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!
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:
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.
– 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.
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!