Hello, Readers! Every year the library system that I work for has one gigantic combined book sale. There are so many books that it takes up multiple rooms of one of the expo halls in the state fair grounds, and it is a cheap bookworm’s dream: row upon row of books that cost no more than $1, with more magically appearing any time an empty spot appears on any of the tables. For one weekend the expo hall is transformed into a magical landscape just waiting for the brave to take up the challenge and undertake a quest for literary knowledge within its walls.
It’s a fun experience, in my opinion. The only down side is the amount of people competing for space and trying to look at all of the books at the same time. They also sell audiobooks, DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, LPs, and a variety of other donated materials. Even though I honestly do not have any more room on my bookshelves for new books, I couldn’t miss this opportunity.
There are two books that I was really looking for: Yes! On Demand: How to Create Winning, Customized Library Service by Kathy Middleton and White Noise by Don Delillo. (As a side note, if anyone knows where I can get Yes! On Demand for less than $20, I would love to know!! $50 is the best I can find right now.) As a secondary thought, I hoped to find some of C.S. Lewis’ nonfiction in paperback form, as well as possibly something for a handful of friends. I did not come away with anything that I expected to buy, but I think I found some real gems! Here’s what I came away with (from bottom to top in the picture above).
Book Sale Haul 2020
The Grand Energy Transition: The Rise of Energy Gases, Sustainable Life and Growth, and the Next Great Economic Expansion by Robert Hefner III – Nonfiction. This book was a freebie just past the check-out area, so I grabbed it. Is it a topic that I know anything about? Nope. Is it something I would have ever spent any money on? Nope. But now I own it, and maybe I’ll learn something from it (…eventually)!
- Heartland Skies by Melody Carlson – Contemporary, Clean Romance. I thought I had at least heard of every book Melody Carlson has written, but this one was a surprise! I like her writing very much, so for 50¢, it was worth it to pick it up on a whim. A little research tells me this is might actually be book four in her Second Chances series, and I’m uncertain but hopeful that the series is made up of stand-alone books so that I can read this one soon.
- Ice Palace by Edna Ferber – Historical Fiction. Edna Ferber is an author from the early to mid-1900s whom my Grandmother enjoys, and I know that relatively recently she was looking for books by her that she did not own/had not read, so I got this on the chance that it might be one of them. If she has already read it or doesn’t want it, then I’ll just have to read the book myself!
- The Elements of Style by Strunk and White – Nonfiction, Writing. This is a classic reference/instructional book that I am honestly shocked I got through my English degree without using. Many of the writing books I have utilized refer back to this, and it’s about time that I read and own it for myself. I got a beautiful, clean edition of it, too.
- The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom – Nonfiction, Autobiography. The Hiding Place is a sort-of classic that I have heard a lot about, and generally know about, but have never personally read. Surprisingly, none of the libraries in the system I work for own it, either. I’ve wanted to read it for a while now, so when I saw it on the Religion table, I had to pick it up!
I managed not to go overboard this time, even if I did not find what I specifically set out to look for! I’m proud of that; I would have loved to walk out with huge armloads of books, but that just isn’t feasible or responsible at the moment. The books that I found are useful treasures, and I am very glad to find them.
This day was already very enjoyable for me, but my parents made it even more so by surprising me with a trip to my favorite coffee shop afterwards! With new (to me) books, the world’s best sugar-free macchiato, and thoughtful parents, a day couldn’t get any better! You’d think it was my birthday or something.
Here’s wishing all of my readers have as good of a week as I had day today.
Does your local library have an annual book sale? What’s the best thing you have found at a second-hand book sale?
Until the next chapter,