Library Book Sale Haul

Two things I love most: books and sales!  I’ve been frequenting my local library lately, checking out backlist titles and donating some reads I’d lost interest in.  When I saw the annual book sale was coming up, I couldn’t resist.  I ended up walking away with nine gently-used books, including two hardcovers, for just nine dollars.  I could’ve found many more, but I’ve been trying to only buy books I really, truly want to read, so I limited myself a bit.  I’m really excited to add this stack to my growing library!

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

I’ve had my eye on The Marriage Plot and The Corrections for a while, and I was considering checking them out from my library until I saw them at the sale.  (Franzen infuriates me as a human being but his work is too well-received for me to ignore.)  I’m also glad to have found The Kite Runner, A Tale for the Time Being, and Bel Canto: all considered contemporary classics, so much so that I couldn’t refuse the one dollar fee!  Finding Atonement was a pleasant surprise, since one of my roommates read it and adored it, while I on the other hand committed sin and saw the movie first.  I’m also excited for more Meg Wolitzer; The Ten-Year Nap will be my third Wolitzer novel… she’s kind of my guilty pleasure at this point.  As for my nonfiction picks, I’m excited for my first David Sedaris collection, and I’ve had Malcolm Gladwell on my radar for a while now (he’s kind of hard to ignore when you work at a bookstore…).

I’m always happy for a library trip, whether to donate some of my own books or to check out some brand new publications for free.  Shopping used is good for the wallet, for the Earth, and for the community.  Support your local library or used bookstore today: you never know what gems you’ll find in the stacks!


14 thoughts on “Library Book Sale Haul

  1. Great haul! I’m a little biased since I work in a library, but they really are such a great resource and library sales and used bookstores are such affordable options for the frugal bookworm. I haven’t read most of your choices but loooved Bel Canto!

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  2. I love me a library book sale, if only because it’s like an archeological dig: whatever you find has the magic of happenstance. Years ago at one them, I picked up a copy of David McCullough’s biography of Harry Truman, which I probably wouldn’t have read otherwise, and it was perhaps the best quarter I’ve ever spent. (On the flipside, the copy of Jane Eyre I got at the same time was the worst quarter I ever spent; it fell apart on me about 10 pages in while I was at the airport. What you gain on the swings…)

    Out of your haul, I’ve only read The Corrections, which was…okay. It’s well done on the sentence level, but I think it’s rather lacking in empathy for its characters. That, and one could probably cut about 200 pages from the book without damaging the overall work. I would like to get to The Marriage Plot soon-ish. I read The Virgin Suicides recently, and for as off-putting as that story is, it has more than enough lyricism and compassion to make it worth enduring. I’m hopeful Euginides’s other works will be worth exploring.

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    1. Oh no! Poor Jane Eyre!

      THE CORRECTIONS is one of those books I feel like I *have* to read because Franzen is such a large part of the contemporary canon. Same with Eugenides, but THE MARRIAGE PLOT comes highly recommended to me. I haven’t read either author, so I’m looking forward to them.

      Library book sales are certainly a gem!


  3. I love the smell of dusty books. There’s a house up the road that keeps putting boxes of free books out onto the street. It is great. Take a few and give a few back. They even put chairs out for people to enjoy a read in the sun and be social. It is fantastic. Thanks for posting this. Stacey.

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