Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sweet Valley High #85 Soap Star, The Wakefield Legacy, and #86 Jessica Against Bruce

In Sweet Valley High #85, Soap Star, Jessica is excited when she learns that the soap opera, The Young and the Beautiful, is auditioning sets of twins for a one-week story.  Unfortunately, Liz is not interested, so Jessica has to come up with a scheme to get Liz to show up for the audition.

Jessica gets caught up in a romance with soap star Brandon Hunter and neglects her boyfriend, Sam.  Will Jessica lose the boy she loves for what is likely a temporary fling?

On page 78, Lila comments that Jessica is really hung up on Brandon.  Jessica replies, "Not hung up, exactly.  Not yet.  I just see the possibilities.  Not only is he cute, and nice, and single, but right now he's my ticket to being seen in Hollywood."

This is the first time that Jessica has ever been honest about how she romances boys and men solely as a means to an end.

Each episode of this soap opera is filmed on the morning of the day it airs.  That's not how soap operas are done.  Of course, this one is done that way so that a problem on the final day will cause Jessica's final appearance to be done in a live show, so that Jessica can create a scene.

I enjoyed this book.

I did not enjoy the first Wakefield saga, so I knew that I wouldn't like The Wakefield Legacy.  I skimmed a little bit of the story, then I abandoned it.  Now, let's continue with the next book.

In Sweet Valley High #86, Jessica Against Bruce, Bruce forms an exclusive club known as Club X.  Each member gets to wear a leather jacket with an X on the back.  Jessica is annoyed that the club is open only to boys, and Bruce claims that Jessica doesn't have what it takes to be a member.  Jessica insists upon joining.

At Club X meetings, members spin a roulette wheel that has their names on it.  If the wheel stops on a member's name, then that member has to complete a dare.  Strangely, the wheel almost always stops on Jessica's name.  Jessica's dares become increasingly dangerous.  If Jessica stays in the club, she might end up risking her life.

The dares are extremely dangerous, and in one dare, Jessica is nearly killed.  While these books still have the canon Sweet Valley High premise, the series gradually becomes edgier as it moves closer to the upcoming changes to the series.

I enjoyed this book.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sweet Valley High #82 Kidnapped by the Cult!, #83 Steven's Bride, and #84 The Stolen Diary

In Sweet Valley High #82, Kidnapped by the Cult!, Jessica has been grounded, her friends don't understand her, and she has a fight with her boyfriend, Sam.  Jessica feels all alone until she learns about the Good Friends cult.  The Good Friends are so caring.  They know how Jessica feels, and they encourage her to break ties with her family so that she can join their cause.

The title is misleading, since Jessica is never kidnapped.  Additionally, Jessica does not leave to join the cult until near the end of the story, just like in the books in which Jessica or Liz run away.  Lame!  Why can't the good stuff happen early in the story?

I enjoyed this book.

In Sweet Valley High #83, Steven's Bride, Steven learns that his girlfriend, Cara Walker, is moving to London.  Jessica gets the bright idea that Steven and Cara should get married, and Steven immediately runs with the idea.  Both Steven and Cara privately have misgivings, as is apparent from the dreadful cover art, but neither admits to their feelings.

Fortunately, Steven and Cara do not marry, and Cara does move to London at the end of the book.  Steven and Cara's relationship has always bored me, and I was thrilled to see it end.

I did not enjoy this book very much.

In Sweet Valley High #84, The Stolen Diary, Todd and Elizabeth decide to date other people.  Liz goes out with Kris Lynch, but soon realizes that she still wants to be with Todd.  When Liz tells Kris the truth, Kris gets revenge.

Jessica is great in this book.  I love Jessica the best when she champions her twin sister.

I enjoyed this story.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sweet Valley High #80 Girl They Both Loved, Olivia's Story, and #81 Rosa'a Lie

In Sweet Valley High #80, The Girl They Both Loved, April Dawson's boyfriend, Michael Harris, is obsessed with an old rival, Artie Western.  April decides to find out what happened, even if it risks her relationship with Michael.

Meanwhile, Jessica meets Sam Woodruff, who will be her serious boyfriend for around two dozen books.

This is overall a rather forgettable book.  I can't even remember what I thought of it.  As best I can recall, the main plot bored me.  I think I overall enjoyed the book, despite it not being very interesting.

