I adore treasure hunts, and random book sales are quite similar to scavenging through heaps of materials you’ve never heard of and bringing some of those babes home with you. During such periods, Goodreads ratings and tbr lists are thrown out of the window since I only care to pile more titles into my greedy arms. And there’s a certain pleasure in that. In fact, I feel as if a modern day rebel and daredevil.
As usual, the back synposis and a short commentary of Why-I-Bought-It will be included, as well as respective links to each’s Goodreads and Books Depository page to faciliate matters.
From left to right, top to bottom:
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales by Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, and Chris Van Allsburg
An inspired collection of short stories by an all-star cast of best-selling storytellers based on the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.
For more than twenty-five years, the illustrations in the extraordinary Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg have intrigued and entertained readers of all ages. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with these enigmatic pictures. Now we’ve asked some of our very best storytellers to spin the tales. Enter The Chronicles of Harris Burdick to gather this incredible compendium of stories: mysterious, funny, creepy, poignant, these are tales you won’t soon forget.
I’ve never heard of Harris Burdick. A quick google search revealed my ignorance which subsequently triggered a massive shockwave. But seriously, who is Harris Burdick?
Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.
Sanderson has been mentioned left, right, up, down, almost everywhere and I’ve yet to read anything by him. Firstly because I’m suspicious of hypes and secondly, it has always been on the back-est of my back burners. To illustrate this, I actually saw Steelheart at the MPH Bookfair but didn’t pick it up because of the cost. As chance would have it, Steelheart reappeared again for 25% of its price at said fair. Lucky.
The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go
Just after graduating college, Tristan Campbell receives a letter delivered by special courier to his apartment in San Francisco. It contains the phone number of a Mr. J.F. Prichard of Twyning Hooper, Solicitors, in London and news that could change Tristan’s life forever.
In 1924, Prichard explains, an English alpinist named Ashley Walsingham died attempting to summit Mt. Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson. But the estate was never claimed. Information has recently surfaced suggesting Tristan may be the rightful heir, but unless he can find documented evidence, the fortune will be divided among charitable beneficiaries in less than two months.
In a breathless race from London archives to Somme battlefields to the Eastfjords of Iceland, Tristan pieces together the story of a forbidden affair set against the tumult of the First World War and the pioneer British expeditions to Mt. Everest. Following his instincts through a maze of frenzied research, Tristan soon becomes obsessed with the tragic lovers, and he crosses paths with a mysterious French girl named Mireille who suggests there is more to his quest than he realizes. Tristan must prove that he is related to Imogen to inherit Ashley’s fortune but the more he learns about the couple, the stranger his journey becomes.
I’ve seen this book on Goodreads before and have always hesitated to mark it as tbr (such a huge commitment, I’m not ready for this) especially due to its low rating. How many times have I passed up/delayed reading a book just because of some arbitrary ratings on some webpage? ‘Never again’, I say to myself and proceed to feel like a warrior by placing it into my basket.
The Road Through the Wall by Shirley Jackson
In Pepper Street, an attractive suburban neighbourhood filled with bullies and egotistical bigots, the feelings of the inhabitants are shallow and selfish: what can a neighbour do to triumph over another neighbour, what may be won from a friend? One child stands alone in her goodness: little Caroline Desmond, kind, sweet and gentle, and the pride of her family. But the malice and self-absorption of the people of Pepper Street lead to a terrible event that will destroy the community of which they are so proud.
Exposing the murderous cruelty of children, and the blindness and selfishness of adults, Shirley Jackson reveals the ugly truth behind a ‘perfect’ world.
Some years ago, I’ve managed to pick up The Lottery at the library that due to time constraints, was returned before I could read a page of it. Some years later as fate would have it, Jackson appears before my eyes for the second time (her works are a rarity here, for reasons unfathomable). Enuf said.
The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1) by Michael Scott
Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty and Nicholas Flamel lives. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects – the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.
To be honest, I was one book short of 5 for $10 and so happened to chance upon this. I couldn’t be happier as I put yet another book I have no idea about into my basket. I’m obviously a major risk taker.
And that concludes my extremely cheap (for real though) book haul! What books have you borrow/bought this month? Have you read any of the books aforementioned? Let me know in the comments section (: