Hauls

Small, unintentional book haul | June 2016

You know how I’m always so proud of the fact that I don’t buy books until I have a very small TBR? Well, I kind of cheated. But I have my reasons.

My mom and I went to the market this Sunday. The word “market” doesn’t sound like a place where you’d find great books, but I live on a touristy island, so other rules apply. There are two book-selling stalls at this market, both for charity purposes. One collects money for the local animal shelter (I did a book haul with books from there in April, which you can check out here), and the other for, I believe, a rehab centre.

Both these stalls sell used books that were donated, and I’ve given them books myself on various occasions. I just love them a lot, and I always find amazing books there. So that’s my excuse – I hadn’t been to the market in a while, and I couldn’t just ignore the books, could I?

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Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

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The first book I bought is the only one I got from the animal charity stall, and it’s Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. The thing about Dan Brown books is that you can always find them second-hand, everywhere. My local bookshop actually has a copy, which I’ve always wanted to pick up, but it’s a really ugly edition that doesn’t fit with his other books on my shelf. So when I saw this, I had to pick it up. I’ll probably be in the mood for a thriller with trashy characters soon, so yeah. I got this for just 3€.

 

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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The size of this book really surprised me. I don’t know why, but I always thought it was really short, like a novella. Turns out it’s actually huge! I didn’t wanna pick this up at first, because I wasn’t sure how much each book cost at the rehab stall, but then I found out it’s literally one book for 1€, which is INSANE. So of course I bought it. When I showed my mom the books I bought, I told her what each was about, and when I got to American Gods I was like, actually I have no idea. I still don’t know what it’s about, but I remember reading a couple blog posts about it and thinking that it sounded like my kind of thing.

 

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

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This is the one book that I knew I wanted to have, no matter what. I talked about it a bit in the Diverse Books Tag, so when I saw it I was like YES. I just realised I don’t really know what it’s about, but I remember finding it on Goodreads and just thinking that it seemed amazing.

 

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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I read The Shadow of the Wind by the same author last year and really enjoyed it, and this sounds quite similar – it’s also set in Barcelona, it’s about a writer and it’s got some mysterious stuff going on. I’m sure I’ll love it.

 

1000 Years of annoying the French by Stephen Clarke

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I’m currently reading a non-fiction book about British history called An utterly impartial History of Britain by John O’Farrell, which is informative and very entertaining at the same time. Those are the history books I like. So I’d had my eye on this one for some time, but I thought I’d finish the former before buying another fun history book. Needless to say, when I saw it at the stall for just 1€, I couldn’t leave it there. It was basically screaming my name.

 

So, in conclusion I got a total of five books for 7€, which is freaking amazing. They’re also all great books in fairly good condition. My TBR pile is now at 14 books, which I think is still acceptable – I’m spending the summer in Germany, where I probably won’t buy any books, so this mini haul makes up for the next 2 months.

Have you guys bought any books recently? Have you read any of these? Do you plan to? Let me know! I’m gonna go play some Assassin’s Creed now, because that’s all I’ve been doing the past three days.

 

‘Till next time and happy reading!

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19 thoughts on “Small, unintentional book haul | June 2016

  1. Hehe, I love it – “unintentional” book haul 😉 These are some great books you found, too! I can’t wait to hear about Digital Fortress – the premise sounds awesome. And I LOVE AMERICAN GODS! It’s “low urban fantasy”, about a man who take a job as a bodyguard to a mysterious Mr. Wednesday, and about their road-trip running strange errands around the US. The themes are pretty broad and it’s beautiful and very mythological. My favorite Gaiman is definitely Neverwhere, if you like this one maybe consider that too 🙂

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  2. I haven’t finished reading the post yet but as soon as you mentioned American Gods I had to comment. IT IS MY ABSOLUTE MOST FAVORITE BOOK EVER. It’s amazing, and interesting, and well-written, and oh I could go on forever!!! You won’t regret picking it up, I promise! My beaten-up, battered copy signed by Neil Gaiman is probably one of my most prized possessions!

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  3. It’s great you found some books at the market at a bargain price! I don’t think I’ve ever brought a used book before 😳 I guess I’m kind of picky, I prefer them new and untouched 😄 The cover of White Teeth looks pretty cool! Hope you enjoy them 🙂

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