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Subject: Picked up a book from a used book store...
Date Posted: 12/2/2008 7:42 PM ET
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I didn't get my hopes up, just thought it would be a fun read.  I was pleasantly surprised!  The book in question was The Witch of Cologne by Tobsha Learner.

I chose this book, not b/c I was particularly interested but b/c it was in pretty good shape and I needed something new and different to read.  I just love picking out a book with out having any expectations and being rewarded with a good read.  It seems too often I pick something up with high expectations and then I'm disappointed.  I think I'll just pick up books I haven't heard about from now on, lower expectations could work well for me!

I'm sure that this is a book that wouldn't appeal to everyone, but if you are so inclined to check it out ~ I liked it.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 10:35 AM ET
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Thanks for posting this, Erica.  I too, will grab a book totally out of what I usually read, sometimes for relief as I tend to read a lot of memoirs.  Those can get heavy.    One delightful small book that comes to mind is Colleen McCullough's The Ladies of Missalonghi.   I know there are others but I just can't think of them now.  Hope others post about their little surprises.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 12:07 PM ET
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I love it when that happens! I was at Dollar General the other day and saw a book that looked interesting, but i was a little hesitant since it was new and only a dollar but I was really happy! it was good and it turns out it has a sequel and i can't wait to get it and read it. The book I found was The Pale Inmmortal by Anne Fraiser.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 12:28 PM ET
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Has anyone heard of the Amazonian? Maybe by chance, who is the author?

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Date Posted: 12/5/2008 4:34 PM ET
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This happened one day to me in the library. I was standing in an isle and saw the book Fried Green Tomatoes.  This was long before the movie.  I don't know why I picked it but was delighted that I did.  I highly recommen this book.

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 2:08 PM ET
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I often have this happen when I buy books at general dollar or the everything's a dollar store, or simular places where a new paperback costs me a dollar. They are even ISBN marked as being a dollar at thos places, so you are thinking - how good can it be? I have gotten some that weren't all that good - but, after all, I mean, really, I gambled a dollar. (I have one on my shelf right now that I didn't care for. 'Rebel Moon'. I didn't like it much, but, if you want to try it and order it from me - be warned - you are getting taken, finanacailly, on the deal. PBS estimates the cost of getting a book from here to be between $2.50 and $3, and I paid a buck for the book, new - and now it is used - so...) But, the point being, I have gotten books from a buck from these places that were amazing. It is always SUCH a nice treat, and surprise, because, as you said, you have no actual expecations. The most recent book I bought from the General store like this was 'letters to Jenny', non-fiction by Piers Anthony. A collection of letters he wrote to a 12 year old fan of his for a year as she was recovering from a coma. It is such an amazing book, and SO fun to read!
Date Posted: 12/6/2008 2:12 PM ET
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Karen, Amazonia is by James Rollins.  Great book but then all of his are.

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 8:13 PM ET
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Thanks Di. I will check it out.

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 2:31 AM ET
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I was surprised at much I enjoyed Witch of Cologne too. Unfortunately I didn't care for other ones.

I love picking up books from the dollar store!

Date Posted: 12/14/2008 10:53 AM ET
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My mom picked up an unusual book .  I happened to see it laying there and she said take it, I have read it.  I had no expectations at all that the book was going to be good.  The book was interesting, I happen to like stories that have history wrapped up in the story line.  This was one of those books that explore the life of a slave in the south.  It is listed as science fiction/ african-american literature.  A woman from this century is transported back in time to the "owners" of her ancestors to save the "owners son".  It was not the best book I have read, but it was different and while parts of the book are not believable, I think the history was great.



Date Posted: 12/15/2008 12:29 PM ET
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I have the witch of cologn on my TBR pile. I will get to it eventually

Subject: What was the title Wendy?
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 8:59 PM ET
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It sounds like Octavia Butler but I was just curious.

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 11:40 PM ET
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I bought a book at a used book store a few months ago. Recently I took a few books of my shelf which I knew I probably wouldn't read. I checked if they are still all postable and the book I bought at the used book store had three $20 bills inside.

I was stunned and then thought maybe they are fake. The next day I went to the bank and had them check the bills. Of course they wanted me to explain my request but when I told them they laughed and congratulated because they were real. I bought some books for my keeper shelf at B&N. :)

That's what happens when I buy a book just on a hunch. :)


Date Posted: 12/19/2008 9:43 AM ET
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wow Kirstin, I found $3 once inside a book at the UBS which paid for my purchase but not as much as you did!

Date Posted: 12/22/2008 10:09 AM ET
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oooh, finding money in a used book would be extra fantastic!  I think I've only ever managed to find junk.