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In My Mailbox (12): More Titles from Borders and the Discovery of a New Thrift Store

One of the perks of being in the passenger seat is being able to look around the area – food chains, shops, retail stores, and so on and so forth. One of the things I look forward to every time we drive around is a thrift store. Yay for cheap priced items, especially books! For our 12th contribution to The Story Siren’s wonderful weekly meme, In My Mailbox, I bring you books looted from a newly-opened thrift store down our street, and a few more books from Borders storewide closing sale.


1. Horrible Histories: The Vicious Vikings by Terry Deary, illustrated by Martin Brown. While it may not be in glossy picture book form, I was extremely happy that I finally have a Terry Deary book in my shelf. It was timely, too, that I bought the “Vikings” edition because Mikey and I just watched the Deadliest Warrior marathon last month. The Vikings were one of the warriors featured in that show.

2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. A classic. ‘Nuff said. =)

3. Fattypuffs and Thinifers by Andre Maurois. One of the rare books I have that was written by a French author, I thought that this book had a funny title. It’s definitely going to be “a ton-of-fun war between the featherweights and the heavyweights!”

Picture Books!

1. Casey Over There by Staton Rabin, illustrated by Greg Shed. While I am not particularly fond of war stories, I bought this picture book because of Greg Shed’s beautiful sepiatoned artwork done in designer gouache on canvas (as described in the book information in the front). It’s also nice to see the hand-lettered correspondences in the book between a young boy and his older brother Casey who joined the army.

2. Someday by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Written on the front flap of the book, Someday is “a deceptively simple, powerful ode to the potential of love and the potential in life.” A book written for every mother and every daughter in the world. I am a mommy-lover myself, so this is indeed a wonderful loot for me.

3. And of course, The Journey That Saved Curious George by Louise Borden, illustrated by Allan Drummond. If you missed my feature on this beautiful and award-winning biographical picture book, click here and be amazed and inspired by the story of two of the world’s beloved children’s authors.

Perfect Book for Nancy Drew Fans!

Two days before I went shopping at Borders, I found this at Borders online. The Lost Files of Nancy Drew – created, designed, and produced by Brainwaves Limited UK – brought back middle school days, in which I took delight in the case files of Nancy Drew. This interactive portfolio is the perfect companion for every Nancy Drew lover in the world. Featuring 13 of her wonderful cases, Nancy Drew shares with you her top secret journal filled with illustrations, thoughts, and memorabilia. While sold online for $19.99, I purchased this in-store for only $4.99. Literally and figuratively SOLD! =)

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

19 comments on “In My Mailbox (12): More Titles from Borders and the Discovery of a New Thrift Store

  1. Hi Fats! I also have a copy of that Nancy Drew book – I think I got it for 5 sgd myself – around 4 USD thereabouts. Got it in a book sale, I think. I would definitely have to visit your thrift store when I visit San Diego again next year. July 2012 it shall be. 😉


    • Hello Ms Myra!! =)

      Oh, I don’t recommend that thrift store. Haha. We’ll go to another one. Or maybe I’ll take you to a swap meet. Either way, I wish July 2012 would come sooner!! =)


  2. Nice finds! The Nancy Drew interactive book is awesome. Happy reading 🙂


    • Thank you Lucy!! Yes, I can’t wait to rediscover the adventures of Nancy Drew that were featured in that book. =)


  3. Awesome IMM
    I have gone to borders like once a week since the sale. It’s sad that it is closing. But at least I got some deals. In my IMM I got some books from Borders as well. Check it out here:


    • Hello Michael! Thank you for dropping by. Yes, oh so sad, indeed. You know they’re finally closing when they put up a 60-80% sale. =( Anyway, thank you for sharing the link! =)


  4. I love Nancy Drew!
    Apparently the original title for ‘Peter Pan’ was ‘Peter and Wendy’ – I like the second better. 😀
    I’m a new follower on twitter. Have a great weekend!


    • Hello Annie! My childhood is not complete without Nancy Drew. Hehe. I actually would have preferred “Neverland” but I suppose the story is really about the boy who never grew up. Thank you! You enjoy this coming week as well. =)


  5. Yay for Nancy Drew and Curious George! How wonderful to have discovered a new thrift store with fantastic books!


    • Hi Shirley! Thank you for stopping by! That Curious George book was really wonderful. I rarely read biography but the Reys’ story was very inspiring. Thrift stores are always fun! =)


  6. Looks like you got some interesting stuff. I loved reading nancy drew when I was younger.


    • Nice to see you here, Ashley! I did, too, that’s why I can’t wait to read her journal. =)


  7. Great haul! I would love to work out some trades with you. Just let me know what your interested in.

    Also check out my mailbox.

    Don’t forget to check out my current giveaways also! There are 5 going on now.

    I also sell complete blogger designs for $40, or for trades. Let me know if you are interested. I would love to create you a design!

    Ashley Suzanne
    ashleysbookshelf at gmail dot com


    • Thank you, Ashley Suzanne! I’ve never traded books with anyone but it definitely sounds interesting. And giveaways are always fun! I will check out your books and let you know. Thanks for dropping by! =)


  8. I heard so many great things about the Nancy Drew books, I might have to try them out myself someday!

    Take a look at what’s in my Mailbox!


    • Oooooh, I highly recommend the ND books, Majanka! Thanks for dropping by and sharing the link! =)


  9. I got Someday this week too! Totally made me cry.


    • Awww! Yes, it’s a touchy-feely story. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Beth. Have fun with your loot, and thank you for dropping by! =)


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