Free books (and other stuff)

Books! Free to a good home. Let me know if you want any of these.

Also a couple of Blu-rays, a couple of DVDs, some VHS tapes, and some board- and card games. (At the end of this post.)

This list contains a total of about 230 items, as of August 26, 2023.

Almost everything here has spent at least a couple weeks in my Little Free Library, so don’t worry that you would be taking something away from someone else who might want it. These items fill an entire bookcase in my house, so you would be doing me a favor by taking them off my hands.

I edit this page to remove items as they’re claimed and to add new items over time.

If you prefer, you can view this list as a spreadsheet, but that spreadsheet includes some unredacted NSFW words. It’s also not as nicely formatted as the text version on this page.

Provenance and recommendations

About 80% of these were donated to my Little Free Library; some of the others were my father’s; some are books that Kam is giving away; some are books or other items that I no longer want, or that I have duplicates of.

The only ones that I can personally recommend (in the sense of saying that I like them) are the few that I’m only giving away because I have a duplicate. I haven’t read (and know nothing about) most of the books on this list; and of the ones that I have read or (more often) skimmed or glanced over in passing, I didn’t like most of them enough to keep them. (But you may love them! Different people have different tastes.)

So I’m sorry to say that I can’t give recommendations.


Alphabetical by author’s or editor’s last name (or by relevant magazine title). Separated into groups for ease of scanning.

MMPB means “mass market paperback.” Sf means “speculative fiction”—which is to say, science fiction or fantasy.

Most of the books on the list are in fair to good condition, but some have soot-damaged covers. If you want more info about anything here, just ask.

Links for speculative fiction books go to ISFDB. Links for other books mostly go to Goodreads or the Doghouse book database. In all cases, the links may not show the same edition or the same cover as the version of the book that I’m giving away.

I’ve included my best guess about genre for on some of these books, but I could be wrong about those. If you’re looking for a particular topic or genre or type of book, like travel or dog or mystery or memoir or nonfiction, try searching in this page.

Note: Some of the book titles listed here are marginally NSFW. I’ve rot-13ed those titles. Some of the content of some of the books is also NSFW, but I haven’t marked those books.


Flowers in the Attic, by V. C. Andrews (MMPB)
A Woman in Berlin, by Anonymous (Trade Paperback)
Winter Garden, by Adele Ashworth (MMPB)
Winter Garden series, #2.
Miracle Country, by Kendra Atleework (Trade Paperback)
One, by Richard Bach (MMPB)
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman (Trade Paperback)
The Wasp Factory, by Iain Banks (Trade Paperback)
The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks (MMPB)
YA/MG fantasy.
Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement, by Janet Dewart Bell (Hardcover)
Adult >> Mandalas Coloring (Trade Paperback)
Great Sky River, by Gregory Benford (Hardcover)
Galactic Center Saga, #3.
Sf novel.
Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, and Yawn, by Melvin Berger (Trade Paperback)
Children’s picture book.
Beyond (MMPB)
Sf anthology (reprinting stories from Beyond Fantasy Fiction. Bradbury, Pohl, Fredric Brown, Sturgeon, et al).
The Witches of Castle Crabapple, by Colette Bezio (Trade Paperback)
YA/MG fantasy.
Fair-Weather Friends, by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Trade Paperback)
Good Girlz series, #5.
YA Christian novel.
The Return Journey, by Maeve Binchy (Hardcover)
Short stories.
Silver Wedding, by Maeve Binchy (MMPB)
The Ultimate Women’s Guide to Beating Disease: And Living a Happy, Active Life 2018, by Bottom Line (Hardcover)
The Starcrossed, by Ben Bova (MMPB)
Sf novel (satirical) based on Bova’s and Harlan Ellison’s experiences with the real-life TV show The Starlost.
Sunset Travel Guide to Northern California, by Barbara J. Braasch (Trade Paperback)
Moon Handbooks Tennessee, by Jeff Bradley (Trade Paperback)
The Cat Who Turned On and Off, by Lilian Jackson Braun (MMPB)
The Cat Who... series, #11.
The Cat Who Moved a Mountain, by Lilian Jackson Braun (MMPB)
The Cat Who... series, #13.
Making Vintage Jewellery: 25 Original Designs, from Earrings to Corsages, by Emma Brennan (Trade Paperback)
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel Brown (Trade Paperback)
Sports history.
Women on High: Pioneers of Mountaineering, by Rebecca A. Brown (Trade Paperback)
MacPerl: Power and Ease, by Vicki Brown and Chris Nandor (Trade Paperback)
Nine Elms: A Kate Marshall Thriller, by Robert Bryndza (Trade Paperback)
The Neighbors, by Nancy Bush (Trade Paperback)
River Glen series, #3.
Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries, by Sharon J. Butler (Trade Paperback)
Waggleby of Fraggle Rock, by Stephanie Calmenson (Hardcover)
Children’s picture book.


