Book Sale Haul VI

Wow, I’ve done six of these already? Time flies. I’ve been learning to restrain myself a bit more at these book sales, since I’m really running out of room, so this time I have 21 new books to share with you. Behold the literary splendor! (click for larger images)

Apparently I'm collecting The Wheel of Time books now...
Apparently I’m collecting The Wheel of Time books now…so far I’ve got 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 11. That’s a start.
Two more Shannara books for the collection and some fantasy/scifi...
Two more Shannara books for the collection and some fantasy/scifi…
Elizabethan espionage, sherlock, thrillers, and Ian M. Banks since I really liked The Algebraist...
Elizabethan espionage, Sherlock, thrillers, and Ian M. Banks since I really liked The Algebraist
Tarot and math make an odd combination, but I've always had an interest in forms of divination, as well as a fear of math. It says it's painless, so maybe I'll learn something.
Tarot and math make an odd combination, but I’ve always had an interest in forms of divination, as well as a fear of math. It says it’s painless, so maybe I’ll learn something.

So there you have it, my restrained book sale finds. I’m pretty happy with it and since my personal library seems to be growing at an alarming rate, I’ve decided to focus on reading what I already have for the time being. There will be no more trips to the library for a while, since I get distracted so easily. I’m almost done with The Wise Man’s Fear so there will be some new reviews in the very near future, including an indie or two, so please look forward to them! Until next time…happy reading 😉

Book Sale Haul V

Here I present to you, once again, pictures of books. Enjoy!

Some lovely hardcovers...
Some lovely hardcovers…
The one in the upper right is Sapphique, the sequel to Incarceron. The X-Files book is there because I just couldn't help myself, since I was a huge fan of the show.
The one in the upper right is Sapphique, the sequel to Incarceron. The X-Files book is there because I just couldn’t help myself, since I was a huge fan of the show.
Some lovely paperbacks...
Some lovely paperbacks…

I think I managed excellent restraint this time. I’m trying to be a bit more realistic about how many books I bring home, since I’m desperately out of space. But how can I not bring more books home? Books are awesome. Until next time…

Book Sale Haul IV

Another book sale has come and gone and once again I probably got too many books. Can you really have too many books? Anyway, I did manage to restrain myself a little better this time and ended up with 34. Click on the pictures to make them bigger. 🙂

Some random Shannara books.
I’m trying to collect all of the Shannara books.
I now have the firs four Sword of Truth novels.
I now have the first four Sword of Truth novels. (Since I got the first one last time)
The first five Age of Fire books.
The first five Age of Fire books. It was pretty cool finding all these in a pile together.
A couple of classics.
A couple of classics.
A few hardcovers. I always like to get books that are practically new.
A few hardcovers. I always like to get books that are practically new.
A smattering of trade paperbacks. I'm most intrigued by Jinn, since I believe they just made it into a movie.
Some trade paperbacks. I’m most intrigued by Jinn, since they just made it into a movie.
Random paperbacks.
Random paperbacks. Stormlord Rising looks promising and The Name of the Rose has been on my list for a while now.

I got some good stuff, it was a lot of fun, and I can’t wait till the next one! Until next time…

Happy Reading!

Book Sale Haul III


It’s that time of year again and I think I may have overdone it… Displayed before you is a grand total of 58 books. Yup, that’s right, 58. This is the most I’ve ever gotten before. I blame it on the never-ending selection of paperbacks they had this year. This was all under $30 by the way, which is why book sales are so great. XD

In the past two book sale posts I’ve done, I made a full list of all the titles, but 58 is just waaaaay too many to list, so I tried to take a decent picture instead. Hopefully you can read the spines well enough (click the image to make it bigger) even if a couple are a little blurry. If you want to know more about a specific book, just leave a comment, let me know where it’s located in the picture and I can give you the title and author.

I got a lot of books that are first in a series, several titles that are already on my book list, and even a steampunk novel!  I’ve got a complete Mercedes Lackey trilogy, the first two books of Tad Williams’ Shadowmarch series, a couple omnibus editions of series I hadn’t heard of before, and three books in the Vampire Earth series by E.E. Knight. There’s also some Lovecraft, a science fiction novel translated from Japanese (Yukikaze, the one that looks upside down) and a book entitled The Voyage of the Narwhal…that one I got just because I couldn’t resist the title, although it happens to be about exploration in the 19th century.Read or Die

Even with all these books crowding my book shelves, I’ll be back for the sale in September. I can’t help it. If I have to, I’ll just start stacking them on the floor. As long as it doesn’t go quite this far, I think I’m ok.

Book Sale Haul II

Yes, there has been another book sale already and while I’m not quite as proud of my finds this time, I think I still managed to grab some interesting reads.


Japanese Children's Books

I also managed to find some interesting books in Japanese, and a learning Japanese book. I can barely read any of it, but I think they’re just fun to have and it might give me a little extra motivation to study.

