2021 February Monthly wrap-up


In case you didn't know February is my birthday month (even those I hate it being so close to Valentine day). At the end of this post is a birthday haul. It not sometime I do offend, but in a way its like giving everyone a pace of birthday cake.  


The Hive

The Hive Author:  Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden

Genre: Dystopian, Thriller

Age: YA

POV: 3rd person

Summary: The Hive is everything. People used to be harassed online by trolls and doxxesrs until The Hive came. Now if you get enough "condemns" and a mob will come after you. Cassie used to believe in the Hive as a way of justices. Until egged on by her friends she post an edgy joke online and is now a level 5 convict on the run for her life. 


The Prestige: Movie Review

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-fic

Rated: PG-13

Year of Release: 2006

Director: Christopher Nolan

Summary: After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.


Tiger Eyes

Tiger Eyes Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

Genre: realistic fiction

Age: Teen

POV: 1st person

Summary: Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead—shot in a holdup—and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover.
Climbing in the Los Alamos canyon, Davey meets the mysterious Wolf, who can read Davey’s “sad eyes.” Wolf is the only person who seems to understand the rage and fear Davey feels. Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to leave the past behind and move toward the future? Will she ever stop hurting?


Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Genre: Romance

Format: Audio

Summary: In order to save the family fortune five sister will has to men that has a great fortune. Because of a rule a man of a great fortune is of want of a wife. 


Over the Woodward Wall: The Up and Under book 1

 Author: A. Deborah Baker

Genre: Portal fantasy

Age: MG

Summary: A boy and girl who live in the same town, on the same street, and go to completely different schools. In all their life have never met each other. One day while walking to school they come across a wall in their path. There only one way to go and that up and over the wall. 


Tips for Buying Used book: part two

Here the link for part one if you haven't read it. 

8. look everywhere 

Sometimes books get shift around at book sales. It is either by a volunteer that doesn't know what age category a book belongs to. I don't blame them it not their felt, because a lot of the volunteers are elderly and they’re not going to keep up with all these different books. Plus, I personally believe a lot of books overlap in age appeal.


Tips for Buying Used Books: part one

I have written a post on why you should buy books used. Now I will be writing tips for buying books used. To make things clear, these tips will be directed towards used book sales. That includes Friends of the Library, church book sales, School book sales (both private and public), abandon apartment stores in a mall (Yes, I have seen it all), and other places where an organization can temporally set up shop to sell used books.

That does not include buying used books online and in used bookstores. I do buy books from these places, but I will not be talking about them in this post.

1. First things first: find where the used book sales are. 

There this website called book sale finder.com . where you can look up if there book sale near where you live. In the time of COVID, you will have to call whoever running the book sale and ask if they’re still having the sale. Information for each book sale is on the book sale finder website. Depending on where the sale is taking place, they might still have the sale but double check anyway.


2. Don't be scare of used books. 

Just because a book has a little crease in the spine doesn't mean it's the end of the world. If it’s a mass paperback, then open it up to make sure the spine is not crack, and pages are not falling out. As a rule, for myself, if the book is not falling apart in my hand then I buy it. If an organization that running a used book sale wants to make money, they will be careful which books they accept as donations.

If the book sale is more of a yard sale type, there will likely be more damaged books. The thing is, people want to get rid of their stuff, so they make a quick buck with what they can and give the rest to Goodwill.

People running book sales are going to be more careful in what books they chose to sell. You’re not going to find a lot of damages used books. Perhaps there will be some books that are more well love than others. There is nothing to be scare of them. Think of it this way: the used books that are lay out on tables and place in boxes are dreaming books. They dream of the day someone will pick them up and read the story between their pages. Just because a book is used doesn't mean it can't be in good condition and just because it has one little crease doesn't make it irrelevant to buy.

3. You’re going to need tote bags (lots of them) 

Tote bags are your friend for those small and medium book sales. Get some good sturdy ones that can stand the weight of books. Plus, you will get your work out in for liftings those heavy bags. If you can't do the lifting, then bring someone else along. Sometimes my mom comes with me to used book sales. Even those I'm the one doing the heavy lifting (I don't mind). 

3a) For the larger book sale you’re going to need a wagon. 

