Sarah Sunday!


Not much happened this week. I’m just gonna throw that out there. But the one thing that DID happen was the annual huge used book sale, therefore making a Sarah Sunday post post-worthy this week.

Every year my favorite local library does a GIGANTIC used book sale. They set up a ton of tables in one of the wings of the mall, and for four days they just sell a crap ton of books, and it’s awesome. There were… I want to say 20 big tables? It might be slightly less than that, but it’s definitely over a dozen. And there are boxes of books underneath the tables to dig in to, and it’s just all sorts of awesome. And I’ve made it a bit of a tradition to be there at the very start of the sale, which meant that I took the first half of Thursday off of work so that I could go to the book sale and not have to worry about time. Smart choice.

There’s a picture up there of what I got, but I’ll list them in case the titles are hard to make out. Starting from the top of the left pile…

  1. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  2. The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros
  3. The Madonnas of Leningrad – Debra Dean
  4. Flatland – Edwin Abbott
  5. The Lost World – Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. The Good Thief – Hannah Tinti
  7. The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick (heard SO many good things, and I wanna see the movie)
  8. The Dinner – Herman Koch
  9. The Woman Upstairs – Claire Messud (heard good things about this on the Book Riot podcast)
  10. A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness (bought this and the sequel for my sister, Heather)
  11. Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness
  12. The Dark Towers 2: The Drawing of the Three – Stephen King (grabbed this because I thought I might find the first book, which I did not, and now need to go get…)
  13. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle
  14. The Toynbee Convector – Ray Bradbury
  15. No One Noticed the Cat – Anne McCaffrey
  16. In Search of the Big Bang – John Gribbin
  17. In Search of the Schrodinger’s Cat – John Gribbin
  18. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking (I’ve been itching to buy this, so YAY)
  19. Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays – Stephen Hawking
  20. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes (!! Everyone’s been loving this. Guess I need to read it now!)
  21. Out of Oz – Gregory Maguire
  22. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald – Therese Anne Fowler

I put some comments in bold. I think my favorite finds were A Brief History of Time and Me Before You. Those two alone totally made the trip worth it. But all together, I got all those books for only $15. WIN.

Not much else happened this week. Work was busy. I had my little sister Amanda and Devil Baby over for dinner last night. I had a nice day of cleaning and laundry and reading today. OH, and I just watched a movie! Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. It was okay – campy, fun, but probably not worth a re-watch. I am now TWO movies down for my “52 movies in 2014” goal. Only running a week behind. I have Braveheart and Much Ado About Nothing out from the library, so hopefully I’ll get to those this week. I have another uneventful week ahead of me, though I am hoping to maybe get my car fixed next weekend. That would be nice. I love the Jeep, but DAMN the gas.

Oh, and tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. So here’s a treat! Gandhi vs. Martin Luther King Jr Epic Rap Battle of History, featuring Key and Peele. My favorite line is at 00:47.

What have you guys been up to this weekend?




  1. Great pile of books! I love huge book sales. The biggest one in my town is in May – I practically count down the days! Make sure you have a box of tissue with you for Me Before You!


    1. I’ve heard some sad things about Me Before You, but that it’s really good. I did check it out from the library once and never got around to it, lol. Hopefully now that I own it, I’ll read it soon.


  2. I thought the movie of Silver Linings Playbook was great. Haven’t seen the book so I can’t comment on that.

    Oh, and I believe you’ve got your Stephens confused… A Brief History of Time is by Stephen Hawking, not King. 😉 I’m assuming we can blame this one on muscle memory.


    1. I think things go half price on Sunday, and on Monday it’s $3 for a whole bag. But I never make it back there after the first day… which considering my tiny apartment, is probably for the best, lol.


  3. Oooo! For once, I’ve actually read a few of these! Z is pretty heartbreaking, The Dinner is pretty crazy and I read it so quickly because I NEEDED to know what happened. Me Before You is wonderful <3. Annnnnnd that's all lol.
    Enjoy all of these :)!


    1. I’m really relieved to hear that people liked The Dinner, because I knew I had seen it around but couldn’t remember what anyone thought of it, but I grabbed it anyways because I knew it was kind of new.


  4. Look at that book haul! There are so many and awesome choices. (I would read a Brief History of Time written by King. Prob before Hawking cos his book is way over my head I’m sure.)


    1. I must have been on auto-pilot when I was typing this, lol. And I always thought the Hawking book would be over my head too, but apparently the whole point of the book is that he wrote it for regular, non-science, non-math kind of people, so hopefully it’s understandable. I’ll let you know.


  5. *faints*

    That amount of books for that amount of money… wow. I see a Bradbury there – a bit envious! I read sample of Me Before You on my Kindle and it was quite good, so I’ve also been thinking of picking this one up. And The Lost World should be pretty exciting – I brought an old copy from parents to read some time soon too.


  6. Yay for all the books! I promise to read the ones you got me! Plus, I want to read Me Before You.. I’ve also heard good things about it, so I’ll be borrowing that too, mmmmkay? XOXO!


  7. Oooh, so many awesome books! And only $15??? WOW! The Dinner by Herman Koch is actually by a Dutch author, so I’m curious to see what you think, my brother (who barely reads anything) really liked it.
    I still want to watch Hansel and Gretel, but I’m glad to know I shouldn’t go in with high expectations 😉


    1. That gives me some extra motivation to read the Dinner! Hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

      Hansel and Gretel was fun to watch. It wasn’t epic or awesome or anything like that, but it was fun and different.


  8. That is awesome! I love library book sales … especially when they have books that aren’t library books. I remember picking up a pristine copy of The Time Traveller’s Wife for just $0.25! I had lost my copy so it was perfect!

    You got some good titles! I just picked up a copy of Me Before You and can’t wait to read it …


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