Undercurrents, by Stella Cameron (MMPB)
The Chocolate Bear Burglary, by JoAnna Carl (MMPB)
Chocoholic Mysteries series, #2.
The Chocolate Mouse Trap, by JoAnna Carl (MMPB)
Chocoholic Mysteries series, #5.
Universe 7, by Terry Carr (Hardcover)
Sf anthology (stories by Aldiss, Leiber, Wolfe, et al).
Lost Lady, by Willa Cather (Trade Paperback)
Chanur’s Venture, by C. J. Cherryh (MMPB)
Chanur series, #2.
Sf novel.
Patriot Games, by Tom Clancy (MMPB)
Jack Ryan series, #1.
Clear and Present Danger, by Tom Clancy (MMPB)
Jack Ryan series, #5.
Popped, by Carol Higgins Clark (MMPB)
Regan Reilly Mysteries series, #7.
Tai-Pan, by James Clavell (MMPB)
Old Dogs, by Melissa Cleary (MMPB)
Dog Lover’s Mystery series, #9.
California: The Golden State, by Randy Collings (Trade Paperback)
Dead Secret, by Beverly Connor (MMPB)
Diane Fallon series, #3.
Vortex, by Catherine Coulter (MMPB)
FBI Thriller series, #25.
The Valentine Legacy, by Catherine Coulter (MMPB)
Legacy series, #3.
The Countryman, Spring 1984 (Trade Paperback)
Thomas and Percy and the Dragon, by Richard Courtney (Trade Paperback)
Children’s picture book.
In My Garden, by Ermanno Cristini (Trade Paperback)
Children’s picture book.
Strange Seas and Shores, by Avram Davidson (Hardcover)
Sf short story collection.
The Forsytes, by Suleika Dawson (Trade Paperback)
Historical fiction (continuing John Galsworthy’s Forsyte Saga).
The Arrangement, by Sylvia Day, Minerva Spencer, and Kristin Vayden (MMPB)
The Bad Boys series, #3.
Romance, historical.
Samuel R. Delany, by Seth McEvoy (Trade Paperback)
Biography, sort of.
The Woman Next Door, by Barbara Delinsky (MMPB)
Getting the Most Out of Your Abrasive Tools, by Deltacraft (Hardcover)
Getting the Most Out of Your Drill Press, by Deltacraft (Hardcover)
The Router: An All Purpose Tool for Dozens of Jobs, by Deltacraft (Hardcover)
Terminal Run, by Michael Dimercurio (MMPB)
Pacino series, #7.
Backwards into Battle: A Tail Gunner’s Journey in World War II, by Andrew M. Doty (Trade Paperback)
Memoir/military nonfiction.
The Wayfarer Redemption, by Sara Douglass (MMPB)
The Wayfarer Redemption series, #1.
Sf novel.
How to Give Your Dog a Bath, by Michèle Dufresne, Trina Lawrence, and Rose Lewis (Trade Paperback)


