Budget-Friendly Book Haul

One of my favorite places in NYC that I love to visit is in Union Square. It is a place that everyone should visit at least once in their life. In my case, it has been a reoccurring visit, and I’m not complaining. Whenever I take a trip to this special place, I consider it to be my version of heaven. It is literally a place filled with books. Books inside and outside of the store. 98% of the time, I only go to this bookstore just to check out the books they have placed on carts outside. There are over seven carts filled with used books that originally cost about $16 and up. I would tell you the exact amount of carts the bookstore has outside, but the majority of the time I am too mesmerized to have given it much thought.

This wonderful place is *imaginary drum roll*









Photo Credit: Strand Bookstore’s Instagram

Does this photo look familiar? It should!

This is where I took the photograph on the About Me section of my blog. At the time that I took my photo, the bookstore was closed for the night, and the carts must have been moved indoors. Although, I would have loved to take more photographs that night, with the carts next to me.










Here are the books that I picked up at the Strand Bookstore. Normally, I like to check out the carts outside of the store before I go inside. In those amazing carts, I have found many hidden gems. From NYT Best Sellers to ARC copies, all for two dollars or less.

Some of the previous copies I have found were:

  1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  2. The Hunger Games (All Three Books) by Suzanne Collins
  3. Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
  4. The Tipping Point by Malcolm

and many more exciting titles!


  1. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

I found this book for the price of $1, which by the way is amazing. I was extremely shocked to find this in one of the carts. The moment I laid my eyes on it, I reached down for it so fast. There has been a lot of praise for this memoir, and after reading the first ten pages, I can see why. I love the way that Albom developed the book. Once you open this book up yourself, you’ll understand.


2. Real Talk for Real Teachers by Rafe Esquith

I felt drawn to this book mainly because I may consider taking a path to becoming a teacher. Reading books on how to improve myself as an educator is something that I plan on doing from here on out.





3. History of Literature in English by Ronald Carter and John McRae

This was the book that I felt as an English major, I needed in my life. Besides, if I am going to be claiming the title of an English major, I should make sure I know everything I can about the history of English Lit. This book cost me a $1, so it did not hurt me one bit to bring it home to the family.





4. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

This book has been a part of my TBR for so long. I have yet to watch the Netflix version of #GIRLBOSS, but I am sure once I finish reading the book, I’ll be all for it. Any book that can help me grow as a woman is deeply appreciated and welcome to my book collection.





On top of all these great books, I picked up…

Some buttons!

If you’re a book lover like I am, you’ll love buttons. Strand Bookstore has many of these cute, adorable and outstanding buttons for a great price of $1.25. As I wrote that, I laughed at myself because it sounded like I was advertising them, which I’m not. The bookstore offers so many great things besides books that I can’t wait to go back and spend more.


By the way, the total for this entire trip adds up to just $8.25 excluding tax.

Visiting this bookstore is so much more than an educational experience. The staff has a great way of making you feel like you belong here, bookworm or not. If you’re just starting out in the book world, this is the perfect place for you to step into. It may be overwhelming at first because of the millions of books around you. But take that feeling and turn it into inspiration, for you to read as many books as you possibly can.

Before you go, make sure to check out my recent blog post, Summer Reading Challenge.

Until next time,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.