Time to share the loot I scored at my local used book sale!
Okay, confession. I’m a complete mess these days. Moving houses has thrown a wrench in all my blogging plans, which is why I have no review for you this fine Thursday. Reading has been the last thing on my mind and I just can’t seem to make myself focus on an audiobook at work. I’M A FAILURE. Just kidding. Maybe.
What I CAN give you is a book haul post filled with all the amazing things I found a couple weeks ago. Every year my local library has a huge sale, giving away books for just a dollar a piece. Obviously this is MY JAM each year, but this is the first time I had a blog when it happened and I wanted to document my findings! Normally I’m not really one for book haul posts, just because I never get/buy anything that interesting. Usually I end up buying paperback copies of books that everyone has already read. Example: yesterday at Target I bought the special edition version of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which came out two years ago. But a used book sale is exciting for EVERYONE!
I’m ashamed to admit that, for the longest time, I thought this was just a movie and didn’t even know a book existed. I forget how I eventually found out, but I’ve wanted to read this ever since. After such an iconic movie adaptation, I’m curious to see how the book will be different. Plus, I kind of love how beat up this copy is. It feels like it has a history and I’m a new chapter in it’s book life. Awwwwww…
Also, on a completely random non-book related tangent, if you haven’t watched this fluting Jurassic Park video then you haven’t lived. I’m just saying.
The Time Traveler’s Wife
I’ve had this book on my tbr list ever since I saw the movie and loved it. Admittedly, I’m a complete sucker for romance and time-travel, so combining the two sounds like it would be right up my alley. When I saw this among the other paperbacks, I didn’t even hesitate to grab it. Like Jurassic Park, I’m super curious to see how this will differ from it’s movie adaptation.
It Ends With Us
I’M SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE GUYS! After listening to the amazing audiobook, I had planned to buy a hard copy for myself to keep for always. And then this just APPEARED LIKE MAGIC!! You should have seen me freak out. I was on all fours under the display table looking at all the books hiding underneath and having a fangirl heart attack.
Life After Life
I knew nothing about this book when I saw it, but was intrigued by the title and thought the cover was designed well. This book gave me an excuse to use the Goodreads barcode scanner for the first time and I quickly skimmed some reviews while I was standing there. It seemed pretty well received and the book geek gave it four out of five stars, which was all I needed to hear. What the hell, it was only a dollar. You only live once right?? #YOLO
What Comes After
This didn’t ring any bells for me at first glance, but I ended up grabbing it because the cover looked really familiar. I remembered seeing this floating around during school with some of my friends. With another quick barcode scan on my Goodreads app, the reviews seemed pretty positive, so I decided to go for it. Because again, IT WAS ONLY A FREAKING DOLLAR.
The Sweet Far Thing
(Gemma Doyle, Book 3)
By Libba Bray
This was a cool find! I’ve only read the first book in this series and, for some reason, only own the first two. I plan on finishing off the Gemma Doyle series at some point, so I was happy to find this! The young-adult section at this sale was depressingly small and weirdly mixed in with the children’s books, so I practically jumped on top of the table when I spotted this one.
The River of No Return
By Bee Ridgway
Seriously just bought this because the cover is pretty. I walked by a giant cart and then did a complete 180 while saying “ohhhhhh pretty!!” When I looked up the reviews for this book, they seemed a lot more mixed. People either loved or hated this one, so I debated longer about buying it while carrying it around for awhile. In the end I caved because it’s another book about time travel, following a guy from the 19th century to modern day. Plus, IT WAS ONLY A DOLLAR.
The Thorn Birds
By Colleen McCullough
Ohhhhhhh man. THIS book. Can you believe a first edition of this was just randomly floating around the mystery section? The MOMENT I saw it, I snapped this quick photo for my mom and put it in my pile. I mean a DOLLAR?? Ummm, yeah I’m gonna buy it.
To completely understand the amazing-ness of this, I’m gonna have to tell a story. One week I was home sick from school (this had to be my sophmore-ish year of high school??) and my mom decided I should spend that week watching the North and South mini-series. If you’re anything like me, you’re thinking of the BBC version with Mr. Dwarf Thorin himself Richard Armitage. Well, you’re wrong. My mother was actually talking about the 1985 Civil War epic starring Patrick Swayze. She ran out to Borders and bought the VHS set (how old is that freaking sentence??), which consisted of six tapes. It was so good, I ended up watching them ALL in one night. What she failed to mention, though, was that it wasn’t finished. Freaking NINE AND HALF HOURS spent watching this series and it ends ON A FREAKING CLIFFY. I WAS SO PISSED! It was like, three in the morning and I had a complete bitch fit–something my mom found HILARIOUS.
After that she was all about giving me more mini-series to watch and one of them was The Thorn Birds from 1983. Fortunately, I was smart enough not to watch this all in one night and it didn’t cause any rage sessions. We had a lot of fun with it and it’s still a running joke between us. I saw this sitting on the table and LITERALLY laughed out loud. Of all the books to find! And now I’m actually super curious to read it!! I only have dim memories of the mini-series, but I remember it being kind of cheesy. I’m wondering how what I watched will translate on to paper.
TALK TO ME
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?!
Seen any good mini-series or shows lately?
I really do highly recommend North and South despite my freak out over the ending!
What books have you scored lately? Anything good??
Holler at me in the comments!!