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The First-Ever Book Outlet Book Haul + Review

As someone who’s no stranger to buying books, I think this is a little embarrassing to say that until recently, I’ve never purchased from Book Outlet before. They’ve been around for a long time and I found out about them when I was in middle school, and even begged my parents to visit the store too. Here’s what I got.

A Stack of books. From top to bottom: The Lieutenant's Bargain by Regina Jennings, Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins, Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano, Mr. Malcom's List by Suzanna Allain, A Rogue of One's Own by Evie Dunmore, It's in His Kiss by Julia Quinn and No Offense by Meg Cabot.
From top to bottom: The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings, Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton, A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins, Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano, Mr. Malcom’s List by Suzanna Allain, A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore, It’s in His Kiss by Julia Quinn and No Offense by Meg Cabot.

Let me start off by saying that I typically get my books/ebooks through Libby and the library system now, but since I haven’t gotten physical books in years I decided to treat myself. I did kind of screw myself over by not getting a variety of books though, as you’ll see, most of the books were of the romance category. If you are thinking about hauling some books from Book Outlet, get a variety of books you’ll love.

It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn

It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn: I, like many other people, have been on the Bridgerton bandwagon. This is the next book in the series for me. I got into reading this series because I saw a commercial for Bridgertons on Netflix, and it seemed interesting. I was really happy when I found out that the show was based on a book series, and went on to read the novel.

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore: I’m on a roll with historical romances lately, but this novel seems to bring out that boardroom enemies to lovers trope to historical romance. I think it’s set in a similar but more advanced era than The Bridgertons book series, but it sure caught my eye!

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore
Mr. Malcolm’s List by Suzanne Allain

Mr. Malcom’s List by Suzanne Allain: I read a similar book lately (Lady Bridget’s Diary) and really enjoyed it so I got really drawn in by the synopsis of this novel. It was a smaller book than I thought it would be.

Diamond In The Rough by Jen Turano: I love stories with American heiresses taking London by storm. They deliver the sass and modern views that old London desperately needed. What really intrigued me with this novel, is that this time it’s a British duke that’s taken for a whirlwind adventure in New York.

Diamond in the Rought by Jen Turano
A Lady’s Guide To Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins

A Lady’s Guide To Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins: I love mystery novels too as you may or may not know, and seeing as this little reporter is found at the wrong places at the wrong times by a detective, I cannot wait to see what’s in store. Based on the synopsis, it seemed like the two would clash and it seemed like a fun read!

Rules Of Contact by Jaci Burton: I actually picked this up randomly because I was rushing to place the order and needed one more book to qualify for free shipping. But I do have a bit of a guilty pleasure with these athlete-themed books, there’s usually a lot of drama surrounding one famous counterpart and you can learn a lot from some of these novels.

Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton
A hand holding a softcover copy of The Lieutenant's Bargain by Regina Jennings in front of a medium blue background.
The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings

The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings: I’m not 100% sure but I think this novel counts as a western romance…but it has so much potential! It’s got a second chance romance and western themes like forts and whatnot. These types of novels can be really historically accurate or lean more towards fiction, so I can’t wait!

No Offense by Meg Cabot: I’ve read a lot of Meg Cabot books over time and I’m really excited that I was able to finally get a physical copy of at least one of her books! Funny story about this, I got a great deal on the hardcover. Can you believe this was $1.99? I’m not lying! I’ll explain how and why down below.

Anyways, the book is part mystery, partly forced proximity and part jaded love interests. It normally doesn’t interest me much but it sounded great, so I took a chance.

A hand holding a hardcover copy of No Offense by Meg Cabot in front of a medium blue background.
No Offense By Meg Cabot

Moving on, this part will be the Book Outlet Review.

When I first heard about Book Outlet in middle school many, many years ago, there weren’t any reviews on the site. In fact, a lot of my friends and family thought the site was sketchy because of how low the price is for books. It’s got more reviews in recent years, but I still thought to throw my own nickel in.

This was my first time shopping from Book Outlet so I wasn’t sure how they were going to ship the books, and whether or not they’d be damaged during shipping. I placed my original order on September 21st, 2021 and unfortunately, Book Outlet experienced some technical issues that halted the processing of orders.

I got an update email on October 1st, and I assume that it was shipped soon afterwards because I got my order on October 5th. Technical issues aside, this is really fast shipping! I’ve placed 3 orders total from Book Outlet and all of them have been shipped with BNI (Bonshaw Delivery Network), which is a shipping company based in New Brunswick.

The deliveries have been left at my unit door, and then the condo’s package room (after that policy went into effect) and there is almost always a proof-of-delivery picture taken showing where the package is. The books were in great condition when they arrived and were packed really well into the box(es) so no damage there. One thing I will note though is that their boxes are heavy duty! It took so much effort to break it down for recycling, but I don’t mind since it means it’s better at protecting the books.

The Book Outlet Delivery box on top of white and blue marble-tiled stairs, capped with yellow stair caps.
Book Outlet Delivery!

The books didn’t have any markings, except those ones across some pages at the bottom (like with discount books) but I don’t mind. I was also worried about there being stickers on the covers, and I believe I had two target stickers on two books but those were easy to remove. I think many of us can agree that those super sticky stickers on book covers are things that just need to go.

Marked Book Bottoms

Overall, I really enjoyed the shopping process from Book Outlet. There are a lot of ways you can earn discounts for yourself when buying books (signing up for their newsletter, referral links, etc.) and it allows for you to buy more books you love at a lower price. This makes a difference especially if you read a lot.

Shipping was pretty fast all times I ordered, though I do live somewhat close to where they typically ship their orders out from (I’m in Toronto) and books arrive in great condition. They won’t have every title ever, but there is a good selection depending on what genre you typically read.

If you’re looking for a referral link with Book Outlet look no further, I’ve got one you can use below to get $5 off your first order of $25 and over (new users only I believe). See disclosure policy here.

I’ll see you next time!

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