Charity Shop Book Haul

I love a good charity shop, which is saying something because I loathed them when I was younger. My Mum used to drag me in them all of time and I would look around, thinking that a) most of them smelt funny and b) who would want to buy this second hand junk anyway?

Well… time has flown and I’ve realised that losing weight now means another tenner for some jeans that will only last me five minutes when I can get a decent pair for two quid in the charity shop down the road… so no, I don’t think most of them smell anymore. Actually, I can’t even remember where that childhood memory came from but as a kid, spending what felt like hours around dusty board games for sale felt like the most boring thing anyone could possibly do on a Saturday afternoon.

Speaking of my Mum, my parents came to visit us a couple of weeks back and we drove to Newport for the day. Contrary to how much stick some of the people of Cardiff give the city I didn’t mind a few hours walking around seeing what there was on offer and being as I was with my bargain-sniffing mother we spent some serious time in some of the charity shops.

In the first shop I picked up a book I’d been wanting to read for some time for 50p and then the ‘haul’ in itself kind of snowballed into two carrier bags worth:


Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Have I mentioned how much of a fan I am of Bridget Jones? Nope… well I am.

I did have both films of DVD and I’d read this book and the second positively years ago so when I saw this going for really cheap in a shop I thought, heck why not. I haven’t read Mad About the Boy because I’ve heard really awful things about it but I am very eagerly awaiting the chance to go and see Bridget Jones’s Baby at the cinema. I really want to go watch it with my Mum because we saw the trailer when she was up here and it’s not often she wants to go to the cinema to see a particular film but it’s gonna be quite hard to fit that in when we visit home next.

However, reading the first novel will just have to do in the meantime.

You’ve perhaps been living under a rock if you don’t know what Bridget Jones is about but this first book follows Bridget as she tries dating as a thirty something in London during the nineties. Yep, this book is that dated by now. Reading it they were talking about using pagers and calling home phones to leave voicemail messages – oh cringe.

I lost myself in this for a little one afternoon in September and I seriously felt lighter again after finishing. I even loved that because this book was second hand it had obviously been a gift to someone because it had a handwritten note on the inside – awwwh.


1Q84 Book Three by Haruki Murakami

I have books one and two of this series already and I read them over a year ago so I can’t quite remember what the story is about anymore. I like a Murakami read anyways so it’ll only take me five minutes to refresh myself and carry on.

If memory serves me correctly this is something about little people taking over the body of a child and there’s an assassination as well – I’ve no idea, it all seems bonkers to me and that’s the way I like it.

I’m a little miffed that this a different edition to the copies I already have but it doesn’t matter really because this was going for mega cheap and I love giving second hand books another home – just because someone else didn’t like it doesn’t mean I won’t.


Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

I reviewed this in my Reading Challenge Catch-Up that I posted last month and I’ve been steadily making my way through the rest of the trilogy since.

Noughts and Crosses follows Sephy and Callum who get together within a society quite separate from our own because those who are dark-skinned, Crosses, are seen as closer to God and the dominating class over the fairer-skinned Noughts.

Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a nought so you can see where this is going – it’s a little bit Romeo and Juliet and I’ve liked going down memory lane because I first read this book when I was a child.


Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman

The second in the series of Sephy and Callum. Spoilers, but Callum dies at the end of the first book and the next two are about what happens afterwards in society and with his family members that are left behind. I remember reading a little of this one when I was in school because by the time the third one had been released I was totally not interested anymore because I was far too busy doing things like snogging boys or something.

I wouldn’t go into the third book without reading this one and I was really happy to pick up the whole set for under a fiver in the shop and the guy behind the counter seemed quite happy to let them go.


Checkmate by Malorie Blackman

The last in the series and so far my favourite because events happened that I really wasn’t expecting and some character’s actions really changed my mind about them. I’ll be writing more about this series as I go through my monthly catch-ups of the books I’ve read but I remember finishing this recently and feeling quite fulfilled.

A lot happens in the last two books but what stays with me is how much of an impression Noughts and Crosses left on me when I was younger that I was determined to snap up the trilogy when I saw it years later and finish a story from so long ago.


Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami

Another book from a Murakami but not the same author! Rick had another book from this same author on his shelf and I keep meaning to get around to reading it but both of our TBR’s are so large I really can’t fathom adding it to the list for this year. I liked the cover of this one if I’m honest and being as we’ve got a thing about building collections from the same authors I didn’t mind spending a few pounds more for this copy – and it all goes to charity anyway!

I don’t even know what this is about, or what to expect but I’m intrigued to say the least. If I was judging just by it’s title (not it’s cover) then I think I’m in for some sort of surprise. I’ll have let you know when I eventually get around to reading it.

Have you had a haul recently? Have you picked up any of the books in my haul? What do you think of second hand books? Let me know in the comments.