For the book lover in me, the happiest time of the year arrived on Saturday – the annual library book sale! Lots of books at ridiculously low prices…equals a very happy reader like me, and this year didn’t disappoint me one bit. There were plenty of books available, in a variety of topics to choose from including my favorite genres: children’s books, fiction, and classics.
The morning of the sale was gray and misty but that didn’t stop me, or the many others who ventured out to Port Hueneme at 10am in the morning, from finding that one or two (or thirteen) treasures hidden in the piles of books displayed on tables and in boxes underneath. The drizzle was pretty thick and they had a few volunteers wiping down covers to keep the dew from collecting on the books.
My first stop, after getting coffee (of course!), was the children’s book table. It’s always fun trying to find old titles I’ve read when I was a child – brings back such memories! However, this trip I didn’t discover any books on this table worth buying which was kind of disappointing, but that didn’t discourage me from venturing to the next table full of fiction titles. Here I was rewarded with finding “The Book Thief” which I have been wanting to read for awhile. And the price was a mere 50 cents!
Over the span of an hour and a half, Bobby (my fiancé) and I found a total of 30 books! On my side, I found a total of 13 books, 4 magazines, and 1 DVD. A nice pile of books (and more) for just $9.25! Very nice! And Bobby’s bundle of books was about the same. What a major score for both of us! :^)
Here is a list of titles of the books I purchased:
1. Robinson Crusoe by Defoe
2. The Spy by James Fenimore Cooper
3. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
4. Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
5. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
7. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
8. The Trials of Maria Barbella by Idanna Pucci
9. Cross by James Patterson
10. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
12. Tales from the Arabian Nights a Reader’s Digest book
13. Visiting our Past America’s Historylands a National Geographic Society book
I’m excited about all the books I bought this year! The hard part is going to be reading them all – I still have a few books from last year’s sale that I haven’t read yet. Oh the joys of being a book lover; buying more books than I really have time to read! But I am looking forward to the challenge of getting to them all and being able to read and review them.
Feel free to let me know if you’ve read any of the books on my list. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you thought about any of the books listed here; did you like it, dislike it, or were you indecisive? Maybe you have an opinion on which book I should read first. I’m leaning towards The Book Thief, but I’m willing to take your recommendations.
Overall, I came home happy with the books I found, and that makes it one successful book sale! Thank you Ray D. Prueter Library for putting on this annual event; my shelves are happier because of them!