Books by the Centimeter – Book Haul!

What would you do if you could buy loads of great second-hand books, pay an almost ridiculously low price for them and support a children’s charity at the same time? Go nuts! Exactly! So that’s what I did…

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to discover at the last moment that a bi-annual charity pay-by-the-centimeter book sale was being held just outside of the city where I live. I went without any real expectations (although I had heard great things), and was absolutely overwhelmed by the eclectic and huge selection.

Charity Book Sale

Table after table and row after row of books in all genres and conditions! It was genuinely a book lover’s heaven and I spent a blissful 4 hours browsing through the boxes and loading more and more treasures into my greatly insufficient carrier bag. I kept telling myself: It’s for charity! Greatest reason ever to buy anything 😉
And after my hours of browsing, I ended up paying a grand total of €23/£18/$31 for a beautiful stack of 16 new literary treasures – 80 cents per centimeter!

 So, what did I get? Have a look:
“The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood
“The Wasp Factory” by Iain Banks
“The Little Friend” by Donna Tartt
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” by Mark Haddon
“The Hunger Angel” by Hertha Müller
“The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet” by David Mitchell
“The Last Letter from your Lover” by Jojo Moyes
“Everything is Illuminated” by Jonathan Safran Foer
“Barcelona Plates” by Alexei Sayle
“Silk” by Alessandro Baricco
“Clockwork” by Philip Pullman
“The Ruby in the Smoke” by Philip Pullman
“Thud!” by Terry Pratchett
“Men at Arms” by Terry Pratchett
“Strange Words” by Patrick Chamoiseau

Book HaulAnd let me tell you, I could easily have put another 20 in my bag. But I absolutely adore my pile, which is a mix of books I’ve looked for and wanted for a long time (Tartt, Mitchell, Atwood, Banks), some that I needed for my shelves (Pratchett, Pullman, Haddon), some that I’d heard of and thought might be interesting (Moyes, Müller, Foer) and the ones I have no idea about, but just had to have (Barrico, Sayle, Chamoiseau).

What about you? What are your latest 2nd hand treasures? And have you ever been to a “books-by-the-centimeter/inch”-type sale?

14 thoughts on “Books by the Centimeter – Book Haul!

  1. *saaaavle*
    Sikke en stabel! Jeg har ikke været til den slags udsalg, men ville helt sikkert have købt en meter eller to! 😀

    Det er et stykke tid siden, jeg har været forbi et antikvariat, men jeg købte for nylig ‘The Wasp Factory’, som jeg overvejer at læse til Read-A-Thon til oktober 🙂

    • Ja, det var bare helt himmelsk, og jeg var fuldstændig ustoppelig 😉

      Jeg kan VIRKELIG anbefale “The Wasp Factory” – den er helt utroligt! Noget af det bedste jeg har læst hele året. Den er dog meget mørk og haunting, men det plejer du vist ikke at have et problem med, så jeg kan forestille mig, at du vil synes om den 🙂

  2. I’m very, very jealous! I might have to time a visit to coincide with the next one. I don’t need clothes, I can fill my suitcase with books!

    Some good choices there, The Blind Assassin is in my TBR pile too. Maybe we should read it together?! Some others are on my “to buy” list.

    • You have to come!! The next one is in September already, but the weekend is free if you fancy coming over? Otherwise, we can start planning already now for you to come over in June next year 😉

      I’d love to do “The Blind Assassin” as a buddy read with you! Let’s work out the details soon, yeah?

    • I know! It was the first one of my haul that I read and I ADORED it! So haunting and terrible in its story, but such an amazing book 🙂

  3. Iih, hvor ville jeg gerne have været der! Men jeg må nok holde lidt igen med alle mine loppemarkedfund, der er snart ikke mere plads på min boghylde 🙂

    • Det var også SÅ overvældende skønt!
      Ja, jeg kender problemet – da vi flyttede hertil for 3 måneder siden havde jeg 3 nye, tomme hylder – nu er der ca. 1 tilbage! Gisp 🙂

  4. Vidunderligt koncept! Åh, og du købte lidt Donna Tartt! Glæd dig. ‘Clockwork’ er i øvrigt en af Pullmans bedre stunts 😀

    • Ja, det er et fantastisk koncept, og jeg har lige fundet ud af, at næste gang allerede er om en måned, så jeg går og glæder mig så meget 🙂

      Dejligt at høre, at Clockwork er noget værd – det var rent impulskøb, og vi ved jo, at det desværre kan være ret varierende fra ham…

  5. Your blog is stunning! I’m SO in love with it. Seriously, I’ve spent the last 20 minutes scrolling through all your posts. 🙂

    Margaret Atwood is one of my favourite authors & I loved The Secret History by Donna Tartt so I’ll be interested to see what you think of The Little Friend.

    Everything is Illuminated is also brilliant, although I didn’t love it quite as much as Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. I also read a non-fic book by Jonathan Safran Foer recently (Eating Animals) which was fascinating!

    Anyways, happy reading! 🙂

    • Thank you SO much, Ruby! That comment just made my day 🙂

      I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Tartt as well, so I’m really keen to read something by her very soon 🙂

    • Ja, det var helt skønt, og jeg er så heldig, at de holder deres efterårsmarked i næste weekend!

      Det er udenfor Bruxelles i en lille by, der hedder Everberg ved det britiske marked “Stonemanor”.

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