This week, I went to the dollar bookstore and bought too many books. So, instead of a massive July haul, I decided to do a whole post about the books I picked up at the dollar bookstore. Yes, this list is crazy long (and I do not have room for these books), but I paid less than $20 for all of them (because they were each a dollar, obviously), and I couldn’t help myself. We all know I have no self control when it comes to books.
The Witches by Stacy Schiff. I actually took two classes in college that centered around the Salem Witch Trials (and I actually went to Salem), and I’ve just always been fascinated by them. This is a nonfiction book all about that, so I thought it would make an interesting read. I’m starting to talk myself into picking up larger nonfiction books each month, so I might actually read this one soon-ish.
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. I’ve heard a lot about Jhumpa Lahiri, and have been wanting to read her work for a long time. So I bought two of them, because why not?
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. This is actually the Lahiri book that’s been on my TBR for the longest, so obviously I had to pick it up.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I can’t tell you how many times I have almost bought this book. But a reader recently recommended it, so I finally picked it up. I’m honestly not sure it’s my cup of tea, but I’ll try any book once. Plus, I have a weird thing with reading Oprah’s Book Club picks after taking a contemporary American lit class in college. (I did not pick up any of the fifteen copies of A Million Little Pieces they had, though.)
American Lion by Jon Meacham. I’m currently making my way through Ron Chernow’s Hamilton biography, and actually really enjoying it. Which kind of encouraged me to pick this one up – it’s a biography of Andrew Jackson. I’ve always found Jackson kind of fascinating, but I don’t know much about him (other than the fact his parrot was removed from his funeral because it wouldn’t stop swearing [which is one of my favorite historical facts EVER]). I do want to read more historical biographies, so I grabbed it.
Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris. Speaking of autobiographies… I don’t know what to say other than it was there. In hardcover. With absolutely no damage. And it was a dollar. But, hey, this might be perfect for that month when I don’t feel like reading nonfiction and need something fun and quick.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Dollar bookstores are dangerous in that I end up picking up a ton of books I vaguely remember hearing about because, hey, it’s only a dollar. Which is exactly what happened here.
Rats by Robert Sullivan. The first thing I thought when I drove away from the bookstore was “Did I really just buy a micro history about rats?” And the answer is yes, yes I did. I mean, who isn’t fascinated by rats and the role they play in our urban ecosystems? Just me? Okay, fine.
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan. This one I’ve actually been really wanting to read. It seems like a great memoir about mental illness, and that is definitely something I need more of.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I have owned three (now four) copies of The Historian since I first read it. My original copy was lent to a friend, oh, seven years ago. I bought a replacement when I moved to Boston and I have no idea where that one went. Last year, I bought a new copy when I saw it on Book Outlet. And then I saw a hardcover in the dollar bookstore. I tried to convince myself I didn’t need it. I stared at it for a while. And then I made I compromise: I’ll get it only if it’s a first edition. It’s a first edition.
Heartburn by Nora Ephron. I’ve kind of had an obsession with Nora Ephron after watching Good Girls Revolt on Amazon (it’s amazing, go watch it). And I thought this might be a fun, guilty-pleasure read for the summer. Because after I finish Alexander Hamilton, I will definitely need something light and fluffy.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. I read this a few years ago and really enjoyed it, and it’s one of those books I think is nice to have on my shelf. If only so I can lend it out (and since it was a dollar, I won’t be upset if I never get it back).
Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry. I one-hundred percent bought this because of Alice in Wonderland. Did you know this was the title of a book? Because I totally overreacted when I came across it in the store. The fact that this particular edition is from 1904 sealed the deal. Plus, I feel like O. Henry is one of those authors I just need to read at some point.
The Times of Melville and Whitman by Van Wyck Brooks. I picked this up because it sounded interesting. I like Melville and Whitman. And it’s a pretty vintage edition. Turns out, it’s super rare (there is only one edition and two reviews on Goodreads, and the paperback is $31 on Amazon). And I got it for a dollar. Perhaps one of my more special used bookstore finds.
The Poison King by Adrienne Mayor. Look another biography! Only this one’s about someone I had never heard about before I saw this book: Mithradates, who was apparently a huge enemy of Rome and also a genius. It sounded interesting, especially form a military history standpoint.
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín. Total impulse buy. But I’ve heard it’s good! (And no, I haven’t seen the movie yet. Now I have to read the book first.)
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. I keep hearing about this, and it won the Man Booker Prize, so I picked it up. I usually like Man Booker winners. Turns out, this is the sequel to Wolf Hall, which I’ve owned (for two years) and never read, so that’s good, I guess. At least I have the first book?
Holy crap, that was a huge haul. But I’m really happy with it – it’s a really good mix of a wide range of genres and subjects, and I got a surprising amount of nonfiction, which I love. You probably already know I try to read at least one nonfiction book a month, so it’s nice to have a decent library to choose from, because I’m definitely a mood reader. Overall, I’d say this was a successful trip to the dollar bookstore. (Now I just need to avoid being crushed by my TBR pile.)
I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books, and which one you think I should pick up first!
Thanks for reading!