In Sweet Valley High Super Star, Olivia's Story, Olivia Davidson spends a lot of time with James Yates, an art student.  Meanwhile, Olivia's cousin, Emily, comes to visit.  Emily is very organized and dresses in a professional manner, while Olivia is disorganized and dresses in an offbeat fashion.  Soon, both Olivia and Emily become confused, each secretly thinking that she should be more like her cousin.

The first part of this book is very boring.  Once Olivia and Emily began trying to be like each other, the book grabbed my interest.  I enjoyed the rest of the story.

In Sweet Valley High #81, Rosa's Lie, Rosa Jameson is the daughter of immigrants from Mexico.  She does not look Mexican, so she has successfully hidden her heritage from all of her friends.  When Rosa's grandmother visits her in Sweet Valley, Rosa's is scared that her friends will learn the truth.  Rosa soon becomes ashamed of herself.  Can she come to terms with her heritage while keeping her friends?

Rosa pledges Pi Beta Alpha, and the sorority has the pledges complete various tasks.  I found it impossible to believe that the girls could do things like start a food fight, remove all of the furniture from the guidance counselor's office, and raid the boys' locker room without getting in trouble. 

I enjoyed this book.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sweet Valley High Wakefields of Sweet Valley, #78 Dating Game, and #79 Long-Lost Brother

In Sweet Valley High Saga, The Wakefields of Sweet Valley, the history of the maternal side of Elizabeth and Jessica's family is detailed.  Oddly, most generations have a set of identical twins whose names tend to be very similar to Elizabeth and Jessica.  Even stranger, the sets of twins have personalities eerily similar to Liz and Jess.  This is too stupid for me.

This book bored me.  I knew within the first few pages that it wasn't for me.  I skimmed through the book.  I would have rather read detailed information about the young lives of Ned and Alice Wakefield instead of past generations and their friends that strangely had rather similar names to the teenagers of modern Sweet Valley.  It was too ridiculous.

In Sweet Valley High #78, The Dating Game, Scott Trost writes love letters to both Jean West and Claire Middleton.  The girls are furious when they compare letters and see that Scott wrote to both of them.  Jean and Clair confront Scott, who then proposes that the girls compete to see who can win his heart.

On page 55, "Elizabeth couldn't remember ever seeing Lila so excited.  Had someone named a shopping mall after her, Elizabeth wondered."

Now that is funny.

At least this book is less stupid than the Wakefield saga, but it is still a bit stupid.  However, I overall enjoyed it.

In Sweet Valley High #79, The Long-Lost Brother, Sara Eastborne's twin brother, Tim, got into trouble a few years ago.  Tim lives with their father, and Sara has lied about Tim's past, claiming that he is a sports star.  Tim comes to live with Sara and her mother, and Sara tries to keep his past a secret, which puts her own friendships in jeopardy.

From page 6:
The light changed and Jessica pressed her foot down on the gas pedal, sending the little car zooming through the intersection.  "You mean women who husbands hit them?"

"Yes," Elizabeth answered sadly.

Expertly, Jessica rummaged through her bag, keeping her eyes on the road the whole time, and brought out of stick of gum.  After unwrapping it, she folded it into her mouth.

"Bummer," she said, consulting the rearview mirror before signaling and changing lanes.
I love Jessica. She always delivers the laughs.

Sara really annoyed me.  She is quite hateful towards her brother.  I do understand that she fears embarrassment and that she wants to hide his past, but her nastiness is way beyond understanding.

I enjoyed this book.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sweet Valley High #75 Amy's True Love, #76 Miss Teen Sweet Valley, and #77 Cheating to Win

In Sweet Valley High #75, Amy's True Love, Amy Sutton is certain that tennis star Tom McKay is the boy of her dreams.  Amy does everything she can, but Tom will not pay attention to her.

Meanwhile, Amy begins volunteering at Project Youth.  She becomes good friends with Barry Rork, who is another volunteer.  Barry has strong feelings for Amy, but she doesn't think that Barry is her type.  Amy ignores Barry while continuing to chase after Tom.

Partway through the book, the reader learns that the reason Tom wants nothing to do with Amy is because he is beginning to think that he might be gay.  Tom struggles with his feelings and goes to Project Youth for help.

Once again, I like that the series has begun tackling serious issues, but Tom's story was dropped after this book.  I would have liked to have read what happens to Tom next.  The series makes these feeble attempts to go deep but fails to follow through with anything of real meaning.

I greatly enjoyed this book.

In Sweet Valley High #76, Miss Teen Sweet Valley, Jessica has her heart set on becoming the first Miss Teen Sweet Valley.  Liz is equally determined to prevent the pageant from happening, since she feels that pageants are sexist.  Liz begins a campaign to force the city to reconsider.  Soon, Liz and Jess are not speaking to each other.

