Book Haul | Buying Books on Vacation

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1984 by George Orwell

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

 

Keep reading little book worms!

Collective Book Haul

It’s time for another little haul, from various places (not all of them stores). I’m really excited that I found the last two books in the Unicorn Chronicles series, I’ve had the first two books since I was in middle school (5th through 8th grades) so I’m very eager to get going on these. I found Ouija at the Dollar Tree, one of my favorite places to shop. The three cooking and food books came from my work’s book exchange thing that goes on in the break room.

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The New Good Fat Bad Fat by William P. Castelli

“This Book Can Save Your Life!

You can greatly reduce your risk of developing heart disease or having a heart attack by keeping track of how much bad fat -saturated fat- you eat everyday. Bad fat causes your body to manufacture cholesterol, which plugs your coronary arteries with fatty deposits and causes heart attacks.

Most of us eat too much bad fat. And so do our children and grandchildren. But if you can count to 10, you can follow a simple plan to reduce the risks of heart attacks in your family.

Drs. Castelli and Griffin have filled this book with helpful tips and encouraging advice that will help you make the change to healthier eating. For those whose cholesterol levels aren’t moved by changes in diet alone, the doctors discuss the pros and cons of cholesterol- lowering medications.

Dr. Atkins Quick & Easy New Diet Cookbook by Robert C. Atkins MD & Veronica Atkins

“Forget about salad without dressing, dried-out skinless chicken breasts, and tasteless steamed vegetables. Forget about tiny portions, no fat/no flavor foods, and no second helpings. Forget about spending hours in the kitchen. With the delicious recipes in Dr. Atkins’ Quick and Easy New Diet Cookbook, you’ll feast on juicy steaks, succulent chops, and savory egg and cheese dishes, and indulge in creamy sauces and desserts. Based on the bestselling Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, the recipes in the Quick and Easy New Diet Cookbook will let you eat the Atkins way, whether you’re just beginning the diet, shedding pounds, or maintaining your ideal weight. Each recipe has a carbohydrate-gram count per serving, and there’s even a guide to converting your own recipes to the Atkins standard. Designed for healthy eating, this cookbook will help you produce delectable meals every day that will be the key to a whole new you.”

Dr. Atkins New Diet Cookbook by Robert C. Atkins, MD

“This book contains 250 of the most asked-for recipes at the Atkins Center, along with 7-day meal plans, nutrition goals, and traveling and restaurant tips”

From Amazon:

Dark Whispers by Bruce Coville

“In the much-anticipated third volume of the Unicorn Chronicles, Cara Diana Hunter journeys to the Valley of the Centaurs in quest of a mysterious lost story that could hold the key to the survival of the unicorns. But the price for that story may prove to be more than her heart can bear.”

The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville

“Readers will be on the edge of their seats with this concluding episode of the riveting best-selling series by one of America’s most gifted fantasy writers.

In the center if Luster stands an enormous tree called the Axis Mundi, the Heart of the World. But now that tree is wounded, pierced through by magic. And through that wound marches an army of Hunters, led by the sinister and vengeful Beloved. And they are all determined to destroy each and every unicorn.
As the unicorns gather to defend their lives, the human girl, Cara, is sent on a mission to meet a ferocious and mysterious dragon. Faced with perilous danger, Cara must make a desperate decision that will change her life forever.”

From The Dollar Tree:

Ouija by Katharine Turner

“It’s not just a game.
As far as Elaine Morris is concerned, the Ouija board is just a game she played at sleepovers as a kid. But her best friend, Debbie, has been messing around with one recently–and claims she’s starting to hear strange noises around the house. ‘Laine thinks Debbie is a total dork for getting spooked, until Debbie dies in a horrible and haunting way. Desperate to figure out what really happened to her friend, ‘Laine starts using the Ouija board to uncover its mystery. She soon learns that something sinister has come through the board, and it’s not ready to say GOOD-BYE.
Read this heart-stopping novel before seeing the major motion picture!”

