Updated: Dec 2, 2019
I get a lot of requests to show off my book hauls and where I get a majority of my books. So in starting another new series (aside from my book store reviews), I am going to try to bring awareness to buying used books and where some of the best places to buy them are from.
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Now, to start this off as my first book haul on my blog, I decided to go thrift store shopping this past week. I've always been someone who loves to go to second-hand stores just for the books because, most of the time, when people are moving, the first thing to go are books (sadly). I've noticed that the beginning of the month and during the Fall season are usually when a lot of books are stocked inside the thrift stores, so without further ado, here is my book haul - book for book - that I got this October (READ UNTIL THE END,YOU'LL BE AMAZED AT HOW MUCH I SAVED BY COMPARING TO BUYING RETAIL!).
"American Heiress" by Jeffrey Toobin [hardback, first edition]
$28.95 - retail ( $2.50 - I paid)
Synopsis: " On February 4,1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The already sensational story took the first of many incredible twists on April 3, when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre 'Tania.' The weird turns of the tale are truly astonishing - - - the Hearst family trying to secure Patty's release by feeding all the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; the bank security cameras capturing 'Tania' wielding a machine gun during a robbery; a cast of characters including everyone from Bill Walton to the Black Panthers to Ronald Reagan to F. Lee Bailey; the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event to be broadcast live on television stations across the country; Patty's year on the lam, running from authorities; and her circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term 'Stockholm syndrome' entered the lexicon."
"What You See in the Dark" by Manuel Munoz [hardback, first edition, discarded library book]
$23.95 - retail ( $0.08 - I paid)
Synopsis: " The film had arrived. A small line of people had queued up to see it, and she joined them without hesitation. It had been a long time since she'd been to a picture house, and when the screen lit up, Arlene startled at the bright white, the scope of what she was about to see... Arlene saw what was, in essence, her own life, right there on the screen. "
"Spider's Web" by Agatha Christie (adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne) [hardback, first large print edition]
$20.00 - retail ( $2.50 - I paid)
Synopsis: "What happens when a dutiful wife discovers a body in the drawing room just as her husband is about to arrive home with an important foreign politician? In Agatha Christie's compelling tale of deceit and murder, available for the first time as a novel, Clarissa tries desperately to dispose of the corpse, enlisting the aid of her three startled house guests. "
" The Night She Died" by Dorothy Simpson [hardback, first printing, book club edition]
$10.00 - retail ( $0.08 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Detective Inspector Luke Thanet likes everything about his job - - - except for looking at the body. And tonight, the body he's faced with is particularly upsetting, for it's that of a pretty, young woman, lying by her front door with a kitchen knife stuck in her chest."
"Slay Ride" by Dick Francis [paperback, year 2000 printing]
$6.99 - retail ( $0.08 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Champion jockey Robert Sherman has disappeared - - - right before he was to race in the National, which he was sure to win... and right before his wife was about to give birth. "
"The Return of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [hardback, Reader's Digest collector's edition]
$35.00 - retail ( $2.25 - I paid)
Synopsis: " A collection of thirteen detective stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous literary creation, Sherlock Holmes. These tales originally appeared in magazines in 1903 and 1904 and were published together as a collection in 1905."
"Nightmare in Napa" by Paul LaRosa [hardback, first edition]
$23.97 - retail ( $3.00 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Halloween night in idyllic Napa, California: two young women roommates- - - a transplanted Southern beauty queen and a popular engineering graduate from the Napa area- - - are brutally stabbed by an intruder who entered their house through a first-floor window. A third roommate heard the horrific commotion but never saw the killer. News of the tragedy sent shock waves throughout the peaceful region as well as the nation - - - but while investigators pursued every angle from a satanic cult to a disgruntled suitor, the murders of Leslie Mazzara and Adriane Insogna remained unsolved. Until someone came forward with a shocking confession - - - someone who was close enough to the women to escape suspicion. Someone who knew the victims all too well. "
"Strange Unsolved Mysteries: Ghosts, Hauntings and Mysterious Happenings" by Phyllis Raybin Emert [paperback, first edition]
$2.50 - retail ($0.08 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Unexplained events! Messages from beyond the grave! A night guard reports he sees the headless shade of a wronged queen walking the grounds of her execution... A family plagued by mysterious noises, bizarre accidents, and unseen attackers claims they are the victims of angry spirits... In ghosts, hauntings and mysterious happenings, you'll learn of these and other weird happenings that cannot be explained by the laws of science alone! "
"Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins [hardback, first edition]
$17.99 - retail ( $3.00 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding. The final book of the Hunger Games. "
"Small Sacrifices" by Ann Rule [paperback, year 1988 edition]
$8.00 - retail ( $2.00 - I paid)
Synopsis: " 'Somebody just shot my kids!' Diane Downs brought her car to a halt in front of a Springfield, Oregon, hospital, her three gravely wounded children beside her. Thus begins the shocking tale of a truly unthinkable crime that shattered the tranquility of a tight-knit community. As police searched for the 'shaggy-haired stranger' Diane accused of shooting 8-year-old Christie, 7-year-old Cheryl, and 3-year-old Danny in cold blood, a suspicion grew that was even more horrifying than the crime itself: Did Diane shoot her own children? A dedicated district attorney, haunted by this question, searched for the destructive forces that seemed to possess this beautiful young mother and uncovered a chronology of incest, psychological wounding, desperate affairs, and surrogate motherhood. "
