Hello everyone! I haven’t thrifted as often this month as I have previous months due to a temporary freelance job that has been taking up my time, but I did still manage to find some pretty great books on the few days that I was able to head out to some thrift shops.
MARCH 2015 THRIFTED BOOKS
V For Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Spiderwick Chronicles 1-4 by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
Crescendo (Hush Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
V For Vendetta
Author: Alan Moore
Illustrator: David Lloyd
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Release Date: October 12th 2005 by Vertigo (first published March 1982)
Page Count: 296
Goodreads Synopsis: “Good evening, London.” It’s nine o’clock and this is The Voice of Fate… It is the Fifth of the Eleventh, Nineteen-Ninety-Seven…”The people of London are advised that the Brixton and Streatham areas are quarantine zones as of today. It is suggested that these areas be avoided for reasons of health and safety…Police raided seventeen homes in the Birmingham area early this morning, uncovering what is believed to be a major terrorist ring. Twenty people, either of them women, are currently in detention awaiting trial…The weather will be fine until 12:07 A.M. when a shower will commence, lasting until 1:30 A.M… Have a pleasant evening.” A frightening and powerful tale of the loss of freedom and identity in a chillingly believable totalitarian world, V for Vendetta stands as one of the highest achievements of the comics medium and a defining work for creators Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Set in an imagined future England that has given itself over to fascism, this groundbreaking story captures both the suffocating nature of life in an authoritarian police state and the redemptive power of the human spirit which rebels against it. Crafted with sterling clarity and intelligence, V for Vendetta brings an unequaled depth of characterization and verisimilitude to its unflinching account of oppression and resistance.
We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Release Date: May 13th 2014
Page Count: 227
Goodreads Synopsis: A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
The Spiderwick Chronicles, Books 1-4.
Author: Holly Black
Illustrator: Tony DiTerlizzi
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Goodreads Synopsis: It all started with a mysterious letter left at a tiny bookstore for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. Its closing lines: “We just want people to know about this. The stuff that has happened to us could happen to anyone.” Little could they imagine the remarkable adventure that awaited them as they followed Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace and a strange old book into a world filled with elves, goblins, dwarves, trolls, and a fantastical menagerie of other creatures. The oddest part is in entering that world, they didn’t leave this one!
Crescendo (Hush Hush #2)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Angels
Release Date: January 1st 2010
Page Count: 427
Goodreads Synopsis: Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever (if that’s possible) and what’s worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar. Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something. If that weren’t enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.
Breakfast of Champions
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Dell Publishing
Genre: Fiction, Classics, Sci-Fi
Release Date: September 23rd 2009 (first published 1973)
Page Count: 302
Goodreads Synopsis: In Breakfast of Champions, one of Kurt Vonnegut’s most beloved characters, the aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. What follows is murderously funny satire, as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth.
Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Genre: Fiction, Classics, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Release Date: Published 1958 (first published 1954)
Page Count: 223
Goodreads Synopsis: Lord of the Flies , William Golding’s classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island, is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, “the boy with fair hair,” and Piggy, Ralph’s chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island’s wild pig population. Soon Ralph’s rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: “He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet.” Golding’s gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition. —Jennifer Hubert
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Middle Grade, Horror, Fantasy
Release Date: Published April 24th 2012 (first published August 4th 2002)
Page Count: 160
Goodreads Synopsis: “Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house. . . .” When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvellous. But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life. Celebrating ten years of Neil Gaiman’s first modern classic for young readers, this edition is enriched with a brand-new foreword from the author, a reader’s guide, and more.
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology
Release Date: January 1st 2005
Page Count: 416
Goodreads Synopsis: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.