Saturday, March 10, 2012

Library Loot XLVIII [Used Book Sale]

Not the a typical 'books I borrowed from the library' type of library loot post, but I managed to raid the used book sale at my local library today which definitely feels like looting! I had today's used book sale on my calendar and hoped to get there on the first night when the book selection is at its best, but I just couldn't get there on time. Instead, I went today--the last day of the sale when the deal of the day is all the books you can fit in a bag for $8. What a steal!               [**books I've already read]

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman
**Sunshine by Robin McKinley
The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison
Falling Boy by Alison McGhee

**The Wedding by Julie Garwood
The Promise in a Kiss by Stephanie Laurens
The Indiscretion by Judith Ivory
The Spy Who Came for Christmas by David Morrell
Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb
Promises in Death by J.D. Robb
At Last Comes Love by Mary Balogh
**The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson
Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner
The Secret Lives of the Sushi Club by Christy Yorke
The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin 
The Christmas Cooke Club by Ann Pearlman
The Baker's Apprentice by Judith Ryan Hendricks

**The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver 
The Orchard by Theresa Weir
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
Peony in Love by Lisa See
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

I got all of 28 these books for $8... can you believe it?! Not only do I now have my own copies of some favorite books, but several other books have been on my list to read for a while, so I'm excited to have scored my own copies at such a bargain. All the others caught my attention for one reason or another.. Honestly I can't wait to read all of them!

Have you read any of these books? Anything catch your eye? 


  1. Wow. Looks like an awesome shopping trip! I need to visit a sale like that!

    I adore Jule Garwood! Her mysteries are terrific, too!

  2. That's what I call a good bargain! WOW! you got a ton of books and you just reminded me I need to read Wildwood Dancing. :P

  3. Holy moly, Christine! You got some amazing books there - and a real deal, too. I recently read The Shadow of the Wind and loved, loved, loved it! It's my new favorite book so far this year. I've also read and loved The Poisonwood Bible - I think it's Kingsolver's best (although I am a huge fan of hers and would read anything she publishes). Like Gina, I adore Julie Garwood - and Mary Balogh is a favorite. I can't believe what great books you got on the last day of the sale - enjoy :)

  4. Christine, such great books!
    I have to agree with Janet, Shadow of the Wind is an amazing book, and it has that special kind of feeling where you can get into and it gets hard to let it go, you have to read it fast!
    I also read the book by Barbara Kingsolver and I agree with Janet again, it's a great book too, I loved reading it!
    These are the only ones I've read but I'm very curious about your opinion on the books by Lisa See, I've read some comments somewhere and people liked them a lot, I hope you can put these four on top of the list...? :D
    Take care!

  5. @Gina. .. I had so much fun going over the shelves looking for some treasures. I didn't expect to find so much that interested me on the last day of the sale.

    I read my first books my Julie Garwood last summer--The Bride and The Wedding. I adored them both. I love medieval romances! I look forward to reading more of her books.

    @Alex ... I have been wanting to read Wildwood Dancing for SO long. I was thrilled when I spotted this on the shelves.. especially when none of my local libraries have it.

    @Janet... I know! I really scored with this sale. So lucky! I have heard great things about The Shadow of the Wind.. it's been on my to-read list from the library for a while now. I have always wanted to read something by Kingsolver but didn't really know where to start. I pulled this one of the shelf [there were a few others by her there as well] and a woman standing near me convinced me to take it, telling me it was her favorite. Looking forward to discovering her writing.

    S.... Great to hear you loved Shadow of the Wind AND The Poisonwood Bible, too! Wow. I need to prioritize those. I don't know what's driven me to grab the Lisa See books. I have a few others, too, that I've picked up in past sales. The setting and time period intrigues me. I'll let you know when I do. My book piles are HUGE.. how am I EVER going to get to all of these wonderful, wonderful books?!

  6. Oh wow - complete bargain! I can only echo everyone else by saying you got so many good books, even on the last day of sale?!! I wish I lived near your library :-)

  7. I haven't read any of these but they all look good! And what a deal!!! I would have been SUPER excited about those J.D. Robb books :)

  8. Man,I wish my library had used book sales like that!

    Good snag with the J.D. Robb books. Sunshine is a fave of mine. I just did a reread a couple of months ago. LOVE!

  9. Nice haul! Promises in Death is my next one.

  10. @Li ... I was impressed with the selection on the last day of sale, too. One of the volunteers at the sale encouraged me to come on the first night next time. She said I'd be even MORE successful then. I think she's one of us. [addicted to books]. I wish you lived near my library too! :)

    @samantha... There were other J.D. Robb books there ... these were two that I am missing. Plus some of the newer ones. Maybe I'll be able to get those if I go first day of the sale next time?

