This week has been nerd heaven. Or hell, depending on how you look at it. Yes, this week was the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale at the Main Library. Meaning I was sitting in my office all week one floor below SO MANY BOOKS that I could buy for $3 at most.
Is there ever a bigger test of willpower than this?
Ok, maybe anytime I see a cookie. Or cake. Or donuts.
You get the picture. While the sale is still going on today, and it is “bag day” (meaning you buy a bag for $10 a fill it with as much as you possibly can fit) for anyone who still wants to come to the sale, I think I have gotten my fill and am ready to show you the treasures of the week! And, um, there were a lot of treasures. I seriously can not be allowed to go in to a bookstore or book sale alone, especially one like this where everything is so cheap! I can’t control myself. I never have been able to. I remember my mom taking me to the library or to the bookstore and me coming out with at least 5 books because I just. can’t. choose. I want to read them all. Hence why I’m putting a limit on myself today…
Yeah, I told you I had a problem. Just be glad that’s not a tower of donuts.
Since I knew I was going to be facing temptation each and every work day, I gave myself a strategy, or goal for the day, if you will. On Monday, the goal was fiction. My favorite. I only let myself wander through the fiction section from about 8:20-8:45 (yes, library employees and volunteers got to shop early – a nice perk) and after one pass, what I picked up was what I was going home with. Here’s what I got:
From top to bottom, I’ll explain my choices. I picked up The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet because it’s been on my reading list for awhile. When the movie Cloud Atlas came out, I was intrigued by David Mitchell and after reading reviews of his book on Goodreads, thought this one would interest me the most. It didn’t hurt that the book itself is in great condition and the cover is neat. Yes, I said neat. Descriptors are failing me this morning. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a classic and though I have literally no idea what it’s about (a tree? Brooklyn?) I like to be literary and read things that are important in history. I hope the tree grows tall! Next! I was excited to see the Kate Atkinson because I want to read her new novel Life After Life and I thought this would be a good intro to her and her writing. Behind the Scenes… has received great reviews and I’m excited to read work from an important contemporary female writer. The Girl in the Blue Beret was pure impulse. France. World War II. Maybe romance. Of course I’ll like it. (Also: pretty cover. Duh.) I picked up Bel Canto because it’s one of my all time fave books but I only have it on my broken Nook, so I can’t read it anymore. This is not my favorite cover design for this novel, but it was in better condition than the other copy I spotted. It all reads the same I guess. And last up, Loving Frank. I won’t lie, I have really high hopes for this book. I love Frank Lloyd Wright and the story sounds just like The Paris Wife, but from the point of view from the mistress. Even if it’s totally invented, I don’t care. I’m pumped.
On Tuesday, I ventured into non-fiction. I wasn’t drawn to anything in the self-help or memoirs sections. Shockingly. But I did find a few more practical items.
Wine. And food. Obviously. Also, imagine a 2010 Fodor’s Guide to Italy that I forgot to bring home with me and take a picture of. Bad blogger. Gotta study up for my very, very belated honeymoon…whenever that happens. So yeah, I don’t have much to say about the cookbooks because well, they’re cookbooks. I love Real Simple and their easy recipes are always tasty and truly easy, so I’m thinking this will be a good $2 investment. Ditto for Healthy in a Hurry. The Central Coast wineries guidebook was also an impulse because we have been trying a lot of wines from the region recently and loving them. It includes info about our fave winery Justin, so you know it’s a good guide. Also it was published by Chronicle which means it is beautiful. Tuesday really was a practical, if not slightly boring, day.
Next up, Thursday! (I took Wednesday off when I realized I had already spent $24 on books I didn’t need.) But I couldn’t stay away from the lure of cheap books – and half off day – for too long. I didn’t have a strategy, I simply wandered through fiction again and made my way through a few sections I hadn’t seen yet.
I FOUND OLD PENGUINS.
Sorry for the caps. But my brain is thinking in caps lock when I think about the Penguins. They are so pretty. I have NO idea what the books actually are, nor do I care. I’m not really going to read them, a) because they are so pretty, and b) because they are old and I don’t want to hurt them. That top one is from the 50s. They are going right up on the shelf we have yet to buy for the office. I mean, that orange is perfect, no? I see a collection (hoarding?) beginning with these bad boys.
But again, at least it’s not a collection of donuts, right?
All in all, I spent $27 this week on 14 books. And I don’t feel bad because that money goes right to the Friends who help my work do great things in the community. The only problem is…the Anderson Township Library Association used book sale starts on the 21st…and it’s a mile from my house…HOW DO I STAY AWAY?!?
Have you ever been to a used book sale? Were you a proverbial kid in a candy shop too? Also, can you bring me a donut?
Edit: Today is National Donut Day. No wonder they were on my mind!!! Who wants to hit up Dunkin’ with me and get a free one?