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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I've been a weird funk. It isn't weight, how my clothes are fitting, my food intake, or my fitness. It's just stress. All the cheerleading, self inflicted or otherwise, is just not doing the trick today.

Books! Books are like a drug to me and today, the local public library opened their spring book sale. Oh, how can I explain what this does to me? For very little money, I can walk into the community room with their tables filled with books, all organized by type. There are the computer books (I don't even venture over there). The education books are next. This is the table with the college reading requirement books, poetry, that sort of thing. Travel next (always worth checking out, even if it is only to help imagine a trip). Cookbooks (nah). History (love it), sci-fi, romance, "novels" (3 full tables with not so much as an inch of bare space - and more boxes beneath the tables). A whole room for kids! It's wonderful!

The kid got 2 books (kids room - 2 for $1), I got 2 off the "novels" table, both Dennis LeHane books and from the history table, Mayflower (Nathaniel Philbrook - I think that is the last name). Lots of local flavor.

Best of all, I can look forward to Saturday when it is fill a bag day. All the books you can fit in a grocery bag for $3! That is practically free! I grab anything that looks remotely interesting. I may never read all the "free" books, but man does it make me happy to have them.
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  • LEWILL1982
    I love it! I love reading, I've purchased my 3 books for "summer reading". I keep one in my purse pretty much all the time. Glad you got the boost you were looking for, happy reading!
    1866 days ago
    I couldn't agree with you more. Books are the big adventure in life even when you don't have a lot of adventure. We have been busy remodeling our house and the one big splurge was the biggest bookshelves we could find and putting in as many as we could. So, our library is more complete but still not big enough!

    I used to go to the library sales all the time when my children were smaller and I was a stay-at-home mom. Now, I'm working and they are in school so not so easy. We do all have the summers off, though, so could squeeze a sale or two in there. We like the rummage sales, too, and not just for books. However, we are going to go to a few this weekend so we can get some to donate for a book drive at our church. I hope I find a few more, too.

    Oh, I wish I could join you for the bag sale on Saturday. Enjoy! emoticon

    1866 days ago
    Now that sounds like a stress buster!! It's always nice when you can find something that can bring you such pleasure for such a small cost!! My Mom and I tag sale a lot in the summer and that is usually one of the things we look for first!! I have so many book and my husband,who is a Civil War buff has so many books I don't know when we are going to read then all, but they keep coming anyway. Hope you get more good finds on Saturday! emoticon
    1866 days ago
  • FISHER011
    Woo Hoo! I love those sales! So many great reads!!
    I joined the "Friends of the Library" with my son when he was 16 & we have been talking about joining again since we moved.
    I love books! emoticon
    1867 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    I was never allowed to go when my kids and my husband were here. After a great deal of whining on my part, they relented, but only if I gave away the same number of books I bought. The following year, they made me give the books away *first* and then I was permitted to buy that number (they caught on to that scheme pretty quickly.) Honestly, I have hundreds and hundreds of books - so many that one long winter I set them all up in Dewey decimal system, even though Dewey and I frequently disagree as to how things should be categorized.

    I love old books even better than new books. I enjoy thinking about who bought a particular book and why - for themselves? As a gift? Did they enjoy it, did it change their lives? Sit in a place of honor on the bookshelf? My oldest book is from the late1600s.

    Books. Only another book junkie could understand the appeal. *sigh*
    1867 days ago
    I may never read all the "free" books, but man does it make me happy to have them.
    It was a great pleasure to find out I'm not alone in this! I do love books and regret I've never ever had enough time to do all the reading I'd like. emoticon emoticon
    1867 days ago
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