I love library used book sales and as an avid reader and book blogger I need cheap books. I have been to several used book sales around my city, but my suburb’s annual used book sale is my absolute favorite of all of them. I look forward to this book sale all year long, and it’s pretty clear why. This year I went on the second to last day of the sale, which is half price day. The last day of the sale is the 5 dollar a bag day, but by then the selection is a bit picked over, so I like to go on half price day.
The sale is pretty much book heaven. There are many rooms just FILLED with books, and on half price day all the books are 50 cents each! I wound up getting 27 books for $13.50! You can’t beat those kinds of prices! This year I also picked up some books as a gift for someone, so I’m not going to talk about those books because it’s a surprise.
The one problem I do face is that I run out of space for books, so I do donate books back to the library so they can either shelve them, or use them for their annual sale. Earlier this year I did a huge unhaul of 2 boxes filled with books, but since then with ARCs coming in the mail and my recent purchases, I might be due for another unhaul again soon.
My Book Haul!
Most Excited About:
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
I have had all of Schwab’s books on my TBR forever, but this series is the one that was first recommended to me and also the series I think I might like the most out of her books. I was so thrilled to see a copy of this at the sale and snatched it right away.
The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.
What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.
I am obsessed with criminals in fantasy novels, and this book is really high on my TBR. When I saw it I almost passed it by because I didn’t realize it was the book that I’d been viewing online. I had expected the book to be around 500 pages and it’s actually much shorter than that, which is cool because I will probably be able to fit it in sooner than expected.
Pennyroyal Academy: Seeking bold, courageous youths to become tomorrow’s princesses and knights….Come one, come all!
A girl from the forest arrives in a bustling kingdom with no name and no idea why she is there, only to find herself at the center of a world at war. She enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces of the day: witches and dragons. There, given the name “Evie,” she must endure a harsh training regimen under the steel glare of her Fairy Drillsergeant, while also navigating an entirely new world of friends and enemies. As Evie learns what it truly means to be a princess, she realizes surprising things about herself and her family, about human compassion and inhuman cruelty. And with the witch forces moving nearer, she discovers that the war between princesses and witches is much more personal than she could ever have imagined.
Set in Grimm’s fairytale world, M.A. Larson’s Pennyroyal Academy masterfully combines adventure, humor, and magical mischief.
This is a book that got recommended to me back when I was looking for magical boarding school books. It’s pretty short and about a school for princesses and knights. It also has dragons in it, and books about dragons was recently a Top 5 Saturday topic so of course that makes it more exciting for me.
The first two Rebel Belle novels, now together in one gorgeous volume!
Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person.
With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this volume combines bestseller Rachel Hawkins’ first two Rebel Belle novels–Rebel Belle and Miss Mayhem.
I saw that Rachel Hawkins was the author of this, but I didn’t recognize the title or the cover. Then I realized that this is actually the first two books in the Rebel Belle series! I read Rebel Belle already and really enjoyed it, but I haven’t read Miss Mayhem yet. (Check out my review for Rebel Belle here.)
Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal–including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.
Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want–but what Lyra doesn’t know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other.
This is one of those books that I wish that I had read growing up. I haven’t seen the movie, so I am going to read it first and then watch the movie. I have heard tons of good things about this series and I also heard that the audiobook is full cast, so I want to listen to the audio while I read the book.
Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out….
Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.
I absolutely loved watching the True Blood HBO show, so of course I wanted to check out the book series that inspired the show. The book is pretty short, so I might squeeze it in between long fantasy reads.
Books That Were Already on my TBR:
Rhiannon Thomas’s dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.
One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.
Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.
As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.
Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.
This is a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty that takes place AFTER the happily ever after. I love re-tellings and I haven’t read one about Sleeping Beauty. I’ve read a lot of re-tellings, but never one that took place after the story it was based on was over.
When Claire Brennan begins to get psychic visions and mysterious warnings that she’s in danger at the start of her junior year, she isn’t sure what to think. But the truth is stranger than anything she could have imagined.
Alec MacKenzie has fled his duties as a Watcher angel and come to L.A. in search of normalcy. He never dreamed he would find a half-angel at his school, or that he would fall in love with her.
Romantic, with a touch of humor, readers will be swept away by this thrilling stand-alone novel from bestselling adult author Syrie James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen) and her son, Ryan James.
I haven’t read many books about angels, but this looks like the classic YA paranormal romance. Hopefully it winds up being better than average.
Tripp, who plays guitar only for himself, and Lyla, a cellist whose talent has already made her famous but not happy, form an unlikely friendship when they are forced to share a practice room at their high school.
I had previously read Get Happy, which is also by Mary Amato, and absolutely loved it. I laughed so hard and read it really fast. When I recognized the author’s name I snatched up the copy in hopes that this might be as funny and as entertaining as Get Happy was.
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.
Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.
Then Eli’s dream comes true.
Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.
I saw this book on someone else’s blog when they did a shelf tour. I was really interested in it because it’s set at a boarding school for magic kind. I was psyched to see that there was a copy at my library’s used book sale because I didn’t think that this book was very popular.
