Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bargain Book Bonanza (8): Plum and Newbery Edition

Welcome to Bargain Book Bonanza!

A book haul linky party for bargain loving bookworms!

BBB is the place to showcase all the great books (new, used, vintage, electronic, audio) that you have scored on sale.

Each Monday through Thursday, all book lovers are invited to carouse, make merry and revel with bargain book abandon!

Want to join the party? Just visit the Bargain Book Bonanza page for the particulars.

Lesa is hosting this week!

Howdy, bargain book lovers! Any superduper discounted books to show off this week? 

My haul is small but mighty and I'm so excited to share it with you! Especially a couple of  y'all in particular...

I picked these books up at the permanent book sale at the library-- the same library from the very first BBB post.  Regular hardbacks are .50 each with new ones costing $1. Paperbacks are .50 each or three for $1.  These four books cost $2.

 Do you read the Stephanie Plum series?

DeLynne is a huge fan and has written about it here, here and here. She first raved about Plum to me several years ago but I didn't read one. Then colleagues and local friends raved about it but I still didn't read one. I didn't read one till I spotted the first in the series in a pile of free giveaway books at school!!  No way could I pass up free and I figured the universe was telling me something.

So I read it. And it was a quick entertaining read-- it reminded me of a zany but occasionally intense tv cop/mystery show but about a bounty hunter.

No, I didn't laugh till I cried or even laugh at loud like some but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  And I've been planning to continue the series... sometime...

And the time is imminent! I spotted the hardback first and debated reading the series out of order then spotted number two in the series on the paperback twirly rack. Woohoo!

But then I had to find two more paperbacks to take advantage of the three for $1 deal...

a bit scarred but that doesn't bother me...
Caddie Woodlawn!! Yay!! Have you read it? I've been wanting to read this since Enbrethiliel at Shredded Cheddar wrote about it here

Don't know how I missed Caddie Woodlawn as a kid seeing as how I was so wild about the Little House books and any book about the frontier, really.  And it is a Newbery Winner-- one of my personal goals is to read all the Newbery winners and honor books.  

And guess what?! I already read it and it is superior to the Little House books. I'm planning a Caddie Woodlawn post to tell more about it. Don't hold your breath though, it may take me awhile.

Then I spotted this Newbery Honor Book, Rufus M. I know absolutely nothing about this one but it is an Honor Book!

I'm am so pleased with my small but mighty and wonderfully serendipitous bargain book haul!

Thank you, Bargain Book Fairy!

Can't wait to see your BBB posts!


  1. No, I refuse to accept that there might be something better than the Little House Books. You'll have to do some fast talking, or typing, to convince me, Lesa.

  2. +JMJ+

    Caddie Woodlawn is superior to the Little House books?!?! I might actually start reading Laura Ingalls Wilder just to see that for myself! =P

    In my humble foreigner's opinion, the Moffats are also a great "Americana" family. I've only read about two of the books--the first one and the one in which they open a museum--but the whole series is something I wish I could say I read as a child.

  3. Hey girl I invite you to visit my blog. It would be a pleasure if you could tell me what do you think of it!

    I'll wait for you! :)


  4. Hi Lesa, wow, you did so good! I had forgotten all about Caddie Woodlawn. I read it when I was little, but I can't remember what it was about. I'm hoping that it is less nervewracking than the Little House books. I don't think that I have read Rufus.

    I have read one Stephanie Plum book and I enjoyed it; I'm not sure why I haven't picked up more of them. Now I will.

    Well, you made a great haul, and at the cheapest ever ... I love those book sales. Ours is open on Tues and Sat., but I don't always make it.

    I don't have a post this week yet; though I was thinking of doing a couple of book reviews from my good deals; if I do I'll link up.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Kathy M.

