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Weekly Roundup #8


I’m sorry that this is a day late, I was working until late yesterday so just didn’t get round to posting! 
My ‘Weekly Roundup’ is where I share the books I have received in the past week, whether bought, gifted, borrowed etc. 


  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin – After reading some reviews of Ursula K. Le Guin’s sci-fi work, I decided to give some a try, and found this one for 50p in a charity shop. It’s a pretty well loved copy!
  • The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie –  this series has been on my ‘to read’ list for a while, and I found the entire trilogy for 50p each. The only thing that bugs me is that the second book is a different edition, and size, to the other two. But when I paid £1.50 for the set I can’t really complain!
  • The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King – Since reading Kelly’s review of Salem’s Lot, and realising that the only Stephen King books that I’ve read are The Shining and Carrie, I thought maybe I should try some more of his stuff. I spotted this one in the charity shop – I didn’t realise he’d written any fantasy.
  • Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs – My interest in this series peaked during the Cheltenham Literature Festival, which I worked at for the first two weeks of October. I was drawn to Kathy Reichs’ books, and also got to see her do a signing. I was looking out for the series and managed to find the first book in the first charity shop I checked, for £1!
  • Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson – a sci-fi classic, winner of a Nebula award, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. And only 50p.
And this is why I love charity shops. I spent a grand total of £4 on seven books!

What have you received this week? Have you read any of these?


6 thoughts on “Weekly Roundup #8”

    1. I was mostly looking out for Salem’s Lot, but The Eyes of the Dragon looked great (and I’m a sucker for fantasy…).Thanks for commenting! =)

  1. Which charity shops do you go to to find them for those prices?! I tend to end up in Oxfam books which is more £1.99 – £3.99 per book.(Note: I do not begrudge charity shops money and I’m usually very giving, just pretty broke right now and my book addiction isn’t helping!)

    1. I tend to go to Emmaus (, I’m lucky in that there’s a brilliant one in my town. They charge 50p per book for fiction (30p for childrens, which often includes teens too!), £1ish for classics and a little more for history etc, depending on the condition of the book.There’s also an RSPCA, tends to be about £1-£1.50 there, similar with Break (which I think is a fairly new charity shop?).I totally get what you mean – the reason I go to charity shops, apart from supporting a good cause, is for a brilliant bargain. Oxfam books do tend to be more expensive – but when the books are 50p each, I’m much more likely to spend more money.

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