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Black Friday Book Deals

If you’re going to be shopping Black Friday this year, check out our master list of the best book deals! Most online retailers are running sales all week, so it’s probably worth checking them out during the next couple days.

  • Barnes and Noble has a landing page dedicated to their Black Friday sale, that will reveal the deals! The in-store deals look like they will include signed copies, and 50% off a wide range of books. They’re also slashing the prices on their Nook e-readers and are giving you a $10 gift card for every $50 in gift cards you purchase.

  • Amazon has deals rotating hourly all week. Watch for book coupons and e-book deals especially, and for the Kindle to go on sale, because generally they do! I usually add items to my wishlist and then monitor them to see if they go on sale through the week.

  • Target made their Black Friday ad available online so you can peruse that and see if you spot anything you have to have. If you have a Red Card you can get early access to the sale, RIGHT NOW!

  • Half Price Books has 20% off everything with the code FRIDAY18 starting NOW online and in-store on Friday. They also are offering a free $5 gift card for each $25 gift card you purchase.

  • Book Depository is doing deals all week. Check out the separate deals pages for Wednesday, Thursday, and of course, Friday which was revealed this morning!

  • Thrift Books is offering 20% off $20 or more with the code SALE20

  • Book Outlet is running a site-wide additional 30% off deal starting Thursday morning!

  • Books A Million is running a bunch of different deals. Including BOGO on signed editions, buy 2 get 1 free on a wide variety of books, and some various discount codes. They’re doing a sliding scale, so $10 off $50 code 10SALE50, $20 off $100 code 20SALE100, and $50 off $200 code 50SALE200.

  • Better World Books has 30% off 3 or more used books with the code BOOKFRIDAY18

  • The Strand is offering 10% off $100, 15% off $150, and 20% off $200. Plus if you spend $75 you get a free holiday tote!

It’s also definitely worth noting that your local bookstore will probably have Black Friday or Small Business Saturday deals, so definitely check them out!

Back to School Shopping Must Haves

I've been back to school shopping for my kids for years, but it just doesn't compare to when it's you cracking open a new notebook, sharpening a new pencil, and even picking out a few new outfits (can't hurt, right?!). I CANNOT HELP MYSELF, I LOVE a new bundle of pens and pencils, untarnished folders, and all the little bookish gifts I've been eyeing and finally splurge on.


I am a SUCKER for stylish totes and bags as we head into the school year. For me, I've been in classes since January and kept on all through summer, it's finally time I treat myself. I've been eyeing this messenger bag, but for my book loving heart, I might get this one too! For bookish totes, these are my latest obsession.

I have a constant and endless supply of bookmarks, but these still stand as my most favorite.

As I am finishing the Harry Potter series, I just CAN'T HELP MYSELF with these pencils! I will also splurge for THESE ones too and this for a mechanical when I feel the need, it's so cute! For pens, I've read these are so great, especially as I write notes I don't want to forget and fear pencil wear. 

This standard journal is excellent, but I also love this leather bound one. But of course, I need the occasional spiral-bound, and this is the tried and true one I always pick up and have on hand.

How have I been living without these sticky notes my whole life?!

Has anyone picked their big cozy fall reads yet?! I'll have mine in tow as I head to the coffee shops Saturday morning, and Michaela will have hers.

To get us through those long nights, we aren't going to feel guilty about a strong diverse novel and a custom cocktail from Bad People Book Club. Ardent10 for 10% off your order!

To make up for that cocktail, I'll pick up a fresh new mug for the next morning's strong cup of coffee.


You have got to tell me what you're picking up as back to school shopping goes into full force! What are your favorite things?!