Mid-October Thrift Book Haul | 2022 ♡

Hey, everyone! This is Q’Zion and welcome to The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen. Yes, yes I am posting a second bookish post, this week. But I decided to spice things up by posting something that I’ve never done before: a book haul! This month, I’ve already got 8 new books! I don’t know about you guys, but for me, that’s a lot for only half a month!

My favorite place to buy thrift books, which are awesome if you are on a budget, is Goodwill. Before last week, it had been about 2 1/2 years since we’d last stopped by, since we didn’t want to buy any pre-used items during COVID-19. But now that the virus appears to be subsiding, me and Goodmommy (my grandmother and guardian) figured that it’s a good time to start again! So, without further ado, here’s all the books I’ve received this month!

  • Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel by Diana Lopez

I stumbled upon this one by just browsing a large bookshelf in a thrift store. And of course, the bright colors were quick to catch my attention. I had never heard of this author or book before, but when I looked at the back and saw that 1) It’s a contemporary Christian novel and 2) It had a super interesting plot; the protagonist’s mother was diagnosed with cancer, I was immediately sold.

  • Savvy by Ingrid Law

I don’t think any fan of fantasy middle grade books would reject this novel. As soon as I saw the striking cover art of Savvy, I knew that it would be a book that I would like. It’s about a girl named Mibs, short for Mississippi, who is about to turn thirteen and earn her “savvy,” which is a superpower that is earned by each member of her family on their 13th birthday. I can’t wait to get into this one; it’s seems like such a good read!

  • Better with Butter by Victoria Piontek

To be honest, by the title of this book, you’d think it’d be about food lol. But I was pleasantly surprised to see a little baby goat on the front. This cute novel is about a girl with anxiety who learns to face her fears when fate leads her to a little baby goat, whom she names Butter. There’s something about books involving cute animals that makes them so tempting to read. I hope this book is as good as it is adorable.

  • Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita

Books that take place in the summer are always so refreshing…even when it’s not actually summertime. And they’re almost always the most colorful, so that’s always a plus. But from the start, this vibrant novel seemed like such a blast–and the plot about a teenage girl becoming a CIT at a summer camp to avoid being a third wheel with her best friend’s new boyfriend and some subtopics like friendship seemed pretty promising. I’m looking forward to giving this one a shot.

  • The Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin

Believe it or not, I actually found this book at Dollar Tree. There is so much going on in this cover art… but I actually kind of liked it. The art style almost reminds me of Gordon Korman’s novels–especially the cute banana peel. I actually started this one about a week ago, and while it was pretty confusing at the beginning–kind of like the cover–it’s growing on me the more I read it. So, keep looking out for my review on this book throughout the next few weeks.

  • Scat by Carl Miaasen

The first thing that caught my attention about this novel was the name. Scat. To be honest, that within itself seems like a pretty odd name for a book. Then, when I read the synopsis the first thing I could think of was the word “quirky.” It looks like this will be such a strange, yet fun book. And I can’t wait to read what this story has up its sleeve!

  • Chicken Noodle Soup for the Teenage Soul I by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kerberger

It’s very rare that I read a book that’s not fiction, but this popular classic became an exception when Goodmommy brought it to my attention. Chicken Noodle Soup is an entire, Christian based, self-help series filled with a bunch of inspirational short stories and poems sent by either teenagers and/or adults—depending on the target age group—about their personal life experiences, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. And better yet, they have a book(s) for parents, college students, Christians, kids, dog lover’s, teachers, etc. so there’s really a book in this series for everyone. But of course, I got the teenage version. I’ve already read 1 1/2 of the 8 sections, and I’m already loving it!

  • Chicken Noodle Soup for the Teenage Soul II by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kerberger

Surpise! Turns out, we were able to spot the second edition to this trilogy in the Chicken Soup series. To be honest, I could not be more thrilled–and tempted to get the third book, plus a version specifically for Christian teens, to complete my collection lol.

  • Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, and Marci Shimoff.

Double surprise! God surely provides us with what we need; and apparently Goodmommy needed a Chicken Soup book, too. It’s so awesome to see her expanding her book collection, as well. In fact, I think my bookish ways are starting to rub off on her. Whether or not Goodmommy is turning into a bookworm, I’m glad to see her buying new books. Besides, this one practically screams her name with the design!


From now on, I just might make book hauls a monthly (or half-a-monthly) tradition on my blog. This was so much fun! Also, I would love to know if YOU like shopping for thrift books in the comments. If you do, what’s your favorite place to get them? But if not, what book format do you prefer (brand new physical books, eBooks, audiobooks, etc.?)

