2016 Book Haul and Used Book Buying Tips

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My hobby is used book collecting and this has been a massive book buying year for me. It’s amazing that I’ve bought so many, because I live in a non-English speaking country.

For anyone else living overseas, here’s where I find used books.

  1. http://www.betterworldbooks.com – Better World Books offers free shipping to a lot of countries. The prices on new books are very high however, so I only use them for used books that are on sale. In addition, the books can take several months to arrive, depending on your location.
  2. http://www.bookdepository.com – Book Depository also offers free international shipping and the prices for new books are highish, but reasonable. Faster shipping than Better World Books, but can still take over a month or more.
  3. Libraries – We have several English libraries scattered throughout the country. The library closest to me has an ongoing book sale and two yearly sales. Prices are about $1 per book and they have a good selection.
  4. Private book sales – I belong to many mailing lists and I constantly look for books being given away or sold cheap in English speaking neighborhoods.
  5. Yard Sales – Yard sales are a good place to find used books if you live in an English speaking neighborhood. Besides individual sales, a local English speaking organization also has a yearly yard sale for books.
  6. Used Book Stores – There are several English used book stores here and though the prices aren’t rock bottom, I frequently trade in books I’ve gotten for free (see Number 4 above).
  7. Freecycle – Most countries have at least one freecycle or ReUseIt. I don’t use them often but they do occasionally have English books.
  8.  Second Hand Stores – Most countries have an equivalent to Goodwill and the ones in English speaking neighborhoods obviously have English books.
  9. Friends – My friends all know I collect books, so when they have something to get rid of, I’m usually the first person they think of.
  10. Trips To US – Whenever I, my friends or relatives go to the US, I always have at least one book brought back.

As you can see, purchasing used books overseas can be a little time consuming. However, I find the hunt enjoyable. It’s kind of like a scavenger hunt.

Here is what I amassed this year.

Basic Cookbooks

The New York Times Natural Foods Cookbook

Joy of Cooking 1975

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Cooking

The American Century Cookbook

The Essential New York Times Cookbook

The Good Housekeeping Cookbook: 1,039 Recipes

The New Basics Cookbook

The Martha Stewart Cookbook: Collected Recipes

Silver Palate Cookbook

The Best of Gourmet: The World at Your Table

The Bon Appetit Cookbook

The New York Times International Cookbook

Entertaining by Martha Stewart

Julia Child & More Company

The All New Good Housekeeping Cook Book

Martha Stewart Living: Annual Recipes

60 Minute Gourmet

The New York Times International Cookbook

Fannie Farmer Cookbook

New York Times Heritage Cookbook: Over 2,000 Recipes

Sunset Recipe Annual by Sunset Books

Jewish Cookbooks

In the Jewish Tradition

Jewish Holiday Cooking: A Food Lover’s Treasury of Classics

The Flavor Of Jerusalem

Jewish Holiday Cookbook by Greene, Gloria Kaufer

New Jewish Cuisine

Seasoned with Love: Culinary Treasures from the Breman

Not Chopped Liver

New Kosher Cuisine for All Seasons

Jewish Holiday Treats

Shabbat Shalom: Recipes and Menus for the Sabbath

Quick and Kosher

From Our Table To Yours

A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking

Enlightened Kosher Cooking

Jewish Holiday Style

Rika Breuer Teacher’s Seminary Cookbook

The Passover Gourmet

The Low-Fat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook

For The Love Of Cooking

America Cooks Kosher

Jewish Vegetarian Cooking

Sephardic Cooking: 600 Recipes Created in Exotic Sephardic Kitchens

Levana Cooks Dairy-Free!

Jewish Cooking Secrets from Here and Far

Vegetarian/Vegan/Vegetable Cookbooks

Vegetable Love by Kafka, Barbara

Moosewood Restaurant New Classics: 350 Recipes for Favorites

The Uncheese Cookbook by Stepaniak, Joanne

Fields of Greens: New Vegetarian Recipes from the Greens Restaurant

Vegetables by Peterson, James

15-Minute Vegetarian Recipes: 200 Quick, Easy, and Delicious Recipes

Raw Food Made Easy: For 1 or 2 People

Eastern Vegetarian Cooking by Jaffrey, Madhur

Indian Vegetarian Cooking

The Bold Vegetarian Chef: Adventures in Flavor

Vegetarian Express: Easy, Tasty, and Healthy Menus in 28 Minutes

Vegetarian Dishes from Across the Middle East

Appetite For Reduction

Rose Elliot’s Complete Vegetarian Cookbook

Vegetarian Celebrations

Jean Hewitt’s International Meatless Cookbook

Mollie Katzen’s Sunlight Cafe

The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook

The Vegetarian Lunchbasket: Over 225 Easy, Low-Fat Recipes

Recipes From An Ecological Kitchen

International Cookbooks

The cooking of India by Rama Rau, Santha

Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook

Cooking of Provincial France by Fisher, M. F. K.

