Book Sale Haul: Monday Mini 2/25/2019

Hey y’all! I hope you’re all doing well. It seems like winter is really dragging on in some places, although here in Oklahoma it is merely cold while still being bright.

For today’s Monday Mini post I’m highlighting an event I attended this weekend supporting my local library. Part of the reason I’m posting this is simply because I like talking about new books and all things library-related, but also because people tend to forget about all the library has to offer, even here in the world of book blogging! So anytime I can bring attention to something good/interesting/beneficial going on at or for a library, I want to take the opportunity to talk about it. filligree page divider

This weekend the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System held their annual booksale. This is a huge event held annually at the state fairgrounds. I attended on Saturday, and even though I got there pretty soon after doors opened for the day, the place was already extremely full. There is one ginormous room full of all kinds of books and some other media such as audiobooks, DVDs, and records, plus a smaller room of new(er) books. The profits from this event go to the Friends of the Library association, who in turn use them to support the 19 libraries in the system. Amazingly, prices started at $.50 for paperbacks and $1 for hardbacks.

Last year was the first time I had gone to this specific sale, and I was nearly overwhelmed by how many books there were. This year I knew what to expect, and it was still just as exciting. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no extra shelf space at the moment, so I told myself I would only buy books that are already on my Goodreads want-to-read list, and paperbacks (because they were the cheapest), and use extreme self-control. Surprisingly, I did not find as many as I expected in the massive horde of books, and my self-control held strong. I twisted my way through the aisles, resisting the call of books I had not heard of before, drawn in but not succumbing to those I have already read. I spent almost two hours wandering around, trying to stay out of anyone’s way while still making my way by as many tables as possible. In the end, I came away with three books: The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, and The Rules of Love and Grammar by Mary Simses.

I’ve read parts (most?) of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man before, in a lit class in college, but I don’t think I actually read all of it. At least, I don’t remember all of the story. Another of my professors recommended The House of the Seven Gables, although it was never assigned reading, and while Hawthorne is not one of my favorite authors, it is considered a classic, which makes it appeal to me. I’ll most likely save this one to read in October, since I rarely read spooky books. In fact, I’m considering hosting a read-along of the book in October, if there is any interest. The last book I bought, The Rules of Love and Grammar, is one I have been intrigued by since the first time I saw it on my library’s shelves. filligree page divider

Most libraries or their local Friends of the Library association will have a book sale periodically. Some have a sale at each individual library from time to time, while some systems will have one massive sale supporting all of their locations. If you’re on the hunt for cheap books and don’t mind pre-loved copies, this is definitely something to keep watch for! The selection is usually eclectic, and I have found many gems at sales like this. Most importantly, these events directly support the local library. If you need a reminder for why libraries are important, google your local library and look at the services available there beyond the books, or check out this article by fellow blogger Andrea @ Andrea is ReadingWhy I Love Public Libraries. I love the clear and organized way she lays things out in a brief but impactful post.

Question of the Day: Have you read any of the books I picked up at the sale? If so, what are your thoughts on them?

Also, would anyone be interested in doing a House of the Seven Gables or other Nathaniel Hawthorne read-along in the fall?? I know October is far away, but since I have the idea now I’d like to see if it is worth pursuing when the time comes!

 

Until the next chapter,

Jana

 

All pictures in this post are my own.

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