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! God bless you all, and I’ll catch you later! Bye, for now! ♡

A day at the bookstore + book haul | Go Out With Me #4

Hey, everybody! Happy wonderful Wednesday! ♡

You guys probably already know that I’ve been wanting to go to a bookstore for the LONGEST of time. However, on most days Goodmommy had to work, I was too tired, or we just felt like staying at home (since we’re major homebodies lol.)

But since Goodmommy didn’t have to work today and we were already out of the house so that I could complete my last end of the year test, Goodmommy figured that it would be the perfect day to stop by–and I completely agreed.

As soon as we stepped inside, I was absolutely in awe…it felt like I was in a book paradise. What I really like about Barnes and Nobles is their variety in the selections. They have all genres that vary from classic Fiction to Romance, Sci-Fi, Manga, Autobiographies, Graphic Novels and more! Seriously though, you name a genre, I’m 98.5% sure that they’ve got it!

I really loved how much they had to accommodate all types of readers, regardless of their preferred genre or age. At some point, it can be hard to choose the actual book that you want with so many choices. But hey, I’m not complaining.

What made me even more excited is that they had so much more inventory than just books. There were also a wide collection of board games and jigsaw puzzles. Since I absolutely adore solving puzzles, I was extremely tempted to get one for myself. But I held off from it…for today, at least.

Pretty close by was this section called “Book Annex” which seemed to be a lot of notebooks, journals, or “daily devotion” books about prayer, sermons, or self care. Me and Goodmommy both really liked this section, and I ended up purchasing one for each of us, since I was able to afford it with my gift card. I’ll show you which two those were at the end.

And get this, they even had a buttload of art supplies, from pencils, to pens–both for calligraphy and basic notetaking–to paints. As an artist, seeing all the beautiful supplies on the shelves got me really excited.

Eventually we went into the “Young Readers Section” just to see what they had in that decent-sized section of the bookstore. I was pleasantly surprised to be met with many of the books that had a substantial part in shaping my love for reading, including Junie B. Jones, Amelia Bedelia, Magic Treehouse, Nancy Clancy, etc. Overall, I got a lot of elementary school nostalgia.

Although I really enjoyed seeing some of my favorite childhood characters, I eventually went into the more age-appropriate section of chapter books and graphic novels. Overall, I found so many great reads–some of which I already have in my collection.

I honestly think that there were so many great books that I didn’t look at today, but this was an absolutely stellar–and very well anticipated–trip to Barnes and Nobles, and I am so thankful to God, and to Goodmommy, for allowing us to look around and have some fun together. Hopefully we’ll be able to come again once or twice throughout summer break.

Oh, and you know that I had to take a picture of my outfit, one we got home. Selfies are always mandatory.

Okay, so I obviously didn’t want to leave you guys hanging. It’s time to show you what I actually bought. Considering that it’s been a little while since I added some more literature to my large collection, I am extremely blessed to be able to purchase these for me and my Goodmommy to enjoy. Let’s get into the haul!

I don’t know if I ever gave you all an update, but I read Little Women in December, and I absolutely loved it! Therefore, as soon as I saw the names Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy on the cover of this graphic novel, I knew that I had to have it. I really appreciated the added diversity. It’s basically a modernized version of the original novel, and so far it looks really awesome!
You guys know that I’m a huge lover of MG (middle grade) fantasy novels. The beautiful art on this cover (and the description) both looked really promising. Right after I checked the online reviews–which were filled with positive feedback–I decided to give this chapter book a try. And I’m super glad I did. From the short excerpt I read, it seems like such a fun adventure that I can’t wait to dive into! Get ready for some upcoming book reviews.
I’m a very huge fan of writing, both digitally and on paper. So, I ended up choosing this simple purple journal with this minimalistic–but super cute–cover art. I did say that I wanted to begin journaling, this summer, so I’m quite sure this will help me check that off of my bucket list.
Finally, here is the journal that I got for Goodmommy. And I’m super glad that I was able to, since not only does she do so much for me, but this book has her name all over it! Each two pages have different sections for notetaking during church sermons. It has a section to list the speaker, the main points of the teaching, your takeaways, a prayer, and what you are grateful for, with several Bible verses sprinkled in between. If there was more than one of these at the bookstore, I may have gotten one for myself. But, I know that this one was meant for Goodmommy.

As you can tell by this post, me and Goodmommy had such an awesome time, today. I’m super excited to make many more everlasting memories with my family over the next couple months; I know that much fun is up ahead. I truly am very blessed.

Have a beautiful and blessed day everybody! See you next time! ♡