November Library Hop | Book and Blu-ray Haul

Sunday 17 November 2019

A few years ago my wife and I discovered that our local library has a room where they sell books people donated. It wasn't long after that discovery that we also discovered that libraries having books for sale was just a thing. So every few months or so we go on a library hop where we pick an area and make our rounds, buying up all the books we want. Seeing as the books are normally .50 cents for a paper back and 1 dollar for a hardback, this is why we have more books than we could possibly read but also, still have money for living. So what did this latest hop around the Santa Cruz County libraries bring? Here's the results.

The Movies

Movies are rare in library sales. Blu-ray's are almost unheard of. If I do see them they're usually ex-library copies that that some augmented cover to have the library's name on it and the info on the back is so cramped that it's unreadable. Sometimes though I do luck out and this was one of those trips.


This is a film from 2015 starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain), Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Naomie Harris (Skyfall) and rapper 50 Cent. The premise is familiar for those who like movies about boxers or fighters. A champion must fight not only in the ring but in his personal life as he fights to get his daughter and back revive his career.

Brawl In Cell Block 99

This stars Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), and Don Johnson (Miami Vice). In this, Vince Vaughn plays Bradley, a former boxer turned drug mule after his life starts to fall apart. This life of crime lands him in jail where he's forced to commit horrid acts of violence just to stay alive.

The Books

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

If you've never seen a Playaway, it's an audiobook but all you need is a pair of headphones and a battery. I can understand why people would get these out of the library, but I don't see the point of purchasing them... unless I can get one for 2 bucks. This book is about Will Grayson and how he meets Will Grayson. These two Wills have two totally different lives that intertwine into one book.

The Xanth Series bu Piers Anthony

The Xanth Series is by legendary fantasy author Piers Anthony (aka Piers Xanthony) and it's 42 books long. I have never read this series but I know I wanted to give it a try. When I saw the 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th book on sale for 50 cents each. I bought them even though the only other book I have from the series is the first book A Spell for Chameleon. The world of Xanth is an enchanted magical land that has served as the setting for a series of books that started back in 1977. You can tell by the titles of these books that Anthony has fun with them. Maybe not so much with Centaur Aisle or Dragon on a Pedestal, but Night Mare and Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn. Are quite punny.

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente

Author Catherynne M Valente is one of those authors I haven't read yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll end up loving. I already own her book Space Opera, so when I saw this, I jumped at it. This is a book of short stories revolving around six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes. This was written in response to females in comic book stories that have been "refrigerated." In reference to Alexandra DeWitt, girlfriend of Green Lantern Kyle Rayner who was murdered and stuffed in a refrigerator.

Deception Point by Dan Brown

Remember when Dan Brown was popular? Remember when he wrote The Da Vinci Code, then people read Angels & Demons and realized it was a better book? This was the book he wrote before The Da Vinci Code right before he exploded and fizzled out. Okay, I'm sorry. That's rude. He still has his fans. But he had exploded to national fame where people outside of the book community knew his name. Well this book is about NASA finding a rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice. Intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton and academic Michael Tolland are sent to investigate but what they find my be more than they ever thought.

That was the last of my library sale haul. Have you read any of these? I'd love to know your thoughts on any of the titles I picked up. I'd love to know either way. If I should pick them up right now or if I should toss them faster than a greased up bullet.

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