Some Recent Acquisitions for the Summer of Shelf Discovery

or, “I Have a Severe Book-Buying Problem”

I knew this Summer of Shelf Discovery project would hit me in a weak spot. Oh, sure, I’ll just read one book from each chapter. I’ll get what I don’t have from the library. I won’t make a searchable spreadsheet out of the 74 books, and go to every Half Price Books in my area. No, not me.

Here is what I’ve learned. Treasures abound in the clearance sections at Half Price Books. Also Uncle Hugo’s has used young-adult books! Also, see above. I have a severe book-buying problem. But oh, aren’t they just lovely?




As you can see, not all of these are from Shelf Discovery. But some, like Dragonsong and Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey, were what I read growing up, so adding them to the library feels right.

Hmm. The photos look like they’re in a fun mirror. But it’s easy to read the titles, so I’ll leave them, unless you disagree.

5 Responses to “Some Recent Acquisitions for the Summer of Shelf Discovery”

  1. Kate Says:

    Heh. There’s that beautiful Persuasion. :)

  2. girldetective Says:

    I know! It wasn’t on clearance, but it was only 9.99, and is exactly why I always check Austen and Bronte when I go in.

  3. Melissa Wiley Says:

    The Menolly books were formative for me. The whole Pern series, to a degree, but the Harper Hall ones especially. I loved how rough Menolly was around the edges, how stubborn and capable yet painfully shy in certain circumstances, and gawky and awkward in most.

    I’ve just pulled Tuck Everlasting off my shelf as a book to revisit for the 48 Hour Book Challenge (underway this weekend) and one that I’m sure will come up during the Shelf Awareness discussion. Now if only I could remember where I stuck my copy of the Skurnick book.

  4. margie Says:

    kindred is a really interesting book. flawed, and fascinating. totally not a fit for your summer goals.

  5. girldetective Says:

    Margie, I was thinking of choosing Kindred for one of my other groups, Gods and Monsters, where we read mostly novels with themes of myth and religion. But we’re doing Beloved in September, and I think they might be too similar. I may read it myself alongside Beloved.