Book Gluttony


I went to two book sales in one day last week. I know. That might be a little much. Hence, the title of this post. That isn't even all I bought. I also bought about a dozen Star Wars novels and a copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for my son. I spent $13.00. It averaged out to 38 cents a book. I think the gluttony is understandable.

I went to one of these book sales last year and wrote about it here.  This year I also went to a sale at the library in a neighboring town. Both sales are run by a bunch of little old ladies who spend their time bustling around, getting in everyone's way, and chatting like mad to everyone. They are a joy and a pleasure. When I am their age I shall work at town book sales and get first pick of all the books. I also hope I have glorious white hair like one of the ladies I saw. She was very elegant with beautifully coiffed hair and it is now my goal to look just like her in 25 years.

I'll list the books I bought in case you can't read the titles in the photo.

Giant and Saratoga Trunk by Edna Ferber

The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins

London Under by Peter Ackroyd

Scotland: An Intimate Portrait by Geddes MacGregor

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Never Surrender by John Kelly

Quiet, Yelled Mrs. Rabbit by Hilda Cole Espy

The Great Silence by Juliet Nicolson

The News From Ireland by William Trevor

Red House: Being a Mostly Accurate Account of New England's Oldest Continuously Lived-In House by Sarah Messer

Book of Ages:  The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

My Love Affair With England by Susan Allen Toth

The Bronte Myth by Lucasta Miller

I Will Bear Witness 1933-1941 by Victor Klemperer

I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945 by Victor Klemperer

The Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West by Dee Brown

Daniel Deronda by George Eliot

The Norton Anthology of Poetry

Many of these are books I don't know much about. They looked interesting and so I threw them in my bag. At those prices, I really didn't need to debate a purchase. I can always read them and then donate them to another book sale. The only ones I have read before are the Edna Ferber novels. Is there anything you recommend or can I just put them all on my shelves and pretend they have been there all along?





12 comments

  1. Definitely keep Anna Karenina!

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    1. So many people love it; I just have never gotten around to it.

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  2. You definitely can't go wrong at those prices! I've bought way too many books at my library's book sale, but the price is totally justified and I can always donate them back the following year.

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    1. I know. What do I have to lose? Plus, I am supporting the library.

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  3. This sounds a wonderful collection. Can I recommend you also try A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? I am not normally a science fiction fan, but I found this very funny.

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    1. I do like some science fiction so I will give it a try.

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  4. You're supporting the libraries, and that's always a good thing :) Book bargains like you scored are the icing on the cake - and I'm very impressed with your stacks.

    I *loved* Book of Ages, it's packed full of fascinating information - not always an easy read, but so compelling.

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    1. Oh, good to know! I will move it to the top of my list. That doesn't mean I will actually get to it soon but it does mean I have good intentions.

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  5. What a great day you had. I've only read Anna Karenina but I would have snapped up the others too. The Geddes MacGregor, Dee Brown and Sarah Messer books sound particularly interesting and I've really enjoyed Edna Ferber, as you obviously have in the past.

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    1. It was a very good day. I am supposed to go to another book store today with my sister and I am having trouble justifying any more purchases.

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  6. Looks like Christmas to me!

    AK, Dickens and oh those Ferber's and William Trevor! Lovely haul :-)

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    1. I did find some great books, didn't I? I left them on the floor by the couch for a day or so and just gloated over them.

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