Science and Health: With Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy (Trade Paperback)
Epoch, by Roger Elwood and Robert Silverberg (Hardcover)
Sf anthology.
For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, by Nathan Englander (Hardcover)
Short stories.
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, by Louise Erdrich (Trade Paperback)
Love Medicine series, #6.
Historical Fiction.
Full Tilt, by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes (MMPB)
Full series, #2.
An Outdoor Family Guide to Lake Tahoe, by Lisa Gollin Evans (Trade Paperback)
The Forever War, by Dexter Filkins (Trade Paperback)
History (military). (Not the science fiction novel with the same title.)
The Woman in the Window, by A. J. Finn (Trade Paperback)
Three by Finney, by Jack Finney (Trade Paperback)
Sf novels (omnibus).
Jungle King!, by Fisher-Price (Board Book)
Children’s picture book.
On Wings of Eagles, by Ken Follett (MMPB)
Love’s Awakening, by Rachel Ford (MMPB)
Harlequin Romance series, #3116.
Faithful, by Janet Fox (Trade Paperback)
Faithful series, #1.
Historical fiction.
Bring the Rain, by JoAnn Franklin (Trade Paperback)
Novel (about dementia).
Troubled Blood, by Robert Galbraith and J. K. Rowling (Trade Paperback)
Cormoran Strike series, #5.
The Gift, by Julie Garwood (MMPB)
Crown’s Spies series, #3.
The Secret, by Julie Garwood (MMPB)
Highlands’ Lairds series, #1.
The Wedding, by Julie Garwood (MMPB)
Lairds’ Fiancées series, #2.
Bisexuality: A Reader and Sourcebook, by Thomas Geller (Trade Paperback)
The Reluctant Dragon, by Kenneth Grahame (Hardcover)
Children’s sf book.
The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth, by Robert Graves (Trade Paperback)
Mythology, sort of.
Agent in Place, by Mark Greaney (Trade Paperback)
Gray Man series, #7.
Must Love Wieners, by Casey Griffin (MMPB)
Rescue Dog Romance series, #1.
The Street Lawyer, by John Grisham (MMPB)
There Is No Darkness, by Joe Haldeman and Jack C. Haldeman II (MMPB)
Sf novel.
North of Hope, by Jon Hassler (MMPB)
Rookery Blues, by Jon Hassler (Trade Paperback)
Rookery State College series, #1.
Historical fiction.
Demonglass, by Rachel Hawkins (Trade Paperback)
Hex Hall series, #2.
YA sf romance novel.
The Golden Couple, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (Trade Paperback)
Dune Messiah, by Frank Herbert (MMPB)
Dune series, #2.
Sf novel.
An April Shroud, by Reginald Hill (Trade Paperback)
Dalziel & Pascoe series, #4.
Wear to Work: A guide to building your ultimate professional uniform, by Tory Hoen and Sarah LaFleur (Trade Paperback)
Silver Thunder, by Joan Hohl (MMPB)
Wicked: Witch & Curse, by Nancy Holder (Trade Paperback)
YA fantasy.
Piano nobile, by Simonetta Agnello Hornby (Trade Paperback)
And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini (Hardcover)
Prey, by Linda Howard (MMPB)
Shades of Twilight, by Linda Howard (MMPB)
Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush, by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose (Trade Paperback)
Fifty Shades Darker, by E. L. James (Trade Paperback)
Fifty Shades series, #2.


