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2017 Book Haul One

The books I have bought recently have started to pile up. Therefore, I need to sort them and put them in my bookshelves. While I’m doing that, I thought it might be fun to list all the books I got recently.

From the book sale nook at West Waco Library:

Dr. No by Ian Fleming

Pursuit of the Screamer by Ansen Dibell

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

From Golden’s Book Exchange:

The Mirror Prince by Violette Malan

The City in the Glacier and The Destiny Stone by Robert E. Vardeman and Victor Milan

From Alibris:

Miss Marple Meets Murder by Agatha Christie (an omnibus that includes: The Mirror Crack’dA Pocket Full of RyeAt Bertram’s Hotel, and The Moving Finger)

Finally, from Amazon, I picked up:

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

Hero by Perry Moore

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

An impressive haul, if I do say so myself. I’m aiming for my next haul to come in April after I’ve hit Golden’s during their bimonthly half off sale.



Golden’s Book Exchange Haul

Golden’s Book Exchange is my favorite used bookstore in Waco, Texas. Every even numbered month, Golden’s has a half off sale for the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the month.

Here is my haul.

The Grey Mane of Morning by Joy Chant. I really need to break down and read her work

The Iron King by Maurice Druon. I’ve heard great things about Druon. Time to check it out.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre. I’ve wanted this book for years. Finally!

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. I really need to give him a new look.

Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook. The first three Black Company books in omnibus form. I freaking love omnibuses.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. I need to try some YA.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I’ve forgotten how much I love the Queen of Crime. I was hopping for some Poirot or Miss Marple omnibuses, but And Then There Were None is a good second choice. (I’m still kicking myself in the ass for getting rid of my Christie books years ago.

The Aeneid by Virgil. I got rid of this book years ago and have scolded myself for it ever since.

Finally, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I love this book. But it is not for me. It is for my niece.

A pretty good haul for a great price. Now I’ve got ten short story collections from the library I need to read for Try a Short Story. Expect a post on that soon.And expect another book haul November 5. The Friends of the Library Book Sale approaches. So exciting.

At Golden’s Book Exchange

Today, I finally managed to find the time to go to my favorite used book store, Golden’s Book Exchange. I had fun. I found some new treasures. But my grandiose plans of what I had on my list went out the window. 

While I had largely talked myself out of looking for art books, I decided to see if I could find any for the hell of it. 

I feel like an idiot. The art books have been under my nose the whole time! They are across from the As and Bs in the science fiction and fantasy section! I just needed to turn around! Argh.

So, I found the art books. The selection is small. And, for me, rather unimpressive. I had hoped to see some Bridgman, Hogarth, and Loomis in addition to some books on pastels. There were none. The library will remain my primary resource for art learning. 

The history section, for me, is usually disappointing. My primary area of interest in history is the ancient and classical world. And, for this trip, I was also looking for books of medieval history (research purposes). I didn’t see anything that caught my eye. My tastes in history books tend to the academic rather than popular, though.

I am singularly disappointed that I could not find Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in the spy/ thriller section. Then again, given that I found some Iain M. Banks in the contemporary fiction section, maybe I was looking in the wrong place?

So, what did I get? The usual. Six science fiction and fantasy novels.

Those Iain M. Banks novels? I picked up Player of Games (I already have Consider Phlebas). My grand plan went to hell, however, when I saw the complete Chronicles of Narnia. I just had to have it. I also found a copy of Cherrie Priest’s Boneshaker lying around and pounced (it was literally on the floor). I also picked up a Peter F. Hamilton (I had hoped for Earth by David Brin). And, I did it, I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

So, all in all, a very good shopping excursion. I’m pleased with my purchases.

It will just take time to get around to reading them. I do have all that research to do. Which has me giddy with excitement in and of itself. 

So, Potter will have to wait for me to revise my opinion. Or thoroughly slam him to perdition!

And I may have to take time for some art books, regardless if I make a go at comics. Damn it all to hell, I’m losing the art on my walls! Stupid yard sale. 


Taking The Plunge, And Other Shopping Objectives

I’m finally going to take the plunge. I’m finally going to try and read the Harry Potter books. 

For years I’ve prided myself on having not read the Harry Potter series. But I think the time has come to bite the bullet and read the damn books. 

Though, to be fair, this will not be the first time I’ve attempted Potter. I used to own Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I tried to read it, but just could not connect. I’m hoping that this time, by starting at the beginning, I’ll be able to make progress. 

Or I could come out of this even more down on Harry Potter than I already was. Time will tell. And be sure, I’ll blog about it, for good or ill.

So, how am I going to buy Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone)? I’m taking a trip to my favorite used bookstore this weekend, Golden’s Book Exchange.

Mind you, getting Harry Potter books will not be the main objective Saturday. 

My primary objective will be looking for art books, history books, and (maybe) cook books. I’m especially looking for art books. Why? Because I want instructional books easy to hand.

A few months ago, I wrote about the problem of checking cook books out from the library. I experienced similar problems with art books. But, the fault is not with checking books out. The fault lies with how I, personally, check books out. I’m a hoarder. I’ll have six, seven, twelve books out at any one time. And that is seriously not conducive to learning. 

Now, the last time I went to Golden’s, I looked to see if they had any art books. I couldn’t find any. But, I might not have been looking hard enough. 

Hell, it was only this last time that I discovered the YA section, the home schooling section, the horror section, and the paranormal romance section. So, there may very well be areas I missed. 

So, what is on my list, this time?

Art Books- I’m especially looking for books by Bridgman, Hogarth, and Loomis. Though if there is a Chris Hart book on drawing manga figures, I’ll pick that up, too. Also, any general art book. Especially on pastels (hey, I’m really into pastels). 

History Books- I’m looking for medieval history and ancient history. But I’m not holding out much hope. Golden’s has more World War and American history.

Cook Books-I’d like to get my dad a book on cheese making (please, don’t ask). And maybe one for my brother.

And I really hope they have a copy of Larousse’s Encyclopedia of Mythology. Or something similar. I’ve got a project brewing dealing with gods. . . 

And, of course, I’ll wander by the (great) science fiction and fantasy wall to see what new goodies are there. Maybe some Tanith Lee? Maybe more Morecock? Can’t wait to see 

And of course, there is Potter. 

But the cream of the crop would be if I can find a copy of Childcraft’s Make and Do or another good craft book for children. 

Now, I know perfectly well that I can get everything I want on Amazon. But you know what? I’m old school. I love going to a brick and mortar old school used book store. Knowing that I have no clue what I’ll find is exciting. Amazon can’t give me that.

Though I do use it too if I want something specific.

Look for my follow up post on Saturday night when I recount what I got.

But, next time, I’ve got city issues.