Used Book Tour #2

Last Saturday, my friends and I took our second Used Book Tour and it was just as much fun as the first (well, a little better in one aspect — I was able to purchase more books!).

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This was stop #1. See the rack to the left that says, “Free Books”? Well, I found one book on that rack that will be part of someone’s Christmas present!

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This was stop #2. I didn’t make any purchases here, but the lady running the store was very friendly and helpful, and the photo below is her sweet doggie/sidekick. He was so well-behaved and quiet, I walked past him twice and didn’t see him! His name is Winston.

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T G Books was stop #3 and it was definitely our favorite stop. The two ladies working there were so welcoming and helpful. I purchased quite a few books here (my biggest haul for the day). The photo below is a cute reading corner they have inside the store.

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Of course we had to include a comic store on the tour. I didn’t buy anything here but at least I was dressed for the occasion.    🙂

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Stop #5 was The Book House and the book rack out front had books that were 25 cents apiece or 5 for $1, so one of my friends and I spent quite a bit of time looking through them. Together we came up with 5 books, then we went into the store and were amazed at how full of books it was! I found many treasures, but didn’t actually purchase anything here.

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Our sixth and final stop for the day was The York Emporium, whose looks were deceiving. It looks quite small from the front, but it turned out to be quite large inside and houses upward of 500,000 books! We spent quite a bit of time in this store.

These are my purchases from the day. My friend, Ben, found the Batman Knightfall book for me at TG Books, and I was thrilled. It’s actually a chapter book, not a comic book, based on the comics! Bane is Batman’s nemesis in this story and the author was a DC Comics editor for some time. Yes, I am a huge Batman fan! Ben also found the Speed Racer DVD (brand new, never been opened) at the York Emporium. When we went on our previous book tour, Ben found the first book I purchased on that tour — an historical western book. So, after this tour I told Ben he has to come with me every time I want to go book shopping because he always finds my greatest treasures!  As for the books in the last photo, I collect Maeve Binchy’s books. I love her stories set in Ireland. I also am a recent fan of Lori Wick, since some friends loaned some of her books to me. Sophie’s Heart is my absolute favorite so far, and since that was one that was loaned to me, I was very happy to find my own copy.

 

Used Bookstore Tour

What fun things happen when you and your friends love books and writing! One of my friends came up with the idea of doing an online search for used bookstores within a reasonable driving area. She found quite a few! So, she planned two “used bookstore tours” for us in two different areas. So, on Saturday, October 5, 2019, we went on our first tour. We left around 10:30 a.m. and didn’t return until 8 p.m., but we had so much fun and found some great stores!

The first store was by far my favorite. It is an old barn that has been converted into a bookstore that sells old used books. It has four floors!

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This is where I sat perusing an old book about Virginia City during the time of the Old West. I ended up buying the book.

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This was our second stop. My friends found great deals here! I purchased one book, that I found completely fascinating, here.

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Okay, so Barnes and Noble isn’t a “used” bookstore, but we stopped anyway, and being from a small town with a one-floor Barnes and Noble, imagine how excited we were to enter a Barnes and Noble with a second floor! We had a lot of fun in this store!

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This is a magnet I found in a bargain bin at Barnes and Noble. I laughed and showed it to one of my friends who then insisted on buying it for me because she said, “It fits.” (I think it’s because I have a strong personality and strong opinions. And, yeah, I don’t have a lot of money.)

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This store only had a small section of “used” books.

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No “used” books here either, and it was a very small store with more gift items than books.

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We thought this store’s prices were kind of high for “used” books.

Our next stop was a comic book store. (Yeah, I know, not a “used” book store.) Also, I forgot to take a photo of the outside of this store, but I took a photo of one of my favorite items inside the store:

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This was supposed to be our last stop, and it was out last “used” book store. This store had three storefronts in a strip mall. Another one of my friends bought a Langston Hughes poetry book here, just because I said, “I like Langston Hughes’ poetry”.

We did actually stop at a Five Below as well. They often have some very cool books for writers.

We had so much fun on this tour. Our next one will be in just a couple days! Have you ever done anything like this?

 

 

 

Bride Tree by J.P. Robinson

Bride Tree (Secrets of Versailles Book 2) by [Robinson, JP]

Bride Tree “Secrets of Versailles” Book II by J.P. Robinson is an epic tale of Queen Marie-Antoinette during 1789, when France is reeling from a civil war between its social classes.

This is the second book in the “Secrets of Versailles” series by J.P. Robinson. The first was Twice Born. You can read my review of Twice Born here.

Bride Tree is a story filled with French history, action, romance, betrayal, suspense, and allegory. Characters stretch across the social classes. Some I hated, some I loved, and some I had mixed feelings for. I identified with some of the characters, found it hard to understand others, and pitied others. I cheered for some of the characters. I laughed and cried. To me, that is the mark of a great story — it grabbed my emotions and touched my heart. The characters of Bride Tree will forever remain dear to my heart.

I also love the cover of this book. I find it beautiful and eye-catching.

