Used Books Haul

This may not be a surprise to anyone, but I like to buy books! I like book fairs, book sales and of course, book stores. I’ve been very good and didn’t go to any book fair or buy any used books in 2011. Though, I did buy three discounted new cookbooks on Boxing Day.

Now that I’m book blogging again, it is even harder to avoid the allure of book sales. I went to two book fairs recently. Honestly, used book sales are great and you can find a lot of books in great condition. Sometimes I find books which I suspect the owners hadn’t even read. It’s a great way to find books I haven’t read but want to try out in the future. I prefer to buy fiction and cookbooks since you can’t ever have enough of either.

First Sale: June 6th. All the books were only $1:

Book fair haul #1 on Instagram

From the top down:

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
Inferno by Dante Alighieri – Yay! I can put this on the Classics Club
The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson – Have the movie in the queue so may as well get the book
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Before I go to Sleep by S. J. Watson – I got this partly because it was very new
We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – This is a popular book and it’s huge so good deal
Moosewood Cookbookby Mollie Katzen – Good cookbooks are hard to find at these bookfairs, but I’ve heard good things about this book. The font is a bit irksome though.

All for $9!

Book fair #2: Jun 17th.

Bookfair haul #2 on Instagram

First column:

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder – Read this years ago, liked it.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan – Love this book.
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran – Same.
Detection Unlimited by Georgette Heyer – For my Heyerathon. I don’t even know if this is good.
The Spice Necklace by Ann Vanderhoof – A travelogue and cookbook. I haven’t read her first book yet, but I will. I just realized I had the ebook of this already. D’oh!
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory – Haven’t read any of Gregory’s books and there were a number so I decided to start off with these.

Second coloumn:

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Loved the movie, am not sure if I read the book!
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
Death in Venice and other tales by Thomas Mann
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte – For Classics Club
Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell – A short story collection
The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell – I actually don’t have a huge interest in Bronte even though I love JE, but I am fascinated by Gaskell’s work.
A Room with a View, Howards Ends and Maurice by E. M. Forster – I already own HE, but I haven’t read Maurice, and I just adore Forster.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – For Classics Club
Wives and Daughtersby Elizabeth Gaskell – For Classics Club. I will try to read North and South first though.
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy – More reading masochism. Hehe.

A bag of soft cover books $15 and $2 for hard cover: All for $19 (the Prophet was hardcover).

Hopefully that is for my book fairs this year because I really didn’t even have the room for the books I mentioned. Maybe I should do giveaways.

Has anyone read the books above? Any thoughts? Do you scour book fairs too?

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4 comments

  1. Susan says:

    You snagged some good ones here, and amazingly just for $19. Pretty good. From your first photo above, Stone Diaries is probably a must, especially for us Canadians; I enjoyed it. Ken Follett is good to fall into for summer and Toni Morrison’s Bluest Eye is her first novel & is pretty bleak but good. Enjoy your stack!

    • athena says:

      Hi Susan! I got the Diaries because of the Canadianess of it all. I look forward to it. Thanks for the comments and have a good rest of your day!

  2. FABR Steph says:

    This is a great haul. I see a Toni Morrison book (love Toni Morrison) and the Moosewood Cookbook, which I had for years. There are some great soups in there. I love finding great deals on used books!

    • athena says:

      Hi Steph! I’m glad you like the Moosewood Cookbook. I was lucky to find it because good, popular cookbooks are often rare at these sales. Thanks for the comment!

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