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Second Hand Challenge

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The second hand challenge is something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while now, but just haven’t had the time. What you do is, you go into a charity shop, or in my case, more than one, with £10 and see what you can get. This was so much fun, and the amount of books I came out with was amazing! I didn’t even spend my full £10 budget and I came out with several books that I can’t wait to read.



The first charity shop I went into, I came out with one book. The Time Travellers Wife. I’d heard of this one before, but never really considered reading it. However, when I saw it on the shelf for only 50p, I decided to give it ago. After all, even if I don’t end up enjoying it much, it’s not like I’ve spent a small fortune on it!

The next charity shop I went into, I came out with a few more books. I spent quite a while in this one browsing their selection of books. There were just so many, I wish I had taken a photo of their shelves, but I was far too busy. The Roanoke Girls is one I’ve wanted to read for a while now, so I was so happy to find it for only 50p! I know eventually I would’ve caved and spent the £4 on it in Tesco, so I saved myself £3.50! Room is another that I’ve been considering reading, so I couldn’t pass it up when I found it for 50p. The last two, I hadn’t heard of before, but they intrigued me so I decided to give them a go.


This next charity shop provided me with my two favourite finds! Villette by Charlotte brontë, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. They were £1 each, which I thought was amazing. I already have The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, but it’s paperback and not nearly as beautiful as this edition, so I couldn’t leave it sat in a charity shop! I love the classics, and I can’t wait to get around to reading these two.


The final book I picked up was The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet. This one caught my eye because I’d seen some people in the book community saying how good it was, so I decided to give it ago. It was 50p, and I love the cover!

I finished this trip with eight new books, and having spent only £5, half of my budget! I’d definitely recommend doing this, not only did I get some amazing new books for practically peanuts, but it was really fun. I know that my cousin, who I dragged along with me, got a bit annoyed when I was taking what she called an ‘eternity’ to pick my books, so I’d recommend taking someone with a bit more patience! This is definitely something that I plan to do again in the future.

-Books&Belle xx


36 thoughts on “Second Hand Challenge

  1. I have been looking for a challenge to do up on the blog and this one is pretty good. Just need to find some charity shops near me.
    I really like The Time Travelers wife and I love the Brontë sisters so you are in good company there.
    I can’t make out what the other two classic looking books are! When I zoom in to read it gets out of focus. 🧐
    Hope you get out of the reading slump and enjoy the books💜

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  2. Wow this looks so much fun and a lot of bargains too! The Time Travellers Wife is one of my favourite books of all time so I hope that you enjoy t! x

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  3. This challenge sounds brilliant, definitely going to have to give it a go sometime soon. Absolutely love charity shop book hunting! You got some great bargains, especially The Roanoke Girls, I had this for Christmas but haven’t started it yet. 🙂


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