big book haul!!! | ft. lots of pics & excited commentary

Hello hello! It’s Maggie here on the lovely personal blog Chickadee Lover Maggie, and today, I’m very happy to bring you a new post! Yesterday, I went thrift shopping with my mom and scored BIG TIME on the thrifted books front! It was awesoooome – coming home with so many books was exciting!

Right now I’m wanting to read more books. For a while I was really picky about which genres, authors, etc. I read, but I’m quite tired of following that criteria because I’ve been running out of books I want to read for years. lol so! To remedy this, I am…

  • getting books from different genres
  • buying books friends have recommended
  • going ahead and getting a book I may or may not like
  • building a little home library of thrifted books to choose from
  • staying open-minded!

I’m already making so much progress. Being able to see myself as a reader again – instead of an occasional peruser of books lol… – is so amazing. I forgot how happy reading makes me!

Let’s get started on my haul! 😀 I got the idea for this post from my mom when she said: “you need to do a book haul with all of these books!” I was thinking about sharing them on my blog as I read them, but that would take a long time. Chatting about them all at once is way more fun!

big book haul!!!

These first two books I think are like small town novels (which I absolutely ADORE). They may not be, though – I only took a peek at the back covers because I want to be surprised. We have “Back Home Again” by Melody Carlson (I’ve yet to read a book of hers so I’m going to now!) and “The Piano Teacher” by Lynn York! I love the piano hehe, but I’ve never heard of this book (get it? hearing the piano… and this cheesy joke hah), so we’ll see what the story’s like.

Side note: I just discovered design borders on my favorite photo editing app (RookieCam). I’m simultaneously overjoyed and disappointed because I LOVE THE BORDERS but I could have been using them for years!

I think the Amish culture is really interesting and I’m fascinated by the way they live! I’ve been wanting to find another well-written Amish book to read for a while, so I bought these Amish novels. We have “A Dream of Miracles” by Ruth Reid (how pretty is that font on the cover), and “The Promised Amish Bride” by Marta Perry.

I’m not sure if these are similar in genre or not lol, but they’re kind of like… Western romances? Maybe? Gah you got me. I got the “Whatever Tomorrow Brings/As Time Goes By” collection by Lori Wick (because her writing is PRISTINE) and “Caroline’s Child/Dr. Texas” by Debbie Macomber (imma be daring and read volume two without picking up the first one *wiggles eyebrows*).

These are all from different genres! We have (clockwise kind of) “Creating Contagious Commitment” by Andrea Shapiro (leadership organization), “Dragonspell” by Donita K Paul (fantasy) (Millay recommended this!), and “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks (romance). I think these will be helpful, fun, interesting, and enjoyable to read!

I keep finding myself wanting to write we’ll see how these books turn out. That’s how deeply I’m in the habit of having strong reading material criteria! I’m broadening my horizons people, haha

Now it’s time. FOR THE MOTHERLOAD.

*intense music stars playing*

I was in line to check out at the thrift store, and a shelf from the book section caught my eye. They had ten or so old volumes and dictionaries grouped together. I walked over to see what they were. My arms were already full of books, but I had to see what was up there.

WELL, LOOK WHAT WAS UP THERE. The entire collection of William Shakespeare’s plays.

For 50. cents. eACH!

All of the covers have adorable little illustrations!

The books themselves were printed in the 1980s, but the plays were edited by a Scottish professor in the 1950s. It’s gonna be lit, fam.

There’s the Bard! (for a second, I thought that ‘To the Reader’ inscription was written by Will, but no it wasn’t hahaaa)

Now it’s time for a flip-through of the other books I featured!

from one of the Amish books. the chapter font is so cuuuute
from the Melody Carlson book I think? LOOK AT DA LITTLE TEAPOT
from the Lori Wick book. that font is a bit uh… aged. and dramatic m’lady!!
one of the character’s names is Maggie!!
from Dragonspell. I LOVE MAPS EEE

Thank you SO much for reading! This was a really fun post to write.

What book are you currently reading? Have you read/Do you want to read any of these books? How AWESOME are those Shakespeare volumes?! Let’s chat in the comments!

34 Comments

  1. wow, that looks like ALOT of shopping. all the books look fun! i just finished MCGA by Rick Riordan, and am currently reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and A Crown of Thorns by Kalpish Ratna.

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  2. That’s a good number of books! I have an unhealthy number of new books after discovering Book Outlet…oops.
    If you ever need recommendations for YA fantasy or Sci-fi, I’m your girl! I also try to seek out clean books, so you don’t need to worry about any questionable content in books I recommend 😁

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      1. If you like cleaner sci fi books I TOTALLY recommend Skyward, it’s kinda easy to read, but SOOOOOO good. I would recommend Maze Runner but there’s some language and it’s pretty violent … 😒

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  3. I just finished Princess Academy by Shannon Hale and Winterhouse by Ben Gutterson (i think).

    Those all look like great books! I will have to check some of them out! Also, you will LOVE kotlc! Just make sure your on Team Foster-Keefe 😉😉

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    1. Ooh cool! I’ve heard of that book (Princess Academy) but haven’t read it. 😀
      Yay! And YES I can’t wait to read it and chat about it with you guys! We’ll have to see 😉

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    1. I AGREE!!! Thanks so much! Yeah it’s sad when other priorities come before reading – I’ve been there before. I know you’ll love getting back to reading as soon as you’re able! ❤

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  4. Looks like you hit a book jackpot 😂 Those Shakespeare plays look amazing! I’ve read a few before but don’t remember much details 😂
    I’m currently reading Story Of My Life by Helen Keller, it has been interesting so far! And those borders look cute!😂💕

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    1. I really DID! I have no idea how long it’ll take me to read ’em all. I’M GOIN’ ON AN ADVENTURE!
      Right?? I am in love with those volumes! Yeah Will’s plays can start to blend together. I may just read through all the plays including ones I’ve read before, as a refresher. haha
      oh that’s awesome! I wrote a biography on her a while ago. Her story is amazing. Aw thank you!

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  5. Wow!! This was a lovely post!! 😍😍Books books books!! ❤❤❤It’s been ages since I went to buy books…. especially during this lockdown. 😣
    I have mostly been reading e books. Right now I am loving the ‘Wrinkle in Time’ quintet!! 😍I am in the third book! 😄They are just awesome!! Have you read them? First book (honestly the best) is ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, the second (super captivating!!!) ‘A wind in the door’ and the third one ‘A Swiftly Tilting Planet’.
    Anyways, the borders you put around the pics are so cute!!😍
    The books look awesome… i love how you even showed the different cute fonts!!😍❤
    It’s always so fun when a character has your name!!😉 I kinda feel more connected to the book!😂
    Everyone is talking about kotlc…. i better start reading that too!😂
    Btw, your nails look lovely!!😉💙
    Love, Amy

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    1. Awww I absolutely love this comment! Thank you Amy! ❤ ❤
      YES books are so wonderful! I'm really sorry about that ❤ there were a some months for me this year when the libraries and thrift stores were closed, and that was hard. I really hope things open up again for you soon! *virtual hugs*
      Ooh cool! I've heard a lot about that series but I've yet to read it myself! Thanks for the recommendation 😀
      Thank you! I'm so happy I found that border option in the editing app haha
      Yes! I loved the variation in fonts in the books 🙂
      I agree! I hope that Maggie character is likeable haha!
      YUP I just had to see what they're all excited about! I bet it's going to be an awesome series!
      Aww thanks again Amy! ❤

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