I love to buy my books from a used book store or the library. Brand new books can be wonderful, but there’s something special about a used book. When I went to the library last week, I went into their used bookstore (they sell their donations or any that the library no longer wants and the money goes toward the library), I found 3 vintage copies of books on my TBR.
Persuasion by Jane Austen Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The copies of Persuasion and Wuthering Heights are both Signet Classics from 1959 and 1964 respectively. They’re so lovely! I’ll be finding a nice spot on my bookcase for their covers to be displayed. I also want to read them both soon. If I can find some more Signet Classic editions from around this time, I’ll definitely be buying them if the covers are as pretty as these.
The House of the Spirits has been on my list of books I want to read for some time, and I liked this mass market paperback edition from 1986 that I found for $1.50. I also liked the art on this cover. I can’t wait to read this book and more of Isabel Allende’s work.
Do you prefer brand new books or do you like used copies? Used copies will always be my favorite for several reasons, including the covers and price, and I’m so happy with these finds.
Two book haul posts in one month? That’s what happens when I go out of town and they have a Books-A-Million! I prefer to buy used books or books on sale, unless it’s something I know I will read right away, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out a new bookstore. I can understand why people love it. They had an entire display dedicated to Alice in Wonderland goodies as well as some beautiful classics, and I was tempted to buy several things there, but then my mom spotted the Sarah Dessen display. I had 10/13 of her books when I went in and now I have all 13. Plus, I have a water bottle with one of her quotes on it! It was free with 2 books, so I figured I might as well complete my collection.
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Now I have a bit of a mix of older covers and newer, and it would be great to have a full collection of both, but that’s something to deal with at another time. Maybe I will find some used copies of the older editions of these or, at the very least, get paperbacks of the few I have in hardcovers. Also, one day soon I will have to reread some of her books.
It has been a few months since I’ve done a book haul because I’ve been trying to read books I own or just borrow from the library, but trips to the library are difficult because I can also buy books for under a dollar. Whoops. Still, I haven’t bought much and I did just completely my Goodreads reading challenge for the year, so I’ll consider them rewards.
I mentioned in my last book haul post that my favorite independent bookstore was closing. It has closed since that last post, but I managed to go there one last time to buy a few books. Not like I needed to add more books to my TBR shelf, but I just couldn’t help myself, even if I knew nothing about any of these books when I bought them.
The Purple Shroud: A Novel of Empress Theodora by Stella Duffy Little Century by Anna Keesey Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus Shirley by Susan Scarf Merrell
The Purple Shroud is the second in a series, but it sounds like it can be a standalone novel. I don’t know a thing about Empress Theodora, and I’ve never read any books about the Byzantine Empire, so I’m curious as to how the author will write these historical figures and time period. I’ll have to find out for sure if this book can be read alone before I read it, so I may have to read the first book as well. Read More »
One of my book goals for the past couple of years has been to buy less books unless they’re on my TBR list, but my favorite independent book store is closing (unfortunately) and they are having a sale. I have been a couple of times to look around without buying anything, but I went around a week ago and picked up two books to put on my newly organized READ bookcase. They are by two of my favorite YA authors and I loved being able to add them to my collection of favorites.
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen Locked in Time by Lois Duncan
By now you have probably picked up on my love for Sarah Dessen. I have an almost complete collection of her books, but this was one of about 3 missing from that. My stack of her books is on top of my READ bookcase along with a few more YA books that I’ve kept. It’s a special place.
I thought that I would have found some used Lois Duncan by now, but I somehow have never come across any. She’s one of my favorite authors that I read in middle school and high school and this is my favorite of her books. One day I would like to reread it, and now I can pick it up at any time. I would love to find some older copies since those are the ones I read, but I do like this cover. It gives me Alice in Wonderland vibes.
Have you added anything new to your book collection yet? Do you have a TBR shelf or case?
I haven’t posted a book haul (or Stacking the Shelves post) in over 2 months! This includes books that I bought in August and September. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (purchased/used) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (purchased/used) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (purchased/used) Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (purchased/used) Night Film by Marisha Pessl (purchased/used)Read More »
I’m back after a bit of an unplanned hiatus with a book haul from the past few weeks. Enjoy!
Physical Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper (win from Goodreads) A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Illustrated by Tasha Tudor (gifted/used) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Illustrated by Tasha Tudor (purchased/used)
Other two signed Kat Zhang (author of The Hybrid Chronicles) cards (won from Ensconced in Lit on Twitter)