"Hunted" by James Patterson [paperback, first printing of Book Shots edition]
$4.99 - retail ( $1.65 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Evil has a new game... Someone is luring men from the streets to play a mysterious high-stakes game in the English countryside. Former Special Forces officer David Shelley will go undercover to shut it down. But this might be a game he can't win. "
"Cross Kill" by James Patterson [ paperback, first printing of Book Shots edition]
$4.99 - retail ( $1.65 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Along Came a Spider killer Gary Soneji has been dead for over ten years. Alex Cross watched him die. But today, Cross saw him gun down his partner. Is Soneji alive? A ghost? Or something even more sinister? "
"Feed" by Mira Grant [ paperback, first edition]
$10.00 - retail ( $0.08 - I paid)
Synopsis: " The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we had created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. "
"The Raft" by S.A. Bodeen [ paperback, year 2013 edition ]
$6.99 - retail ( $2.00 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Robie is an experienced traveler. She's taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there's a new copilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn't panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket and she sees him struggle with a raft. "
"Short & Shivery" retold by Robert D. San Souci [ paperback, year 1998 edition]
$6.99 - retail ($0.08 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Short & Shivery invites you into a world of hair- raising tales chock- full of chills. The stories in this book have been carefully selected from international ghostlore and skillfully retold with ghastly details and strong, shuddery endings. Come inside and meet 'the Robber Bridegroom' , ' the Vampire Cat' , and the many other intriguing characters. But before you settle down in your cozy reading chair, make sure the lights are turned on! "
" The Roar" by Emma Clayton [ paperback, year 2012 edition ]
$8.99 - retail ( $3.00 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Mika lives in future London, behind the Wall: solid concrete, fifty feet tall, topped with high-voltage razor wire, and guarded by a battalion of borgs, it was built to keep out the animals, because animals carry the Plague. "
"Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk [ paperback, year 2005 edition ]
$14.95 - retail ( $0.08 - I paid)
Synopsis: " The first rule about Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club. The second rule about Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club. The third rule of Fight Club is two men per fight. The fourth rule of Fight Club is one fight at a time. The fifth rule of Fight Club is no shoes, no shirts in the fight. The sixth rule of Fight Club is the fights go on as long as they have to. "
"Th1rteen R3asons Why" by Jay Asher [ paperback, first edition ]
$10.99 - retail ( $0.08 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her. Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes - - - and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death. "
"Then She Was Gone" by Lisa Jewell [ paperback, year 2018 edition ]
$16.00 - retail ( $0.08 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now, her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together. It's been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie's case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a cafe, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she's meeting Floyd's daughters - - - and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel's breath away. Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. "
"Shadow House" by Dan Poblocki [ hardback, first edition ]
$12.99 - retail ( $0.08 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal. "
" Deranged" by Harold Schechter [ paperback, first edition ]
$7.99 - retail ( $0.08 - I paid )
Synopsis: " On a warm spring day in 1928, a kindly, white-haired man appeared at the Budd family home in New York City, and soon persuaded Mr. and Mrs. Budd to let him take their adorable little girl, Grace, on an outing. The Budds never guessed that they had entrusted their child to a monster. After a relentless six-year search and nationwide press coverage, the mystery of Grace Budd's disappearance was solved - - - and a crime of unparalleled gore and revulsion was revealed to a stunned American public. What Albert Fish did to Grace Budd, and perhaps fifteen other young children, caused experts to pronounce him the most deranged human being they had ever seen. "
"Don't Think Twice" by Wayne Johnson [ hardback, library discarded, first edition ]
$23.00 - retail ( $3.50 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Deep in the magnificent landscape of northwest Minnesota, near the Chippewa reservation where he grew up, Paul Two Persons owns a resort lodge on fourteen thousand acres of pristine forests and lakes. Haunted by the death of his young son and his disintegrating relationship with his beautiful wife, Paul is on the verge of losing the land he loves due to an unpaid loan to his childhood friend Al. When he is called on to identify Al's body at the morgue, he knows his troubles have just begun. Not only are shady developers eyeing his property with escalating delight, but his best friend is putting moves on his mourning wife, and he's getting the dizzying sense that these occurrences are related to his son's death and Al's 'suicide.' "
"Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins [ hardback , dust jacket missing, first edition ]
$26.00 - retail ( $2.50 - I paid)
Synopsis: " Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of the rebellion. The second book in the Hunger Game series. "
So with 23 books in all, I spent around $30.81 and saved around $316.92 !!!
And this is why I love thrift stores!
Let me know where you shop for books in the comments below! What is the most you ever saved, and have you come across any rare books?