Thrifty Thursday (3/3)

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(Graphic made by Julianne @ Outlandish Lit)

Join me after the jump!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Thrifty Thursdays!

The rules are simple and are as follows:

1. Each week’s link-up will be posted on Thursday.

2. Post or talk about a book you found used (preferably in a book store or thrift shop).

3. The book must cost less than $5.

4. Return for the link-up!


Ideally, we all would be exploring authors, books, and genres that we never would have considered otherwise. Some of us may find new favorites. Others may just find some laughs. Either way, we’d be supporting independent booksellers who are the backbone of what we do as bloggers. Of course, these books cost money, and posting each week isn’t required, though you’re certainly welcome to do so.

My pick for this week?


A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes

Cost: $3.97

Total saved thus far compared to new prices: $92.17

Where did I get it? eBay. eBay. eBay.


The Book: I know nothing about it. The name caught my attention, the cover looked pretty good, and the plot on the back of the book seemed interesting enough. The promise of the title was enough to goad me into spending the $4 it cost to add it to my library. Well worth it no matter how it turns out.

Per Amazon:

A revisionist view of Noah’s Ark, told by the stowaway woodworm. A chilling account of terrorists hijacking a cruise ship. A court case in 16th-century France in which the woodworm stand accused. A desperate woman’s attempt to escape radioactive fallout on a raft. An acute analysis of Gericault’s “Scene of Shipwreck.” The search of a 19th-century Englishwoman and of a contemporary American astronaut for Noah’s Ark. An actor’s increasingly desperate letters to his silent lover. A thoughtful meditation on the novelist’s responsibility regarding love. These and other stories make up Barnes’s witty and sometimes acerbic retelling of the history of the world. The stories are connected, if only tangentially, which is precisely Barnes’s point: historians may tell us that “there was a pattern,” but history is “just voices echoing in the dark; . . . strange links, impertinent connections.” Fascinating reading from the author of Flaubert’s Parrot , but not for those wanting conventional plot. – Barbara Hoffert, “Library Journal”

Sounds pretty weird, no? Let’s take a walk through world history and see what happens.

What have you picked up on the cheap lately?


2 thoughts on “Thrifty Thursday (3/3)

  1. This sounds so great, but I’m being really judgmental about it because of the author. I disliked ‘A Sense of an Ending’ immensely and I’m assuming the author of this book is the same Julian Barnes. His writing just did not sit well with me. I’ll be interested to see your thoughts on this one anyway – maybe you can change my mind about him.


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