So...I Bought Some More Books {ACFOB Book Sale}

Twice a year, the Alachua County Friends of the Library have a giant used book sale here in Gainesville. There are thousands, and thousands of extremely cheap books to choose from. Slade and I went to check it out on Saturday, because you know I wasn't about to miss that!

This event is really popular, and people begin to line up hours before it opens. We waited until later in the day to go, and I was a little nervous that everything would be picked over by then. That wasn't the case at all! I found six really exciting books for a total of, drum roll please...$6.50! Let's take a look at what I purchased!

//The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
This plot sounds so inventive! I have heard that the writing is beautiful, and it's also meant to be quite suspenseful. Plus, it's set in Amsterdam! That alone is enough to pique my interest.

Summary from Goodreads: On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office--leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.
But Nella's world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist--an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Johannes' gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand--and fear--the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?

Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

//Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The grapevine has delivered nothing but positive reviews for this novel. I have been wanting to read it for a while, and when I saw it lying on a table with a price tag of $0.50, I snatched it up. It is supposed to cover a lot of really important issues, and I can't wait to see if it lives up to the hype.

Summary from Goodreads: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

//Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
I know Jodi Picoult isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I have personally always really enjoyed her books. Her writing is entertaining and often impossible to put down. I haven't read this particular novel yet, so in my bag in went.

Summary from Goodreads: Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father, Andrew, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiance, and her own search-and-rescue bloodhound, which she uses to find missing persons. But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can't recall. And then a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret that changes the world as she knows it." In shock and confusion, Delia must sift through the truth - even when it jeopardizes her life and the lives of those she loves. What happens when you learn you are not who you thought you were? When the people you've loved and trusted suddenly change before your eyes? When getting your deepest wish means giving up what you've always taken for granted? Vanishing Acts explores how life - as we know it - might not turn out the way we imagined; how doing the right thing could mean doing the wrong thing; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat.

//Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
My thoughts on the previous book can also be applied to this one!

Summary from Goodreads: The acclaimed #1 "New York Times" bestselling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and one man's last chance at gaining salvation.Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth?

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen.

For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.

Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?

Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerizes and enthralls readers with this story of redemption, justice, and love

//We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This book received a lot of hype a couple of years ago. It seems to be one of those that people either love, or hate. Hopefully I'll want to give it a thumbs up!

Summary from Goodreads: 
A beautiful and distinguished family.A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

//The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
I read A Dog's Purpose at the end of last year and fell in love with the narration from a dog's point of view. I believe this book is supposed to be similar. It has great ratings, and I'm sure it will provoke a tear or two!

Summary from Goodreads: Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life...as only a dog could tell it.

I'm so, so happy about these finds! As usual, let me know if you have read any of them. What ones should I give priority to?
Linda @ A La Carte said...

I'm a big Jodi Picoult fan! I love her books and find them very thought provoking. You should enjoy both of these books. The Art of Racing in the Rain is wonderful. Now one of the books, We Were Liars, sounds interesting. I'll wait to hear how you like it!

StephTheBookworm said...

WOW! Awesome finds, Miranda! The Friends sales are the best of the best. Our group has one huge one a year at the mall, and 3 smaller ones at the library. I almost always go because DUH! LOL

julie @ a hopeful hood said...

I liked Vanishing Act by Picoult!! Also, what a great score on those used books! P.S. did you update your site design or am I just super unobservant?! I love the header & how it sticks there when I scroll! Now you have to jump on that Disqus bandwagon ;)

Caitlin said...

That book sale sounds amazing! I used to work for a newspaper and once a year there was a big book sale for all the books publishers had sent the company to be reviewed. Best day of the year in my opinion! The Miniaturist sounds so interesting and I love the cover! I'm definitely going to look into that!


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