Library book sale! Library book sale!
Today was the first day of my local library’s biannual book sale. I have two local libraries, actually, but this book sale that runs today through Saturday is for my LOCAL local library in Hollidaysburg (the one about two miles from my house). It’s a tiny library (but they have plans to move to a new location and build a bigger library, starting at the end of the year if all goes well) so this book sale isn’t nearly as big as the one for the Altoona library, but I still managed to buy 14 good books for $14. Today through tomorrow at 5pm, hardcovers and trade paperbacks are $1 per book, and mass market paperbacks are 50 cents. After 5pm tomorrow, BAG DAY starts. I’m planning on going back either tomorrow night or sometime Saturday to see what’s left and maybe fill up a bag. I just realized a few minutes ago that I passed over a book I have on my wish list, so I’m hoping it’s still there when I go back (Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky).
Here are the books I bought today:
From top left to bottom right: Plainsong by Kent Haruf, Empire Falls by Richard Russo, Atonement by Ian McEwan, Homeland and Other Stories by Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.
All of these were on my “to-read-do-not-own” shelf on Goodreads aside from The Bean Trees and Homeland, so I was very happy to find them. I read The Bean Trees when I was a teenager, but I remember nothing about it and I didn’t own it. I had never heard of Homeland (I don’t think), but Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors, so buying that one was a no-brainer.
From left to right: The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays by Oscar Wilde, and The Drowned and the Saved by Primo Levi.
The book sale’s stock of classic books was pretty much non-existent, but I’ve been meaning to read The Social Contract for some time now. I don’t think I knew about The Drowned and the Saved before I found it today, but it sounds very good.
From left to right: Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco, Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
I read Eco’s The Name of the Rose last year and wasn’t all that impressed, but I’m willing to give him another chance. Some people whose reading tastes I share have assured me Foucault’s Pendulum is a very good book, and I was excited to pay only a dollar for a hardcover edition in good condition.
Wench is a book that I saw some Twitter buddies talking about a month or so ago, and they were raving about it; it was an insta-grab when I found it today. I’m looking forward to reading it.
Lots of bloggers have been reading and reviewing the books in Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Cemetery of Forgotten Books series recently, and all the good reviews have me intrigued. What a nice surprise to find the first book in the series at the book sale today. Score!
From left to right: The Regulators by Richard Bachman (Stephen King), and Gerald’s Game by Stephen King.
Last but certainly not least, I was quite happy to find these two hardcover editions and pay only a dollar for each of them. As most of you know, sj and I are working our way through all of Stephen King’s books in order of publication, so it will be nice to have these already on hand when we get to them. And I love the cover of The Regulators for some reason. There were quite a few mass market paperback editions of his books at the sale, but I’m not really a fan of the small size of those. If they are still there when I go back for bag day, I’ll probably grab them anyway.
Not a bad haul for a book sale that takes up about twenty tables (that are nowhere near full) in one small room; I was actually pretty impressed with the book selection. And as always, the money is going to a good cause. Regardless of what certain authors think, libraries are still an important part of our communities and I’m happy to give them some of my spending money.
Side note: This is what happens when I sit down to blog and Rascal decides that he wants attention. “NO BLOGGING ALLOWED UNTIL I GET ALL THE RUBS.”
(Post title quote: Henry Ward Beecher)