Charity Shop purchases

As I dropped off a couple of books to my local charity shop I couldn't resist having a little look at the shelf to see if anything stood out. When books are 50p each or 3 for £1 I just can't seem to help myself. Their selection isn't hugely varied, it's mostly crime novels that have found their way there because my mother reads a lot of them, but this time I found a couple of gems.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli | **
The neon pink cover initially caught my attention and I vaguely recognised the title so I thought I would give it a go. It's undoubtedly a sweet little book about being different, how changing yourself to fit in probably won't work out, and how being more accepting of people's quirks can teach you completely new ways of seeing the world. I flew through it, and I can see why it's fairly popular with its simple prose and nice message, but it's not one of my favourite young adult/children's books. I love children's books, but I've read a few incredible ones in recent years so I think I just have ridiculously high expectations, which is probably a little unfair.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne | **
I'm not sure how I managed it, but I made it to my mid twenties without reading this book. I feel like everyone has either read it or seen the film, but beyond the basic premise I had absolutely no idea what it was about. The message is an important one and I appreciate what Boyne was trying to do, but I'm not convinced it was as effective as it could have been.
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
This is a novel I know very little about and I suppose that's a decision I've consciously made. I've heard a lot of wonderful things about Zadie Smith as a writer and got the impression that there's a very good chance I'll adore her work, so I've avoided any detailed reviews of her novels. Not knowing what to expect from a book and just opening it at the first page & seeing where it takes me is one of my favourite things. All I know is that this is the story of two North London families, the Joneses and the Iqbals, and themes of friendship, love, cultural identity and hope.

Do you enjoy perusing the book shelves in charity shops? 



  1. I love looking for books in charity shops but it's a bit hit and miss! I think I may have read Stargirl a few years ago? I'm not sure, it looks really familiar! xx


    1. Definitely very hit and miss, it's fun to have a rummage through though! xo

  2. Oh no, I'm sad to hear that you didn't love Stargirl. I read it when I was about ten years old and it was really influential for me at the time. My love for it hasn't dwindled, even as I've grown older.Finding absolute gems in Op Shops is one of my favourite things to do. x

  3. The message that stayed with me from Stargirl is totally different to the books synopsis so I'll be interested to reading again someday and seeing how it sits with me as adult. I've been seriously considering purchasing this for many years too! Your book haul looks brilliant, it's so good to discover value second hand books.Mel

  4. I love charity shops for books! The Oxford Book shop in Berkhamsted where my parents still live is a little treasure trove. Every time I visit I go there with my mama and stock up on bargains.
    I have to say I hated hated HATED The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas. It just felt like Boyd knew that the two things that make money are sad children and the holocaust and so he smooshed the two together with zero fact checking or respect for the truth of what happened and sat back to watch the money roll in. I won't rant. I could but I won't.

    I loved Stargirl as a little girl, I read it at maybe eleven and it was a great little read that really cemented the belief for me that it's better to be yourself and alone than to change to be accepted. I can definitely see that reading it in your twenties wouldn't have the same effect though.

    Bella x


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