I’m super excited to get started reading these! What books have you purchased lately?

Keep reading little book worms!

Barnes & Noble Black Friday Sale

I’m late posting this, but you all seem to like my book hauls, so here it is anyway!

I was at Barnes & Noble the Saturday after Black Friday, but the sale was continuing over the weekend so I got some good deals anyway! One of the deals I’m sure you’ll figure out is that the B&N Classics were half off, and they have so many good titles.

You’re also probably wondering why I bought an Oz book when I’ve already read all the eBooks. Well, I actually already had the first two books, and finally found the third one, so I had to complete my set. At any rate, I’m excited about all of my purchases!

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A Wrinkle In Time Trilogy by Madeleine L’Engle

Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe. Now their first three adventures are together in one volume. In the Newbery Award winner A Wrinkle in Time, the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, and they must time travel to Camazotz to save him. In A Wind in the Door, Meg, Calvin and Mr. Jenkins (their grade school principal) must travel inside C.W. and battle to save Charles’s life—as well as the balance of the universe. And in A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Meg’s brother Charles Wallace has twenty-four hours to stop the tragedy of nuclear war from occurring. Read the iconic novels that continue to inspire millions of fans around the world.This edition of the first three novels in the Wrinkle in Time series is a distinguished new addition to Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features an elegant bonded-leather binding, distinctive gilt edging, decorative endpapers, and a colorful satin-ribbon bookmark. Collectible and durable, these volumes should be the cornerstones of every home library.

 

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

In 1976, nearly 80 years after Bram Stoker published Dracula, Anne Rice’s bestselling first novel, Interview with the Vampire, breathed new life into the vampire myth.

Now, in one chilling volume, here are the first three classic novels of The Vampire Chronicles; Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and Queen of the Damned.

All amazing stories in themselves, together this huge volume presents a classic work bound together into one attractively designed edition.

Pocket Book of Poetry  by Various

The sixty poems selected for Pocket Book of Poetry span more than four centuries and some rank among the greatest works of literature in the English language. Many are popular favorites and several represent the best works written by their authors, among them William Shakespeare’s sonnets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan,” John Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” William Butler Yeats’ “The Second Coming,” and Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”

Although some of these poems share themes and verse forms, each is a unique work unto itself. All suggest a world much greater than can be encompassed in their words, and the way in which they transport the reader to that realm is a large part of the pleasure that they offer.

Pocket Book of Poetry is one of Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world’s greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging.

Where the Sidewalk Ends/Everything On It: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends/Every Thing On It brings together two masterful collections of poems and drawing by Shel Silverstein that are at once outrageously funny and profound.

In Where the Sideswalk Ends, you’ll discover that where the sidewalk ends Shel Silverstein’s world begins. You’ll meet a by who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sara Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Every Thing On It is a book with . . .well, everything on it. It’s an amazing collection of never-before-published poems and drawings from Shel Silverstein. You will say Hi-ho for the toilet troll, get tongue-tied with Stick-a-Tongue-Out-Sid, play a highly unusual horn, and experience the joys of growing down.

Where the Sidewalk Ends/Every Thing On It is one of Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world’s greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.

The Magic of Oz: Books Eleven Through Fifteen of the Oz Series by L. Frank Baum

The third collection in the Fall River Press Oz series, featuring Books 11 through 15 of the legendary Oz novels by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by John R. Neill. Contains the entire text of the Oz books: 11. the Lost Princess of Oz, 12. the Tin Woodman of Oz, 13. the Magic of Oz, 14. Glinda of Oz, 15. Little Wizard Stories of Oz. This volume comprises the last of the canonical Oz books written by the original Oz author, L. Frank Baum, collected into a single hardcover edition.

Did you find any Black Friday deals? What was your favorite purchase?

Keep reading little book worms!

Thrifty Book Haul

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Mom and I have been enjoying our thrifting trips and I’ve found some books from my favorite authors!

1st to Die by James Patterson

James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women’s Murder Club, featuring a four-woman team that occasionally works outside the system. None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an even deeper emotional context to this suspense thriller.

Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she’s just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding night. Burdened with Chris Raleigh, a new partner reassigned from the mayor’s office, Lindsay finds that she has too much to deal with and turns to her best friend, Claire, the head ME on the case. Claire offers helpful advice and human, friendly contact amid a job filled with violence, cruelty, and fear.

Soon a fledgling newspaper reporter, Cindy, makes contact with Lindsay looking for a career-making story. Although Lindsay can’t officially comment on the case, the two women form a rapport, and Cindy joins Lindsay and Claire for their weekly meeting. When a second pair of newlyweds is murdered, and later a third, the investigation leads to a prominent crime writer, Nicholas Jenks, who has a history of spousal abuse and a predilection for kinky, dangerous sex games. With the help of an understanding assistant D.A., Jill Bernhardt, Lindsay tries to make a case against Jenks, who even had an affair with one of the slain women. Eventually Jill joins the Murder Club, and the four ladies share private interdepartmental information in an effort to track and stop the killer before he strikes again.

Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King

A collection of short stories, several being published for the first time, offers a spine-tingling journey to the nightmare world created by a master of sheer terror and grotesque imagination.

Lasher by Anne Rice

The Talamasca, documenters of paranormal activity, is on the hunt for the newly born Lasher. Mayfair women are dying from hemorrhages and a strange genetic anomaly has been found in Rowan and Michael. Lasher, born from Rowan, is another species altogether and now in the corporeal body, represents an incalcuable threat to the Mayfairs. Rowan and Lasher travel together to Houston and she becomes pregnant with another creature like him, a Taltos. Lasher seeks to reproduce his race in other women, but they cannot withstand it. Rowan escapes and becomes comatose as her fully-grown Taltos daughter is born. The Mayfairs declare all-out war on Lasher and try to nurse Rowan back to heatlth.

Michael remains entwined in the Mayfair family and learns how he comes by his strange powers. Michael’s ghostly visiting from a long-dead Mayfair reveals the importance of destroying Lasher. In the investigation, Lasher’s origins are revealed, the new Taltos Emaleth returns, and the climax of death and life engulfs the family.

Baby-Sitters Little Sister #28: Karen’s Tea Party by Ann M. Martin

Karen and David Michael have the worst table manners ever. Karen burps at the dinner table, and David Michael makes rude noises with his armpit. Then Karen’s daddy sends them to charm school, and Karen makes a complete turnaround. David Michael, on the other hand, is a different story.

Stephen King, Anne Rice, and James Patterson are some of my favorite authors of all time. And I must admit that Baby-Sitters Little Sister is a bit of nostalgia for me personally.

Keep reading little book worms!

Two Books from the Dollar Tree

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More fun from the Dollar Tree! I’ve been enjoying the pre-back-to-school inventory at the Dollar Tree lately (seriously if you’re into journaling or stationary or related items you need to go check it out!).

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

Evocative of Alice in Wonderland, this novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver is a bewitching story about the reaches of loyalty and the enduring power of hope. Perfect for fans of the author’s other middle grade novels: Liesl & Po and the Curiosity House series.

Looking across the breakfast table one morning, twelve-year-old Liza feels dread wash over her. Although her younger brother, Patrick, appears the same, Liza knows that he is actually quite different. She is certain that the spindlers—evil, spiderlike beings—came during the night and stole his soul. And Liza is also certain that she is the only one who can rescue him.

Armed with little more than her wits and a huge talking rat for a guide, Liza descends into the dark and ominous underground to save Patrick’s soul. Her quest is far from easy: she must brave tree-snakes, the Court of Stones, and shape-shifting scawgs before facing her greatest challenge in the spindlers’ lair, where more than just Patrick’s soul is at stake.

 

A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz

LEAVE IT TO CHANCE.

Eleanor “Elle” Chance, that is—a high-flying dirigible pilot with a taste for adventure and the heroine of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, steampunk, and paranormal romance into pure storytelling gold.

