The Most Esteemed Hoarders Ever: Booklovers

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The Most Esteemed Hoarders Ever: Booklovers

A true bibliophile, is a passionate person. We love our books with passion, we tend to them, care for them and experience a lot of grey cell pleasure every time we re-read one of their favorite books. We were geeks before geeks existed and we were hoarders before the term was even coined.

Let’s face it, one good book is great but one hundred – good – books are even better. One thousand good books is paradise. However, books are costly to have in large amounts. This is where thrifting comes in very handy for people like me. And boy, oh boy, did I get a good haul this week!

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Back home, I have a small collection of a bit over one thousand books. When I moved to USA, their combined weight and size meant I had to leave my books behind. Way too expensive to transfer them here. So, I stuffed my suitcase with just a handful (one of them being The Evolution of Physics by Infeld & Einstein), filled a usb stick with several PDFs and flew over.

When we bought the house, there was a narrow but seemingly sturdy bookcase in what I call The Library. The Library is a small but sunny family room that shall become a reading paradise one day. This week, I made a serious step to that direction and with a little over 20 dollars, I finished filling the whole bookcase.

I went to a Goodwill store to find out what all the fuss is about (we don’t thrift back home). I only bought books – you may say I am on a learning-to-thrift curve here.  Then a couple days later, there was a charity at a school where books were donated and we could buy books for 50 cents each! Party time I tell you!

The Cute helping unpack the books twopluscute
The Cute helping unpack the books.

I brought my new babies home, I gave them as good a cleaning as I could (including some clouding with disinfecting spray) and I had a blast! The Cute was also very interested and I can’t explain how amazing and fulfilling I found it when she climbed over the box saying “Books, Books, Books!“. Proudest mommy ever: me. By the way, this is exactly what goes on in my mind too, every time I am at a library or a bookstore:

 

Booksbooks twopluscute

 

You can tell a lot from the kind of books someone has, whether they have any books and how they style them. It shows their interests, their quirks and what kind of readers they are.

Have a look at this week’s haul:

– Several books from Patricia Cornwell (I like her books a lot). Her Postmortem is a masterpiece.

– Also found, a few books in perfect condition from: Tom Clancy, James Patterson, John Grisham and the “New Sherlock Holmes” collection.

– John Irving‘s ‘Until I find you’. ‘Intellectuals & Society’ by Sowell. All four books of the twilight saga so, I judge for myself its literature depth – if any. I can always re-donate those. ‘Northern Lights’ by Nora Roberts – it was big and hardcover (I had to have it), I didn’t know she writes romance stories. It may turn out to be a good book, though.

– ‘Will You Always Love Me?’ by Joyce Carol Oates – because one must have at least one sample of every classic author.

books assorted twopluscute

– Frankenstein and Dracula, for well, the adolescent future of The Cute.

– The 3rd edition of A History of the Modern World.

– Instructing books for The Cute (and me) like, The ‘Children’s Animal encyclopedia’, a mermaid book (pink and glittery), a pop up book about pets, the story of Louis Pasteur, the ‘Biological science, an ecological approach’ (BSCS Biology: An Ecological Approach) and Jacques Cousteau’s ‘The Ocean World’ (which may be old but, it is a classic) and a book about knights.

 

The Cute reading biology twopluscute
The Cute found the biology book very interesting. She picked the volume from the pile and took it on the couch where she spent 10 minutes going through its pages. (Did you notice the pacifier? SO CUTE I tell you!)

 

Now that I think about it, perhaps I should focus my book hoarding,
on finding a few gardening books to help with my brown thumb.

Did you get any books for cheap lately? Were you as thrilled as I to get them?

 

ps. I didn’t think anyone would feature a book post so I apologize to all the link parties I joined and didn’t add their link here due to time constrains. Sorry!

Nevertheless Dagmar didn’t mind and she featured me. Thank you!

Dagmar's Home Thrifty and Vintage link party featured

 

 

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23 thoughts on “The Most Esteemed Hoarders Ever: Booklovers

  • February 9, 2016 at 2:44 pm
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    That is what I miss most about the states. As you probably know there are no goodwill stores or thrift stores here. Last time I was in NY my neighbor had a yard sale and he was practically giving away hundreds of books, unfortunately for me, I didn’t have room for them. You are doing good mama! Surrounding little cute with books is one of the best gifts you can give your little one! I’ve managed to make my 3 out of 4 kids bookworms! 🙂
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    • February 9, 2016 at 3:24 pm
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      3 out of 4? That’s awesome, perhaps a record (and I believe the 4th one will prove to be a bookworm too, just later).

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  • April 14, 2015 at 2:16 pm
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    I’m with ya! I’m a sucker for a good used book sale. Garage sales are GREAT too! Some of my best kids finds have come from garage sales.

    I see you like mysteries. I’m just getting into them. Since reading Elizabeth is Missing, I’ve read 2 more mysteries and they’re awesome. I’ll have to add Patricia Cornwell to my reading list.

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    • April 14, 2015 at 3:31 pm
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      Hi Christine! Cornwell is masterclass but keep in mind she was a coroner and her books are on the gory side.

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  • April 13, 2015 at 11:34 am
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    I love it!!! books are my passion. My dream is to have a room with shelves covering every wall space just full of books. I swoon when I walk into a room like that. Books just speak to my soul. I love using thrift books because I can find some great deals on hardbacks and I don’t have to wait till I can hopefully find them at a thrift store. Great book hauls feel fantastic.

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    • April 13, 2015 at 11:58 am
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      We are on the same page. I dream of a wall to wall books room, too. 🙂

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  • April 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm
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    Books…a joyous thing to behold and to hold!! I love them at Half Price Bookstores and Barnes & Noble and indie shops…wherever I can find them!
    Just fun…that’s all there is to it ~ linda

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    • April 11, 2015 at 11:12 am
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      My sentiments exactly. A joyous thing.
      Thank you for commenting, Linda. 🙂

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  • April 9, 2015 at 8:22 pm
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    I use to scour thrift stores for books, but I tend to buy books on Kindle now, as I don’t have the room to store printed books. My husband has hundreds of books, and I’m like… honey, we can’t display them all, and you don’t NEED them all, so sorry, but choose your faves and sell the rest.

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    • April 9, 2015 at 9:37 pm
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      Hi Stephanie, lack of space – not to mention all the extra cleaning – is the worst enemy of having a lot of books, indeed.
      However, hey, don’t have your husband get rid of his books! Books also have sentimental value! 🙂

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  • April 6, 2015 at 8:41 am
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    διάνοια θα γίνει. :)))

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  • April 6, 2015 at 2:44 am
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    Eeeks! You have gone to Goodwill! Isn’t is wonderful?! Yep, I have been going there and stocking up on books for homeschooling and such. I found a kids hard cover Dictionary and Thesaurus (excellent condition) for only a couple dollars! Yep, I wipe (disinfect) all the books, too. lol

    That picture of Cute looking at the biology book is full of WIN. You just never know what she might be picking up. 😉

    By the way, k and I have done a lot of reading as of late and your post inspired me to write about it. Thank you. 🙂

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    • April 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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      Full of win, indeed! Not to mention that for those 10 minutes I had time for myself (to clean the rest of the books that is).

      You are very welcome and I loved your book post. 😀

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  • April 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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    I wish I had more time to read. You have quite a collection of good reads!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    Happy Easter!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  • April 4, 2015 at 12:50 am
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    have you seen the website, paperbackswap.com? very fun and cheap book trading club. been a member for years and love books too!

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    • April 5, 2015 at 11:25 am
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      I did not know about that website, thank you for mentioning it. I will have a look. 🙂

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