Over the summer, I traveled around my state with my husband for his job, which, while horrible for my hygiene, provided some really excellent reading time. One of our stops, my husband noticed a shining beacon of lovely-ness right across the street: a Goodwill. In my experience, thrift stores are excellent places to find cheap books in good condition, Goodwill being one of my favorites.
However, since we were technically on a business trip and didn’t have a lot of time to spare before we had to be off to the next place, my wonderful husband told me that if I wanted to visit the Goodwill, I had 7 minutes to be back at the truck.
I don’t even think I let him finish his sentence as I took off running, wasting no precious book browsing time on silly conversation.
Even though I only had just a few minutes to be in and out, I think I still managed to find and purchase some absolute GEMS.
I know there were lots more good ones on the shelf, but here is what I made it out with:
1. The Water’s Edge by Sarah Gruen
Sara Gruen wrote one of my all-time favorite books, Water for Elephants, so when I saw this one I knew it was a must have for me. This book hits a lot of my favorite notes: family embarrassment and being disowned, WWII, the Loch Nes monster, and a woman’s social awakening. This book sounds absolutely fascinating!
2. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
This novel is based on the very real woman Beryl Markham, who wrote a book of her own life in 1942. I am fascinated by stories like this where a woman was raised by men in the early 1900s and they become explorers or adventurers or just all around bad-a women.
3. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
I checked this book out from my local library at one point, and never actually got around to reading it, so when I saw it on the shelf, I thought I might as well give it an actual chance of being read.
4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I think this book is going to fall in the category of science-y books that really get my blood pumping! Others that I loved in this type of category were The Martian, Dark Matter, and Brain on Fire. Given that, this was an obvious choice for my shelves.
5. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
This is one book that I added to my book club’s TBR list because I heard about it on a podcast or two and thought it sounded absolutely fascinating! Plus, the cover caught my attention in the bookstore for a couple of years before I actually knew what it was.
What do you all look for at used book sales? Have you bough any used books that ended up making it to your favorites list? I’d love to hear about your favorite hauls down in the comments!
And as always, may your shelves never get dusty.