14 September 2013

Haul: Charity shop Book Finds

Yesterday I had to go to the hospital for some tests, nothing serious but not a fun experience never the less.  On my way back I called into town to buy a birthday card for my sister and decided to reward myself for managing to pass all the lovely smelling Greggs without caving in by having "just a quick look" in a charity shop I was passing to have a browse at the books.  Now usually my expectations are quite low for charity shopping in my home town as there are normally just lots of Catherine Cookson books and the like.  Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's just not my thing, however this time I was lucky and before I knew it I'd visited them all and managed quite a few finds so I thought I'd share them with you here.


First up I found this:

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, Published by Vintage Books, RRP £7.99
I'm going to first of all apologise to those people who are driven mad by people leaving stickers on books, but I'm the opposite.  If I get a book brand new it has to look pristine however if I get it second hand, and it's rare that I do, I like that I can see it's history.  Anyway this is a book that I knew has great reviews and was eyeing it up in Waterstones only last week, I don't know a great deal about the plot but I'm excited to find out more.  Vintage Books always seem to have something special about them and in this case the blackening you see towards the right had side of the cover carries on towards the pages, all the page ends are black.  I adore little touches like that.  The book is in pretty good condition, only one miner spine crease that only someone as obsessive as me would notice so I guess it has only been read once.  I got it for £1.00 from Cancer Research.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, Published by Sphere,  RRP £7.99
This is a strange choice for me because as a general rule I hate romance novels.  However this is so well loved I decided recently to give it a chance (however I recently made this mistake with One Day and didn't enjoy that at all).  I even watched the film about a year ago so maybe there's hope for me and this book, I mean if so many people love it, it can't be that bad right?  Plus if it is, at least it's short!  I would never pay full price for this book because it's not my normal thing so I was happy to find this.  Even happier that it doesn't have the film cover on the front (I despise books with film covers and wouldn't have bought it if it had, yes I'm a snob).  You can tell this book has been read but it doesn't really concern me with this particular book ( I even found a little note inside with someones wedding ideas in, how cute ).  I got it for £1.00 also from the Cancer Research shop.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Published by Picador, RRP £7.99
I recently read Alice's other book/memoir Lucky and really enjoyed it, although enjoyed seems to be the wrong term (if you've read it you will know what I mean).  I'd heard about this book long before then and considered picking it up but it wasn't a top priority, having read her other work I am now much happier to have found this.  I know this is also dark like her other book and I love a bit of dark contemporary and it's also one of my friends favourites.  This book has clearly been read but is in good condition other then a decent spine crease, this came in at the cheapest at £0.95p from AgeUK.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Published by Vintage Books, RRP £7.99
Another romance novel, what's going on with me!  Although I believe there is more to this then just a romance if what I believe is true.  I've heard so many good things about this book from so many different people that I'd be stupid to say it doesn't intrigue me, and I believe it's one of Amy's favourite books if I'm not mistaken.  I did watch the film with Amy and my other housemate at the time Jess and was accused of being heartless for not crying so lets see if the book hits me any harder.  This book is brand new, it's clearly never been read so I don't mind that this was slightly more expensive at £2.00 from Alzheimer'sreaserchUK.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, Published by Time Warner, RRP £6.99
Here's another book plenty of people seem to have read and loved that I've never gotten round.  I know a lot of people have picked this book up from charity shops so this feels almost like I'm carrying on a tradition.  This book has clearly been read and bought multiple times and has evidence of about 4/5 charity shop stickers on it's cover but I feel like that just adds to it's character.  I picked this up for £1.00 from Barnsley Hospice 

So there you go, looks like a good day to me!  I mean yeah I shouldn't necessarily have bought them having got 25 unread books already to get through but I love them all and will get round to them all eventually.  Probably some of these rather quickly because it feels like I have hardly read any contemporary this year and I love contemporary.  Also one way of looking at it I have saved £40.99!  Please leave a comment if you'd like me to review any of these by the way or if you've read them yourself.  Oh and I may have also bought this:


I'm such a cool 25 year old 

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