    @Shannon ... I loved Sunshine, too. I gave my copy away to a friend and fellow blogge in New Zealand a few years ago and then regretted it shortly after. Now I finally have a copy of my own again! Yay! :)

    @Lisa ... We arecatching up to Nora! Yay! You're a couple books ahead of me .. I am on Creation in Death now.

  11. Awesome haul, Christine!! Book sales are awesome. :P

    I have the Princess and the Hound in my tbr pile.

  12. I've read a few of these, but not many and WOW! What a great deal! You go lady! WOO!

  13. Where to start?

    Shadow of the Wind is one of my favourite books of all time! Tiny Sunbirds is a fascinating read, and I am a big fan of Lisa See's books!

    Enjoy all your acquisitions!

  14. Holy cats! Good loot. Some of those books are really new!

  15. LOL, those are the best sales, Christine!! Really too bad you couldn't make it on the first day! But you still snatched some In Death books! And it's ones that you haven't read yet :) Not bad!

    In your pile, the one I'd really want to read is the Robin McKinley :) and of course, I've already read the In Death books. As well as the Mary Balogh :)

  16. How funny, my library is having its sale too, and my mom is visiting so I'm going to take her : ) Nice catch of books ya got! Poisonwood Bible was so so for me, loved, I mean loved One Thousand White Women. Read that for my book club, excellent. Shanghai Girls was pretty good too.


  17. That is amazing! All those for $8? I love library sales but I've never found one with prices that low! Enjoy!

  18. I loved The Shadow of the Wind and I just picked up Shanghai Girls at my library's used bookstore. Happy Reading!

  19. @ames ... I thought The Princess and the Hound looked really good. We should read it together. :)

    @Brandy... What a deal, right? My bookshelves are happy. :D

    @Marg... Sounds like a lot of readers love Shadow of the Wind. Looking forward to it. I was excited to find Tiny Sunbirds at the sale. That one caught my eye on goodreads before it was released. I haven't read any of Lisa See's books, but for some reason I ALWAYS gravitate to them at the bookstore or library. Thanks to these sales at my library I know have at least three of her books!

    @Michelle.. I Know! I was surprised at how many new releases were there. I saw a few ARCs there as well!

    @nath ... I am determined to get to the next sale in June on the first day. I am going to pounce on the more recent In Death books. I think I'm only missing 3-4 at this point. I do prefer them in paperback though.. but at such a bargain price, how could I turn it down, right?

    You haven't read McKinley's Sunshine? I love that book even though the middle drags a little. I've never re-read it, but now I can whenever I want! :)

    @Paula ... Did you and your mom get some good loot at your library book sale? I hope so!!!

    I have wanted to read One Thousand White Women for a while... almost bought it at Target a few months ago but decided I could always borrow it from the library. Never thought I'd buy a copy at the library for 29 cents!

    @Claire... $8 for all the books you can fit in a grocery bag is an AWESOME deal. My library always does that on the last day of their 4 day used book sale. Such a bargain. I almost feel guilty!!!

    @Lisa@ButteryBooks... Ooo another fan of The Shadow of the Wind! Happy reading to you, too! :)

  20. No joke you can't beat that price ; ) Mom got a few books for herself, I didn't see anything butt I'm going back again, I'll be bringing a bunch to donate too.

    I actually ordered theThe Secret Lives Of The Sushi Club from it caught my attention.


  21. That's a good bargain - 28 books for $8! And most them look in good shape too. I loved The Shadow of the Wind and The Poisonwood Bible. I have a few of Lisa See's to read. You have a good set of books to read this year!

  22. @luv46kdz... Let me know when you decide to read The Secret Lives of The Sushi Club. If I'm not drowning in books at the time, I'll read it with you! :)

    Harvee ... I made out like a bandit! My TBR shelf is out of control. It will be a small miracle if I get to 5 of those 28 books by the end of the year! At the top of the list, though, is definitely The Shadow of the Wind and The Poisonwood Bible, thanks to everyone's comments here on this post!

  23. You picked some serious great books! I loved Wildwood Dancing and 1000 White Women! Enjoy all your goodies.

  24. You got it : ) I really have to edit better with this iPad of mine. When I go back and see what I've typed, I cringe! Lol, my fat fingertips just don't cut it


  25. @Peaceful Reader ... I need an extra 12 hours a day, I think, dedicated just to reading. I have SO many wonderful books on my shelves now.

    luv46kdz ... No worries! I am fluent in iphone-ese! ;)


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