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Subject: I made out at my local used book store today!
Date Posted: 7/6/2009 12:01 PM ET
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Can I share my goodies? I've had a bunch of these on my "must read" list, and I can't believe I scored so much in one trip. I normally pick out 3 or 4 books when I go, but I found so much this time. I just couldn't put any of them back!

I got:

- The Queen's Man by Sharon Kay Penman

- Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman

- The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander (picked this one up b/c of the chatter about it on this forum!)

- The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

- The Wicked Day by Mary Stewart

- The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart

- The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier

- The Huntress by Susan Carroll

- The Book of Eleanor: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Pamela Kaufman

- One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus

- The Wild Irish: A Novel of Elizabeth I and the Pirate O'Malley by Robin Maxwell

- the 3 books from the North and South trilogy by John Jakes

- Charleston by John Jakes (gets mixed reviews, but as a Charleston girl, I had to see for myself!)


Plus I got 2 kiddie books for my DS. Total damage? $52. I *love* my used book store!

I added them all to by TBR list, and saw that a handful were available here on PBS. But I figure I can use my credits for other books I can't find locally. I was afraid that if I didn't grab certain books, they might be gone next time I go.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 12:14 PM ET
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Wow - You better start reading!   Congrats on your haul :-)

I thought Charleston by Jakes was OK, but not up to the standards of his North and South series.   If you are from Charleston, you'll probably get a lot more out of it.

I'm one of the few who didn't like One Thousand White Women, as I was too bothered by the stereotypes in the book.  However, most people I know absolutely loved it.  I hope you love it also! 

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Date Posted: 7/6/2009 12:32 PM ET
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That is awesome!  I never hit gold like that at a UBS but I do tend to get pretty lucky at the book sale one of the local libraries hold every spring and fall.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 12:33 PM ET
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For some reason, Charleston was priced at only 99 cents, so I had to grab it! The other Jakes were $2.99, but this one is a bit more worn. I figured that I'd give it a shot, for less than a dollar!


Date Posted: 7/6/2009 12:38 PM ET
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Oh my goodness, what a great find! Good job. I particuarly love the Penman books, I hope you do too!


(Run screaming from "The Book of Eleanor" that was total cr*p)

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Date Posted: 7/6/2009 1:13 PM ET
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lol Mimi! Now that I've gotten home and looked up reviews, I do see that the Eleanor book has gotten a bunch of bad reviews. And the thing is, I don't know squat about Eleanor of Aquitane and I don't want my first book about her to be a dud. I might just list it here and be done with it.

Sometimes I do see the value of having one of those devices that lets you get online anywhere, like an iPhone. Normally I'm such a technophone but I can see where it'd come in handy at the used bookstore! I also could've checked which ones were available at PBS!

Ironically, I have a copy of Alison Weir's bio of Eleanor coming my way; I've had it on my wishlist and just yesterday, I got a notification that a copy was available!

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 2:44 PM ET
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I would. Honestly, it was such a skewed and wrong portrait of her (I adore her). I ranted and raved the entire time I was reading, I was stunned at how badly she handled the subject.

You'll love Wier's bio. Very good and absorbing.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 7:59 PM ET
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Great haul!  My favorite is the USB at the library.  I recently got Alison Weir's book about Eleanor for 50 cents.  In the past I've gotten her bio's of Elisabeth I, 6 Wives of Henry VIII and the one about Henry's children.  All for 50 cents or $1.  I love that place.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 8:36 PM ET
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I love a good book sale. Great finds. Enjoy them!

Have you read Devil's Brood by Penman? Next to The Sun in Splendour, I thought it was one of her best. I did like Falls the Shadow too.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 9:35 PM ET
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Good grief!! Just color me pea green with envy !!!

Maybe because I'm in a rural, small-town environment, but we just never have that kind of luck!! However, I can get you multiple copies of every Nora Roberts or Danielle Steele book every published! And, Harlequin romances ?? I can get you anything you want!!

Regarding The Queen's Man: Linda & I loved the Justin deQuincy mystery series which begins with this book! I'll be interested to know what you think.

Enjoy! (And I wouldn't blame you a bit if you cackle & crow a little over your wonderful book buying adventure!!)



Date Posted: 7/7/2009 12:10 PM ET
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Donna- I loved that bio of the 6 Wives. I think that's the first history book I ever read for fun. The Tudors were my first historical fiction "crush," if you will!  :D

Genie- I actually haven't read any Penman yet! I recently got Here Be Dragons via PBS, and I can't wait to dive in. I'm really wanting to read Sunne in Splendor as well. I was so glad to find the two I got yesterday!

Kelly- I hear you, believe me I do. We lived in a tiny town for almost 3 years and while the used book store was decent, it definitely carried more of the mainstream popular authors than anything else! Oh, and I'm thinking I'll make The Queen's Man my historical mystery book for the Challenge!

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 9:56 PM ET
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Okay, you've got me wondering what the UBS store I spotted today has on their shelves! Since I'm new to this location, I still don't know where to find things, but I stumbled across that book store ( no time to go in), and now I have to check it out.

Date Posted: 7/8/2009 11:47 AM ET
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Cool stuff!  I loved The Kitchen Boy and The Lady & The Unicorn.  TL&TU is my favorite Chevalier book.  I was completely entranced by it.

I wish I had a used bookstore near me.  Oh, I have 150 books on my actual bookshelf, six still coming via PBS and two coming from the library.  Umm, maybe I don't need a used bookstore anywhere near me! 


Date Posted: 7/10/2009 10:45 AM ET
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Nice score! I rarely do that well....am usually happy if I can find a Margaret George or one of the many series I am habitually trying to complete...