It seems the May book sale had a better selection, and it makes sense when you think about it. There is twice as much time between the September and May book sales, so there’s more time for the library to get donations. Plus, I think I got all the best books in May. This time I was trying to focus a little more on science fiction and classics, but some fantasy and historical fiction managed to sneak into my bag anyway. I wonder how that happened…

Here’s the list of books:

Martin Chuzzlewitt – Charles Dickens
Three Complete Novels (David Copperfield, The Old Curiosity Shop, Hard Times) – Charles Dickens
Chambers Dictionary of World History
Emma – Jane Austen
Rogue Star – Michael Flynn
Angel Station – Walter Jon Williams
Nimisha’s Ship – Anne McCaffrey
Death of a Stranger – Anne Perry
Brain Ships – Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Ball
Fall With Honor – E. E. Knight
Fallen Dragon – Peter F. Hamilton
Shadowmancer – G. P. Taylor
The Snow Empress – Laura Joh Rowland
The Winter King – Bernard Cornwell
The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton
The Queen’s Fool – Philippa Gregory
The Boleyn Inheritance – Philippa Gregory
The Moor – Laurie R. King
Hyperion – Dan Simmons
The Light Fantastic – Terry Pratchett
Shadowrun, Steel Rain – Nyx Smith
Furies of Calderon – Jim Butcher

The Snow Empress stands out to me the most, but I’m also curious about Angel Station and that Shadowrun novel, largely due to the cheesy cover art. I don’t have high expectations for Steel Rain, but with ninjas and robots I just had to pick it up. That’s it for book sales until May, but I’m pretty sure I have more than enough reading to last me until then. Until next time…

Happy Reading!

Book Sale Haul

Twice a year, my local library has an epic book sale. People donate books they don’t want and the library keeps whatever they need and sells the rest at about $1 a book. This year I believe I may have gone a little overboard, but I just couldn’t help it! I pretty much just grabbed anything that looked interesting; historical fiction, fantasy, classics, sci-fi, thrillers, etc., which added up to a grand total of 46 books…

These are all the titles and authors in order from left to right, top to bottom:

Bone Rattler (A Mystery of Colonial America) – Eliot Pattison
The Fairy’s Return and Other Princess Tales – Gail Carson Levine
Learning to Swim – Sara J. Henry
People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Katherine Howe
Bretheren (An Epic Adventure of the Knights Templar) – Robyn Young
Charles Dickens, Four Novels (Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol) – Charles Dickens
World Without End – Ken Follett
Black Red White (Trilogy)- Ted Dekker
Witches’ Brew – Terry Brooks
Wizard At Large – Terry Brooks
2010: Odyssey Two – Arthur C. Clarke
The Wishsong of Shannara – Terry Brooks
A Saint, More or Less – Henry Grunwald
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
Finding Emmaus (The Lodestarre – Book One) – Pamela S.K. Glasner
The Book of Lies – Brad Meltzer
Galileo’s Daughter (A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love) – Dava Sobel
The Elenium (Trilogy) – David Eddings
Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Anatomy of Deception – Lawrence Goldstone
Messenger – Lois Lowry
The Devil’s Labyrinth – John Saul
Silence in Hanover Close (A Victorian Murder Mystery) – Anne Perry
The house of the Seven Gables – Nathaiel Hawthorne
Pickwick Papers – Charles Dickens
The Serpent in the Garden – Janet Gleeson
The Passage – Justin Cronin
The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy – Mary Street
Gramercy Park – Paula Cohen
Ghosts of Albion Accursed – Amber Benson and Christopher Golden
A Spectacle of Corruption (sequel to A Conspiracy of Paper) – David Liss
The Masque of the Black Tulip – Lauren Willig
The Cross-legged Knight (An Owen Archer Mystery) – Candace Robb
The Fair Folk (Six Tales of the Fey) – Edited by, Marvin Kaye
Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book One) – Jonathan Stroud
The Garden of Eve – K.L. Going
The Betrayal, The Lost Life of Jesus – Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
Gospel Truths – J.G. Sandom
The Book of Fate – Brad Meltzer

Tebukuro – Uchida Risako Yaku
The Rough Guide Phrasebook, Japanese

*The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follet [This book is not shown because I lent it to a friend right after I got it.]

I’m particularly looking forward to Black Red White, The Passage, and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. The two Japanese books were a nice find, since I’m studying the language in my spare time. Needless to say, I’ll be restricting my reading to what is already on my bookshelf for the summer, but I fear that won’t even make much of a dent in it. I’d rather have a bookcase full of books waiting to be read that books I’ve already read anyway. Please look forward to some reviews of these books in the upcoming months…though it will definitely take more like two years for me to read it all.  Until next time…

Happy Reading!