After learning my lesson that I shouldn’t miss out on the first day of book-box sales, I managed to get a bigger and better haul this time around. Since I’d gone on a Thursday, there weren’t a lot of people milling around and I had a peaceful time book hunting.

If you had read about my book haul from a couple months ago, you would know that while I prefer reading fiction on my Kindle, I have this insatiable need to hoard coffee-table books, nonfiction, and other rare editions. To my utmost delight, I struck gold in that regard with some gorgeous coffee-table books from DK (Dorling Kindersley).

Being the Marvel fan that I am, I had been coveting this massive Marvel encyclopedia since I laid eyes on it during last year’s ComicCon and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I dug it out amidst a pile of other huge tomes. This definitive guide to the Marvel Comics features every significant Marvel Comic character with stunning detail and lavish artwork.

The ‘Big Ideas Simply Ideas’ series by DK is something I thoroughly enjoy. As the title suggests, it uses creative design and crisp writing to make complex concepts easier to understand. Having already read The History Book and The Economics Book, I was happy to add The Astronomy Book and The Sports Book to my burgeoning collection.

Another book I’d been tempted to buy on several occasions, this exquisite and definitive guide to the Indian epic put a huge smile on my face. This coffee table book is a must-have for mythology enthusiasts, history buffs, and others interested in Indian culture.

After witnessing the truly amazing shipwreck exhibit at the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore that has to be seen to be believed, I’d become enthralled with shipwrecks. This is yet another DK publication containing richly detailed, full-color photographs of submerged wrecks and their lost cargoes and treasures.

Having enjoyed Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens, I’d been meaning to read his second book as well and I was lucky to get my hands on a Special Collector’s Edition.

This book has been on my TBR for a while and explores a very interesting theme – ‘How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human?’ So, when I saw a hardcover edition, I added it to my box without any hesitation.

Barring biographies of my favorite sports personalities, I seldom read any biographies, with the only exception being Felicia Day’s amazingly ludicrous ‘You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)’. But, I was willing to break my rule to know more about the Indian Prime Minister who opened the Indian economy to the world. Its impressive Goodreads ratings (4.4/5) also made my decision easier.

This thriller from James Patterson is my go-to recommendation for nonbook readers who want a fast-paced thriller. While I already have the e-book on my Kindle, I am planning to use this physical copy to lend to friends and family, who are looking for a quick read.

Another of my favorite thrillers, this was the book that upped the ante in JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series. With the fourth book Lethal White already in my possession, this was a chance to further my Rowling collection.

With a dearth of comicbook books at the sale, I could only find an X-Men comic, loosely based on the X-Men: Evolution animation series.

The Diary of a Wimpy series is my guilty pleasure and I find it (mostly) hilarious. With some extra space available at the end, I didn’t mind adding 3 books from this series.

Having missed out on a bunch of Terry Pratchett’s books at the last sale, I was glad to get a Discworld book, particularly one which I hadn’t read yet.

Lugging the incredibly heavy box was not half as much fun as cramming books into the box, but my grumbling limbs survived the return journey. With this book haul, my bookshelf is now packed to the rafters and can’t really fit any more books. So, I really have to start looking for bookshelves first before splurging on more books.