Leaving Home: A Collection of Lake Wobegon Stories, by Garrison Keillor (MMPB)
Lake Wobegon series, #2.
Short stories.
Edge of a Continent: The Pacific coast from Alaska to Baja, by Donald Greame Kelley (Hardcover)
The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity: How Modern Culture Is Robbing Billions of People of Happiness, by Matthew Kelly (Trade Paperback)
Stay Tuned for Murder, by Mary Kennedy (MMPB)
Talk Radio series, #3.
Hold Back the Stars, by Katie Khan (Hardcover)
Romance (also sf).
O Jerusalem, by Laurie R. King (MMPB)
Mary Russell series, #5.
Mystery (including Sherlock Holmes).
Pigs in Heaven, by Barbara Kingsolver (Hardcover)
Shopaholic Ties the Knot, by Sophie Kinsella (Trade Paperback)
Shopaholic series, #3.
Gender History in China, by Masako Kohama and Linda Grove (Hardcover)
Gender history.
The House in November, by Keith Laumer (MMPB)
Sf novel.
The Invaders, by Keith Laumer (MMPB)
Sf: Novelization of sf TV series.
Jane on Her Own: A Catwings Tale, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Trade Paperback)
Catwings series, #4.
Children’s sf book.
Feast of Stephen, by Stephen Leacock (Trade Paperback)
Satire. Selected Leacock pieces, with a 50-page introduction by Robertson Davies.
The Idea of You, by Robinne Lee (Trade Paperback)
Bandits, by Elmore Leonard (Hardcover)
Novel (Sadly unrelated to the movie of the same title).
High Sierra Country, by Oscar Lewis (Trade Paperback)
Fountain of Dreams, by Josie Litton (MMPB)
Akora series, #4.
The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual, by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, David Weinberger (Trade Paperback)
Bloodhounds, by Peter Lovesey (MMPB)
Peter Diamond series, #4.
Jedi Eclipse, by James Luceno (MMPB)
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series, #5.
Sf novel.
Masquerade, by Gayle Lynds (MMPB)
Liz Sansborough series, #1.


The Pig in a Wig, by Alan MacDonald (Trade Paperback)
Children’s picture book.
The Little Island, by Golden MacDonald (Trade Paperback)
Children’s picture book.
Other Times, Other Worlds, by John D. MacDonald (MMPB)
Sf collection (stories by the author of the Travis McGee mysteries).
Little Blessings New Testament & Psalms, by Dandi Daley Mackall (Hardcover)
The Manning Sisters, by Debbie Macomber (MMPB)
Manning Sisters series, #1-2.
Acorna: The Unicorn Girl, by Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball (MMPB)
Sf novel.
Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt (Trade Paperback)
A Creed for the Third Millennium, by Colleen Mccullough (MMPB)
Sf novel.
San Francisco, by Jack McDowell (Hardcover)
Stand-In Mom, by Susan Meier (MMPB)
Silhouette Romance series, #1022.
Nine Visions: A Book of Fantasies, by Andrea LaSonde Melrose (Trade Paperback)
Sf anthology (religious stories, mostly Christian).
Black Spring, by Henry Miller (Hardcover)
Short stories, possibly semi-autobiographical.
Tropic of Capricorn, by Henry Miller (Hardcover)
Novel (semiautobiographical).
Race Against Time: A reporter reopens the unsolved murder cases of the Civil Rights era, by Jerry Mitchell (Hardcover)
The Hundred-Foot Journey, by Richard C. Morais (Trade Paperback)
A Nervous Splendour: Vienna 1888/1889, by Frederic Morton (Trade Paperback)
Dairy Queen, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Trade Paperback)
Dairy Queen series, #1.
YA sports romance novel.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Crime, by Tamar Myers (MMPB)
Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery With Recipes series, #2.
Positive Time-Out: And Over 50 Ways to Avoid Power Struggles in the Home and the Classroom, by Jane Nelsen (Trade Paperback)
The New Yorker, Dec. 12, 2022 (Magazine)
Galactic Derelict, by Andre Norton (MMPB)
Time Traders series, #2.
Sf novel.
Murder in an Irish Bookshop, by Carlene O’Connor (Trade Paperback)
Irish Village Mystery series, #7.
Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly (Hardcover)
Yonnondio, by Tillie Olsen (Trade Paperback)
Novel (unfinished).


