May 2016 Book Pick-ups


May Book Pick-ups

The Deliberate ReaderMay has been a pretty busy month for book pick ups, from thrift store finds to the school book fair, plus my grandparents let us raid their basement for books. I also seem to be getting more ARCs than ever. It use to be one every two months or so and now I am getting one or two a month! This month I got my first eARC and I signed up for the First to Read program from Penguin, which means more eARCs on the horizon.


For Kindle:

Dream Casters: Light
Why I got it: A .99 cent book from BookBub. I admit that I have a soft spot for books involving people traveling between our world and a dream world.

Open Minds (Mindjack Saga Book 1)
Why I got it: Free BookBub book, and this first sentence of the description was pretty much enough to sell me on the book, “When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep”

Enemy (On the Bones of Gods Book 1)
Why I got it: My Kindle First selection for May. There were several books that looked good by the description, but once I started reading the reviews, none of the books looked good. I am not planning on reading this anytime in the future, but I feel compelled to choose at least one. The big downer was that so many reviewers complaint about the writing style taking them out of the story, choppy sentences and fantasy characters who constantly used the word “yeah.”

From The Library:

The Strangler Vine
Why I got it: I read an excerpt for the second book on the Penguin First to Read site, and was immediately interested in reading these books.


The Quest for Merlin
Why I got it: A LibraryThing giveaway, the publisher gave me a copy of the book to review. This is my first eARC (electronic advance reader copy.) It seems to be a YA coming of age fantasy tale.


The Gammage Cup
Why I got it: It looked like a fun fantasy story, and I’m a total sucker for cheep books at the Teen Challenge Thrift store.

Mutiny on H.M.S. Bounty (First Illustrated Classics)
Why I got it: I am working on collecting all these mini-books of illustrated classics. (Partly because I have a book shelf just their size.)

Make Way for Ducklings
Why I got it: A classic children’s story, that we’ve checked out from the library many times before, now we own our own copy.

Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange Trilogy)
Why I got it: It was marked as an ARC, but for sale at a thrift store, and since it’s also a fantasy story I thought, “Why not?”

It’s a Magical World
Why I got it: Calvin and Hobbs for .99 cents at a thrift store, is a yes every time.

Book Fair:

Bad Kitty: Puppy’s Big Day
Why she got it: Much to my night time reading chagrin she loves, loves, LOVES the Bad Kitty beginner chapter books. I swear I have read Bad Kitty Gets a Bath 4,000 times. At least now that we have a new one the Bad Kitty Gets A Bath book gets a break.

Palace Pets: Adventure Tales
Why she got it: Her newest thing is Palace pets, which combines two things she already loves Disney Princesses and Pets! This book is super cute as it has mini-books within the book, each telling the tale of a different set of pets.


IFMy grandparents have decided to down size the amount of books they own, so we brought home a large box full of their books. There are too many to list here, but you can see them in the pictures on this page. A couple of highlights:

My husband reading Moon Base, which we picked up from my Grandparents.
My husband reading Moon Trip,  we picked up both Moon Trip and Moon Base from my Grandparents.

The Happy Little Handsaw:
Why I got it: This is one of the books I remember my Grandmother reading to me when I was a little kid. No I will have a chance to read it to little bug.

Little Black Samba:
Why I got it: This is one of those books that you just can’t get any more. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Silent Spring
Why I got it: I could not believe my grandparent’s owned this book, one which goes against everything they worked their whole lives for, but I guess you have to know your enemy. The harm this book did to the natural resource industry is hard to put into words.

6 replies on “May 2016 Book Pick-ups”

Oh my gosh, all those Golden Books. I love it! We had some many when I was little, but I think my parents got rid of most of them. We have a few of the newer ones for my son. I’ve never read any of the other books on your list, but I’m checking the library for the Bad Kitty books because I think my son would love them. And we need more easy readers for summer reading.

Thanks for checking out my blog! That’s only about half of the little golden books… I just didn’t have room to get them all into the picture. A lot of them are in pretty bad shape. Lol I guess my mother and her brothers didn’t take very good care of their books. The Bad Kitty books have a whole huge series. We have four of the currently. So if he likes them there will be a lot more to read.

You definitely have some interesting books here, and quite a variety. I have to say Dream Casters and Open Minds look really interesting. I’ll have to check them out.

I haven’t had a chance to start them yet, because of an influx of ARCs, but I’m looking forward to reading both.

Your grandparents’ books are giving me nostalgia 🙂 I’m also a sucker for thrift store sales, have you checked out ? Enjoy your new reads!

Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve heard about them, but haven’t taken a look yet. I guess I’m afraid I’ll just go nuts. Lol.

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