A voice-driven mystery perfect for fans of Veronica Mars.
Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic, kick-butt, Muslim American heroine, ready to take on crime in her hometown of Las Almas. When a new case finds the private eye caught up in a centuries-old battle of evil genies and ancient curses, Scarlett discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks — and that cracking the case could lead to solving her father’s murder.
Jennifer Latham delivers a compelling story and a character to remember in this one-of-a-kind debut novel.
This book has been on my TBR for SO long. I loved Veronica Mars and I like books about detectives and spies, so this one is totally up my alley. I was excited at the opportunity to get my hands on the copy because the ebook library never had a copy, so I didn’t expect the library to have one at the sale.
A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE
Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.
This was one of those series that I’ve seen everywhere. I feel like it might just be like every other YA paranormal book out there, but I want to give it a chance before I say that. It’s gotta be popular for a reason and I’d like to see what that reason is.
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
I actually tried to read this a while back and DNFed it. But I think that this is one of those books that I tried to read at the wrong time. The synopsis makes it sound like something I would typically really enjoy, so I picked up a copy because I want to give it another chance.
Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are seventeen and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? Through Lauren’s search for clues, things begin to unravel, and when a brush with death lands Lauren in the hospital, a shocking truth changes everything.
With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautifully visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.
This book combines mystery and paranormal, so I thought that was unique and exciting. I hope that it’s good!
Witches are real—and each of us may be one—in this all-new paranormal suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Pike.
Heading off for a weekend in Las Vegas with her friends, Jessie Ralle has only one worry—how to make it through the road trip in the same car with her Ex, Jimmy Kelter. The guy who broke her heart five months ago when he dumped her for no reason. The guy who’s finally ready to tell her why he did it, because he wants her back.
But what Jessie doesn’t realize is that Jimmy is the least of her problems.
In Las Vegas she meets Russ, a mesmerizing stranger who shows her how to gamble, and who never seems to lose. Curious, Jessie wants to know his secret, and in response, alone in his hotel room, he teaches her a game that opens a door to another reality.
To Witch World.
Suddenly Jessie discovers that she’s stumbled into a world where some people can do the impossible, and others may not even be human. For a time she fears she’s lost her mind. Are there really witches? Is she one of them?
#1 Bestselling author Christopher Pike offers up another classic edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that keeps you guessing right until the last page.
The title and cover of this book grabbed my attention, and then I realized it was written by Christopher Pike, who wrote the Thirst series, which I read a few books out of a LONG time ago. It also has a road trip as a part of the story, which is something I love reading about.
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.
Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.
I recently saw this book somewhere, but I can’t remember where I saw it. It sounds twisted and dark, which I love in books. I love gothic books like this and I’m hopeful that this one could be good.
If I hadn’t fallen asleep.
If I hadn’t gotten behind the wheel.
If I hadn’t made a mistake.
For Monroe Blackwell, one small mistake has torn her family apart–leaving her empty and broken. There’s a hole in her heart that nothing can fill. That no one can fill. And a summer in Louisiana with her grandma isn’t going to change that…
Nathan Everets knows heartache firsthand when a car accident leaves his best friend in a coma. And it’s all his fault. He should be the one lying in the hospital. The one who will never play guitar again. He doesn’t deserve forgiveness, and a court-appointed job at the Blackwell B&B isn’t going to change that…
There’s No Going Back
Captivating and hopeful, this achingly poignant novel brings together two lost souls struggling with grief and guilt–looking for acceptance, so they can find forgiveness.
This isn’t typically my type of book, but for some reason it just looked good to me. I feel like I have seen it around, so maybe that’s why. I think this might be a good read in between fantasy books. I don’t read a lot of contemporaries, but this one deals with grief and guilt, so I think that I might really like it because I like reading about darker topics.
Nothing ever came between sisters Alice and Charlie.
Their family falling apart never would.
Until they got to Serenity Point.
In a town built on secrets and lies, it’s going to be hard to stay innocent.
They’re sucked into a strange and seductive world—a world they can’t help but hate, and can’t help but love. A world that threatens to tear them apart, just when they need each other the most.
The Innocents is the first in a new series of young adult novels that weave a saga of nail-biting drama, breathless romance, and Gothic mystery.
This book is about a pair of sisters who are so different from one another. I love reading about sister relationships and have recently read a few novels that portrayed amazing sisterly relationships like Sadie and Here There are Monsters. I have a sister and we are very close in age so I can always relate to books like these.
A warning to all young ladies of delicate breeding who wish to embark upon lives of adventure: Don’t.
Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she’s impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate. But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy—perhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love…
History and mystery spark in this effervescent series debut.
I’m a big fan of spies AND royalty, so this basically screamed READ ME! I actually was able to pick up the first two books in the trilogy and I hope that I really enjoy it!
I was able to pick up 7 books for other people as well, but since they’re a surprise I’m not going to talk about them here just yet!
Have you ever been to a library used book sale? Have you read any of these books? Which one should be at the top of my TBR? Which one looks most interesting to you on this list that you haven’t read? How many books do you think you can carry at one time? Make sure to comment below so we can talk about my book haul!