Only the Good Friday: Book Sale Haul


I know, I know. As an author, I ought to be THE BIGGEST advocate of buying books new, as soon as they’re released. I get the whole economics of how the industry has changed, just in the eight years since I created ShapeShifter. I get it.

But as a reader, just like almost every other reader out there, my finances are limited. I can spend $27 and change for a new hardback every so often, or I can support my local libraries and see how many of the 1800+ books on my wishlist (you think I’m kidding about that number???) I can find for a buck or two apiece.

More books = more book talks from me. In theory, anyway; a girl’s gotta sit and READ those puppies!

Instead, let me gush about them some more. For now, anyway.

Even though it made the barest of dents in my wishlist, I came away from the sale yesterday with ten nice new friends. I’m proud of restraining myself to ONLY what was on my wishlist; it wasn’t easy. And since 1800+ books is, let’s face it, a lot, I’m sure there were books I overlooked, too.

Still, ten’s a nice, round number. Ten books make me happy.

Here’s what they are. The buy links will take you to, since I’m all about buying from the independents.

George D. Shuman — 18 Seconds
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child — The Wheel of Darkness
Christina Dodd — Scent of Darkness
Jonathan Kellerman — Gone
Harlan Coben — Hold Tight
Lorna Landvik — The View from Mount Joy
Lisa Unger — Sliver of Truth
Jonathan Kellerman (again) — Compulsion
Peter Blauner — Slipping into Darkness


The prize.

The book that, if I’d had to choose ONE book, I’d have chosen…

Dalia Sofer — The Septembers of Shiraz

One of these days, I’ll write more about why it is I’m such a big advocate of buying used and online book trading. One of these days… *sigh*

Happy Reading, everyone! And check out the other Only the Good stuff out there, too.



  1. Lesley

    April 24, 2009 3:19 pm

    Congratulations on your purchases! I absolutely LOVE finding good buys! There are SOOOOOO many books I want to read that I’ll never get to them all!

    Lesley’s last blog post..Why do you eat?

  2. Chameleon

    April 24, 2009 3:35 pm

    Ooh.. two Kellerman’s I haven’t read yet! Hrm.. I don’t know most of the others. Who would you recommend to someone that loves Kellerman and is looking for a new author?

  3. Petula

    April 24, 2009 9:16 pm

    There’s a used bookstore that I haven’t stopped by in awhile. I was going to stop in and browse then pounce to see if they’ll buy my encyclopedias!

    Petula’s last blog post..Keeping it clean

  4. Thomma Lyn

    April 25, 2009 12:20 am

    Thanks for the recommendations! Oh, the TBR list is a-growing and a-growing. 😀

    Thomma Lyn’s last blog post..A Visit With the Tadpoles

  5. Jill

    April 26, 2009 8:47 am

    Why are you buying some used? Being green?

  6. DeeplySuperficial

    April 26, 2009 1:01 pm

    I used to buy a ton of books every month, then I started waiting and buying new releases used…now, I have rediscovered the public library and only buy a used copy if it’s something I absolutely must own.

    Used book stores are great though, because sometimes you can find some great old books that are out of print. And often the they have no idea how valuable some of the editions are.

    DeeplySuperficial’s last blog post..Pics I don’t know why I have – Part 6

  7. Wylie

    April 27, 2009 7:35 am

    I see you acquired one that I’ve recently read — Coben’s Hold Tight. Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

    I’m all over the used book store and/or library for a book source because sometimes it’s about money. Books are expensive (for us avid readers, anyway!!) and I do spend a fair few hundreds a year for fresh ones, too 🙂

  8. Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading

    May 8, 2009 2:39 pm

    18 Seconds is really good! I hope you enjoy it.

    Melissa – Shhh I’m Reading’s last blog post..Review: The World in Half by Cristina Henriquez

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