Charity Shop Book Haul

I buy most of my books in charity shops. You can get some amazing bargains and find some absolute gems. I very rarely buy new books unless I’m buying something specific or special or a new release. I nipped into my local Cat Rescue charity shop the other day, they sell paperback books for 10p and hardbacks for 30p. Those prices are just insane, it baffles me every time I go in. I picked up 10 books on this trip which amounted to a grand total of £1. I thought I’d share what I bought with you as I know some of my followers are more interested in this kind of content than beauty posts and I love to write about books as I’m so passionate about them.
So, let’s get into what I picked up…

Dubs In Search Of Self by Virginia M.Axline

This seems like a psychological book that tells the story of a little boy called Dibs who seems to be quite a lost child with a lot of issues. When he receives psychotherapy it turns things around for him. I’m a bit apprehensive about this one as it isn’t going to be an easy read however it does sound very interesting and like it would be an eye opening read.

The People V. O.J.Simpson by Jeffery Toobin

I’ve always been so intrigued by the whole O.J.Simpson trial situation, there’s so much information to take in about it and it completely baffles me. I watched the series on Netflix and thought it was incredible, I’ve wanted the book for so long after a teacher at college recommended it so I was so chuffed when I saw it on the shelf. This is a true crime book that tells the account of the O.J.Simpson trial, I’m not even going to attempt to try and describe the trial, I highly recommend you have a Google or watch one of the amazing documentaries about it if you’re intrigued. I’m hoping my knowledge will grow on the whole situation after I’ve read this.

Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino

I love this series of books by Serena Valentino. I am a massive Disney fan and love anything like this. I have the Beauty and the Beast version of this but haven’t read it yet. The whole concept is incredible, it adds so much depth to characters and can help shape your opinion on them. This one is on Ursula, The Little Mermaid is my all time favourite Disney film and I actually adore Ursula, she’s a sassy queen. This book tells the story of how Ursula became the villain she is in the film. This will be a really nice, easy read and I’m sure I’ll put The Little Mermaid on whilst reading this.

The Year Of The Stranger by Allan Campbell McLean

This is going to sound really strange but I picked this up because of its size. I love little books, I think they’re really cute and the stories that are compacted to that size usually appeal to me. This is quite an old book (1971), it tells the story of the havoc that a stranger causes as one character seeks to discover his secret. This book intrigues me so much, obviously it’s quite old so might not be right up my street but I think it’ll be a nice read.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

I’ve heard so much about this book in Youtube videos, it seemed to do the rounds a couple of years ago so I was aware of it. The story intrigued me straight away, a woman who has committed a murder is homed with a family whilst awaiting the date of her condemned death. It tells the woman’s story through this journey. This is such an interesting concept and I cannot wait to watch this, it’ll be going quite high up in my TBR pile. This book decided to not stand straight as I was taking the photo so apologies for the slanty photo.

Autograph Man by Zadie Smith

I’m yet to read any of Smith’s novels although I do have a couple in my collection. I love the cover of this book (not judging it by it!), it has a little hole that a gold star appears through on the next page, which looks really nice. This is about the fame obsessed society in which he inhibit, the celebrities that we think we know and the misconceptions that we make. I love the idea of this book, as someone who is wrapped up in said society I think this will be another eye opening read.

The Comforters by Muriel Spark

I was drawn to this because I have to read another one of Spark’s novels for my degree and thought this would be a nice bit of wider reading on the author. In ‘The Comforters’ the protagonist, Caroline, realises she is in a novel, I’m not too sure on all of the ins and outs as the blurb doesn’t give too much away. This seems really rated and loved so I’m looking forward to reading this.

The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver

I was intrigued by this when I saw it on the shelf-the spine drew me in. I didn’t read the first page or anything like that but I read a bit of the blurb and I was sold. This book is set in 2029 America, it follows the Mandibles family as they navigate life in the wreck that is the future American society. I cannot wait to read this, I think the whole concept is so intriguing. I am hoping it isn’t too serious or doom and gloom, I’d love if there’s a bit of humour in it to lighten the situation.

American Sniper by Chris Kyle

I’ve never seen the film American Sniper but my boyfriend had and when I picked this up in the charity shop he highly recommended it. I will definitely be reading the book before I watch the film. Chris describes the pains of war in this book, alongside extracts by his wife Tanya on the impact of war on the family. Just to add a bit more of a back story, Chris Kyle was a U.S. Navy Seal and had the most career sniper deaths recorded. I think this will be a very eye opening read, I haven’t got much experience of reading this style of book so I’m looking forward to that. I’ll most likely read this when in the holidays so I’ve got time and can put all of my attention into it.

The Innocent Killer by Michael Griesbach

This book tells the inside story of the Steven Avery case which is what the series on Netflix, Making A Murder is based on. I loved the series and wasn’t too sure whether I had this or not in the shop but for 10p I wasn’t going to take the risk. Turns out I did already have it so this will be passed onto my boyfriend who I’m sure will love it just as much as me.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this little haul. I know it isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but I loved writing it and hope you loved reading it. To see what I’m reading and what I think of these books, you can find my Goodreads link below, I update that as and when I’ve made progress with a book. Also, go and have a mooch in your local charity shop you could pick up some really good finds and help out amazing causes.

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  1. Books are one of my favourite things to buy from charity shops, and what a bargain! Where I live we also have a thing called Books for Free, where you can take your old books to find new homes, and take away books that people have left. Kinda like a book swap, though you don’t HAVE to take anything to contribute if you don’t want to. Such a good way to access a lot of books without having to spend much money. I hope you enjoy your books 🙂

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  2. I always forget about looking in charity shops for books! I tend to get most of mine from the library or amazon 😅

    Most of the charity shops near me over charge for books – if my local one sold books for 10p I’d be all over that 🙈

    Sarah ||

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  3. Did you go to a magical charity shop?! You picked up some incredible finds 😍 I’ve put Burial Rites on my TBR, but there’s more than one that you picked up that sound interesting. This makes me miss charity shop shopping so much 😩

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  4. Yes! Another thrift shop book lover like me! “Poor Unfortunate Soul” looks really interesting–I’ve never heard of the book series before… may just have to get into that! Also Zadie Smith is a brilliant writer. Excellent finds!

    Amber ||

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  5. Love this post, I will Tag my friend Estelle as she is a complete bookworm. I fancied the Disney ones but I haven’t got round to reading these yet. Love how many books you got toot the price, I forget about charity shops but will certainly keep an eye out xx

    Stacey |

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  6. I’ve heard of some of these but haven’t read them. The Ursula one looks interesting; have you heard of the anthology book, Because you love to Hate Me? It’s based on best selling authors and booktubers writing in villains’ perspectives. I’ve seen American Sniper movie and it was ok, I watch mostly in the background lol. Making a Murderer, I’ve never seen; I’m not much into murder mysteries, but I do like a good doc.

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  7. I’ve literally just read a charity shop clothes haul, and this book haul as well, which just shows what fantastic things we can get for bargain prices as well as supporting a good cause at the same time! I really need to go in charity shops more whilst I’m at uni, thanks for this fab post! x

    Emily |

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  8. I am so envious that you and american peeps can get bargain books for mere pennies while here in Canada and in my city the cheapest I could find is $2 for hardbacks 😂😭 it is helping me curb my buying though because it certainly won’t help if it’s that the case. Awesome haul though! 😍

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