It is 1903, and the world is divided between light and shadow. On the side of light is a wondrous science that has transformed everyday life by harnessing magical energies to ingenious new technologies. But each advance of science has come at the expense of shadow—the traditional realm of the supernatural.

Now two ancient powers are preparing to strike back. Blood-sucking immortal Nightwalkers and their spellcasting Alchemist allies have a plan to cover the whole world in shadow. All they require is the sacrifice of a certain young woman whose past conceals a dangerous secret.

But when they come after Elle, they get more than they bargained for. This enterprising young woman, the daughter of a scientific genius, has reserves of bravery and determination that even she scarcely suspects. Now she is about to meet her match in more ways than one: a handsome yet infuriating Warlock named Hugh Marsh, whose agenda is as suspect as his charms are annoyingly irresistible.

More Science Fiction and Fantasy novels for me to devour! Sorry for the sporadic posts, life has been distracting lately!

Keep reading little book worms!

A Very Belated Birthday Present

 

My birthday is the summer, the summer just past. I received a very belated birthday present last September (I think?). I am just now getting a post up about it. Wow, I procrastinated a lot.

Anyway, if you haven’t figured it out, I received the boxed set of Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I’ve always had a healthy interest in Greek Mythology so wanting to read these books was instant after I heard of them.

I also have the two movies that are out (but haven’t watched them).

I am aware that there is a sequel(?) set to this set but do not know anything about that, but if this series is as good as it’s made out to be I’ll be looking for that set next.

Keep reading little book worms!

Another Dollar Tree Book Haul

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My name is Sarah and I’m a Dollar Tree Addict. Thank you for understanding.

The Mammoth Book of Body Horror by Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan

A collection of truly gripping stories, with contributions from leading horror writers dedicated to the popular contemporary sub-genre of “body horror,” which revolves around disease and mutation, whether self-inflicted or otherwise.

The Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel

In 1947, California’s infamous Black Dahlia murder inspired the largest manhunt in Los Angeles history. Despite an unprecedented allocation of money and manpower, police investigators failed to identify the psychopath responsible for the sadistic murder and mutilation of beautiful twenty-two-year-old Elizabeth Short. Decades later, former LAPD homicide detective-turned-private investigator Steve Hodel launched his own investigation into the grisly unsolved crime — and it led him to a shockingly unexpected perpetrator: Hodel’s own father.

A spellbinding tour de force of true-crime writing, this newly revised edition includes never-before-published forensic evidence, photos, and previously unreleased documents, definitively closing the case that has often been called “the most notorious unsolved murder of the twentieth century.”

Venom by Fiona Paul

Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin… and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.

Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable–until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he’s ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

Queen’s Hunt by Beth Bernobich

Queen’s Hunt is the second title in Beth Bernobich’s River of Souls novels, following her startling debut, Passion Play. Filled with dark magic and sensual images, this is fantasy writing at its best.

Ilse Zhalina has left to start a new life in a garrisoned fort, leagues from her estranged lover, Raul Kosenmark. The violent quarrel that ended Ilse and Raul’s relationship was quite public. And also, quite fake. They hope to mislead Kosenmark’s enemies so that he can continue to influence the politics of the kingdom in an attempt to stave off an ill-advised war, while keeping Ilse safe from royal assassins who would kill anyone Raul is close to. Ilse longs for Raul, but is set on her own quest to find one of the three fabled jewels of Lir. One of the jewels is held by King Dzavek, sworn enemy of Veraene, who has used the jewel’s power to live for centuries. Ilse seeks one of the other stones to counterbalance Dzavek’s efforts to destroy her country.

In her search, she encounters a shipwrecked prisoner from another land, a woman who has a secret of her own…and the second jewel in her keeping. The two women become allies in their quest for the third jewel, because finding and controlling these stones could mean salvation for both of their nations. And their failure the ruin of their peoples.

Well, there’s a bit of a variety this time. Horror, Fantasy, True Crime Based Fiction; I guess I just picked up whatever looked interesting!

Keep reading little book worms!