My Adventures in Half Price Books

Yesterday, in honor of my first
pay day of the summer, I went to my local Half Price Books.

There is something special about being in a used books store, even if it’s a chain one. I love the smells, and seeing people move around looking for “that book”. It’s a really great atmosphere because you don’t get all of loudness and craziness that’s in a new bookstore. For some reason new bookstores seem to all the crazies that used book one just don’t.

So as I was walking around the young adults section guess what I found:


A classic paperback edition box set of the Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Yes, it is one of my favorite series, my mom used to read me the first book, Little House in the Big Woods, all the time, when I was little. I eventually read the whole series and became obsessed.

It along with the Anne of Green Gables series, I think I’ve read almost all of that one, are some of my favorite childhood classics. So to find it was truly a gift, I’m overjoyed because now I can add it to my personal library!!!

The next two books I got were a French cookbook and a vegan sweets cookbook.


I love French cuisine so I thought why not learn how to make more things, I make delicious crepes…maybe I’ll next the next Julia Childs???


As for the vegan sweets, while I am not vegan, my dad used to be, and as a result I grew up eating and cooking vegan. I love vegan sweets, they taste just as good as “normal” sweets (much healthier though), however they are ten times harder to bake (because of the lack of typically used ingredients such as eggs).

I am extremely excited, and once I get the right ingredients I plan on starting and of course sharing my successes (hopefully no failures) with all of you.

I’d love to hear any stories you have about bookstore adventures, baking, cooking, etc…below 🙂

Whimsically Yours,


10 thoughts on “My Adventures in Half Price Books

  1. I’m a total fan of HPB. They opened their first store in Cleveland probably about 20+ years ago and I was the first customer in the store. 🙂 I also eat mostly vegan and have picked up some good cookbooks there over the years. I love books!!!

  2. If only I wasn’t so allergic to used bookstores! 🙂 I always leave sneezing and rubbing my eyes but if my body would cooperate, I would live in one. So if you grew up cooking vegan, what were your family’s favorite go-to vegan recipes?

    • I understand that I get allergies in bookstores depending on how old and dusty the books are.
      My favorite recipe is our vegan cornbread recipe, it is so sweet and amazing. I would share it but I’ve never seen it, it’s my dads recipe. He’s always the one who makes it…I just see the end product.

    • Also we make some pretty good shakes, no recipe, we just make them randomly. A lot of the dishes we used to make when my dad was vegan had tofu in them, I’ve never really liked tofu but his eggplant & tofu dish is amazing.

      And my personal favorite: my vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe.

      I’m trying to start baking and cooking vegan because, first of all I mostly only eat fish with some chicken and turkey. And also my dad doesn’t write down any of his recipes so the only way I can learn is by trial and error.

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