Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May every year. There are a set of free comics to choose from, and stores all around the US participate. I go every year.
Here’s my haul from today!
This little hulk heroclix figure was given to me for free for buying more than $25 worth of stuff. I buy stuff to support the store when I go for free comic book day, and a bunch of stores do different promos and sales on free comic book day.
These buttons were also given to me for free.
I bought 4 issues of Superman/Wonder Women power couple at my sister’s instistance.
These two trade paperbacks were on sale as well, so I bought them. I’ve liked the rebirth comics I’ve read, so Justice League Vol. 1 Origins seemed like a great find. And I love The Flash TV show, which this is season zero for.
These are some 1 in 50 variant covers I found. I LOVE the A + X series, and Secret Origin of Tony Stark. I like collecting variant covers. I know 1 in 50 variants aren’t resold for super high amounts, but for $5, when the store generally sold them for $30, it seemed like a good deal.
I’ve been slowly and steadily collecting the single issues of Loki, Agent of Asgard for a while. One day I’ll have them all.
These are my free comic book day free comics. I think its a pretty good haul.
On top of the comics and stuff I got (I spent about $37) I got some posters for free.
I got a couple books for Christmas!
Other than books I got a couple of fun things:
This is pretty late… but I wanted to share my haul anyways.
From Barnes and Noble (all signed editions):
For example, my room is basically:
Unhaul some books.
Which is a little bit like pulling teeth, or sacrificing children. I’m sure all other bookworms can relate.
An unhaul is exactly what it sounds like. The reverse of a book haul. Getting rid of books.
I know. Its sounds basically sacrilegious. But it means getting books out of your shelves/floor/closet/room/house and into someone else hands.
It can be selling to a used bookstore, donating to a library or school, selling them online, giving them away via blog, dropping them off at Goodwill…
Doesn’t matter where they go, as long as its away.
And at the end, you’ll go from a cluttered mess to:
Book heaven. Nice, neat, shelves. Beautiful.
Get ready because I’m going to lay some wisdom on you.
Take a good hard look at your books.
Decide on a goal.
Clean ups a little? Light-housing keeping or deep cleaning? Complete overhaul and decimation or just clearing some of the worst of the clutter?
You need a goal, or the books might drown you.
You now have a goal. Write it down. STICK TO IT!
Figure out what you’ll do with un-hauled books. Sell or donate? Where? Make this part of your plan.
I’m trying to sell my books as you can see here: Books for Sale/Trade
Take out all the book you HAVE to keep. Your favorites. The ones you have an emotional attachment too. The signed ones. Etc. Etc. Etc.
Put them in a box, get them out of the room. They are safe. But it’ll be easy to tackle the rest without worrying about your precious darlings getting caught in the cross fire.
Now we get to the hard part.
Get all the books off the shelves.
They don’t go back until there are safe. This is defend your life, an annihilation round. No one left here is safe.
If there are any books you’ve outgrown, consider giving them to family members. Younger siblings or cousins or nieces or nephews.
If you’re saving books for kids, either too young to read or none existent, box them up and put them in storage, a closet or garage will do.
The point is to cut down some clutter and free up shelf space.
Sort. Then sort some more.
Lets go with un-read books first. Has it been on your TBR for over two years? If yes, then are you ever going to read it? If no, let it go. In a donation/sell box it goes.
Look at the other unread books. Are you going to read it in the next two years? Realistically? If not, consider letting it go. Be honest with your self.
Now, the read books. If you rated it less than 3 stars, you should probably let it go. A pretty cover isn’t good enough here. If you can’t remember reading it, probably not worth keeping. If you didn’t love it, and/or aren’t going to re-read it, consider passing it on to someone who will read it. Let go.
You don’t have to follow these to the letter, its just a suggestion. Use your best judgement, and be honest with yourself. Is this worth keeping?
All the books you decided to keep should now go back on the shelves. All the books you’ve gotten rid of, should be packed in boxes to do with as you’ve decided. Get them there as soon as possible so you can’t change your mind.
