Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 167


Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman | Checkmate by Malorie Blackman | Guitar Notes by Mary Amato | Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King | The Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd | This is How it Ends by Jen Nadol

On Saturday, I finally decided to check out our library – specifically, I wanted to check out if they had any books for sale. Well, apparently, they always do. So for one hour, I went through their selections and found all six of these books for a bargain price of $5.80 (including taxes). Oh, how sweet it is! Technically, I could’ve gotten more because it’s $5/bag. So if you’re able to fill your bag with 20 books, you’re only paying $5 regardless. But I chose not to be greedy and only picked out the ones that I thought were interesting. 

I’ve managed to complete my Noughts and Crosses trilogy by Malorie Blackman. And since I’ve not read a single A.S. King book, finding Vera Dietz amongst the stacks was a great find. Guitar Notes is rated highly on Goodreads, while The Carbon Diaries and This is How it Ends look to be those type of books that will require a bit more patience and understanding. I’m so excited to read these!


Well, this past week was certainly a change from my previous weeks. Thank goodness! I managed to read 3 books and have written reviews for them:

  • THE GAP OF TIME by Jeannette Winterson was awesome.
  • THE LIAR by Nora Roberts was a hefty book that could’ve used a lot of trimming. It was unnecessarily long.
  • MIDNIGHT SUN by Jø Nesbo was a good follow up to his Blood on Snow series (however lacking).


I know, I know. I only managed to write one review last week (The Gap of Time). But I promise that I’m back with a few reviews and a Confessions next week. I was still able to visit you, though, so that’s great, yeah?


  • Hm…I have one of the books in the Carbon Diaries series. It actually really piqued my interest, but I hadn’t read it because I thought I had the second book in the series. But, now I’m going to have to search for it because if I recall correctly, it looks just like the one you purchased, so now I’m second guessing myself. Maybe it *did* get the first in the series after all…

  • Jazmen

    I love a good library sale!

  • Rachel

    Excellent about the Noughts and Crosses series! There is a fourth book now too!! Keep and eye out for that one. R xx

  • Looks like you found some great bargains! Enjoy your new books 😀


  • You’re allowed to have slow weeks, sometimes you need a break from reading!
    Awesome haul from the library! Enjoy Joy!

  • I can never find anything good at the library on sale-at least not yet. Since I moved from Ky to MD I have only been to the library a few times-I really should go more! Not familiar with any of the books you picked up, but I hope they are all good reads for you-and hey if they aren’t, you aren’t out that much money!

  • Malorie Blackman wrote the Noughts & Crosses series right? I’ve heard really great things about her writing! OMG Please Ignore Vera Dietz! I’ve been wanting to read this for forever! Can’t wait to see what you think!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I do love checking out what’s for sale at the libraries around me. You can get some really great titles that way!


  • Yay for great library finds!! I love the black and white theme going on in Malorie Blackman’s books – are those mystery or thriller? I end up with a stack of borrowed books and then bought (used) when I hit the library up. Such fun digging through them 🙂

  • That really is a great library deal!

  • I loves dread library book sales because I know I’ll get a huge bang for my buck not to mention I’m helping my favorite place in town out. On the other hand, it doesn’t help my hoarding tendedncies

  • I really want to read the Noughts and Crosses trilogy, I’ve heard such good things! I hope you enjoy your new books! 😀

  • Yay for getting some awesome looking books 😀 And so cheap too. <3 That's the best 🙂 I haven't heard of any of them, but they all do look pretty awesome 😉 I hope you'll love all of them Joy. <3 Happy reading sweetie. I hope you are having an awesome week so far 😀

  • kindlemom1

    Fabulous deals, I really hope you enjoy them all!

  • Hiya Joy! I’m glad to hear that you’re back at it! I took a much needed break last week since I started a new job and things were like lOCO for a little while! <3 It's always good to take a break so we don't get bogged down and everything. 😉 I'm glad you got some sweet deals! That one by Nora Roberts sounds like a bugger so I hope you still enjoyed it since it's FREAKING NORA ROBERTS. teehee Have a lovely week girl!

  • Oh boy do I want to be at that sale. I would so be filling that bag xD I am so happy to know you have completed your Malorie Blackman collection as well! I love all those books <3 I did mention on Instagram that I was curious about the Carbon Diaries as well. Such a cool library <3

  • Nick(Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite

    That’s a bargain! I haven’t read any of these authors before but I hope you enjoy your new books! 🙂

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    $5 a bag? WHAT?!!!! I need to go to my library immediately and see if they have something similar! What a great deal Joy, I hope you enjoy your picks:)

  • Oh, wow, so at your library you can just go pick books off the shelves and buy them? Or they have a specific area for books that’re being sold? Either way it sounds exciting! I definitely should pay more attention to the books for sale at my library, since I’ve found quite a few steals there, but I always forget. I just go in, check out my books and leave. Little Romi would be horrified at how little time I actually spend in libraries these days.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    That was a good find, especially Vera Dietz! I agree with you about The Liar’s lenght, but Nora’s writing works for me nevertheless. It’s just so easy to read and unfailingly entertaining.

  • I need to visit our library, I know there’s even ebooks and audio. This Is How it Ends … I *think* I dnf’d that book. I totally checked on you through twitter the other day because you hadn’t posted. Just wanted to see if you were still up and running. lol

  • Ohhh! Our library always has crap books for sale, with that I mean not English, lol