This morning was our local library's annual book sale, an event eagerly anticipated by the bibliophiles in our community. I met up with three of my book club friends there at 9am, which was when the sale began. There was already a large crowd.
Before I left, you know what my husband said to me? "You realize you have stacks of unread books all over this house, right?" The nerve! :)
I did promise to try to rein myself in as much as possible, depending on what I found. We do have a problem with overflowing bookshelves and random piles of books in almost every room! Luckily, this year I didn't find all that much of interest. Two fiction novels in hardback, Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James and Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, and a nonfiction directory of herbs with beautiful photographs. All three were only a dollar each! That's a great deal.
Afterwards I went to Venus Restaurant with my friends for breakfast. It was nice to sit and drink coffee and talk over a meal after book shopping. We discussed the death of the Queen, naturally, and politics. Everyone agreed that it was so sweet to see Steve Bannon in handcuffs yesterday! We even clicked coffee mugs in a toast over it!
When we finished breakfast Marian and Karen decided to go back to the book sale. Volunteers were continuously putting out more books as the tables cleared off, and they were hoping to find some more goodies. I opted to go home instead, as did Paulette. I've been here ever since, relaxing with George, Poppy, and Marco. It's been a gray, rainy, cool day...perfect for reading!
I loved both those books and you got a great deal on top of that!ReplyDelete
$1 each for hardcovers in good shape is a STEAL!Delete
Middlesex was an amazing book, one of those that really stuck with me and changed how I thought about things. I wonder if it has aged well, as attitudes toward gender fluidity have changed.ReplyDelete
After all the comments about Middlesex, I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Susan!Delete
Give us a little book report when you are done so those of us who wonder whether it has aged well will know whether we should still recommend it.Delete
I've been a fan of PD James since Cover Her Face, interestingly enough she also tried her hand at science fiction. Your cold weather is headed our way.ReplyDelete
It's coolish weather here, definitely not cold! We won't see any cold weather for another month or two.Delete
Looks like a lovely big book sale - you were very restrained!ReplyDelete
I didn't find so much of interest this time, Sue. Maybe if I'd gone back when more boxes were unpacked...but that seemed kind of silly when I really don't need any more books!Delete
A wonderful way to spend an early autumn day! Middlesex is a great book, and was something of an eye-opener for me.ReplyDelete
You would have liked it, Meike. I wish you could have joined us!Delete
That’s some crowd. Very impressive. As for Gregg... sheesh!ReplyDelete
One of my friends said her husband jokingly "forbid" her to go and buy more books! Hahaha! Joke's on him.Delete
Oh, that's my sort of outing! Even though I work with books, when I see a book store or sale, I love to go.ReplyDelete
I never understand people who say, "you already have enough books". Books aren't like socks. Readers need large amounts of unread books--we never know what might suit us on any autumn evening...!
I have tried to read "Middlesex" three times and just can't do it. I don't know why. I hope that you like it. I know that many do.ReplyDelete
Sure sounds like a nice day to me- books and breakfast and toasting Bannon in bracelets! Oh yes!
It was a very nice day. We'll see about Middlesex! Maybe I'll report back my impressions on the blog after I finish it. I started reading Death Comes to Pemberly first, though.Delete
I spent the last several years downloading books on my Kobo. Recently, however, I've rediscovered the joys of going to the library. I love everything about the library but mostly it's the quiet, the smell of books, and the anticipation of finding my next great read. My Kobo is now collecting dust and I'm back to reading real books. The only thing I miss is the light on my Kobo that allowed me to read into the wee hours without disturbing my husband.ReplyDelete
I've never heard of a Kobo! I did (do) have a Nook for downloading ebooks, but I mostly use the Nook app on my phone these days. I've cut way back on ebooks as well in the last couple of years. Like you, I'm rediscovering the joys of printed books (and libraries! I love libraries!)Delete
Sounds like a fun outing with friends. I never buy books as I have a great local library. Hope you enjoy your purchases!ReplyDelete
I read "Middlesex" years ago and LOVED it, but I wonder how it would read now. I suspect some parts of it are no longer PC!ReplyDelete
Library book sales are the best! Friends of the Library groups work hard all year to collect books and put on a beautiful show. You scored some other reader's former treasure.ReplyDelete
Did you spot "The Fish Guy" by Tiger Shark ? It's a gripping tale about an aquarium maintenance expert who knocks off several of his clients over a period eighteen months.His weapon of choice was a frozen dog fish. Based on a true story I believe.ReplyDelete
yes yes yes Oh to have a book sale! I didn't think people did these anymore.ReplyDelete
our library just finished out sale..we do bag sales ...small garbage bags for $5 and 2 for $5..I only buy childrens books any more. I buy them and then give them away.ReplyDelete