Liz is insufferable in this book.  I could not stand her behavior and her endless sanctimonious comments about pageants.  Liz goes too far, and I just wanted her to shut up.

On pages 110 and 111, Liz finally figures out how awful she has been.
She was ready to admit, to herself if not yet to Jessica, that she had been just a little pigheaded about the whole thing.

Her feelings about beauty pageants hadn't changed, but this was clearly a case where the best advice was to live and let live. Elizabeth couldn't understand why she hadn't grasped that idea before.
Neither can we, Liz.  Neither can we.

I greatly enjoyed the last part of the story, mainly because of what happens during the pageant.  I did not enjoy all the parts where Liz lectures everyone about pageants.

In Sweet Valley High #77, Cheating to Win, Tony Esteban hopes to get a track scholarship to college.  Tony's father puts tremendous pressure on him, and Tony is devastated when he tears his knee.  Tony begins taking magic vitamins that a friend from the gym gives him.  Deep down, Tony knows that he is probably taking steroids, but he refuses to admit it.  Meanwhile, Tony's girlfriend, Annie Whitman, suspects the truth.  Annie risks losing Tony so that she can prevent him from making a big mistake.

Towards the end of the story, Tony comes clean about the steroids, but he is still allowed to compete.  It is determined that the steroids didn't affect Tony enough to matter.  Huh?  Amazingly, Tony breaks the school record, and everyone is okay that he used steroids for three weeks.  I find this hard to believe.

I enjoyed this book.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sweet Valley High #72 Rock Star's Girl, #73 Regina's Legacy, and #74 The Perfect Girl

In Sweet Valley High #72, Rock Star's Girl, Jessica's favorite rock star, Jamie Peters, has just moved to Sweet Valley.  Jessica and Lila hide in the bushes behind Jamie's property and eavesdrop on him.  One day, the girls are shocked to see new student, Andrea Slade, at the pool on Jamie's property.  Can Andrea be Jamie's girlfriend?

It's ridiculous that the girls assume that Andrea must be Jamie's girlfriend and that she cannot have any other possible relationship with him, like possibly being his daughter.  Duh.

This is a very good book.

In Sweet Valley High #73, Regina's Legacy, Mrs. Morrow gives Elizabeth a camera that belonged to Regina.  Coincidentally, at the exact same time, a photography club has just been formed at Sweet Valley High, and Elizabeth has joined the club.  This is rather convenient.

Anyway, Liz goes out taking pictures at the beach, and she photographs three men.  Soon, Liz realizes that someone is trying to get her photos and concludes that he is one of the men.  Can Liz solve the mystery before someone gets hurt?

I enjoyed this book.

In Sweet Valley High #74, The Perfect Girl, Robin Wilson fears that her boyfriend, George Warren, is losing interest in her.  Robin decides that she needs to lose weight, so she quits eating.  Soon, Robin has become anorexic, and everyone is worried about her.  Will Robin get help before it is too late?

I like how the series has begun to tackle serious problems, but unfortunately, the problems always get resolved by the end of the story, which is not realistic.

I enjoyed this book.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Books Read in 2017

When I wrote a summary of the books I read in 2016, I felt the need to explain how I can read so many books.  This happened because I received several comments in 2016 expressing shock about how many books I had read, and I felt that some people thought I was strange.  I did not see my 2016 reading total of 355 books as being that significant, simply because a large number of them were Hardy Boys books that I read very fast.  Modern books for children can be read faster than vintage books for children.

In 2017, I had a different attitude.  I had no concern about what others thought, but it also helped that I didn't get any odd comments.  I felt quite proud of my reading progress.  Many of the books I read during the first half of 2017 were rather long, and some contained old-fashioned language that made the books harder to read fast.

In my post on my middle of the year reading progress in 2017, I wrote:
The idea of reading one book per day appeals to me, even though it is a daunting task.  I set myself a goal of reading 365 books by the end of 2017.  I have some significant doubt as to whether the goal is reachable, and it depends upon the length of the books I read.  Indeed, I have set the goal at 365 to force myself to keep reading as many books as I can as quickly as I can. 
I have approximately 500 books on my "to read" list.  These are books that I truly want to read very soon, but even at one book per day, I will need around 1 1/2 years to get to all of them.  It's a bit overwhelming and even a little depressing.  By having a goal of one book per day this year, I will make good progress on my reading list.
I had read 181 books as of July 1, which was close to the pace needed to finish the year at an average of one book per day.  I commented about how many of the books I had read were longer books, which made my 2017 reading progress to that point mean a lot more than what my 2016 reading total meant.

