, Sarah, what you think of Love in Disguise.
    Here's to the day we get to hang out & go on book hunts. <3

    1. We did have a fabulous time! Hmmm...I wonder how far apart you and I both live from one another? *wink wink* Oh, and I will most certainly tell you what I think of Love In Disguise once I've finished reading it!

    2. I'm looking forward to reading it, Meghan! Thanks for the hint at its greatness. :)

    3. I found reading an olde post in my own archives, and now I'm grinning like crazy remembering that moment, Sarah, when I KNEW you and I were destined to be sisters--when you brought me that basket. ;) And to see this! I bet these were the first words of Meg's I ever read. ;)

  4. I love Gail Carson Levine's books. They've been some of my favorites since I was about 10 or 11 years old. :) Fairest was pretty good, and The Two Princesses of Bamarre...wow, I loved that book. Still do! And I've always meant to read that Curly Girl book. :)

    I love reading about other people's book finds! :) I haven't bought any books this month, but I did go a bit crazy last month. And last night when I was at my cousin's house, I got to look through about five boxes of books she bought at her local library sale. Even though they weren't my finds, it was still fun! She homeschools her four kids, so she had lots of picture books and children's books...it was so awesome to discuss children's lit with someone else who loves it. :)


    1. I've never actually read through any of Gail Carson Levine's books, but I did watch the movie 'Ella Enchanted' back in the day and that's what introduced me to her fairy tale worlds and writing. =)

      I'm really finding the Curly Girl book very interesting. It makes so much sense...everything in the book...and I'm looking forward to working with my curly hair instead of fighting it.

      Heh, I know what you mean, Kristin! I had just as much fun buying and looking through my own book finds as I did with what Rachelle found. :-)

    2. *scream* KRISTIN! Another Levine fan! Mine, too, since I discovered them at my library at about that age. THE TWO PRINCESSES OF BAMARRE is my fave and I bought that book from B&N while I was in Asheville with Sarah! Too cool that we have the same love. :)

  5. My goodness!! Look at all those amazing books. :) I love shopping at the used book stores in town.

    I think YA is still my favorite category, too!

    1. Yes, in my mind there is no better place than a used bookstore. Sigh.

  6. *giggles like crazy* Yes, we did find a lot of "yummy" books to read!

  7. Aw, you guys are too cute! And I recognize some of those books as very good reads. ;) I loved "Fairest" and "Ruby Red", and I'm thinking I'll have to look up some of the others!

    1. *smiles* Why thank ya, Rachel! I am realllly looking forward to reading 'Fairest' and 'Ruby Red' as I've heard excellent reviews of both books.

    2. ::grin:: Rachel. Fairest. was. awesome. :)

  8. Sarah, what a delight to visit the Nest this morning for a completely unrelated reason and see this! Ack! You did such a phenomenal job at capturing our weekend, I think I'll just link to this post instead of writing up my own. Loved, loved, loved how you showed me around, made me laugh, our girl-talks, and the experience of my first road-trip!


  9. It does something to my heart to see all those books! I love books. What fun the two of you had! And can I just say...yay for bargains!! :)


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