I highly recommend Bride Tree to adults who love to read historical stories, especially epic accounts. I recommend Bride Tree to adults who like to be emotionally gripped by a book and who enjoy a book that keeps you turning pages — a book you just can’t put down.

This book may also be appropriate for some young adults, but, a word of caution: this book contains some graphic violence and some sexual scenes and innuendo.

 

The Sorcerer’s Bane by C.S. Wachter

The Sorcerer’s Bane by C. S. Wachter, a debut novel by a debut writer. I have to say that this is one of the few fantasy books I have read since reading the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis and the Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien. I loved the Narnia series, but didn’t really enjoy much of the Lord of the Rings, except for a some of the characters. You see, as a reader, I need an interesting plot that keeps things moving, but more importantly to me are the characters — being able to sympathize or empathize with them, feeling their feelings. I need to care about and identify with the characters, and I need to want to cheer them on and need to know how things will turn out for them.

I was introduced to the fantasy genre later in life — in other words, I was already out of my twenties, and I have always been an avid reader of any genre of story that includes some romance as part of the main story line, so fantasy has never really been my go-to read.

However, I have come to have an appreciation for and understanding of good fantasy books, especially Christian Fantasy books because they have a true good versus evil story line that points to the true hope for a happy ending.

Well, imagine my surprise, when I read The Sorcerer’s Bane and found myself quickly entrenched in the worst kind of evil — the enslavement and abuse of a child. Yet, the child grabbed my attention from the start, and held my attention fast so that I was unable to put the book down, even when it made me cringe and flinch, and it disgusted me sometimes.

So, what was it that kept me reading as I fought past these feelings? It was the characters — the boy who had an incredible resolve for one so young, the teacher who desired to teach the boy more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic, the kind young lady who ministered to the boy’s injuries. Even some of the characters that were part of the evil the boy dealt with held my attention because I had a glimmer of something more than the evil they presented that made me hope they may change.

C. S. Wachter has a way of weaving a tale that drags her character through hell but that always exhibits a glimmer of hope and light for something better to come. Even at the end, the knowledge and hope of more to come whets my appetite for the next book in the series of “The Seven Words” by C. S. Wachter.

So, if you love a good tale of good versus evil, I recommend The Sorcerer’s Bane to you, but only if you are a young adult or adult, as some of the violence and situations in the book may be too upsetting to children.

If you have enjoyed my book review for The Sorcerer’s Bane by C. S. Wachter, be sure to stop by tomorrow for a special blog post, where you can read my interview with new author, C. S. Wachter.

Fear is Louder than Words by Linda S. Glaz

Fear Is Louder Than Words: Her stalker taught her fear. Her suspicions taught her terror. by [Glaz, Linda S.]

Fear is Louder than Words by suspense novelist, Linda S. Glaz kept me turning pages until my eyes refused to stay open one more second. Rochelle Cassidy, a radio talk show host, who wants to do what she can to make the world a better place soon ends up constantly looking over her shoulder as her celebrity status draws attention from an angry listener who wants her dead.

Then Ed McGrath, a star hockey player who is content living the all-star, playboy athlete life until he rescues Rochelle in a parking garage after she is attacked.

Rochelle also gets involved with a maniacal doctor when she interviews him and others from his clinic in the interest of doing a piece on the doctor’s clinic on her radio show. He appears to be a perfect doctor helping couples achieve their dream children, but something keeps niggling at Rochelle’s mind. Then when something tragic happens to one of the mothers and another shares her tale of terror to Rochelle, her suspicions reach an all-time high.

I really enjoyed this novel by Ms. Glaz. The pages are filled with suspense, intrigue, and romance. There aren’t as many characters in the line-up as there are in Ms. Glaz’s novel, Blow Out the Candles and Say Goodbye, so I found it much easier to keep everyone straight and to follow the entire story line. I look forward to more books from Linda S. Glaz in the future.

White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick

White Chocolate Moments by [Wick, Lori]

This is the third Lori Wick book I have now read, and of the three, I have to say this is my least favorite. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it, but I did struggle with some of it.

Arcineh Bryant is the main character and in the first couple of chapters, some of the things that happen are written so quickly and with little detail that it jolted me a bit. Arcineh’s grandfather is a main character in the book as well, and his character frustrated me quite a bit. He seemed to contradict himself quite a bit.

However, as I reached the final third of the book, I began to understand some of the characters better, and cared for them more. I would say the last third of the book was the best part.

Lori writes complex characters. However, I sometimes think they are too odd and it takes a while to understand why they are the way they are.

I will continue to read books by Lori Wick, but my favorite so far, remains Sophie’s Heart. Those characters never seemed odd to me. They seemed realistic based on their circumstances, and I know different people react differently to their circumstances. I guess I just don’t know anyone who reacted to circumstances the way some of the characters in her other books did, which made them seem odd to me.

If you’ve read any of the three Lori Wick books I posted about between my post last Monday and today’s post, did you find any of the characters odd? If so, in what way?