On September 30, I updated my reading progress.  I had been on track to read one book per day, but not reading for two weeks due to a loss of interest in reading put that goal in jeopardy.  I finally decided to read Sweet Valley High and got started reading again.

I then realized that several of you misunderstood, so I explained further on October 2.
Some of you feel that my reading goal is causing me stress.  Not at all.  If I don't reach my goal, I'm not going to lose sleep over it.  When I lost interest in reading 2 1/2 weeks ago, it was because I got annoyed with what I was reading.

I had purchased a small number of Baby-Sitters Club books to try out.  I wanted to read every book that I had purchased to get a good sample of the series.  I greatly enjoyed the first few that I read.  I then read a few that I didn't like as much.  I next read one that had an excessive amount of background information done in the style of Girls of Canby Hall, obviously designed to take up many pages.  I became so annoyed that I quit reading.

I was at a loss as to what to read, and I had some other things that took my interest instead.  I wasn't stressed by the reading; it's just that I lost interest in reading temporarily.  I then forced myself into Sweet Valley High, and I'm set again, reading along at a good pace.  
In October, I adjusted my goal of 365 books up to 385 books.  I did not want to meet my goal early and then slacken off like I did near the end of 2016.  I also decided that I wanted to reach at least #100 in the Sweet Valley High series by the end of the year if at all possible.  In November, I decided that I would probably be able to read 400 books by the end of the year, so I made that my new goal.

On November 27, I matched my 2016 total of 355 books read.  I met my original goal of 365 books on December 5.  On either December 20 or 21, I met my first revised goal of 385 books.  I still wasn't absolutely certain even then whether I would actually reach 400 books.  I had known since around October that I would read between 395 and 405 books, but I didn't know exactly how far I would get until December 30.

Around 8 PM on December 31, I finished reading my 403rd book of the year.  I feel a tremendous sense of satisfaction in knowing that I was able to read over 400 books in 2017.

Of the 403 books read in 2017, 80 of them were books that I had read before.  Those books are in blue in the below list.  All books are listed in the order that I read them.

January:  31 books

Girls of Canby Hall #18, 19, Super Edition #1, #20-22, Super Edition #2, #23-26
Nancy Drew Diaries #14
Girls of Canby Hall #27-33
River Heights #1-11, Junior Class Trip

February:  26 books

River Heights #12-16
Nancy Drew On Campus #1-5
Last Act by Christopher Pike
Spellbound by Christopher Pike
Gimme a Kiss by Christopher Pike
Fall Into Darkness by Christopher Pike
Slumber Party by Christopher Pike
Scavenger Hunt by Christopher Pike
Weekend by Christopher Pike
Nancy Drew On Campus #6
Final Friends #1, 2, and 3
Remember Me #1, 2, and 3
Chain Letter by Christopher Pike
Chain Letter 2 by Christopher Pike

March:  29 books

Hardy Boys Adventures #14
See You Later by Christopher Pike
Witch by Christopher Pike
Whisper of Death by Christopher Pike
Die Softly by Christopher Pike
Bury Me Deep by Christopher Pike
Master of Murder by Christopher Pike
Monster by Christopher Pike
Road to Nowhere by Christopher Pike
The Eternal Enemy by Christopher Pike
The Immortal by Christopher Pike
The Wicked Heart by Christopher Pike
The Tachyon Web by Christopher Pike
Midnight Club by Christopher Pike
The Lost Mind by Christopher Pike
The Visitor by Christopher Pike
The Starlight Crystal by Christopher Pike
The Star Group by Christopher Pike
Execution of Innocence by Christopher Pike
The Hollow Skull by Christopher Pike
Spooksville #1
Magic Fire by Christopher Pike
The Grave by Christopher Pike
Spooksville #2, 3
Sati by Christopher Pike
Season of Passage by Christopher Pike
Spooksville #4, 5

April:  24 books

The Listeners by Christopher Pike
The Cold One by Christopher Pike
Spooksville #6-10
Cheerleaders #2
Spooksville #11-13
Tales of Terror #1, 2
Blind Mirror by Christopher Pike
Alosha by Christopher Pike
Shaktra by Christopher Pike
Yanti by Christopher Pike
Spooksville #14, 15, 16, 17
Don Sturdy #1
Spooksville #18
The Mystery of Pelican Cove by Ruby Radford

