January ’18 Half-Price Books Haul

My first book haul of 2018!

One of my favorite places to shop for new-to-me books is Half-Price Books. There’s a store right beside the HomeGoods that I desperately try to stay out of. I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that this particular shopping center is double jeopardy for me.

Today I was able to successfully avoid being pulled in by the alluring home decor; however, the books still beckoned to me. And I answered.

The store was much busier than usual. Did people add “Read more” to their new year’s resolutions for 2018? Whenever I see a lot of people in a bookstore I start to panic thinking about all the great books I may be missing out on!

Cookbooks were on sale for 50% off (I’ve got enough of those), gorgeous 2018 calendars (Cassidy wants puppies though, and all of those were gone), and their clearance sections for both fiction and non-fiction were very healthy.

I was basically in random browse mode, so I casually made my way from Sci-fi/Fantasy to Romance to Mystery to Lit Fiction. By the time I finished browsing, I had some great choices and a crick in my neck from turning my head sideways to read shelved titles. That’s the price we bibliophiles pay to grab that next great read! Here’s what I picked up today…

Broken Monsters
by Lauren Beukes

Something strange is happening in Detroit. Hybrid bodies are turning up, half-animal, half-human. For Detective Gabi Versado, they are the work of a twisted monster who surpasses even ‘Murder City’s’ most brutal criminals.

For failed artist Clayton Broom, they are his greatest work. Life destroyed his dreams, so now he’s found new ones. The question is, can Gabi find him before the person she loves most is drawn into his nightmare?


The Expats The Expats

by Chris Pavone

Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage… and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life and start anew. She reinvents herself as an expat mum, filling her days with play-dates and coffee mornings. Then another American couple arrives and it’s not long before Kate becomes suspicious that these people are not who they say they are, and that her own past is catching up with her.


Something Blue (Darcy & Rachel, #2)Something Blue

by Emily Giffin

Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma.

But Darcy’s neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel White, the plain-Jane “good girl,” steals her fiancé, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life… with a baby on the way.


Big Little LiesBig Little Lies

by Liane Moriarty

A murder… A tragic accident… Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.



 The Cutting SeasonThe Cutting Season

by Attica Locke

The American South in the twenty-first century.

A plantation owned for generations by a rich family.

So much history. And a dead body.





The Rules of MagicThe Rules of Magic

by Alice Hoffman

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. From the start, Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love.


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