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Charity Shop Book Haul #4

Yes, yes, the last thing I need is more books. I started a few months ago with a managable TBR-pile, but it’s getting out of control, mainly courtesy of charity shops and, though I have been buying some new books as well.

I have been to my local charity shop twice in the last couple of weeks and there was also a second hand charity sale in my local village hall last weekend, so my book numbers rapidly increased. Whether that is a good thing is something I have been arguing with myself about…

I will do a separate post on the new books (unusual for me) and the books I got off Abe. I am still waiting for some of those to arrive, so will probably do that post some time next week.

Meanwhile, in the charity shops…

I have been wanting to re-read the Harry Potter books for a while. I have never owned them, I always borrowed them, but thought it was time to get my own set to re-read them at my leisure. When I was at my local village hall sale I spotted two Harry Potter books in English (!!!), so I brought them home with me. They are both the same (adult) editions. Of course I was aware that I would now have to find all the others to go with them, but I decided that was ok (more on that in next week’s post on my Abe haul).

So my village hall sale haul is four books:

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (J K Rowling)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J K Rowling)
A Tiny Bit Marvellous (Dawn French)
Strictly Between Us (Jane Fallon)

They were €0.50 a piece.

I could have picked up so many more books, but I really (honestly) restrained myself. I did not even look in the Dutch section – there were too many options!

I had a couple of trips to my usual charity shop and had picked up two books one time and a slightly bigger stack another time.

The books I picked up on those two visits are:

Lotusvoeten (Pang-Mei N Chang) in Dutch,  Eng. Bound Feet & Western Dress
According To Yes (Dawn French)
Tasting Salt (Stephanie Dowrick)
Maria Fitzherbert: The Secret Wife of George IV (James Munson)
The Undomestic Goddess (Sophie Kinsella)
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage (Haruki Murakami)
The Perfume Collector (Kathleen Tessaro)
Peace Flows from the Sky (Susan Polis Schutz) poetry
Collected Poems by Helen B Cruickshank

Somehow I ended up with two Dawn French books. When I checked Goodreads none of her books have very good reviews. Oh dear. I will read them anyway and make up my own mind.

I am especially looking forward to reading the Murakami book and also The Perfume Collector sounds like a good read. I love the eclectic books you find in a foreign book shop’s small English section!

I picked up two poetry books, which I am very pleased about. They also had a Burns collection that I was tempted by. If no one has picked that one up by next time I go and have a browse, I may take it away. Books in this shop are so so cheap! None are more than €1, most are between €0.30 and €0.80, which makes it sooooo easy to pick up books. Too easy one might say. If you wanted to read Dutch books, especially, which I do pick up sometimes, they have an enormous selection!

Anyway, better get reading now!

Have a marvellous day!

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Charity Shop Haul #3

I popped into this charity shop that I have not been to for ages. It’s quite a big one, so I was hoping they had a decent English book section. They did not. I was quite disappointed. I better go back to my usual one, I guess (as if I need more books!).

In the end I did come home with three books, two English, one Dutch.

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They are all historical fiction of some sort. So, what we have is:

The Italian Woman (Jean Plaidy)

This one is about Catherine de Medici and sounds like it would be my kind of book, since I love Philippa Gregory and all of that jazz.

Fortune’s Rocks (Anite Shreve)

Set in 1899 in New Hampshire, US, and is about a girl, who gets into an affair with some middle-aged doctor and ends up pregnant. Not sure what I will think of this one.

Inca: Prinses van de Zon (Antoine B Daniel)

English title: Incas: The Puma’s Shadow. The fact this is set in the Inca world made me want to read it. I’s about Inca politics and the Inca girl that falls in love with a Spanish conquistador as far as I can tell. We’ll see.

I have quite a few books now that need reading, so I better get cracking!

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Charity Shop Haul #2

I really did not need more books, after coming back from England with over twenty books, but I could not help myself popping into my local charity shop. I came out with seven books, so I did not go too crazy. I spent a grand total of €4.50, which is hardly a fortune.

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In the English language section I found a beautiful compilation of Jane Austen‘s novels, so the other compilation I picked up there last time has been relegated to the Guest House library, as it’s nowhere near as nice! It looks brand new and was only €1!

I also picked up what appears to be a 1917 edition of H G Wells’ The Soul of a Bishop. An absolute steal again at €1!

I picked up a few throwaway books, by which I mean just easy reads, probably destined for the Guest House library.

I got Golden Lion by Wilbur Smith. I read a couple of Wilbur Smith books in my teens. I think those were set in Egypt. I remember enjoying them, so I figured I would pick this one up.

I randomly picked up Patricia Cornwell’s All That Remains. I have never read any of her books before. I presume it’s your regular crime mystery type of thingy.

I also picked up Making Your Mind Up by Jill Mansell, which looks to be simple chick lit, which I don’t read much of, but I kind of like from time to time. It does have a pretty sort of cover.

I also picked up a couple of Dutch language books as well.

Paleis van Sterren (Beneath A Marble Sky) by John Shors sounded like an interesting read with a story based around the Taj Mahal in India.

The second Dutch book I picked up is De Zaak Toetanchamon by Herman van Campenhout. It’s a Dutch book, it’s title translates as The Case Tutanchamon and is historical fiction as far as I can tell. It’s a tiny book!

My TBR list is growing ever larger, but I will get round to reading all these books. I promise!



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British Book Haul

With a trip to the UK for a family visit on the cards I could not resist the temptation of stocking up on some books!

I ordered some used and new books via Amazon and had them delivered to my in-laws. I managed to pop into a couple of charity shops as well while I was there and picked up some more!

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Safely back home again, I have fattened up my TBR shelf nicely!

