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Beautiful day! Went to a used book sale

Friday, April 01, 2011

Today I went to the AAUW annual used book sale. I look forward to that sale every year. I live in a small town and there are no book stores except for a college book store that sells mainly text books, and no used book stores either. The only other big used book sale is the one the city library has on Labor Day weekend.

I never go looking for any particular book or author; I go with an open mind and I check out whatever looks interesting to me. Often when I am at one of those sales, I will run into someone I know and they have recommended books to me that they have read before.

Today I spent $16.50 and got all these:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel; heard a lot of good things about this book and it was on my "want to read" list, I was excited to find it for only $2 today!

Day After Night by Anita Diamant
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Atonement by Ian McEwan; another one that was on my "want to read" list, it was a good movie.

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
Ferney by James Long
Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
One True Thing by Anna Quindlen

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou; I read this as a teenager and it was one of my favorites, it will be interesting re-reading it now as an adult.

Years of Wonder: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in the Holocaust's Shadow by Krystyna Chiger
The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Rector's Wife by Joanna Trollope

Up and Down the River Anthology, a local book. It's a collection of essays and stories by people in my hometown of Big Rapids, Michigan, mostly about life in town here, past and present.

Really feeling the pain in my arm and shoulder today; spent too much time carrying around those books. Have taken 2 pain pills today, but I'm still really glad I didn't miss the sale. Some people suffer for beauty, I suffer for books, lol!

Feeling very tired again today, but I think most of my fatigue today is from the pain pills. The weather is nice today, sunny and up in the mid to upper 40's. I stopped to talk to a neighbor and played with her dog a little bit on my way back from getting the mail; I hadn't talked to her for a long time. With the winter weather, most people in the neighborhood weren't spending that much time outside. It's nice in the spring to see people spending more time outdoors and having neighborly visits.

We have some rain and possibly snow coming for the weekend; I am hoping it's just rain, and that it will wash away the rest of the snow. But even if we do get snow, I don't think it's going to be much, at least not enough where it has to be shoveled.
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  • PMCFARM
    Shari, I'm glad the weather was so nice for the book sale and I hope that Spring is on the way for everyone...it has been a long, brutal Winter for some of us! emoticon MarilynC.
    3342 days ago
  • JANEDOE12345
    I have many of those books and I have to say that Life of Pi is one of my all time favorite books , ever. You will love it.

    If you love books but have no used bookstore (horrors), consider joining paperbackswap. I am a member and I have found many wonderful books there. It costs the postage to send out a book of your own on request, but then you get what you want the same way - free to you. It is a good way to keep books flowing in your life. Paperbacks are usually $2.77 in postage, pretty cheap for the convenience. Email me and I will give you some details, although that's about it.

    I hope you enjoy your weekend or what is left of it. Take it easy and stop hauling heavy books around! Settle in and read Life of Pi, :)

    Give your kitties a pet for me from my two.
    Pam

    3342 days ago
  • COOKIE502
    Congrats on getting all those great books at such a deal! Have a good weekend. emoticon emoticon
    3342 days ago
  • HJBUMP
    I love books! You sure did get a lot for only about 17$!
    3342 days ago
  • 1STATEOFDENIAL
    I miss reading! I love classic books so much. I hope you enjoy your books and great job planning and getting them so cheap.
    3342 days ago
  • PAT3ONTHEBACK
    I really liked Tracy Chevalier's books Girl With The Pearl Earring and The Lady and the Unicorn. I looked up the book you got on Amazon and see that Tracy Chevalier wrote a couple other books, too. The one you got is especially interesting to me right now since I just spent a couple hours looking at fossils at a museum, and these were gigantic and I still had trouble seeing all there was to see. That books sounds great--thanks for the list.
    3343 days ago
  • CARRAND
    I love used book sales, too! You got some really good stuff.
    3343 days ago
  • NURSNANA
    Hey Shari, Wow!! You really came home with a lot of books! I have read three of them. I am so glad you felt well enough to go to the book sale! I know the books will provide you with hours of good reading! Enjoy! ~hugs~ Nancy


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    3343 days ago
  • ELLFIN3
    Stay safe and warm! Sounds like you got some really good deals today at the book sale! WooHoo for you!!! Enjoy!!!!! emoticon emoticon
    3343 days ago
  • TUFFYBIRD
    I love to read and I have (virtually) no control at book sales; I usually walk out with as many as I can carry. You got some really good ones today. I've read some of them and of the ones I've read my three favourites are - One True Thing, Atonement, and Life of Pi. Enjoy!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3343 days ago
  • MOTTAMAMALOU
    I love book sales. Tomorrow I will be going to our library's book sale and as you...going with an open mind. I have read 3 of the books you have purchased and I know you will be in for a treat.
    Let's hope your arm discomfort goes away and that it rains in your part of the country so that you can enjoy a good read with a cup of tea and listen to the rain fall.
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    3343 days ago
  • KATHYJO56
    Sheri, It sounds like you had a spectacular day. I love book sales and you did awesome! You will truly have some nice relaxing time with your treasures.
    Spring is trying to come and I'm glad that you felt like going out today. emoticon
    3343 days ago
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