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Sunday Funday: Library Sale Book Haul

Yesterday, I found out a nearby library was having a Friends of the Library book sale.  If you went bright and early, you could load up a big paper bag for only five dollars.  Or, you waited and went at noon or after, you could fill that bag for only one dollar.  Guess when I went?  Yeah, I got there exactly at twelve noon so I could get the best deal!  I ended up walking out of that sale with 14 books - 12 hardbacks and 2 paperbacks.  It was so heavy I could barely carry it back outside to my car - it was very close to ripping out!  Let's check out my spoils:

Momo by Michael Ende, illus. Marcel Dzama - This is by the same author of one of my favorites, The Neverending Story.  This was released six years earlier and won him critical acclaim.

Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine - This is supposed to be a Phantom of the Opera retelling - I've seen all sorts of reviews on this from glowingly positive to absolutely terrible, but I still want to give it a shot.

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds - I remember seeing this all over the place early last year when it was released, but I haven't seen much in the way of reviews for it lately.  Either way, it sounds like this might just feature a favorite new YA male protagonist.

Battle Lines (Department 19 #3) by Will Hill - I know it's book three, but I loved the first book so much that I needed to pick this up while I had the chance!  Now, I just need to get myself a copy of book two...  Thanks again for introducing me to this series, Emily @ Ink, Inc.!

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski - Like the book listed above, I've only read the first book in this trilogy, but I enjoyed it enough to go ahead and pick up the last book.  I was surprised to see two other copies also being sold - they probably had purchased several copies, but since it's been nearly six months since it's release they must have decided to clear out some of the extras.

Pastworld by Ian Beck - I had never heard of this 2009 release before I picked it up, but it sounds like it could be really cool.  It sounds something like Westworld, but no robots and Victorian London instead of the Old West.

Ancestor by Scott Sigler - I enjoyed Sigler's Infected, and as I soon as I noticed this I decided to give this 2010 release a shot, too.

The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel - After Station Eleven, of course I want to try other books by Mandel.

Bringing Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall was stunning and I can't wait to see how everything plays out in Mantel's sequel.

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman - Gaiman is one of my all time favorite authors, so I needed to get my hands on this book of short stories.  It even includes "The Monarch of the Glen", which is American Gods #1.5!

The Art of Medieval Manuscripts by Krystyna Weinstein - This is just absolutely beautiful!

Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) by Brian McClellan - I've been considering starting up this epic fantasy series for awhile now, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy this afternoon.

On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers - I still haven't seen the newest Pirates of the Caribbean movie yet, but I heard it was based on this book.  I really like both pirates and Tim Powers, so I'm hoping that this is going to be great.

The Age of Dreaming by Nina Revoyr - This sounds like it could be a wonderful piece of historical fiction mystery set both in the silent film era and the 1960s.  It will be very interesting to see how the main character's Japanese (and American) cultural identities will be woven into the story.

Have you read any of these books?  If so, what would you recommend I read first (not counting Battle Lines and The Winner's Kiss, at least until I've read book two in both series)?  What books have you bought lately?  Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope everyone has a great weekend!


  1. I love library book sales! We have one coming up next week. You buy them by the inch. I usually go a little crazy!

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  2. Hooray for library book sale hauls!! Looks like you got some really good ones. I just went to one myself Friday. Aren't they just the best??! I posted my book haul on my weekly updates today. :)

    1. Yay! I saw your post, and it looks like you got some good ones, too!

  3. Can you believe I've never been to a library book sale? I've donated stuff for sales before, but I've never actually gone to a sale at any of my local libraries. Oops.

    Your library had The Winner's Kiss on sale? I'm super jealous! I haven't read any of the books yet, but I just need that one so I can easily binge read them.

    1. What? I've donated tons of stuff in the past myself. You should really try going to one, Erin.

  4. I loooooove library book sales--there are always so many awesome undiscovered gems to stumble across and fall in love with! Looks like you walked out of there with a great haul--hopefully you enjoy them all! <3

    1. Exactly! I hope so too!

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  5. Oh, wow! Looks like a great book haul! I love library sales, too, though whenever I catch on to my local library's sales, most of the books are cleaned off soon after. I need to be faster on this, lol!

    1. I got there as soon as they lowered the price of a bag - same time as everyone else really. I restricted myself to just one bag, but lots of others were loading up!

  6. YASS D19! (Did you know my comment would start like that??) Thanks for the shout-out! XD

    The Art of Medieval Manuscripts looks wonderful! Also, reading your blog this evening has made me excited about Hilary Mantel (or Hilarity Mental, as we call her in my family ... I hardly even know why, I think it's for pun value only). Oh, and Gaiman. Need to make that happen. What would you recommend I start with?

    1. I fully expected it would!! :D

      Hilarity Mental... I can totally see the pun value thing.

      Yes, you need to try Gaiman. My first book of his was Neverwhere and I absolutely loved it. You also have to read Good Omens, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book for sure!


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