Way back at the beginning of June, Chris brought me to the Big Fancy Fundraiser Book Sale that is farther than I can drive myself unless I want to spend an hour in transit each way going around the cities. I had more time than I did last year -- over 2 hours, comfortably -- plus I didn't wait until the last day, so I had all the time in the world to browse the young adult section. I cleaned the hell up on 90s-and-earlier teen/juvenile paperbacks, just like I dreamed of doing last year.
They were all so small! And compact! Surely they would take up no room at all on my overflowing shelves, I said, as I greedily and giddily tumbled book after book into my bag, grabbing old titles from my high school reading lists to review (ones that have so little info on Amazon/Goodreads it's hard to even tell what they're about), and occasionally even books I'm excited to own.
- Battlecry Forever! - Joanna Cambell (IT'S KINDA LIKE THOROUGHBRED but a standalone - I think I've read it but either way, horse book)
- The Brightest Light - Colleen O'Shaughnessy McKenna (90s contemporary, read & don't remember it)
- The Callender Papers - Cynthia Voight (historical mystery? read & don't remember it)
- Dancing on the Edge - Han Nolan (contemporary; read & remember just enough to know I don't want to keep it, but it bugs me that I can't remember enough to explain its plot or write a Goodreads review)
- Eight Keys - Suzanne LaFleur (I've been wanting to read this and local libraries don't have it)
- Four Miles to Pinecone - Jon Hassler (we did a unit on this in 6th grade. Totally unforgettable story. Super-thin little book. Which is probably how I accidentally bought two copies. At the same time.)
- Jane Gibbs, "Little Bird That Was Caught" - Anne E. Neuberger (Native American/pioneers; read & don't remember it)
- Just Horses - Margot Page, in a compact gift size edition, which is perfect! I love this photoessay book SO MUCH. [edit: wait wait wait, Barnes & Noble. What do you mean "abridged and condensed them"?! NO! Ugh. Fine, then I'll have to replace this someday I guess.]
- Junkett - Anne H. White (vintage dog story I've always wanted to read. copy is in rough shape, though...)
- The Last Trip of the Magi - Michael Lorinser (self-published, signed, but mostly I just want to read it, because winter survival...maybe? looking at it more carefully it seems like Christian allegory and maybe a surefire read-and-release)
- Sea Pup - Archie Binns (WHAT'S THIS? AN EX-LIBRARY 1950s JUVENILE NOVEL WITH A SEAL ON THE COVER? SOLD)
- The Secret in the Old House - Judith St. George (what a fun looking mystery! former title The Chinese Puzzle of Shag Island, which sounds slightly, just slightly, extremely dirty and possibly about orgies so I can see why they changed it)
- The Tormentors - Lynn Hall (I FINALLY SCORED A LYNN HALL. Unfortunately, turns out it's very boring and I'm debating not even keeping it.) [edit: boom! donated]
- Winners - Mary-Ellen Lang Collura (horse/modern Native American book; read & don't remember it)