Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Good Will Hunting... For Books!

Have you ever checked the Goodwill Store for books? Take a few minutes to run in for a quick peruse the next time you are tootling around town, you may be in for a pleasant surprise. 

Check out my crazy good haul from Friday's Goodwill hunting! The sole goal of this visit was books so not a lagniappe find but sure didn't expect to find so many. Yippee!  And in case you are wondering,  I completely blocked out my towering TBR mountain and lack of shelf space.   

What a deal! Seven books in good to new condition for $4.91
 My picks:

Jane Eyre-- Not the most attractive cover but I've been wanting to reread it for awhile.   And it is a Norton Critical Edition, whatever that is... 

War and Peace-- Oops, no more excuses for putting off reading this one and it is another Norton Critical Edition. Still don't know what that signifies but I'm feeling quite snooty in a bookish sort of way.

Mr. Cavendish, I Presume-- A historical romance. Hmm, haven't been able to finish one of these in ten years but had a sudden hankering...   (A big ol' ;o) at Tracy and Leslie)

The Devil Wears Prada-- Anyone read this?  I liked the movie...

The Color Purple--   Another that I've been meaning to read someday since I absolutely loved the movie and the book is my baby brother's favorite reread.

Alexandria Link--  Love thrillers! Especially science or history thrillers. This one involves the lost Library of Alexandria and a shocking revelation that could alter modern geopolitics. Oooo, makes me shiver in anticipation.

The Songs of Distant Earth-- Love me some sci-fi too!

Some Goodwills have a musty selection so can't promise your local store is a biblio-goldmine but do check it out!  


  1. Your romance novel is not too bosom-y or Fabioesque. I will allow it! ;) (That was funny!)
    I have never read The Color Purple. The movie is one of my faves. I will have to get it now.
    I have found a few nice books at Goodwill. You check often enough and you probably will find some great stuff.

  2. Wow...nice finds! I actually thought the book version of The Devil wears Prada was really good...but hardly anyone I speak to agrees with me.

  3. When ever I go into my local Goodwill I always look at the books. Two weeks ago I found several hardbacks but declined to buy them. As much as I want to support our Goodwill I am trying to get through my TBR pile. I did pick up an old Stephen King book. I found out later had it been a first edition it would have gone for over $500.00.

  4. Devil wears Prada for me too it was only the movie.

    Jane Eyre is JE whatever the cover so thats good. War and Peace ditto!
    Arthur C. Clarke is good whatever the cover and since he lived and died in Sri Lanka I have always had a soft corner for him!!

    Steve Berry - I have only read the Amber Room which was very good. Will wait to see what you think of this one!

    Have you entered my giveaway yet? a gift card sponsored by CSN Stores. do come over.

  5. I've heard of people having good luck finding books at Goodwill but I've not tried it myself (yet). Maybe once I shrink my stacks a bit I'll have to give it a try!

  6. I see the makings of a recovery group, or an ascending library.

  7. Those are great finds, Lesa! I always look for books in thrift stores and whatnot but I never seem to have luck with me, unfortunately.

  8. Luck was with you -- variety and adventure! I just donated a a stack of books to our Deseret Industries. Needed more room on my shelves. They are usually the 3 star books I own.

  9. Great finds! I buy about 75% of my books at least from charity shops - I'm not too fussy about condition and I love it when I get one that has been annotated or written in.

    Can't wait to see what you think of The Colour Purple - I love that book.

  10. +JMJ+

    I love finding great reads in thrift stores! I hope you enjoy these, Lesa! =)

    PS--Is that Historical Romance I see the hint of a new reading renaissance or just a nostalgic pick? =P

    PPS--And this kind of goes without saying, but I like annoyingly stating the obvious, so . . . The sooner you post about Jane Eyre, the better!!!

  11. Leslie: haha! Yes, the cover is tame compared to lots I read back in the 80s/90s.

    Sam: I love finding notes or names/addresses ect in old books too!

    I was excited to find the Color Purple but was surprised by how short it is-- and it looks to be written in diary form-- interesting!

  12. Booksploring: Now I'm even more intrigued to read Devil wears Prada...

    Sari: I admire your willpower! Oh, too bad about the Stephen King-- Wouldn't it be amazing to find a first edition of something-- doubt I would be able to part with it though.

  13. Mystica: Thanks for the info about Clarke-- I love learning interesting tidbits of trivia. Actually, I don't think I've ever read one of his books-- Glad to hear you recommend his writing.

    I liked Steve Berry's Templar Legacy so hope this one is good too-- I'm starting to get a deja vu feeling though-- hope I haven't already read it!

    I did enter your giveaway and posted about it too-- thanks for the heads up! When my co-bloggers see all the cool stuff CSN offers, I bet they enter as well!

  14. Kathy: Don't wait till your stacks shrink-- go check it out-- you know you want to!! I'd like to hear how your store is-- this one I go to is vastly superior to the stores in Longview. Don't know why since the stock comes from distribution centers not the town the store is in-- seems like they would all be similar in quality.

    Jillian: I'm not too lucky in thrift stores either usually-- just this one Goodwill-- but the hunt is fun regardless, isn't it. Do you check yard sales? I find good children's books at those sometimes.

    Kim: Good on you for donating! It is hard for me to give up books but I plan to do better in that department.

  15. E: ha-- I've wondered that myself! I have finished 3 or 4 romances the last ten years but they weren't historicals-- a western, a couple of time travels, a science thriller romance which was weird-- I like my thrillers sans the erotica. Remember me reading the contempory Kenyon novel with the Greek gods a couple of months ago-- it was mildly entertaining but not amazing.

    Are you on Facebook? We have a romance genre discussion going on in our group that you might enjoy-- your thoughts would be very welcome!

    p.s. Hint received loud and clear!

  16. Looks like your in book heaven.


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