If you get rid of 1 book or 50 books I’m proud of you.
Organize the bookshelf in a pleasing way. I have a whole discussion about it here:
Plan for the future.
Where will new books go?
Book buying ban? Only buy books when you finish one? Only buy books with gift cards?
The unhaul is not an excuse to go crazy buying books.
And you’re done!
You did it!
You survived the unhaul!
So, Supercon happened back in July.
And I meant to make a post ALL ABOUT IT.
But then life happened.
So, I’m not going to do a day-by-day of Supercon 2017.
But I will show you my haul. Because I can find and buy books ANYWHERE I GO. Its like a superpower.
First up in miscellaneous stuff.
-A signed mechanical dragon poster which is pretty cool.
-A Captain America fidget spinner because I’m a 12 year old boy apparently but I like it so its okay.
-Some PSL (Pineapple Shaped Lamps buttons_ – they’re a comedy troop we see every year. We may or may not have traumatized my ten year old cousin by taking her to all their shows.
-Some CW buttons + other free promo buttons.
-Some bookmarks / business cards pretty enough to use as bookmarks.
A copy of V for Vendetta signed and personalized by David Lloyd.
I have no regrets on this.
TOLD YOU I FOUND BOOKS!
-The Fantastic Four is a soft cover bind up of Stan Lee comics from the 70’s – which is cool.
-Winter Solider is one of my favorite comic arcs and I FINALLY OWN IT NOW.
-I am a huge fan of Media tie in books. I had no will power against the Angel CaseFiles.
CW DC Superheroes poster.
PSL Signed Dr Horrible Shadowcast Giant Poster
Signed Star Trek Continues Exclusive Episode 9 Premiere poster
And thats it!
Thats my Supercon haul!
Have you read any of these? Do you like any of the stuff I got? Did you go to Supercon? Do you watch Star Trek Continues?
Let me know!
Its been FOREVER since I’ve done a book haul. I did a mini-birthday one when I got Hammer of Thor, Gemina, and The Illustrated Philosopher’s Stone…then a Miami Book Fair Book Haul…and haven’t done one since.
I don’t buy books often, basically when I have gift-cards or am taken somewhere like an event.
But, holidays mean sales and gifts which means little self control and lots of books!
So, lets do this!
All these books above are from book outlet. They had a great sale. I got these 8 plus 2 for my best friend for about $45 total including shipping. So not bad.
I’ve already read Because You’ll Never Meet Me, but I loved it so much I needed a physical copy. I’m excited to read the rest!
I have a signed copy of Ghostly Echoes, so I needed to pick up Jackaby and Beastly Bones.
I have My True Love Gave To Me, so getting Summer Days and Summer Nights was a given.
The others? They are expanded universe/making-of books for some of my favorite shows…so I needed it!
Replica was a gift from my best friend Ana, she knew I’m been dying to read it. I got her Beastly Bones for Christmas (she’s currently reading Jackaby) and made her some bookmarks. I also got her Because You’ll Never Meet Me and a ACOMAF art print card, but that was an early birthday present.
The Fantastic Beasts cards are from my friend Patty. We’ve been theorizing over the series ever since we saw it opening night. Our goal before we graduate is to get Ana as obsessed with Harry Potter as we are.
Not a book or bookish, but kinda cool. I went to a christmas party and we did a gag-gift-white-elephant-game-thing and this is what I needed up with: A make your own flashlight. Kinda neat.
The bracelet and book charm are from my grandma. Inside the quote says: “Ignore the things you have to do, and just enjoy a book or two”. Its so cute.
The little medical staff charm is from my aunt, since I want to be a doctor.
Misc. presents from family that I just thought we cool.
My dad got me the board game. It seems like fun!
This is from my other grandma. I’m so excited to finally read this series!
Not my present, I got them for my dad because Hitchhiker’s Guide and The Princess Bride are his two favorite books. He really loved them!
Now, what did you guys think? What did you get? I also got some Barnes and Nobles cards so you know another book haul is coming soon.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas/what-ever you celebrate!