May ’18 Goodwill Haul

I realized earlier today that I haven’t scanned the shelves at my local Goodwill store for any new books recently. Since I had to visit the nearby Advance Auto Parts store in order to replace my windshield wipers (we’ve had so much rain lately!), I figured I’d just take a quick look. And, as usual, Goodwill did not disappoint! So, no more yammering. Here is this month’s haul…


Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)Artemis Fowl

by Eoin Colfer

“From a strikingly original new voice in fiction comes the story of Artemis Fowl, a very unusual hero. Artemis combines the astuteness of Sherlock Holmes with the sangfroid of James Bond and the attitude of Attila the Hun, But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories. These fairies are armed and they’re dangerous. Artemis thinks he’s got them just where he wants them, but then they stop playing by the rules…”

Fiction / Fantasy / YA


A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House, #1)A School for Unusual Girls

by Kathleen Baldwin

“After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent away to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible – until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgia and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads – or their hearts.”

Fiction / Historical Fiction /YA


Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline

“In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.”

Fiction / Sci-Fi / Dystopia / YA


The Woman in Cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10

by Ruth Ware

“Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.”

Fiction / Mystery / Suspense


The Thirteenth TaleThe Thirteenth Tale

by Diane Setterfield

“As Vida Winter disinters the life she meant to bury for good, biographer Margaret is mesmerized. It is a tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire. The Thirteenth Tale is a love letter to reading, a book for the feral reader in all of us, a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and that we loved as children. Diane Setterfield will keep you guessing, make you wonder, move you to tears and laughter and, in the end, deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life.”

Historical Fiction / Gothic


Relic (Pendergast, #1)Relic

by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

“Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum’s dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human… But the museum’s directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. 

Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who – or what – is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?”

Fiction / Sci-Fi

*Note: I’ve read Relic more than once, but I had to own it because it introduced me to one of my favorite series of all time, and to one of my favorite book characters of all time – one Aloysius X. L. Pendergast!



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