Two Fridays ago, on the night before I went to the Twin Cities Book Festival, I decided to stop at Half-Price Books to see if they had any of the books I wanted, and I ended up walking out with all three! (And even better- the price of them all fit on my gift card) The books I bought were Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins and The Young Elites by Marie Lu- both of them new books I wanted to read, had pretty covers, and whose authors I meet the following day.
The third book I bought was the last book of the Heroes of Olympus series and the last book relating to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.
The Percy Jackson series was the main thing that me and my friends were obsessed with in Middle School. I actually got into them right after The Last Olympian came out (so I got to read straight through without any year long breaks) and I absolutely loved them. They inspired a love of Mythology, and after reading them I devoured any greek mythology retelling books I could get my hands on. I was thrilled when a second series was announced, and while I haven’t loved Heroes of Olympus as much as I did the original series, the release of this conclusion is just as exciting and sad as the end of any beloved series could be. (Hopefully it’ll do better than the end of the Artemis Fowl, Animorphs and Sisters Grimm series did…)
My next books came from a Wednesday afternoon trip to the Red Ballon Bookshop. The first book, My True Love Gave to Me, is what I went to the bookstore for, and is a holiday short story compilation with stories written by some of my favorite authors including Ally Carter, David Levithan and many others. The book itself is just as beautiful in person as I thought it would be, with it’s holiday themed font work and whimsical illustrations.
Plus, look at these cute little author bios on the back flap!
The second book I bought was Illusive by Emily Lloyd Weber. It’s a superpower themed book with a thief for a main character, (easily combining two of my favorites themes in books) and I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time, so I was thrilled to find the store’s last one sitting on a 15% off table.
Also, because it was the last one, I also got the bookstore’s sweet little (handwritten) recommendation card with it. I really love that both these books look wonderful both with dust covers and without them.
Well, that’s it for this book haul! Did you buy any good- or at least very pretty books lately?