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My Newly Adopted Books

October 19, 2011


Last weekend was the annual used book sale at the Downtown Salt Lake City Library. I’ve never gone before but Boy HOWDY am I going every year from now on! I got 17 books for $9.25. Bargain of the year. Especially as most of them looked brand new and had no writing in them or bent corners.



Here’s the list:

The Truth About Chuck Norris: 400 Facts About the World’s Greatest Human by Ian Spector

The Idiot’s Guide to Weight Training

Photography for Dummies

A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Practically Everything

The Write-Brain Workbook: 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing by Bonnie Neubauer

A Book Dragon by Donn Kushner

Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci

The Comedies and Tragedies of Shakespeare Vol. I&II by Random House

8 travel books. That’s right. Eight. I got one for London, Edinburgh, Paris, The Scottish Highlands, The Lake District, Ireland, Germany and Austria. And none of them were older than 2008. Which is fantastic, as my parents are planning a trip that I might or might not tag along on for next summer and these places are all on the list (except Ireland. That was just wishful thinking.)


The little Shakespeare set I got is so gorgeous. The only thing I could have asked for is a third volume: the Histories. But, alas, there wasn’t one in this set. It just feels right to have an old book of Shakespeare, doesn’t it? My “new” set was printed in 1944. Almost 70 years old!






But perhaps the most serendipitous purchase was Rose Sees Red. Remember how I was looking for a book of about 50,000 words to read in November? I have been meaning to read this book for ages, first because the cover always enticed me and second because it is about dance which is something I’m slowly learning about for a project down the road. And this book is 197 pages. Practically perfect. All good things to those who buy used books.

I don’t generally buy books that I haven’t read. After a few very bad purchases, my rule has always been: check it out from the library and if you ever want to read it again, buy it. And this works very well for me. However, I got 17 books for about the price of a cheap paperback. That makes my thrifty heart soar in unison with my literary heart into a blissful wedded union in the sky.


I may be talking nonsense but new books do that to a person. What are your book buying habits?


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