  5. JMJ - They are scary! I did a book review on Little House on the Prarie and The Banks of Plum Creek a couple of months ago ... everything that can go wrong does and come to find out I, for one, would not want Charles for a husband. He isn't really like the Charles on t.v. Good thing Ma is so easy to get along with and is less impulsive. :>)

    Kathy M.

  6. I make a habit or reading/reviewing books that I get for FREE via or Smashwords. Free is good. Sometimes the story is good too....sadly, sometimes it isn't.
    Check out my blog for loads of reviews on Free Ebooks...leave a comment or two as well.

  7. I LOVED Caddie Woodlawn. (Had to add that)

  8. Oh, I read the Lean Mean 13 and one more that I forgot the title. I like Janet Evanovich's funny writing style.

  9. I have never read Little House on the Prairie books either. But Oregon Gifts, you have inspired me to check it out.
    I actually never liked the show either. It always made me sad for some reason...
    Good haul, Lesa! I haven't read the Stephanie Plum series yet either. I think I have heard so much about it, it put me off. Is that bad? I will check it out next reading chance I get. (I have to plan these things!)

  10. +JMJ+

    Kathy, that's a take I haven't heard before. Everyone else seems to think of the Little House books as "comfort reads"--but you make them seem harrowing! I'll bear that in mind when I start reading them. Thanks!

  11. Thanks for wanting to swap links, I have added yours on my right banner, let me know when my link are up and where you've placed it by putting a new comment on my latest post:-)Love to top by at your site an 'indulge' in some reviews and reading. Greetings from I am Folklore and New Zealand.

  12. To all my bookpeeps:

    Caddie won the Newbery and some of the Little House books only won Honors--- I think that is part of the difference, Caddie is more well written.

    And what Kathy said is spot on: Harrowing stuff that the family only experienced because Charles needed a constant new environment. Charles Ingalls needed a swat upside the head!! I think he is bipolar, really! And Caroline, the wife, with her: 'whatever you think best, charles' is so passive aggressive that she needs a swat too!!

    If I was an orphan in Wisconsin I would run screaming from the Ingalls and plead with the Woodlawns to adopt me!! The Woodlawn parents are smarter and more progressive and just plain better at parenting than the Ingalls.

  13. E: Moffats? Who are they? haha I googled and see that my Rufus M. is part of the Moffat family. Duh! Now I've got to find the other books...

  14. Folklore: Hi, Lesa here! Izzy meant that she is placing your link in her blog's sidebar. she has a fashion blog too-- check it out, it is really cool!

  15. SayQueen: I am sending Izzy your way-- she is our resident fashion blogger. Her blog is spectacular! check it out-- Click on her name under contributors in the sidebar or click on the 'about us' page to find it.

  16. different time, different reality. having said that, thank goodness women came to their senses and realized having "outdoor plumbing" didn't mean you had a bigger frontal lobe or were any more capable of making decisions.

  17. Tracy: hahahaahha I was trying to figure out what 'outhouses' had to do with it!!! Then it clicked... duh!

  18. I did read the first Plum book -- probably enjoyed it more than I should have ;) I have a hard time sticking with a series when there are soooo many other books to read. *Sigh*

  19. +JMJ+

    I do remember being a little bothered when I saw that the Little House family seemed to live in a different place in every book. I wondered why their parents kept packing them up and were never satisfied. Oh, that Charles! =S

    I'm still going to start the series someday, but I'm glad I know I need to brace myself! Thanks, everyone, for the discussion. =)

  20. Lesa,
    I'm grinning.. ty for that ;)

  21. I loved the Little House books back in the Paleolithic era when I was a child. But then I also fell in love with Caddie Woodlawn when I had children-it was my oldest daughter's favorite book for a long time. You know how kids will read a book over and over and over if they love it? That was my daughter and Caddie Woodlawn.

  22. GG: Me too. But I have no trouble sticking to fantasy/sci-fi or thriller series.

    Biblio: Caddie would've been a fave reread of mine as a kid too-- right along with Anne, Little Princess ect.


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