Thrifted Book Haul: February 2022

Lately, I have been really trying to get back into reading and have been looking into all sorts of book recommendations. But, instead of buying a bunch of new books I decided to save some money and be a bit more environmentally friendly by purchasing some pre-owned/thrifted books. I have been really impressed by the condition of most of these books and am hoping to do a thrifted book haul post each month! Continue reading to check out my thrifted book haul for February 2022.

1. Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

All I know about this book is that it is about an alternative universe where Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn’t marry Bill Clinton and what may have happened if she pursued a political career on her own. I picked this book up when I saw it at the thrift store because it was recommended by a YouTuber, but I can’t figure out who I initially saw recommend it. I think I am a bit late to the party on this one, but am still excited to read it!

2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

This is the second book in the series Shades of Magic. I can’t say too much about the premise since it will give away the first book, but it is a fantasy book that takes place in London. However, there is not just one London, but three Londons that have varying degrees of magic. They are only accessible to certain people who are able to travel between the different Londons/dimensions. The story follows Kell who is one of those few people and his quest to protect all of them. I read the first book in this series last month to get back into reading and it was a great pick because I really enjoyed it (5/5). So, of course I had to pick up the second book in this series and am super excited to read it next month. 

3. The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

This is the first book of the Great Cities series and it is a fantasy novel that follows five New Yorkers who must come together in order to defend their city.

From GoodReads: 

Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

I picked up this book as part of an online book club I am trying out: Read In Colour on Fable. For Fable book clubs, I believe you can download the e-book and then share your notes with others as you read. However, I just decided to tune into Jananie’s YouTube Channel, when she does a live discussion of the book. I just discovered this book club, so I have started reading this book and hopefully won’t be too far behind by the time she does the live discussion. Hopefully this club will push me to read books I wouldn’t normally have picked up and I am also excited that it focuses on reading books by authors of color.

4. The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The premise of The Mercies is super interesting to me! It is set in a Norwegian Island in the 1600s and follows the women of that island after all the men have been killed off in a storm. The book focuses on their struggle to survive the natural forces of the island and the men sent to rid the island of witchcraft. This was a recommendation by Lucy Wood and I wanted to pick this book up because it was her favorite book of 2021. 

5. The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

This is yet another book that is part of a series (so far 2 books). It is the first book in the Susan Ryeland Series and I found out the series has this name because it follows editor Susan Ryeland. She works with a a bestselling crime author and believes there is more to his latest book than meets the eye. Based on the synopsis of this book, I am interested to see whether it is more about Susan investigating this author or about the book that she is editing (I’m guessing a combination of both).

I have a huge list of books I am interested in reading on GoodReads. Sometimes I like to peruse this list and pick out which ones I am interested in reading next. I ordered this book from Ebay and I think I missed that it was in “acceptable” condition. I typically look for good or better condition, but that’s okay I will still keep it and read it. This one has obviously been loved, it has some folds in the cover and some obvious wear, as you can see in the picture.

6. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

The Hunting Party is an atmospheric, suspense novel where a group of college friends are snowed in at a hunting lodge. Obviously, there’s gonna be a murder. I keep seeing great reviews on Lucy Foley novels and this was a book on Reece’s Book Club, so I decided to pick this one up. It seems like it will be a super quick read!

Overall, I am pretty happy with my assortment of books! Come back at the end of next month for a thrifted book haul for the month of March. Comment below on any book recommendations that I should pick up next month and add me on GoodReads if you have an account! I would also love to hear your thoughts on some of the books I picked up (no spoilers!). I also think it would be fun to post reviews for the books I read each month, but I am not the best at writing book reviews so that is still to be determined. 



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