Thrifty Thursday #1: The Wild Shore

Thrifty Thursday #1: The Wild Shore

Thursday, April 23, 2015

First for a little update. You may have noticed that my blog was completely gutted and redesigned! Yay! I started this project on a whim last night. At first I was about to buy a $5 premade template, but as I was looking at them, I was like "nah, I can figure this out." So that's what I did. It was a fun/very frustrating way to stay up until 3 am. AND I added disqus, so commenting and comment notifications will be much less horrible! I hope you guys like it.

Ok, back to the topic at hand. I know it's a little late in the day to be doing a Thursday post, but I was sick all day. Because of that, I may or may not have drank an entire 2 liter of ginger ale. To be fair, I knocked over a full glass in my sleepy stupid. Ginger ale is medicine AND hardwood floor polish, right?

Thrifty Thursday is a meme started by my friend Sal over at Motion Sick Lit. He is like my weird fiction muse. He always has a good recommendation for me that I've NEVER heard of. And he's really good at analyzing writing too. He's a new book blogger, so check him out!

The idea of Thrifty Thursday: each week you link up a used book you get for (preferably) under $5. Grabbing a book you've never heard of is encouraged. It's a cool way to support local shops and maybe find a new favorite book. Since I love judging books by their covers, this is just the activity for me.

THE BOOKSTORE: Bucket O' Blood

This is one of my all time favorites in Chicago. If you're anywhere near Logan Square, you MUST check out Bucket O' Blood. It's a used bookstore AND record store. They sell sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and some literary fiction. So obviously it was made for me. Everything is super cheap and it's hard not to find something fun to bring home.

THE BOOK: The Wild Shore by Kim Stanley Robinson

Do you see that? Do you see that on the cover? It's a blurb from Ursula K. Le Guin. "There's a fresh wind blowing in The Wild Shore." That's ALL I NEED. But also that cover is super nice. And I've heard of Kim Stanley Robinson's science fiction before, but hadn't actually read anything. So I took the plunge! Here's what it's about:

2047: For the small Pacific Coast community of San Onofre, life in the aftermath of a devastating nuclear attack is a matter of survival, a day-to-day struggle to stay alive. But young Hank Fletcher dreams of the world that might have been, and might yet be--and dreams of playing a crucial role in America's rebirth.

Sounds cool, right? I don't read a lot of dystopians/utopians anymore, but I'm very intrigued by this imagining of an alternate history of America. And it's a trilogy, so if I REALLY like it, there's more where that came from!

I couldn't even feel guilty about buying it.  

Thanks for hosting this, Sal!

What cheap books have you picked up recently? Tell me about your favorite used bookstore!


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