In my intro I mention a book sale that was in the abandon apartment store in a mall. This sale was in Pennsylvania. I went back in August 2020. It was my first time going to this used book sale. Arms loaded with tote bags I was not prepared for how large this book sale was. Lucky there were little shopping carts that I can use. There were also people that brought wagons and some that brought trollies with crates tie to them. I came back from that sale with the biggest book haul I have ever gotten. Next time I'm bringing a wagon. 

4. Go on half price day 

Sometimes on the last day of a book sale, all books will be half price. You can either go to a sale on half price day or go the day before and buy the book you really want to buy. Then come back and buy the books that you’re on the fence about.

5. Set a limit for yourself. Don't go in garbing every book you find interesting.

It's every bibliophile's dream to run wild and free among the shelves and tables of books. Look! there a book and another. You have to have them all. In my early days of going to book sales, I use to be really picky. That went along with my dislike for reading as a kid. I did read books, but it was more of what I had to read. I didn't get into reading for enjoyment until middle school but even then, it still felt like a chore.

It was when I was thirteen that I started picking out books on my own at book sales. Gradually I started buying books for the sake of buying books. Yes, I have read most of the books I got, and I have gotten rid of some books I haven't read. Then again, I sell books online. With books, I lose interest in reading I sell what I can alone with books that I just buy to re-sell. I don't feel really guilty for doing this. After all, it's business.

Over the years my taste in books has changed and now I have gone back to being picky in what books I buy. Used books are cheap. Unless otherwise stated or they’re at a used bookstore which is at an okay price.

I am talking about used books sale where books are price sometimes at 25 to 50 cents. The highest price I have seen at a book sale is 5 dollars. Rarely does the price go any higher.

With low prices, it easy to get carried away. Either set a limit for how many books you buy or limit how much you spin.

For limiting how many books you buy, base it on how many books you have on your tbr. What I mean by this is buy a low number of books if you have a large tbr. That way you can be more selective in what books you buy. What the limit will be, is up to you to decide.

Limiting how much money you spin is what I do. I keep my book buying to around 20 dollars. That way I can get a fair number of books. The last book sale I went to I only spin 16 dollars on 16 books.

6. Go to a used book sale with a somewhat strict list of what you’re looking for 

I said somewhat because it’s a combination of unpredictability and the thrill of never knowing what you will find. It easy to go in search of books by a certain author or a genre. Then narrowing in on one book. The balance between looking for a book and looking for a current author. Some books by an author are more common than others. Sometimes it’s hard to find any books written by an author.

Have you heard of Charles William? No? I'm not surprised. Charles William was an intellectual writer and friends with Tolkien and Lewis. I haven't read any of his books but, I really want to. His books overall are just hard to find. Even those my chances are slim I might get lucky.

Be open to the type of books you’re searching for. Be glad that you find one book by an author. It may not be the "One" you’re looking for, but it gives you hope that their more of the author's books out there.
7. Don't be disappointed 

You are on your quest to find that "One" book. The one to rule them all. The Holy Grail of books. Used book sale after used book sale your quest yields in vain. Don't worry if you don't find the books you’re searching for. Keep in mind that the book is out there and it’s a matter of time and luck that you will come across it.

Continue with part two


The Deep: Here Be Dragons

The Deep: Here Be Dragons
The Deep: Here Be Dragons 

Author: Tom Taylor

Artist: James Brouwer

Summary:  After an earthquake, a sea monster begins haunting the ocean. The daring aquanauts, the Nekton family is on the hunt to investigate. Meanwhile an island is completely not hit by a tsunami. Danger, secrets, peril, ancient messages, and shocking revelations well all be revealed. 


The Beast

The Beast

Author: Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs

Genre: Adventure, Secret Society, paranormal, sci-fic

Age: Middle Grade

 POV: 3rd limited, switches between Nico and Opal. 

Summary: After Beast Night where a large figment has wreck part of the town everything has gone back to normal...almost. The Torchbearers have a new task ahead. They have to guard the Darkdeep and keep stray figments from getting loses in the town. Just when thing was getting under control the worst happens. The Darkdeep starts to act strange and even worst a Youtube film craw show up looking for the beast.


The Lost Civilization Enigma

Author: Philip Coppens

Genre: Non-fiction

 Review: The book is a good research book that provides stories of archaeological finds and the dogma that archaeologists face from their own scientific community. Most of the discoveries that talk about in this book have recently been accepted.

A lot if not all of these stories really make you sit and think, how far back does the history of civilization really go?

Personally, I do have my own theories. I think we lost a lot of ancient history and were just re-discovering it.