Monday, July 22, 2013

Garage Sale Book Haul

Since part of the fun of garage sales for me is buying books for super cheap, I thought it would be fun to do occasional reviews of the stories I have bought and read!
Today I am going to review four of the books I bought on my last garage sale hunt. I know it may seem odd to review these old children's books, but those are my favorite books to read!  They are so simple, so innocent, and usually convey a touching message.

"Ruby Holler"

This book was... odd.  It was about twin orphans who were taken from an orphanage by various terrible people who made them live in basements, dig wells, etc.  Finally a sweet old couple comes to adopt the twins, but the twins are often frightened and resentful because of their past.  In the end, the twins learn to trust the old folks, but the book leaves a lot of loose ends and there is no sequel.  Not really sure what the author was thinking at the end of this one... it was as if she got busy with another project or something and just cut things off.  It was just odd lol!

"Because of Winn-Dixie"

This book has been my favorite read so far.  It is about a little girl (Opal) and her father who move to a new town. Opal takes in and becomes friends with a stray dog (Winn-Dixie).  Winn-Dixie and Opal have a special way of reaching out to the old and young alike, and they learn to see the good in people, and that often people who act mean or rude are hurting inside and really just need a friend. I thought this was a touching, simple book with a great message and a really sweet ending.

"Bridge to Terabithia"

This is one I have heard many love, but I had never read it in my childhood years so I wanted to give it a go.  This was probably my least favorite book of this book haul...  it has a really sad ending and the children in this book were different than Opal in Winn-Dixie, who reached out to older and younger people and learned to help those who made fun of her.  I had hoped this book was more about the children's adventures in Terabithia, but there really was not much about that at all.

"Charlotte's Web"

This was a fun book!  I remember watching the movie over and over as a child, but I had never had the privilege of reading the book.  From what I remember, the book is really similar to the movie.  I thought this was a wonderful book that teaches about life and friendship through the eyes of a runt pig and a mannerly spider.

There you have it, my review!  I had a blast reading these books and I can't wait to finish the others I bought and to go out and find more!!  Have you read any of these books in your childhood?  Any likes or dislikes?

7 comments:

  1. I love Charlotte's Web but my favorite in your picture is Little Women. I read it every couple of years.

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    1. And p.s. I always buy old books at garage sales and antique stores. Even if I already have the same book at home!

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    2. Haha that sounds like me!! I am excited to read Little Women again as well... it has been a long time since I read through it last.

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  2. I love buying books from garage sales! They are so cheap it's hard not to buy them. My most recent purchases were White Oleander and Memoirs of a Geisha for something like $.50! I have yet to get into them yet, but they are waiting for me :)

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    1. Awesome deal!! I know, I just love it. Just take a few quarters and you have your reading list for months. My kind of guilt-free shopping right there!

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  3. We own most of the books in your photo. Since we own hundreds of kids' books, it's really not surprising. :) With the big kids, we'd read a book together, one chapter at a time, and at the end, we'd watch the movie to go with it. It's amazing how many good books are made into good movies. Charlotte's Web is one of the best, both to read and to watch.

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    1. It is! I loved that movie when I was younger and I really want to see it again. I really like the idea of you reading through a book together with your kids. I need to make a note of that for future reference! :)

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