Firstly, the books I got via Amazon, whether it’s the Marketplace or Amazon itself:

So, without further ado, here are the books I had ordered in advance, mostly second-hand from Amazon or their Marketplace:

The Cemetery of Forgotton Books #2: The Angel’s Game (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #3: The Prisoner of Heaven (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)

The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor)

Imagine Me Gone (Adam Haslett)

Hyddenworld #2: Awakening (William Horwood)

Hyddenworld #4: Winter (William Horwood)

The Dark Legacy of Shannara #2: Bloodfire Quest (Terry Brooks)

The Dark Legacy of Shannara #3: Witch Wraith (Terry Brooks)

The Blood of Flowers (Anita Amirrezvani)

Monsters of Verity #1: This Savage Song (V.E. Schwab)

Monsters of Verity #2: Our Dark Duet (V.E. Schwab)

The Bees (Laline Paull)

I had a myriad of reasons to order the above books. The Terry Brooks, William Horwood and Carlos Ruiz Zafon book I bought to complete a series I have already started and enjoyed. Though in the case of the Hyddenworld series by William Horwood, I still need to get my hands on book #3 Harvest.

I really wanted to read The Night Circus and by now I have already done so! I forgot to include that book in the pictures as well… Oops!

Imagine Me Gone is a book I have been wanting to read for ages after reading a review in a magazine somewhere a few months ago.

I wanted to try the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and I wanted to read something by V. E. Schwab.

The Bees sounded really intriguing and fits in with my love of bees and books written from an animal perspective.

The Blood of Flowers is a book I have already read when I borrowed it from a library and I loved it, so I was keen to own it and read it again at some point in the future.


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That is already quite a few books, but I could not resist the pull of the charity shops. What I love about going into a charity shop is that I never know what I will come out with. Maybe I might buy a book simply because the cover looks nice, or the spine, or the title is intriguing, not because it is on my ‘want to read’ list, and I like that. I tried not to go crazy. My husband was giving me that look! Ha!

Anyway, I got the following books from Cancer Research, Oxfam and FARA:

Rivers of London (Ben Aaronovitch)

Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen) – also includes some shorter stories I have not read yet!

Red Rising (Pierce Brown)

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Albino’s Treasure  (Stuart Douglas)

Looking For Alaska (John Green)

The Red Queen (Philippa Gregory)

Written in the Stars (Ali Harris)

Chocolat (Joanna Harris)

The Ruby in the Smoke (Philip Pullman)

Around The World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne)

There you go, a nice eclectic bunch of books.

Excluding The Night Circus, there are still 22 books to read! Yay!



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Charity Shop Book Haul

This morning after the usual supermarket shop I popped into our local charity shop to look at the books there. I am quite pleased with the stuff I managed to find. Not all the books are my cup of tea, but I am building a small library in the guest house next door, so some I bought for there (though I will probably read them anyway, as I hate unread books!).

The charity shop have a small section of English books, but of course most are in Dutch. I prefer to read books originally written in English in English, so I headed to the English section first.

This is what I found there:

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  • A beautiful Collector’s Library edition of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens has never been my favourite writer and I only ever tried and failed to read A Tale of Two Cities, but this is just such a beautiful book. It is small with gold edging and a ribbon page marker. I just had to pick it up. €1!
  • A hardback copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D H Lawrence. I am sure I have read this book before, but I do not own a copy. €0,80!
  • A collection of Jane Austen stories published by Claremont Books. It has Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma. I am not sure whether this will go in my own library or into the guest house… €1!
  • A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson – definitely one for the guest house library, but for the price it is probably a nice easy read for holiday goers! €0.50!
  • Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella – I have several friends who love her books, though I have never read any. Might read this one before putting it in the guest house library… €0.30
  • Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong. I want to read more Asian fiction, so this fits nicely in that category. Not sure what to expect from this one, but I will definitely read it! €0.30

Not bad for a shop with a tiny English books section!

As for the Dutch books… I usually only read in Dutch if the book was originally written in Dutch or translated from a foreign language I cannot read anyway. I also don’t tend to mind if it is a thriller or such genre, as not much is usually lost in translation!

These are the Dutch books I bought:

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  • De Boekhandelaar van Kaboel (The Bookseller of Kabul) by Asne Seierstad – orginally written in Norwegian, so happy to read in Dutch. It’s non-fiction and it should be interesting! €0.30!
  • De Pegasus-Connectie ( The Pegasus Secret) by Gregg Loomis. A thriller, so perfectly fine to read in Dutch. It is destined for the guest library for sure. Not my cup of tea, but it sounded interesting enough to chance a read sometime. €1
  • Hoe de Soldaat de Grammofoon Repareert (How The Soldier Repairs The Gramophone) by Saša Stanišic. Orginally in German, so perfectly fine to read in Dutch! The title intrigued me and sometimes it’s good to not know that much about a book. Looking forward to reading it. €0.80!
  • Schaduwhart (Ghost Heart) by Cecilia Samartin. This is set in Cuba and it sounded like I would enjoy it, so in my basket it went. €1!
  • Het Gemene Gewas (Monk’s Hood) by Ellis Peters. This one I hesitated to pick up, because this one may be a bit lost in translation, but for the price I wanted to give it a go anyway. I never read any of the Brother Cadfael novels, but I have wanted to, as I like Candace Robb’s books. I will give this one a go. It can always go into the guest house. €0.60!

Total spent: €7.60 – not bad for 11 books, right? 🙂

I am especially pleased with David Copperfield and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, both very pretty books. They will look great on my shelves and I wanted to get my hands on a few more classics anyway.

The guest house library was quite heavy on the John Grisham type of book, so having a couple of fluffy romance novels to add to that is perfect, so I am quite pleased with those. We will see what else will end up there.

All in all, a successful trip to the local charity shop I would say! Have you checked yours?