But I decided to venture out of the house today for Barnes and Noble's signed book sale. From what I understand, they've done this before and I just had no idea that it existed. I am fortunate that I live about five minutes from a B&N, so I rolled out of bed, threw on some sweats, and headed out to get there at its 7am opening. I had a mission: get three books and then go back to bed.
- Winter by Marissa Meyer- I've waited to buy this book knowing it would be here.
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini- This book changed my life and I wanted a signed copy so badly.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky-This book changed one of my best friend's lives and snce he doesn't read a lot, I thought he would love to have a signed copy.
To begin, there's this huge display of nothing but signed books. And even though these books have been out for a while, they're all hardcover! The hardcover book snob in me was so happy.
Once I got over the beauty, I grabbed my three books and prepared to leave. But it's this moment where I decided to take a step back and look around, and all hell was breaking loose around me. Guys, I have never done an all out Black Friday, but if I dealt with this little craziness in B&N, I can't imagine what it would be in regular stores and malls.
There were 3 little 10-year-old girls crying to my left.
Turns out their father told me there was a signed book event at B&N and instead of reading the article, he just assumed it was the entire store. So they came here for signed Harry Potter books and were very distraught when they weren't there. But let's be realistic, if JK Rowling took part of this event, I would have camped out 10 days in advance.
A mother was breathing heavily while stroking 3 copies of OUTLANDER.
This young teenager walked by apologizing about her mother to people, so I looked up and found this 40+ year old woman breathing heavy while stroking several copies of the book in her hand. She went to grab one more and her daughter tried blocking her because there were only two left and she screeched (I kid you not!), "I NEED THESE FOR MY FRIENDS! THEY MUST MEET JAMIE!"
Two kids were arguing over which YouTuber was best.
There was an entire group dedicated to famous YouTubers, and this boy and girl were actually arguing over which was better: THIS BOOK LOVES YOU by PewDiePie or Tyler Oakley's BINGE. The girl actually smacked the boy in the arm with a book before getting dragged away.
There was a revolt beginning in the cafe.
So there was this sign that advertised free small hot chocolates for everyone who gets there before 10am, not purchase necessary. From what I heard, it seems some parents took their kids to redeem the hot chocolate and the cafe insisted it was only for coffee. So this angry parent grabbed the sign from the front (I did notice this sign in line, for the record it said hot chocolate not coffee) and stormed up to the register demanding chocolate for his daughter because she is not old enough for coffee.
At that point I high-tailed it to the check-out, cringed at the book costs because unfortunately Amazon has spoiled my wallet rotten, and ran out to the car telling my Dad I never want to do this again. If this was a small ten minute snippet of Black Friday at a bookstore, I don't even want to know what regular stores are like.
So this is the point where I ask you a few questions...
Did you go to the B&N sale? What did you get? Have you ever Black Friday'd in general? Was it crazy? I want to know stories now that I experienced a small piece of it for myself!