Tuesday 20 January 2009

Library Loot & Charity Finds

I am having one of those mornings, where I can feel a headache brewing. My eyes are aching and I feel tired and inside I know their is a headache just waiting to jump out and catch me unawares! I thought I had better blog early, otherwise it will finish me off for the rest the day. I have to say that a headache affects me more than anything else. It makes me so grumpy, because it stops me reading or writing. So I have my paracetomol at hand ready for the onslaught.

Last Friday, I was definitely busy book buying. First I hit the library to pick up a book I had ordered.
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. I have been on quite a few American bloggers sites and this book came up a few times, so I thought I would try it. It is a children's book and as I believe it was a very popular book in the 70's. I think it will be quite a quick read, so I am hoping to complete it in one night!

Whilst in the library, I couldn't resist looking at their sale section. They were selling 3 for 2 books, which were all priced at 30p, so a bit of a bargain.
They are:
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch.
Size 14 is not Fat either by Meg Cabot
The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones.

I have never read any of the Meg Cabot books, but I keep reading how fab she is, so I thought I would give it a go. These should help me along with my YA challenge.
After the library, I hit the charity shop in East Preston, as I had been told, they had a whole wall full of books. I was like a kid in a candy store, until I realised that East Preston's main residents were elderly and big Catherine Cookson and Barbara Cartland fans. Not my cup of tea at all. However, I did find some gems.

I got The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas.

Two Moons by Jennifer Johnston.

Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan

The Ghost by Robert Harris.

The other four pictured in the picture were from another Dizzy store. I have to reccommend the Dizzy stores as they are like little boutiques. They don't smell like charity shops and everything is cleaned and pressed. The books are always in excellent condition and your raising money for diabetes locally, as all the money goes to Worthing and St Richards hospitals. So you feel like you are doing your bit for the local community.

I have also been lent a lovely book from my friend Jo over at Crafting and Allotmentering blog spot. Do check out her blog. She has lent me Dear Fatty by Dawn French, which will help me with my In Her Shoes Challenge, so thanks Jo.

Well that is my book haul for the week. Hubby really needs to invest some of his hard earned cash into a shelving unit for me, as he is worried that he might suffocate under a pile of books one night when they topple down. Most men probably wouldn't put up with my book and scrapbooking obsessions. I guess I am a very lucky lady.

Well off to see if I can put my writing head on, before my headache really kicks in. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. I hope you like Island of the Blue Dolphins - it was one of my favourites as a child.

    I think Meg Cabot is wonderful, everything she writes is hilarious! Size 14 is the second in a series for adults(the first beging Size 12 Is Not Fat) so you might want to look for the first!

  2. I loved Island of the Blue Dolphin - but haven't read it in a long time.

    I've only read one Meg Cabot book but want to read a few more - particularly the Not Fat books.

  3. I loved The Island of the Blue Dolphins as a teenager. I hope you love.

    I haven't read anything by Meg Cabot though I plan on reading her this year.

    You have such a great haul! I went crazy yesterday with everything I bought. I'll probably post it later on today.

    I added your blog to the participants' list on In Their Shoes. Sorry, school has been keeping me busy.

    Have a great week!

  4. That's a great haul of books. I haven't read Meg Cabot either but have heard a lot of good things about her. I'll be watching for what you think.

    I suffer from headaches too. I hope you don't end up with a bad one. They stop me in my shoes too-no reading, no thing. Definitely no fun. Take care!

  5. That's a lot of good-looking books! :)


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