What it is
Buy My Books is a new feature I’m doing where very other week I highlight five books I have for sale at Half.com! After recently freaking out about my TBR pile, I purged a ton from my shelves– both unread and read books. Living in an apartment means I can’t have a yard sale, so instead I’m hoping to sell a few of them online!
What do you get out of it? By buying my books you’re doing two things:
1. helping me make more space in my bedroom for me to actually live in
2. helping me save up some shipping money so I can hold more giveaways! I’ve been wanting to do more but really can’t because I currently don’t have money for shipping (this is also why I’m not trading books through PaperbackSwap or BookMooch now). If I can make some extra money by selling my old books, I can host more giveaways! Yay!
Whether you end up buying a book or just stopped by to check out this post, thank you so much for your support. The blogging community is one of the friendlist communities I’ve been a part of, and it’s a lot of fun hanging out with y’all.
In Search of the Immortals: Mummies, Death and the Afterlife by Howard Reid
Covering every mummifying culture in history – from the ancient Egyptians to the Chichorros, from China’s Takla Makan desert to the Guanches of the Canary Isles – Reid brings these ancient cultures to life and in so doing comes to represent his personal quest to find an answer to that most epic and timeless of human problems: the meaning of death.
Book info: Headline Book Publishing (January 1999), Hardcover, 307pp / ISBN 0747275556
Condition notes: dust jacket is ratty around the edges
Why I got it: I love anything about Egypt!
Why I’m selling it: I may love Egyptian history, but apparently I don’t feel like actually reading anything about it. I prefer fiction to non-fiction, I guess?
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The Shadow Guests by Joan Aiken
After the mysterious disappearance of both his mother and older brother, Cosmo is sent away to live with his eccentric mathematician aunt. Lonely and confused, Cosmo must also deal with being the new kid at school. Not an easy assignment! But things take a weird twist when Cosmo is visited by ghosts from the past. Ghosts who claim to need his help fighting an ancient curse!
Only in time will Cosmo learn that he is at the center of that ancient…and deadly…curse.
Book info: Starscape (February 17, 2003) (originally published 1980), Paperback, 192pp / ISBN 0765345307
Condition notes: A bit of shelf wear around the edges.
Why I got it: Somehow the title got onto my wishlist– I can’t really remember how?
Why I’m selling it: I enjoyed reading it, but it’s not a book I’ll reread, so I’m passing it on.
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Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
In the late 1960s, the author spent nearly two years on the ward for teenage girls at McLean Hospital, a renowned psychiatric facility. Her memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perceptions, while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers.
Book info: Vintage; Reprint edition (April 19, 1994), Paperback, 192pp / ISBN 0679746048
Condition notes: Just a big of shelf wear from being on my, er, shelves!
Why I got it: I had to read it for a class, although that was so long ago I can’t actually remember which class it was for.
Why I’m selling it: I liked it, but it’s not a reread book for me. I want someone else to enjoy it, now!
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Pounding the Pavement by Jennifer van der Kwast
After extricating herself from a morass of self-pity strewn with candy bar wrappers and wine bottles, Sarah turns to the all-important task of padding her résumé—while artfully dodging her parents’ attempts to bribe her into law school. Of course, padding your résumé puts you in jeopardy of being construed as over-qualified. In which case you might try unpadding your résumé, which then puts you in danger of being labeled inexperienced. Which leaves you with the option of stalking your ex-boss in the hope that she’ll drag you along in her ascent to greatness in another company. Unless she stabs you in the back first. Meanwhile, when a temp job saddles her with a massive crush on a Brooklyn-dwelling dreamboat named Jake, Sarah’s already full plate is crowded with lust, jealousy, and mild obsession, just when she’s trying to be professional.
Book info: Random House Australia (2005), Paperback, 280pp / ISBN 1863254730
Condition notes: Like new, it’s just been sitting on my shelves for two years.
Why I got it: It was on sale and I was in my “women’s lit” phase back then, so I grabbed it.
Why I’m selling it: I honestly can’t see myself reading it in the next year or so, so I’m letting it go.
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The Celestial Steam Locomotive by Michael Coney
It is the year 143,624 Cyclic, and Earth possesses only a past. The immortal Alan-Blue-Cloud, remembers what was and what will be, and tells the story of Earth’s future history. After the Great Migration, most humans that were left on Earth withdrew into the Domes where they slept and dreamed with the help of the Rainbow.
Book info: Houghton Mifflin (1983), Hardcover, 275pp / ISBN 039534395X
Condition notes: Really good for an 80’s book! The jacket has wear around the edges, but nothing major.
Why I got it: It’s got a FLYING TRAIN on the cover!
Why I’m selling it: I read about 30 pages and was just completely disinterested– it’s one of those psychedelic sci-fi novel that I just can’t get into. I’m hoping one of you all can!
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If none of these books interest you, I’ve got LOADS more for sale at my Half.com store. Check it out! You might find something you’ll like.