Cooking of Japan (Foods of the World) by Steinberg, Rafael

Cooking of Italy by Root, Waverley

Latin American Cooking by Leonard, Jonathan N.

Cooking of the Caribbean Islands (Foods of the World) by Wolfe, Linda

Cooking of China by Hahn, Emily

Healthy Cookbooks

Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

Weight Watchers Versatile Vegetarian by Weight Watchers Editors

Weight Watchers Make It in Minutes: Recipes in 15, 20, and 30 Minutes

Light & Tasty Annual Recipes 2004 (Taste of Home)

Taste of Home’s Light & Tasty Annual Recipes 2003

American Heart Association Meals in Minutes Cookbook

The New American Heart Association Cookbook

Other Cookbooks

Real Fast Food: 350 Recipes Ready-To-Eat in 30 Minutes

Pilaf, Risotto, and Other Ways with Rice

The Dumpling Cookbook

Stuffings: 45 International Recipes

50 Best Stuffings and Dressings

Mostly Muffins

Blue Ribbon Winners: America’s Best State Fair Recipes

Great American Favorite Brand Name Cookbook

Six Ingredients or Less

Ice Pops by Shelly Kaldunski

Favorite Restaurant Recipes by Bon Appetit

How to Cook Without a Book

Perfect Pops: The 50 Best Classic & Cool Treats

Southern Heritage Breads Cookbook

The New Woman’s Day Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Every Occasion

Family Circle All-Time Favorite Recipes

Muffins by Alston, Elizabeth

American Cooking : The Eastern Heartland

Candy by Time-Life Books

Junior League Centennial Cookbook

Forum Feasts: The Classic Community Cookbook by Forum School

American Cooking (Foods of the World)

The Best American Recipes

The Best American Recipes 1999

Craft Books

Making Memory Books by Hand

More Making Books by Hand

Home, Paper, Scissors: Decorative Paper Accessories

1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse

Encyclopedia of Origami and Papercraft

Realistic Collage Step by Step

Paper Sculpt Sensation

Paper: Making, Decorating, Designing

Books Unbound

Making Books by Hand: A Step-By-Step Guide


Cardboard Folk Instruments to Make and Play


Eco Craft: Recycle, Recraft, Restyle

Homemaking Books

The Penny-Pinching Hedonist

America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money

The New Food Lover’s Tiptionary

It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff

Penny Pincher’s Almanac: 1,552 Surprising Ideas

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House

Psychology Books

The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest

Innovate Like Edison: The Success System of America’s Greatest Inventor

Your Creative Brain

Make the Most of Your Mind by Buzan, Tony

A Sheep Falls Out of the Tree

The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

One Minute for Yourself by Johnson, Spencer


Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving in

The Mindfulness Solution

Your Memory: How It Works and How to Improve It

Get out of Your Own Way

Psychology and the Challenges of Life: Adjustment and Growth

Eat That Frog

Psychology Applied to Modern Life

Happier at Home

What You Can Change and What You Can’t

Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Well-Being

Better Than Before

Supercoach: 10 Secrets to Transform Anyone’s Life


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

The 9th Wife by Amy Stolls

Snow by Orhan Pamuk

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

The Norton Anthology of Short Stories


Angela’s Ashes

Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness

Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life

My Fair Lazy

The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life

Jewish Books

Too many to mention

Kids Books

The Dangerous Book For Boys

Bonjour, Babar!: The Six Unabridged Classics by the Creator of Babar

A Treasury of Children’s Literature

Pinkalicious: The Princess of Pink Treasury

Activity Books/Writing Prompts

Art Before Breakfast

Everything That Can Happen in a Day by Horvitz, David

The Anti Journal

Nat Geo Action Journal: Talk Like a Pirate, Analyze Your Dreams

The Pointless Book

This Book Will Change Your Life Again!

Tag This!: A Doodle Book by Price Stern Sloan Publishing

This Book Will Change Your Life

Take Ten for Writers: 1000 Writing Exercises to Build Momentum

The Write-Brain Workbook

Other Books

Best Food Writing 2005

You Can Do It!: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls

The Novel Cure

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

Read For Your Life

The Geography of Bliss

Nickel and Dimed

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