You might be asking yourself: didn’t I just post a book haul last month? And the answer is: yes, I did. I’m pretty sure I go to the Goodwill and buy books as a coping mechanism against stress from college. Most college students buy Starbucks or go out partying, but I buy books…it’s a problem and I’m working on it.
For this haul, I bought eight books for $12. A pretty good bargain. A lot of them are ones which I’ve wanted to read for years, or that I can’t get anywhere else. So, let’s start at the top.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Original Publication: 1985
My Edition Publication: 1994
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Page Length: 324
I’ve seen parts of the movie, and I know the basic plot (as well as spoilers), but I’ve never read the book. The story is set in space, and follows Ender, a brilliant boy who is trained with a group of other young people in this war simulation. It’s really interesting, if the movie is any indication, and I’ve been wanting to read one of Orson Scott Card’s books for years. I don’t read many sci-fi, so I’m hoping to broaden my horizons and read more books in this genre.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Original Publication: 2003
My Edition Publication: 2004
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Page Count: 270
This is another one I’ve watched the movie adaptation of. I loved the film, but I’ve never tried reading the book. The plot follows two children as they learn of the past of the underground city of Ember, which was founded following an apocalypse of the earth above. The story is about the kids finding out the reality of their world and the world above. If this book is like the movie, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. Also, it’s a light, quick read.
Mother Angelica’s Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality by Mother Angelica
Original Publication: 2007
My Edition Publication: 2007
Genre: Nonfiction, Christianity, Self-help
Page Count: 221
Anyone who grew up in a Catholic home in the 1990’s will probably remember Mother Angelica’s TV show. She was a Franciscan nun who founded EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), which is now a mainstay on most Catholic’s televisions. This book is filled with everyday advice on how to live your life. I browsed through the book quickly before I bought it, and it looks very practical. If you’re not Christian, this probably won’t be something interesting to you.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Original Publication: 2000
My Edition Publication: 2002
Genre: Fiction, Historical
Page Count: 184
I don’t know much about this story, but this year when I was making a list of books by Asian authors which sounded interesting, I came across this one. It follows two boys who are banished to a remote mountain village in China and fall in love with the daughter of a local tailor. I believe it is set during the Cultural Revolution of China. It sounds like it’s a sad, but deep story. And you know I’m all about that depth. This book was originally written in French and then translated into English.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Original Publication: 2005
My Edition: 2005
Genre: Fiction, Historical
Page Count: 278
Lisa See is one of those authors I see everywhere. Several of her books, like Shanghai Girls and The Island of Sea Women, have been on my TBR for a while, but I still haven’t found the time to actually read any of her books. Most of her books are historical, set in Asia (usually China). I’ve heard the historical detail is the best part of her books, and as I’m a history major, that is right up my alley. This book, which was made into a movie in 2011 (which I haven’t seen, but I’ll watch after I read the book), is set in 19th century China and is about two women exchanging messages on fans. That’s about all I know about it.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Original Publication: 1967
My Edition Publication: 1991
Genre: Play, Retelling, Humor
Page Count: 126
In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the character of Hamlet has two ‘friends’ who turn against him and try to get information out of him. They are truly horrible traitors, and their names are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. This book takes those two characters and shows the story of Hamlet from their perspectives. I’ve wanted to read this book, but it isn’t available at my library, so I haven’t been able to. So I was excited to see it at the Goodwill.
The Importance of Being Ernest and Other Plays by Oscar Wilde
Original Publication: 1898
My Edition Publication: 2002
Genre: Play, Classics
Page Count: 257
This book contains five of Oscar Wilde’s plays: The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and Salome. I’ve never read one of his plays, though I’ve seen movie adaptations of both The Importance of Being Ernest and An Ideal Husband. Many of Oscar Wilde’s contemporaries, like George Bernard Shaw, had humor in their plays, not none adds it quite like Wilde. So I’m excited to read his plays, especially the ones I have never heard of before.
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Original Publication: 1940
My Edition Publication: 1940
Genre: Classic, War, Historical
Page Count: 410
This is the only book I bought which I have previously read, though it was years ago that I read it. I probably should go back and reread it, because I’ve forgotten all the details of what happens. It follows a young American man who travels with the International Brigade to Spain during the Spanish Civil War. I love this book, though it’s quick dark, and I was amazed to find such an old copy. If you don’t like war stories, you might not like it, but I find the detail interesting, as Ernest Hemingway actually traveled to Spain during the war.
So there you have it. I clearly have an addiction to buying books and good deals. I just can’t say no.
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