April 2013 Book Haul

April was another month where I bought a lot of books, I thought March had been a huge buying month but boy was I wrong, April was so much more book filled. It’s just so hard to resist buying them when I visit the used book store and find so many titles I have been wanting to buy. However the best part about these trips is when I stumble upon books while browsing the shelves that I either never knew existed and thus need to buy now or those that grabbed my attention and after reading the blurb added to my pile. This month I bought books from the used book store, from the library sale, Chapters and ordered a few online as well.

First up are the books from the used book store, which I went to twice this month. I had a pretty long list going into the store but that is mainly because you never know what books you will find in stock so it’s good to have a number of options should you not find certain ones. I actually did pretty good on this trip, buying fifteen books for about thirty-five dollars. The books I bought were: The five books in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, Welcome To The World Baby by Fannie Flagg, The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Antony & Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough, Seraphim by Michelle Hauf, Twilight Eyes and Watchers by Dean Koontz, Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice and Mark of Athena by Riordan. Then the best find/purchase among them was The Floating Castle by Craig Mills as this is the first of three King’s Quest books.

Next up came the trip to Chapters, which like the used book store I went to twice this month. I bought a few books here and spent a lot more than I had intended but they had a number of books on my list so couldn’t say no. Here I bought: Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (not pictured), Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent (not pictured), The Archived by Victoria Schwab, Dearly, Departed and Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel, The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook, Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger and finally, Lenore: Swirlies by Roman Dirge.

Next comes the books I ordered online, though I didn’t take a picture of this one. I managed to find the first, original print Murder, She Wrote book at Amazon for cheap and so I didn’t even hesitate to order Gin And Daggers. I think I will at some point order the reprint version of the book so I have all matching covers but I couldn’t say no to grabbed the misprint version.

The bulk of my books this month came from the library buck-a-bag book sale, which I woke up at 5am to get to since it’s an almost four hour drive to where it was. I was exhausted when I got there, ah who am I kidding I was exhausted before I got there, but the second I saw tables full of books I got excited and found my energy. I spent close to two hours pouring over the tables of books reading each and every spine, picking up a few books that had interesting titles but some didn’t make it into my bag. There were a lot of great books and so I very quickly filled up two big bags of books. Some of them were more impulse buys but hey for the price I was willing to pick up almost anything. There were a few exciting finds as well that I had hoped I might find some day and had found a few of them at this sale. From this sale I walked away with twenty-six book and it only cost me two dollars. That’s a pretty good deal and I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for more library sales in the future. Some books are not pictured above, such as six Black Stallion books I picked up for myself and five Berenstain Bears books I bought for my son.

And last but not least come the books I ordered through my son’s school from Scholastic. Normally I just order books for him each month but when I saw they had three Shel Silverstein books on sale for half price I had to get them. I remember reading these books multiple times as a kid and have wanted to own them for a long while now. So now I have them and can share them with my son as well. The books I got were: The Giving Tree, Where The Sidewalk Ends and A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein.

In total I bought 66 new and used books this month. I think it’s time to curb my book buying for a little while since I am once again buying books at a faster rate than reading them. Now I do have at least two preplanned purchases for next month though I may hold off on those until June just to try to limit the number of books coming in. I also have a couple of books that were ordered this month but won’t arrive until next.

On top of the books that I bought I did receive a single book for review this month. I have a while before it is released so I’m not going to rush to read it just yet.

What books did you buy or receive this month? Have you had a chance to read them yet and if so what did you think of them?

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