Breakfast & Books: Library Book Sale Edition!

Posted April 29, 2013 by in Breakfast & Books / 31 Comments

Today I am giving you a special edition of Breakfast & Books to kick off the series (again). The bigger of my two local libraries had their bi-annual book sale this past weekend, and today (Monday) was BAG DAY. If you don’t know what bag day is, it’s usually the last day of library book sales and you pay a set price for an entire bag of books (in this case, I paid $5 per bag). But what made THIS particular bag day REALLY special is that…

…my dad drove here from Central NY just to go to the book sale with me and to hang out with me for the day!

That’s right, my dad–who is the most special–drove to PA all the way from Central NY (about four and a half hours) just to take me out to breakfast and to go to the library book sale with me. Isn’t that great?! We are a family who is very serious about our books. Haha!

Dad drove here yesterday (Sunday–with the promise of my lasagna for dinner), then today after the kids left for school we went to breakfast at Cracker Barrel and to the book sale. My dad already owns thousands of books (no, really, he owns something like 3,000 books and that’s probably understated), so my mother kind of gave him a limit on how many he could buy this time. Ha! He still left with almost two full bags of books. I, however, CLEANED HOUSE. I came away with FOUR bags of books, and totally didn’t stick to my list like I promised myself I would. OOPS. Wait until you see all of the goodies I found this time, though:

This whole pile of books is by Don DeLillo. I’ve been meaning to read his books for quite some time, and now I have a ton of them. From top to bottom: The Body Artist, Point Omega, Players, Mao II, White Noise, Falling Man, and Underworld.

Look at all these books by Nadine Gordimer! One whole shelf at the sale was full of her books, so I just cleaned the shelf off. SCORE. From top to bottom: The Pickup, The House Gun, Jump and Other Stories, A Sport of Nature, Selected Stories, The Conservationist, July’s People, Burger’s Daughter, and None to Accompany Me. Nadine Gordimer won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991 and is another author that I’ve been meaning to read. I can’t wait to dive into these.

There weren’t too many classics at this book sale, either, but I managed to find seven that I haven’t read. I’m THE MOST excited about finding Ralph Ellison’s Juneteenth. From top to bottom: Native Son by Richard Wright (I’ve read this, but didn’t own it), a W.E.B. DuBois Reader (edited) by Andrew G. Paschal, Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison, The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier, The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier, Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, The Life to Come and Other Stories by E.M. Forster, and Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser.

From top to bottom: The PowerBook by Jeanette Winterson, Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Run by Ann Patchett, The Maytrees by Annie Dillard, The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, and The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien.

From top to bottom: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow, The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel García Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez, The Mission Song by John le Carré, Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, Angry Candy by Harlan Ellison, Slippage by Harlan Ellison, and That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo.

From top to bottom: The Water-Method Man by John Irving, The Fourth Hand by John Irving, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa, The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins, Old School by Tobias Wolff, The Hours by Michael Cunningham, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut, Shardik by Richard Adams, Three Complete Novels: Billy Bathgate, World’s Fair, Loon Lake by E.L. Doctorow, and Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan.

SO MANY GOOD BOOKS (or so I hope).

When we were done at the book sale, Dad and I came back to my house and chatted for another couple of hours, and then he took off for NY. We had a wonderful day together and I’m so happy that he’s awesome enough to drive here just to spend a day with me. He really is the best.

Now I just need to find room for all these books…


  • What a wonderful post! Just what I needed to read today too. Such a lift to see those gorgeous pictures of piles of new books, posing for their close-ups! I love your choices, which include some I’ve read, some I’ve wanted to read, and many new ones. (I see the new Du Maurier–good follow-up to Rebecca!) But I especially loved your story of your father’s very special visit to share book love and family love. Thank you, Heather, for telling about your day!


    • Aw, you’re welcome! Thank you for stopping by to read about my day!

  • I’m glad you had a nice day with your dad! And oh my goodness, so many books! You put me to complete shame! But at least my purchases fit on my bookshelf — after I took some other things off, anyway 😛

    • Hahaha! Yes, I have no shelf room for these books. I have a serious problem. 😀

  • Irving! Ragtime! Cunningham! And your Dad came down for the book sale, which is just about the most awesome thing EVER! I love this post a billion times and then a little more on top of that!

    • Yay!!! This post gets ALL the exclamation points!

  • Rob

    Nice haul! This weekend there’s a huge annual charity booksale I’m really looking forward to, so this has certainly whet my appetite for that.

    • Oh, good! I hope you find lots of good books there!

  • sylviemarieheroux

    Pretty good crop! Nadine Gordimer’s The Pickup is a favorite of mine. Bought it in a souvenir shop in Greece, of all places. I also got None to Accompany Me at a library book sale in my home town. Still have to read it though.

    • That’s good to know (The Pickup)!

  • Your dad is the best – and those books! Amazing loot! I hope you enjoy each and every single one 🙂

  • Nice haul! I love going book shopping with my mom whenever I go back home.

    • Thanks, Chris! It was really nice to spend the day with my dad–we hadn’t done something just the two of us in a very long time.

  • therelentlessreader

    Awwww, DADS ARE THE BEST!! Holy smokes lady, that is an awesome haul of books! Woot!

  • Wow! You scored big time! You know I love library sales, of course. And how great that your dad came to visit and went with you. I hope you told him that he’s not the only one with a library of 3000+ books. 😉 He sounds like a man after my own heart.

    You got quite a few that I have in my library. I see more read-a-longs in our future.

  • Now this is a serious library haul. Very sweet of your dad to make the trip.

  • WOW!!!!!!! Amazing and super huge stack of books!!!!

  • Yay for family time! Also so many books – I’m both sad and happy I’ll probably be missing my spring local library sale because I don’t need more books but I LOVE to go. Winterson is great and definitely a product of her upbringing and locale!

    • I really liked Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, so I grabbed this one as soon as I noticed it.

      • Nice! I know her newest, Written on the Body, which is most autobiographical is supposed to be good.

        • I’ll look that one up next time I’m at the library.

  • Oh my God! The library sales in your city are awesome!

    • This one is great–the one for the smaller library is just okay.

  • wow!! 🙂 Your dad is the best!!! that is so nice….. and omg thats a lot of books!!! lol

    • It is a lot of books. :/

      Thank you!

  • What a great haul! But, more importantly, your dad is amazing.

  • So jealous… this is probably close to the amount of books I own, period.

    My library just has an ongoing sale, and I’ve never seen them advertise a bag day, but then I’ve never really found anything in there I wanted anyway.

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