Scuba Tune-Up, by PADI (Trade Paperback)
The Body in the Bouillon, by Katherine Hall Page (MMPB)
Faith Fairchild series, #3.
The Body in the Bog, by Katherine Hall Page (MMPB)
Faith Fairchild series, #7.
1st Case, by James Patterson (MMPB)
Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas, by James Patterson (MMPB)
Four Blind Mice, by James Patterson (MMPB)
Alex Cross series, #8.
In Search of Stones: A pilgrimage of faith, reason, and discovery, by M. Scott Peck (Audio Cassette)
Religion. Audiobook on cassette tape.
Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process, by Irene Pepperberg (Trade Paperback)
Brunswick Gardens, by Anne Perry (MMPB)
Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series, #18.
The Snake, The Crocodile & The Dog, by Elizabeth Peters (MMPB)
Amelia Peabody Mysteries series, #7.
The Camelot Caper, by Elizabeth Peters (MMPB)
Vicky Bliss series, #0.5.
The Message Remix: Purple Pocket Edition, by Eugene H. Peterson (Hardcover)
Religion: A Christian Bible in modernized English.
Ambidextrous, by Felice Picano (Trade Paperback)
Novel (semiautobiographical).
Sing You Home, by Jodi Picoult (Hardcover)
The Tenth Circle, by Jodi Picoult (Trade Paperback)
The Beiderbecke Affair, by Alan Plater (MMPB)
Basics, by Tom Powell (Small Paperback)
Philosophy? 4" x 5" book, 120 pages, from 1975. “this book … covers every possible way to think about and deal with anything.”
An Enduring Heritage: Historic Buildings of the San Francisco Peninsula, by Dorothy F. Regnery (Hardcover)
Frk-cby: Essays 1929-1934, by Wilhelm Reich (MMPB)
Psychology. ish.
Poetry: A closer look, ed. James M Reid (Trade Paperback)
Maggy’s Child, by Karen Robards (MMPB)
Conspiracy in Death, by J.D. Robb (MMPB)
In Death series, #8.
Secrets in Death & Dark in Death, by J.D. Robb (Trade Paperback)
In Death series, #45-46.
Still Life with Woodpecker, by Tom Robbins (Trade Paperback)
Someday with You, by Nora Roberts (MMPB)
Truly, Madly Manhattan, by Nora Roberts (MMPB)
Rising Tides, by Nora Roberts (MMPB)
Chesapeake Bay Saga, #2.
Tears of the Moon, by Nora Roberts (MMPB)
Gallaghers of Ardmore series, #2.
The MacGregor Brides, by Nora Roberts (MMPB)
The MacGregors series, #7.
The Hanging Valley, by Peter Robinson (MMPB)
Inspector Banks series, #4.
Late Night VRML 2.0 with Java, by Bernie Roehl, Justin Couch, Cindy Reed-Ballreich, Tim Rohaly, and Geoff Brown (Trade Paperback)
Bound by Desire, by Rosemary Rogers (MMPB)
Legend of Morgan-Challenger series, #5.
Giants in the Earth, by O. E. Rolvaag (MMPB)
La paleozona, by Aronne Romano (Trade Paperback)
Diet book.
The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss (MMPB)
Sf novel.
Perpetual Light, by Alan Ryan (Hardcover)
Sf anthology (stories about religion, by Silverberg, Tanith Lee, Benford, Elgin, et al).
The Child Garden, by Geoff Ryman (Trade Paperback)
Sf novel.