May:  25 books

Spooksville #19-24
Falling by Christopher Pike
Last Vampire #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Thirst #3, 4
The Secret of Ka by Christopher Pike
Witch World #1, 2
Thirst #5
Strange Girl by Christopher Pike
Wallace Boys #1-5

June:  43 books

Wallace Boys #6-20
Vicky Loring #1, 2
The Ghost Hollow Mystery by Page Carter
Mystery at Ding-Dong Gulch by Page Carter
Patsy Carroll #1
Mystery of Sebastion Island by Margaret Goff Clark
The Haunted Cove by Elizabeth Baldwin Hazelton
Mystery in the Pirate Oak by Helen Fuller Orton
Mystery of the Missing Stamps by Margaret Goff Clark
Mystery in the Apple Orchard by Helen Fuller Orton
Mystery of the Lost Letter by Helen Fuller Orton
Mystery in Old Quebec by Mary C. Jane
Riddle of the Lonely House by Augusta Huiell Seaman
Mystery of the Missing Suitcase by Florence Parry Heide
Mystery at Keyhole Carnival by Florence Parry Heide
Mystery at the Weird Ruins by Christine Noble Govan
Mystery at Redtop Hill by Marjory Schwalje
Diana Winthrop #1
Tom Austen #1
The Mercer Boys' Cruise in the Lassie
Ghost of Follonsbee's Folly by Florence Hightower
Ghost of Windy Hill by Clyde Robert Bulla
The Serpent of Pirate Cove by Bill Knott
Trouble at Turtle Bay by Marie Holmstrand
Patsy Carroll #2
The Green Jade Necklace by Josephine Chase
Bailey Twins #1
Dan Perry #1

July:  42 books

Dan Perry #2, 3
The Girl from the Country by May Hollis Barton
Bob Dexter and the Storm Mountain Mystery
The Highview Mystery by Lawrence A. Keating
Connie Carl at Rainbow Ranch
The Linger-Nots and the Mystery House
The Ranger Boys to the Rescue
The Motor Boys on the Atlantic
Tom Stetson #1
The Motor Girls #1
Dorothy Dale #1
The Mystery of Seneca Hill by Margaret Goff Clark
The Mystery of the Buried Indian Mask by Margaret Goff Clark
Mystery of the Marble Zoo by Margaret Goff Clark
Mystery at Star Lake by Margaret Goff Clark
Adirondack Mountain Mystery by Margaret Goff Clark
Mystery Horse by Margaret Goff Clark
Death at Their Heels by Margaret Goff Clark
Mystery in the Flooded Museum by Margaret Goff Clark
Who Stole Kathy Young? by Margaret Goff Clark
The Latchkey Mystery by Margaret Goff Clark
Bearstone by Will Hobbs
Far North by Will Hobbs
Autumn Street by Lois Lowry
No Monsters in the Closet by Willo Davis Roberts
Don't Hurt Laurie! by Willo Davis Roberts
Three Girl Chums at Laurel Hall by May Hollis Barton
Patsy Carroll #3
Nell Grayson's Ranching Days by May Hollis Barton
Four Little Women of Roxby by May Hollis Barton
Plain Jane and Pretty Betty by May Hollis Barton
Little Miss Sunshine by May Hollis Barton
Hazel Hood's Strange Discovery by May Hollis Barton
Two Girls and a Mystery by May Hollis Barton
The Girls of Lighthouse Island by May Hollis Barton
Kate Martin's Problem by May Hollis Barton
The Girl in the Top Flat by May Hollis Barton
The Search for Peggy Ann by May Hollis Barton
Sallie's Test of Skill by May Hollis Barton
Charlotte Cross and Aunt Deb by May Hollis Barton
Virginia's Venture by May Hollis Barton

August:  33 books

The Disappearance of Anne Shaw by Augusta Huiell Seaman
The Charlemonte Crest by Augusta Huiell Seaman
Radio Boys #1
Diana Winthrop #2, 3
Doris Fein: Superspy
The Haunted Apartment by Margaret Sutton
Diana Winthrop #4, 5, 6
Mystery on Echo Ridge by Mary C. Jane
Mystery on Nine-Mile Marsh by Mary C. Jane
The Ghost Rock Mystery by Mary C. Jane
Mrs. Wappinger's Secret by Florence Hightower
Tom Stetson #2, 3
Dr. Doom: Superstar
Doris Fein: Quartz Boyar
Nancy Drew Diaries #15
Doris Fein: Phantom of the Casino
Doris Fein: The Mad Samurai
Doris Fein: Deadly Aphrodite
Doris Fein: Murder Is No Joke
Doris Fein: Dead Heat at Long Beach
Doris Fein: Legacy of Terror
Cassandra Best (Cassie B. Jones) #1-4
Mystery at Pemaquid Point by Mary C. Jane
Mystery Back of the Mountain by Mary C. Jane
Mystery at Dead End Farm by Mary C. Jane
Mystery Behind Dark Windows by Mary C. Jane

