Thursday, October 24, 2013

How to Shop a Library Sale, or You Can't Judge a Book By It's Cover

Dave and I stopped by the library during our lunch hour today and stumbled on a used book sale - $2/bag.  My eyes glazed over as I grabbed a bag and began digging.  Dave sifted through a couple tables and deemed them all "fuel for a giant book burning".   I'll agree, there were a lot of  less-than-bestsellers there, but there were also gems among the dross, if you dug deep enough.  Here's what I discovered on the Mystery table:

It's a mystery-lovers bonanza:  Gilman, Christie, Rinehart, Gardner, Stout - and that plain brown book underneath is Westlake.  Throw in a copy of A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines and a collection of Christmas stories and it's a pretty good haul.  

C.S. Lewis once said, "It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between."  I intend to try to follow that rule in the coming year.


  1. Great haul. I like that idea of alternating new and old. I have many that I am looking forward to

  2. Love it that you and hubs had a book date for lunch! Like your plan to read old/new. I resolve to read the few books on my TBR stack before checking out anymore from the library. Right after I finish the two I have now from the library. :) Good post.

  3. I love those kind of sales! Sometimes you find gems. Looks like you got a great haul :)