Today, I convinced my friend to go with me, so with her son (my godson) cheerfully reaching for books, we browsed the children's picture books and found a few really interesting and fun books that he can grow into. Sadly, someone had bought the entire collection - four boxes' worth! - of board books on the first day of the sale. Don't you get irritated when people are clearly going for profit instead of purchasing books they're eager to read? Despite this disappointment, we still found some really great books for him. Our favorite was a wonderfully colorful and quirky explanation of how snowflakes are made!
For my own part, I happily snatched up any green or black Viragos I could find, then carefully sorted through them. My husband is relieved that I don't automatically buy any Viragos I find, but only the ones I'm really interested in reading. So I bought half of the ones offered and set the rest back in an green-and-black eye-catching group so that some other reader might discover this wonderful publishing house. I also found some Penguins, including an excellent old orange copy of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. The nice thing about going on the last day of the sale is that you buy books by the bag. That always frees me to try a book I might not normally try - for example, I've never heard of Ellen Glasgow's Virginia before, but with such great explanatory buzzwords on the back cover as "coming-of-age novel," "sexual and racial politics," and "criticism of the Church, patriarchal society, and even feminism itself," I stuck it in my bag and am willing to give it a shot.
|Rebecca West, Elizabeth von Arnim, George Eliot, Ellen Glasgow,|
Margaret Kennedy, Henry Handel Richardson, Mrs Humphrey Ward, Willa Cather,
Winnie the Pooh in Latin!, Gustave Flaubert, and Elizabeth Gaskell
Finally, I couldn't pass up old hardcover copies of I Capture the Castle and Parnassus on Wheels. Yes, I already own them, but since I was already buying a bag of books anyway and had room, I figured that I could give them away. And I was right! The friend who came to the sale with me is interested, and I'm utterly delighted to share the joys of some of my favorite books of the past few years.
After spending the rest of the weekend at a theology conference, my brain was pretty thoroughly spent, and I can't think of a nicer way to have spent this lovely warm afternoon. How have you spent your weekend? Read anything great lately?