Books for Cheap: 8 Books, 18 Bucks

Last Monday my mother-in-law and I made the trek to her favorite used bookstore, Paperbacks Unlimited.  She had two bags of books for credit, I had three.  She hadn’t been there in a while, and went wild–I think she got over 20 books. Definitely the kid-in-a-candy-store vibe going on.  I got 8 books; not because I didn’t want more but because I was trying to hold back.  If I don’t want to reverse the flow of incoming/outgoing books completely, but I do want to slow the rate.

After I used part of my $63 in store credit, I paid $18 for what I got.  Two of them were in the science fiction section and I didn’t bring my little card with my sci-fi credit on it, so I paid full used price for those.  Still a deal.

Here’s what I got:

  1. A Michael Swanwick:  Bones of the Earth
  2. A Paul Preuss:  Secret Passages.  I read this when it came out.  In fact I think I have a signed first edition, but it was an impulse buy.
  3. A Lee Child Jack Reacher thriller
  4. Two John Connolly Charlie Parker thrillers
  5. Two PC Tracy Monkeewrench mysteries (another author that Terry Weyna introduced me to.  Thanks, Terry!)
  6. Lily Dale; a nonfiction book about a small town in upstate New York that is populated by spiritualists.  Every summer they have  Camp Days, and thousands of tourists come to town for seances.  My friend L saw a documentary about this town a few months ago.  When I saw the book, it seemed like an omen.

Eight books, eighteen dollars.  I can’t think of a much better deal unless it involved free chocolate.

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3 Responses to Books for Cheap: 8 Books, 18 Bucks

  1. Chad Hull says:

    I’d say that’s a nice haul. I have the Swanwick, though I haven’t read it yet. I love his short stories but the only novel I’ve read of his didn’t thrill me.

    I think free chocolate only happens on your birthday.

  2. Linda says:

    The documentary is called “No One Dies in Lily Dale.” I highly recommend it. No I’ll go check out abebooks and amazon for a copy of “Lily Dale.”

  3. Terry Weyna says:

    It’s always nice to know that I’ve convinced someone else to read a book I loved!

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