Book Buying

Recently, I went to the Goodwill in Cedar Falls and had a shopping spree… in the book section. I was just glancing through titles when I came upon the third book in the Wheel of Time series (Robert Jordan) in a hardback. I was excited, but a little sad that they didn’t have the second book, as I already purchased the first from amazon. To my delight… I found the second, fourth, and fifth in paperback. Not far from there, I found a few others in the series as well! After I finish the few books I have going right now — Clash of Kings, The Once and Future King, A Raisin in the Sun, Meditations (Aurelius) — I plan to start reading the Wheel of Time series. I’ve only heard good things, and due to the new book is coming out soon, I have a few friends (and see other blogs) doing read-throughs or rereads of the series that I plan to join.

Along with the many Wheel of Time books I bought, I also bought a couple Dean Koontz books (The House of Thunder, Tick Tock), Michael Crichton books (Congo and Jurassic Park — I have Lost World, but not Jurassic Park?! No more!)  The Inferno, which I have read parts of but never in its entirety, and a couple books for my three-year-old niece (a Clifford book, a good beginner Star Wars book and The Last Airbender: Aang’s Destiny, again, a beginner book).

While looking through the books, I had a thought… It’s sad to see so many books being let go to a Goodwill, where they aren’t loved anymore. BUT then I think about how I got 14 books for under $4, and then I don’t feel so bad. Do you get books at stores like Goodwill? I also enjoy looking through garage sale books, though most of them in my town are religious books, and I really don’t care to read those.

One of my favorite things about buying books secondhand are the things people leave in the books as bookmarks or what have you. In one book, there was a little laminated card about a religious golf club thing called Ascend which was interesting; in one book, there was a graduation party invitation; who knows what else I will find when I read through the Wheel of Time books I bought!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Cody See
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 19:03:07

    I also love purchasing second hand books, both at Goodwill and garage sales (I know what you mean by the abundance of religious ones though). Once while flipping through a Post Secret book at Barnes & Noble in Waterloo, I found someone’s secret they had intentionally left. It made my week 😀


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