Monday, September 24, 2012

Book Haul (7)

I try to mention where my books come from every so often on here so no one gets the wrong idea and starts to think I'm rolling in disposable income.  This week I have a ton of new books, but I paid $23 for all of them.  I do "buy" a lot of books, but I rarely spend much money.  I save up Luke's pocket change when I do laundry for the biannual library sale (which was this week) and I trade in old books for store credit at the used book store.  I read fast enough to keep myself ahead of the game in store credit, so most of the time I pay nothing for the books I get from the used book store. 

If you do it right, you can build an amazing collection for a very small amount of money.  I may not always have the of-the-moment best seller, but the thing about bestsellers is that within six months the used bookstores typically have an overstock of them and put them on the bargain shelf.  If you can hold your horses for just a few months, you can save up to $15 that way.  I'm going to put prices on here so you can see just how cheap you can get them if you're willing to wait.  Everything I got this week has been on my "to buy" list for a while, I've just been waiting for the right price.  So, through the library book sale and through the used book store, here's what I got this week:

Used book store:

Read, Remember, Recommend - it's a book journal with a bunch of fun lists where you can check off what you have, what you want to get, what you've read, etc. $2 (I used store credit, so free for me)
The Book On the Bookshelf $0.75 (store credit)

The Likeness by Tana French $0.75 (store credit)
The Beach House by Jane Green $1.00 (store credit)

The Novel 100 $0.75 (store credit)
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee $1.00 (store credit)
Total spent at McKays: nothing

Library Sale:

Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue $1.00
Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez $2.00

Oogy by Larry Levin $2.00
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson $1.00

Five new additions to my Best American Short Stories collection $10.00

Awakenings by Oliver Sacks $1.00
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth $2.00

America by John Stewart $2.00
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton $2.00

Total spent at library sale: $23

For Review:

Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos
Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie

P.S.  One last observation related to the books I got this week.  If you are a fan of Downton Abbey (I started Season One and fell in love this weekend) you should read Kate Morton.  That is all.


  1. Wow, you got some great ones this week! And thanks for talking about the prices--I am all about budget book buying these days.

  2. The $2.99 B&N sale brought me 6 books for $18 delivered. Not too shabby. I'm a sucker for cheap books! :)

  3. looks like a lot of great books! i really need to check out our used book store in town. i used to go to the otherone in the town over but i have had SOOO many on my own shelf i need to read i've yet to mkae it to our one in town!

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