Twisted Prey, by John Sandford (MMPB)
Lucas Davenport series, #28.
Skippyjon Jones ¡Ay Card-Ramba!, by Judy Schachner (Trade Paperback)
Children’s picture book. On the one hand, this is a cute brief picture-book story with some bits in Spanish. On the other hand, the whole premise of this series (English-speaking Siamese cat likes to pretend that he’s a Mexican chihuahua and say things in mock-Spanish) is racist and appropriative.
The Great Turning: Personal Peace, Global Victory, by Craig Schindler (Trade Paperback)
Conflict management.
Frontier Bride, by Ana Seymour (MMPB)
The Marching Season, by Daniel Silva (MMPB)
Michael Osbourne series, #2.
Sweetheart, Indiana, by Suzanne Simmons (MMPB)
The Road to Rose Bend, by Naima Simone (MMPB)
Rose Bend series, #1.
Precious and Grace, by Alexander McCall Smith (Trade Paperback)
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, #17.
Skylark Three, by E. E. “Doc” Smith (MMPB)
Skylark series, #2.
Sf novel.
Skylark DuQuesne, by E. E. “Doc” Smith (MMPB)
Skylark series, #4.
Sf novel.
The Love-Girl and the Innocent, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (MMPB)
Family Blessings, by LaVyrle Spencer (MMPB)
Forgiving, by LaVyrle Spencer (MMPB)
Accidental Heroes, by Danielle Steel (MMPB)
Heartbeat, by Danielle Steel (MMPB)
The House, by Danielle Steel (MMPB)
Lone Eagle, by Danielle Steel (Hardcover)
Two Koreas—One Future?: A report prepared for the American Friends Service Committee, by John Sullivan and Roberta Foss (Trade Paperback)
The Meaning of Swarthmore, by Swarthmore College (Trade Paperback)


Policeman Mike’s Brass Buttons, by Ruth Tooze (Hardcover)
Children’s picture book from 1951 (revised 1964). Valorizes police.
Wise Owl’s Story, by Alison Uttley (Hardcover)
Children’s picture book.
Homecoming, by Cynthia Voigt (MMPB)
Tillerman Family series, #1.
YA novel.
A Solitary Blue, by Cynthia Voigt (MMPB)
Tillerman Family series, #3.
YA novel.
One Tech Action: A quick-and-easy guide to getting started using productivity apps and websites for busy professionals, by Crystal Washington (Trade Paperback)
Adult Assembly Required, by Abbi Waxman (Trade Paperback)
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill series, #2.
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty, by Eudora Welty (Trade Paperback)
Short stories.
Photographer's Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100: Getting the Most from Sony's Pocketable Digital Camera, by Alexander S. White (Trade Paperback)
Fireside, by Susan Wiggs (MMPB)
Lakeshore Chronicles, #5.
Wilhelm Reich in Hell, by Robert Anton Wilson (Trade Paperback)
The Night Before Kindergarten, by Natasha Wing (Trade Paperback)
Children’s picture book.
The Bomb Vessel, by Richard Woodman (Trade Paperback)
Nathaniel Drinkwater series, #4.
Historical fiction (Napoleonic Wars).
Welcome to Serenity, by Sherryl Woods (MMPB)
The Sweet Magnolias series, #4.
The Winds of War, by Herman Wouk (MMPB)
Historical fiction (WWII).
Thérèse Raquin, by Émile Zola (MMPB)


In & Out DVD
She’s the Man DVD


Free Guy (2021) Blu-ray
Watership Down (1978) Blu-ray (REGION B!!!)
Note: This Blu-ray WILL NOT PLAY in standard US Region A Blu-ray players. It will presumably play in Region B players or regionless players.

VHS tapes

I like all of these, but can no longer play them, and I’ve upgraded to DVDs and Blu-rays for most of them.

Cutthroat Island
The English Patient
Four Weddings and a Funeral
In & Out
My Best Friend’s Wedding
My Fair Lady
Singin’ in the Rain

Board- and card games

(The boardgames that were here have been claimed, but there are still several decks of playing cards.)

Playing cards: Bicycle/Rider Back
Ordinary 52-card deck, no jokers. In box, but has been opened and used.
Playing cards: Sound Associates
Ordinary deck. Missing the 4 of hearts, but has one joker, which has been labeled as 4 of hearts. Has the logo of a company called Sound Associates on the back. No box.
Tsuro of the Seas replacement boats
Eight brightly colored plastic boats for use in Tsuro of the Seas. Does not include the full game.