So, I was wandering down my high street yesterday, on a trip to buy my mother a coffee. Between my mother’s shop, and Greggs, there is a few shops, like a butcher’s, a bank, and…a charity shop.
I’ve never been interested by charity shops (or “thrift stores”, in America), for most of them near me don’t stock much worth buying (stereotypically), however, when I passed by Banardo’s today, there was a small crowd gathered around something by the door. And, peering over people’s shoulders, I managed to get a peek. And that’s when I realised…books! My local charity shop has finally started stocking books! Hallelujah!
So, I bought my mother her coffee, and went back to her shop, told her, and got back to working (I work with my mum on Saturdays). Yet, the books never left my mind. Obviously. Thus, when my shift was over, I went back. And I smiled at the sign that said “All books: 50p”. And I scoured the collection for anything I’d like. And four books caught my eye. Here they are:
P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
Earlier this year, I read Love, Rosie (or Where Rainbows End) by Cecelia Ahern, and so I thought I may as well try another by her, especially since this one is extensively popular.
Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Being noted as another very popular author, Nicholas Sparks has written a multitude of novels, many of which have been adapted into very successful movies. One of those movies is The Lucky One, which I never actually watched, but wanted to. To this day, I still haven’t watched it, yet – when I saw the book in the shop – I figured I could read it before I watch it.
When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck—winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph—his lucky charm.
Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the photo—and the woman in it—out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her, never expecting the strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in Hampton, North Carolina—Elizabeth, a divorced mother with a young son—to be the girl he’s been waiting his whole life to meet. Caught off guard by the attraction he feels, Thibault keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate and all-consuming love affair, the secret he is keeping will soon threaten to tear them apart—destroying not only their love, but also their lives.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
When I saw this book, I was over the moon, for it’s been on my TBR for a long long while! In fact, I even mentioned it in my post Top 10 Books I Want To Read, But Haven’t Got Round To Yet. Hopefully, in owning the paperback, I’ll be encouraged to read this soon. Also, this book is in really great quality – almost as good as new!
Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.
Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan
I didn’t realise until I’d purchased this book, but this is an adaptation for “younger readers” of the original book. However, flicking through, the writing seems OK, and it’ll be nice to read something easy, especially something that inspired such a great film.
Meet Marley, a yellow furball of a puppy who quickly grows into a large, rowdy Labrador retriever. Marley is always getting into trouble, whether he is stealing underwear or crashing through doors. But those who know and love Marley accept him as a dog like no other. He brings joy to his family and teaches them what really matters in life.
Thanks so much for reading, I really hope you enjoyed!
In the comments, tell me the best book you ever picked up at a charity/thrift shop.