Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Sunday Salon: Library Shopping Spree

Dontcha just love a library sale? Well, I love all book sales, but since I also love hanging out at the library, library sales are my favorites. Our local branch had its spring sale this weekend, and M and I came away with a dozen new books – well, they were new to us, anyway. Got there bright and early so we'd have our pick of the crop, and I was a little upset to see people already on their way out clutching huge bags and boxes stuffed with books! But once inside, we found there was still plenty to choose from (too much, M would probably say).

Most of the titles I picked up were already on my TBR list, although a couple are books I've read in the past – just never bought my own copy until now. Lots of really good stuff here:

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
A Closed Eye by Anita Brookner
Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith
Frankenstein (Modern Library Edition) by Mary Shelley
A Ghost in the Machine by Caroline Graham
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Ignorance by Milan Kundera
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Loving/Living/Party Going by Henry Green
Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman
A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
Slouching Towards Bethlehem/Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion

So there's plenty of great reading ahead. At the moment, I'm still struggling to finish A.S. Byatt's Angels & Insects. I always have trouble with Byatt – I think I like the idea of her books better than the books themselves. I had the same trouble with Possession when I read it years ago. I'm not a big fan of the tale-within-a-tale formula, and that seems to be her specialty. It's not that I'm not enjoying the book; it's just slow going at times.

But the weather this weekend has been perfect for curling up with a good book – cold, rainy, gray. No good reason to go outside. And now that I've had my book sale adventure, I think I'll go pour myself another cup of coffee and spend the rest of the evening lost in the land of books. That is, if I can tear myself away from this computer for a few hours!


  1. Library sales are the best! I just came back from my local $1 bookstore with some great finds. Happy reading!

  2. The Hours was one of my favorites the year I read it and I loved Alias Grace, too. Great haul!

  3. My library has a monthly booksale. I've been dying to get over there the last couple of months and haven't made it there. Now I probably won't get there until April's sale, but you're right. Library sales are the best.

  4. Those look like fun! Since I'm on a no-book-buying resolution, I had to strenuously avoid my library book sale. But last year I went, and it was wonderful! :)

  5. Congrats on your fun finds. It looks like they are in great shape too. Happy reading :)

  6. You got some great books at the book sale! Happy reading!

  7. You got some good stuff and it looks like it is in pretty good shape too!! I loved the Hours. And I found myself agreeing with your statement...I think I like the idea of her books better than the books themselves...I've found that to be true of a few authors out there.

  8. I did a good find at a fleamarket held where my parents live, so good week :D


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