I always dreamed about walking into an Indigo bookstore with my friends in slow motion and the coolest beat playing in the background. We would walk in like we were the most important people there. Our eyes would shift swiftly like predators as we scanned the entire store, eyeing the books on the shelves that we came here for.
We didn’t carry any bags or purses or wallets. No, we didn’t have any money. All we carried was our Plum Rewards card. It fit perfectly in the palm of our hands, like we were made for each other, for this moment only.
I had this dream in 2014.
On January 31st, 2019, this dream became a reality.
My local Chapters/Indigo bookstore was hosting a special event for Plum Rewards members in the area. Without any hesitation, I registered. I was allowed to bring a guest so I invited a friend of mine to come too, because I knew how much she loved books and Indigo.
This event had games, wine, coffee/tea, a raffle draw and tarot card readers. It was also during after-store hours to make it a little bit more exclusive. What really caught my eye was the fact that all in-store book purchases were 10% off. I thought this would be the perfect time to redeem my 100$ worth of Plum points.
When we got there, we made a beeline for the books. I didn’t really make a list of books I wanted to get (as I usually do when I plan to make big purchases). I just chose whatever I knew I wanted.
One of the workers there noticed my stack of books and asked if I wanted a cart. I never used their carts before and I was excited to finally seize the opportunity. I took the cart from her and put the books inside. I made sure to do it gently so that none of my books got damaged.
It felt so good to be walking around, rolling the cart behind me like this is something I casually do. I kept adding books to the cart, watching as the stack of books filled the cart with a mini skyscraper.
Every so often I stopped to count how many books I had, how many were paperback and hardcover. I had the mentality that the paperbacks were 10$ each while the hardcovers were 20$, just to give me a rough idea on how much money I had in my cart and how many books I can keep adding.
Seven books later, and after exploring the activities they had to offer at this event (my friend and I were so excited to get our cards read!), we finally went to pay for our books. I took out my books from the cart with a big smile on my face. This is it, I thought to myself. I’m finally doing it.
The total came to a little over 100$, but something wasn’t right. The lady at the cashier said she couldn’t use my 100$ worth of Plum points because I didn’t spend 100$ before taxes.
I knew what I had to do.
I told the cashier to give me a few minutes and to take the next customer while she put my books off to the side. I went back to the Teen section, scanning the aisles of shelves for another book. I finally decided on my last book, the one I was debating to get all this time. But I got it anyways.
I stood in line and when it was my turn, I handed over the book to the cashier. She scanned it and my total exceeded 100$. She asked if I wanted to use my 100$ worth of Plum points.
Without hesitating, I said yes.
For the remaining amount, I paid with a gift card I still had.
At the end of the evening, when my friend and I walked out of the store, I felt like the happiest person in the world. Not only were we able to catch up after six months or so of not seeing each other and buy books.
I’m going to end this like an infomercial, so thank you Indigo for turning my young teenage dream into a reality! Your Plum Rewards system changed my life!
You might be wondering what books I bought, what books I haven’t read yet, what books I’m looking forward to reading, or what books/series I’m into ….
The answers are in my Book Haul below!
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.
I can’t say much about this book, except that I think it’s part of Bardugo’s Grishaverse. Leigh Bardugo wrote The Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows Duology, all of which I have (except Ruin and Rising … still trying to find the original cover) but never read. The main reason I bought it was because it was an Indigo Exclusive (I will get sucked into something that’s “Exclusive” or “Limited Edition”) and at some point, I know I’m going to read it.
According to Goodreads, King of Scars is also the first book in the Nikolai Duology so you can expect another book coming out … soon-ish?
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare.
This book is the final book in The Dark Artifices Trilogy and part of the Mortal Instruments/Shadowhunters universe. I have the previous two novels in the trilogy, Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows, though I haven’t read them yet. I did read her other books from like The Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices trilogy and The Bane Chronicles, so because I’ve read–and LOVED!–this world, I had to buy this book. I also prefer reading a series when I have all the books so now that I finally got my hands on Queen of Air and Darkness, I can binge-read it all at once without having to wait.
I’m not going to summarize this book because it’s the last one and I haven’t even read the first two so I don’t want to spoil anything for myself or anyone who hasn’t caught up with the series.
(Actually, I’m realizing now that most of the books I bought are sequels to book series’ I own and haven’t read so my summarizing is going to be scarce. I apologize in advance, but I have their Goodreads pages linked for more information on the books).
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.
This is the second book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. I’ve seen the Netflix movie for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I actually bought the first book because of the Netflix movie but I haven’t read it yet (I was going to read it before watching the movie but clearly that doesn’t work for me). I know, I have so many books I need to read! I also have the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han (which is also unread … but maybe not for long? Stay tuned for that ….)
Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken.
This is part of The Darkest Minds series. It’s a collection of novellas that take place throughout the series. I have all four books in the series, plus Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger series. As you might have predicted, I have not read any of them. Through the Dark is actually the book I was debating to buy because I bought the first book in the series right before the new covers editions came out, and though I love special editions with bonus content, I do prefer the original covers. So I later bought the rest of the books in the series with the original covers, though the original cover for Through the Dark was nowhere to be found. I finally gave in and bought this one by telling myself that it’s only a collection of novellas and it’s going to be cheaper than the original cover.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.
These are Book 3 and Book 4 in The Raven Cycle, respectively. I read The Raven Boys (FINALLY! I’ve actually started the series to one of the books I bought) for a high school assignment and really enjoyed it so I started The Dream Thieves (I didn’t finish it though. Not because I didn’t like it but because it was a library book and I had to return it soon, plus I had a million books still to read in my closet. I promised myself that day that I would buy the rest of the series and read it). I read the Wolves of Mercy Falls series when I was younger (except for Sinner, because it wasn’t out at the time), so when I picked The Raven Boys to read in Grade 10, I recognized the author’s name immediately. I’m glad I picked this book. I’m glad my English teacher had this book on his list.
Emerald Green and Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier.
These are the last two books in the Ruby Red Trilogy (according to Goodreads, it’s also called the Precious Stones Trilogy).
Note: Just to clarify, Sapphire Blue is the second book in the trilogy while Emerald Green is the third and last book. I realized now that the picture I took is in the wrong order. I guess I unintentionally followed the ordering in Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Raven King, since the third book cover is green and the fourth book is blue.
In Kerstin Gier’s series, I have the first book, Ruby Red, but I haven’t read it yet. I was first introduced to this series by Sasha Alsberg on her BookTube channel, abookutopia a long time ago. I remember she did a recommendation video where she proposed that if you like The Mortal Instruments and/or The Infernal Devices books then you would like this series. From what I know, this book contains time travelling (a favourite trope of mine) and the main character travels to the same time period in The Infernal Devices. By the end of Sasha’s video, I was hooked.
I was so hooked that I bought this series and I have the first two books in Kerstin Gier’s Silver Trilogy, Dream a Little Dream and Dream On.
Also, can I just say, these Ruby Red Trilogy covers above are absolutely gorgeous! They’re just as beautiful as the hardcover editions.
I linked Sasha’s video below if you’re curious to know more about the Ruby Red Trilogy, or other books she recommended in her video:
Honestly, I heard really good things about all these authors and their books from BookTube. If it wasn’t for BookTube, I probably wouldn’t have stumbled upon these books or felt compelled to read them.
*In my most cheerful infomercial-like voice and a thumbs up*: Thanks BookTube!
Let me know what your most expensive book purchase was to date and what books you bought in the comments below! And if you’ve read any of these books, let me know which ones I should read ASAP!