Goodwill Book Haul: Birthday Edition


This past weekend was mostly a stress filled, money sucking mess. Car problems. Who doesn’t cringe at the mention of those words? Needless to say, $1400 later, I needed something uplifting. Especially since September 3rd is my birthday (it’s my sisters, too! We’re twins). Broke on your birthday is zero fun.

If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, I post pictures of books) you already know  that  certain something uplifting came on Saturday when my sister asked if I wanted to ride along for a shopping trip with her and my niece. I knew it would be the regular groceries and Walmart, so nothing huge, but she suggested we stop at the Goodwill. My mind went to books and I got a little sad that I wouldn’t even be able to afford something for $1.00 but figured I could at least look around.

Sister surprised me though and told me to throw all the books I wanted into the basket my niece was dragging around behind her (it was too cute for words). At first, I only picked a few, then she made me get more! It was still under ten dollars, all said and done, yet to me, it was a perfect gift.


The first book I chose was a Perry Mason. Me and my old books! It’s tiny and I love those books to just fly through in an afternoon. Plus, the smell of this little guy who came out in 1964 is divine…yes, I just paused after that sentence to pick it up and sniff it again!

Next, was Doctor Who. I couldn’t pass this up. I love Doctor Who too much, plus I have a friend who I know has a birthday coming up the week after mine sooo…spoilers (any Doctor Who fans, see what I did there? Wink, wink)!

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry was a thrill to find. I love westerns and I loved this movie and as we all know, the book is always better, enough said. It’s 945 pages. That should keep me busy.

My sissy found me two lovelies that I didn’t even notice. One is Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth. I watched the TV show on Netflix back when my niece was still but a wee babe (she’s now the devil in a 2 1/2-year-old toddler suit). The other she found me was The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. I love this book. I read all The Lord Of The Rings books pre-movies. I liked all the movies except for the last one and I grew up on the Hobbit cartoon movie. I just loved the name Bilbo Baggins, it cracked me up as a kid! I have read this before, but after the atrocious recent movie bastardization of this book, I need to  clean that cinematic poo off my brain.Thank you, sissy, for noticing these.

The last two I chose were Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I have a thing with buying books that were part of the Oprah’s Book Club. I am never horribly let down by them. I know nothing of this book, so I should be good and surprised. The other is a Toni Morrison called Paradise (also an Oprah pick). I have never read any of Toni Morrisons books that I can recall, but I read the first line on the back of the book drew me in immediately.

The last few books my sister picked for herself but told me to put them in my haul as she knows I will steal and read them eventually anyway. The early 90’s Nancy Drew was a given since we both turn 35 this year. Why the hell not go back to our youth for a few pages?!

Next is Number The Stars by Lois Lowry, which both sis and I read in fifth grade, but didn’t fully understand the heaviness of the books subject matter at the time. World War 2 to my eleven-year-old brain seemed too unreal to be real. I know the cruelty of humanity these days, however, and look forward to revisiting this book as an adult.

Finally, Green River Running Red by Ann Rule. She is one of my sisters favorite authors and this particular book was the first true crime sissy ever read. So, this the book that started her love for true crime!

Special thanks to my sister and my niece (the carrier of the basket of dreams). This inexpensive birthday present was more than I could have asked for!




Goodwill Book Haul (Just A Little One)

Today I was feeling the need, the need to read…Ok, that wan’t necessary, but I had to say it. Since I’m always in the mood to buy books, yet not always in the financial position to do so, I hit the local Goodwill store. This is actually my favorite place to find books as it’s cheap as hell and I find all sorts of gems!

It was red ticket day, so naturally everything I picked was a yellow ticket, but who really cares when you’re still making out with three books for a quarter of the price of one at the ol’ Barnes & Noble.


I felt like I’d hit the jackpot when I made it to the book section. There was a whole shelf of classic books. I love to buy them, even if sometimes I start them and wonder why they were ever taught in school save for teaching students to sleep or hate literature as a whole. Truth be told, I love how they usually have those mesmerizing colors on the edges of all the pages…and they smell good. Thus the name of this blog, I really do love to sniff books.

I made a deal with myself to only buy three books, so I quickly grabbed my choices. The first one I saw was Animal Farm by George Orwell. I desperately wanted it because it’s the same printing I read in my 7th grade reading class with Mrs. Lynch. Props to my Junior High for providing their students in 1993 with a 1962 copy of a book. I felt the love in that tattered copy and I loved the story, too. Though, in those many years I have forgotten much of this story and I’m pretty damn excited to read it again.

Next, I found To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I’m just going to say it. I have never read this book. I am quite a bit ashamed of this since even my husband who would rather set his face on fire than read has read it. I was never in the classes that read this one, so obviously I had to grab it. It was only later that I realized the way I was carrying the book through the store, I had lost some pages, so I only have starting from page 15 on. Still the edges of the pages are green and I love the movie cover. I almost feel as though someone doesn’t want me to read this book…Yes, I’m as paranoid as Fox Mulder in a room full of Smoking Men.

Finally, I saw The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I’m going to start by saying I’m a big Vlogbrothers (the YouTube channel John has with his brother Hank) fan aka Nerdfighter. I’m not a huge fan of YA lit these days as I head toward 35 next month, sometimes I just can’t get into the mind set of a young adult…Jesus, that’s depressing. Not even sure if this is YA, just that I’ve seen many BookTubers do reviews on this particular book and they mainly read YA, so I’m just projecting, I suppose. That being said, books are books and if I can get it for cheap, I will give it a try. I’ve never READ John Green before, so now’s as good a time as any to start.

As I continue to plug my way through the book I’ve been reading (and loving)  for just about ever, I am happy to add these new finds to my collection! Nothing says happiness like a full bookshelf.