â€œWhen I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.â€
â€• Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus
I only realized last week as I was scrolling through Bloglovin, that as much as I skip through posts of people showing the ARCs they get in the mail each week, I absolutely love seeing what they’ve picked up at library sales and various other used book scenarios. In fact, Heather at Between the Covers pushed me over the edge with her post about books she acquired during her library sale, and I realized I had never posted my lovelies that I picked up last month.
One Saturday morning right before Spring Break, my best friend called about a book sale. She had gone to a local event last year and been astounded at the prices – a local used bookstore hosts the book sale for scholarship funds. Hardbacks were 50 cents!!! Paperbacks were 3/$1.00. I got all of the books above for $7.00!
- The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
- The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
- The Mirror Crack’d by Agatha Christie
- They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie
- A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
- A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie
- Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
- Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen
- Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Cane River by Lalita Tademy
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (bought because my dad kept asking for the sequels, and I had borrowed from a friend)
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niefenegger
- The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
- Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
- Daphne by Justine Picardie
This bunch I actually picked up at Half Price Books. There isn’t one near me, but I visited my other best friend in Dallas the week of Spring Break, and I made her promise we’d stop by. We spent a lovely two hours (thanks to her sweet husband for keeping the girls) browsing books. This is actually when I realized, too, that I needed to split up my Goodreads “to-read” shelf into fiction and non-fiction. There was entirely too much running back and forth in an attempt to locate as many of the books on my TBR as possible.
I also have to confess that this shot isn’t accurate. I actually got a couple more books and a movie, Office Space, but for the life of me, I couldn’t remember which other books when I snapped this photo. The Chekhov and Cheever were just great little paperbacks. The Chekhov in particular is a lovely old paperback copy. The others, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Murder at Mansfield Park,Â the Betsy Tacy stories, The Girls of Murder City, The Master and Margarita, andÂ The Moonstone are all recommendations that have come from other bloggers.
Since I also recently bought the Passing Bells trilogy by Phillip Rock and a couple of hardbacks and have received an inordinate number of ARCs because of my involvement with Bloggers Recommend (a monthly newsletter with bloggers recommending the best upcoming new releases), I am halting book buying for the next few months. But what a lovely little jaunt it’s been…