September:  24 books

Mystery by Moonlight by Mary C. Jane
Mystery in Longfellow Square by Mary C. Jane
Mystery of the Red Carnations by Mary C. Jane
Mystery in Hidden Hollow by Mary C. Jane
Indian Island Mystery by Mary C. Jane
Mystery of the Silent Friends by Robin Gottlieb
The Secret of Crossbone Hill by Wilson Gage
Mystery of Myrtle Grove by Ruby Radford
The Secret of Peach Orchard Plantation by Ruby Radford
The Mystery of Adventure Island by Ruby Radford
Hardy Boys Adventures #15
Secret of Ocean House by Ruby Radford
The Mystery of Magnolia Beach by Ruby Radford
The Mystery of the Nancy Lee by Ruby Radford
Baby-Sitters Club #1, 6, 7, 8, 9
Sweet Valley High #1-5

October:  38 books

Sweet Valley High #6-21, Perfect Summer, #22-24, Special Christmas, #25-27, Spring Break, #28, 29, Malibu Summer, #30-32, Winter Carnival, #33-35, Spring Fever, #36, 37

November:  43 books

Sweet Valley High #38-41, Double Jeopardy, #42-45, On the Run, #46-50, No Place to Hide, #51-55, 56, 57, Deadly Summer, #58-60, Lila's Story, #61-65, Bruce's Story, #66-70, Enid's Story, #71-73

December:  45 books

Sweet Valley High #74-80, Olivia's Story, #81-86, Todd's Story, #87-89, Murder on the Line, #90
Sleuth or Dare #1
Sweet Valley High #91-94, A Night to Remember, #95-111
Sleuth or Dare #2, 3

I do not have a reading goal for 2018.  I'll come up with one at some point.  I do not believe in New Year's resolutions.  I will set a goal when the mood strikes me, and I always set goals that are realistic based on what I know I can accomplish.  I am certain that I will read fewer books in 2018 than I did in 2017.

My immediate goal is one I have had since late September, which is to continue reading through the Sweet Valley High series as fast as I can.  I expect to finish the original Sweet Valley High series sometime in February.  I may read the Sweet Valley University series next, if I am able to get through the first book okay when the time comes.  After that, I might end up reading anything, although the books of Augusta Huiell Seaman are high on my list.

More Books Listed/15% Off Sale Ends Tomorrow

I'm finally finished with listing books.  I have listed at least 100 books on eBay and Etsy combined. 

I have quite a few bulk lots on eBay.  I often revise existing listings to create the bulk lots.  For instance, I had eight Italian Three Investigators books that I wanted to combine.  Two of the books had one day left, so I ended them.  The other six books had 28 days left, so I did not wish to end those listings.  I turned five of those six listings into completely different items.  The final listing was turned into the bulk lot of eight books.

Since bulk lots often come from existing listings, they won't show up as newly listed.  This makes them harder to spot among all of my items.  For that reason, I created a "Bulk Lots" category in my eBay store so that the bulk lots can be found.

Bulk Lots

The bulk lots are restricted to United States buyers only.  This is because I know that it is highly unlikely that an international buyer will be willing to pay the extremely high postage cost.  International postage on the bulk lots would run from $75 up to $150 or higher for the heaviest lots.  That's why I don't take the time to figure the international postage cost for those listings when my time will be wasted.  Nobody is going to go for it.

The promotion for 15% off any order containing two or more books ends tomorrow night, January 2, 2018.  If you see this blog post after January 2, 2018, the offer will no longer be active and will not be honored.

The reason I have to give the disclaimer about not honoring the sale later is that I once had a buyer expect me to honor a sale from months before after she stumbled across the old blog post.  People will try anything.

Remember that you get the 15% discount when two or more items are purchased in the same transaction.  The items must be placed in the shopping cart first, then the offer will be activated.  After the items are in the shopping cart, then checkout can be completed.

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