Yes, you read that right.
I know I’m not a typical buyer of used books, but I simply couldn’t go into Housing Works and leave with nothing.
Plus, these books were, like, five dollars, and relatively untouched.
You know when you buy books off a used book website because you want a first edition and they only have used first editions, so you get the one that says it has “minimal wear and tear” and then it shows up looking like it was thrown out of an airplane into a volcano? Not these used books. They were in pristine condition.
- The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
This one has a variety of different covers, I have to say this is my favorite one. So be mindful when you’re buying. The paperback cover is, dare I say, fucking hideous.
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book… The Book of Lost Things.
- Boys Like You by Juliana Stone
This is another book with a variety of covers, none of them similar, most of them ugly as hell. I also like the one I got the most. The paperback is perhaps the cheesiest thing I’ve ever seen.
Don’t believe me?
There is a girl on it walking along railroad tracks.
If I hadn’t fallen asleep.
If I hadn’t gotten behind the wheel.
If I hadn’t made a mistake.
For Monroe Blackwell, one small mistake has torn her family apart—leaving her empty and broken. There’s a hole in her heart that nothing can fill. That no one can fill. And a summer in Louisiana with her grandma isn’t going to change that…
Nathan Everets knows heartache firsthand when a car accident leaves his best friend in a coma. And it’s all his fault. He should be the one lying in the hospital. The one who will never play guitar again. He doesn’t deserve forgiveness, and a court-appointed job at the Blackwell B&B isn’t going to change that…
There’s No Going Back
Captivating and hopeful, this achingly poignant novel brings together two lost souls struggling with grief and guilt—looking for acceptance, so they can find forgiveness.
- The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
I like this cover. So this is easy. I also really like this premise.
While Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot’s final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized first-edition copy of Of Mice and Men to the Scoot’s father. There’s just one problem: the Scoot’s father walked out years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck’s life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him.