Book Hunting Expedition (4): En Route to Book Off

I can’t believe it’s been 4 weeks since we started our Book Hunting Expeditions! It’s a nice way to share with you books that are constantly being added to our collection. (Needless to say, our TBR pile grows alongside it too!) Today, I share with you yet another loot from Book Off. As usual, it was not my intention to buy books that day. I forgot to take pictures for my very first BHE entry so I decided to go back and take a shot. The store was still open when I came so… Well, you know how this story ends.

20 May 2012: Book Off San Diego

Picture Books

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg – $1

A Chris Van Allsburg book being sold for a dollar is definitely a cheap find! I loved the movie, so I’m glad I finally acquired the original tale in hardbound. The cover was a bit tattered on the edges but the book still looks decent overall. Even if it didn’t have its book flap, I’d still get it just because it’s by Chris Van Allsburg. How about you? Do you care at all about the condition of the books when you go to bargain shops?

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers – $3

The first Oliver Jeffers book I owned was The Heart and the Bottle (which I also reviewed a while back). I didn’t expect to find this paperback edition of How to Catch a Star tucked between pictures books I am hardly familiar with. The cover is adorable, don’t you think?

The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket – $5

I found out about The Beatrice Letters through Myra’s review, when she “shamelessly [and] tirelessly typed away” an excerpt (and what an excerpt it was!) from the book, told in the perspective of Lemony Snicket. It was indeed the love letter to end all love letters. I was swept away with Snicket’s wordplay. I knew I had to find the book – even if I had to pay $10 for it! Luckily, Book Off was selling it for $5, and everything’s still in place; the book was still in good condition. It was the last copy in the store that day, and it now belongs to me.

Young Adult Literature

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Books 2-4) by Lemony Snicket – $1 each

I’ve always wanted to buy the entire series but haven’t had the chance to. I bought 3 of the 13 books in the series when I saw them being sold for a dollar each. The first book was missing, but it didn’t matter. I’ll find it somewhere, someday. The books were in decent condition, with the cover still intact. The edges were old and had coffee spills on some spots. But a dollar find is a dollar find, so I ‘adopted’ these books and gave them a new home.

Speak by Larie Halse Anderson – $1

Any award-winning YA novel should automatically be included in my shelf! I always see this at Barnes & Noble, without meaning to look for it. Finally got my copy, and I can’t wait to read this powerful novel.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin – $1

I was introduced to the Earthsea chronicles through Iphigene’s reading of the series back in college. I only see Tehanu being sold in stores. Now that I have the first book, I can get started on it, and will surely be on the lookout for the remainder of the series. If I hadn’t mentioned it in any of my previous posts and book reviews yet, I also bought a DVD of Tales from Earthsea, an animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son.

The Yggyssey by Daniel Pinkwater – $1

Too bad Book Off wasn’t selling The Neddiad, the first book in the series (is it not?) by Daniel Pinkwater. Still happy with my purchase of The Yggyssey, though. Still in perfect condition, and bought for cheap! As much as I would love to get started on this, I’ll have to wait until I read The Neddiad.

Drowned Wednesday and Lady Friday by Garth Nix – $5 each

Two new additions to my Garth Nix collection. I now have in my possession Books Monday through Friday. I am on the hunt for copies of Superior Saturday and Lord Sunday to finally complete The Keys to the Kingdom series. A hardbound for $5? Yes, I’ll take both!

The Bone Magician by F.E. Higgins – $7

A resounding YES! A few weeks ago I purchased The Eye Collector by F.E. Higgins. I was very thrilled when I saw The bone Magician that day. Must. Grab. Book. I finally have the second book of the Tales From The Sinister City series by F.E. Higgins. I’m now on the hunt for The Lunatic’s Curse, the latest addition to the series. Help me find it!


The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool and Alison Jay – $17.99

I honestly had a hard time selecting my Featured Book of the Day. It was truly a wonderful and successful book hunting expedition that day, all books written by notable writers in children’s literature. I decided to feature this new picture book discovery instead. I bought this at its original price from Barnes & Noble. I have a fascination with clouds so when I saw this picture book, there were butterflies and rainbows around me! I was in cloud heaven. The cover is stunningly beautiful, and the title makes the story very intriguing. I’ve read the book, and I highly recommend this to all of you, whether or not you have a fascination for clouds.

Well, that about wraps it up. Join us again next week for another Book Hunting Expedition! ^^

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).

3 comments on “Book Hunting Expedition (4): En Route to Book Off

  1. Wwwooooooowowwwwwww! I haven’t gone bargain shopping in a long time. I should raid the stores at Cubao X soon.


  2. Lots of great and familiar titles here! Congratulations on the Van Allsburg book, that is truly a find. It’s funny that you’re also on the lookout for Saturday/Sunday from the Keys to the Kingdom series – those are my missing titles too! I have all four books from Tales from the Sinister City series – and like you, all found through book sales. I have all 13 books from Lemony Snicket, but NOT the Beatrice Letters which I borrowed from our libraries here. And guess what, I have NEDDIAD but not this second book. 🙂 I may also have this Ursula LeGuin title, but I couldn’t be sure. The Cloud Spinner looks fantabulous!


  3. Wow-you really found some bargains. I noted the Cloud Spinners book, though. It looks very good. I already have some of the others & noted the Pinkwater book. I’m not familiar with those, so will look them up. Thank you, Fats!


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