I have a problem. (Hi Lexie!)
July 4th means books for my family. The local library where I grew up has always had a July 4th book sale. All year, residents donate books. Volunteers sort them into categories (non-fiction, hobbies, kids, etc.) and on July 4th, they put them all out on tables and the Friends of the Library hosts the book sale-fundraiser. Volunteers put the books on tables, replenish from boxes of more books under tables, and work at check-out tables.
When I lived at home, I'd get up before daylight with my mom and dad (and maybe brothers) and do the heavy lifting to set up. Now I just shop.
This year, the sale was on the 3rd because the 4th is a Sunday.
$1 paperbacks, $2 hardcovers in bag #1 (front) - $22.
Fill a bag for $5 at the end of the sale (back) - bag #2.
A stack of books that reaches almost to my shoulders - $27.
I will likely read most, if not all, of these by the sale next year. And then donate them back. And buy another stack like this in 2011.
I didn't check the "hobbies" section for quilt books - my mom always heads straight to that area and shares. She doesn't read as much as I do, so the good stuff I get goes to her first, before re-donation. Unless it's really good, then I keep it to loan to good friends.
Sometimes you get stuff you don't like, sometimes you find fantastic new authors. But at that price, it's worth the gamble from just reading the back covers!
My favorite author found "accidentally"?
The Poisonwood Bible is my favorite of hers.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is another favorite. I think it was made into a movie (I read it long before then) and a friend refused to read it based on the role of geishas. It's not a smut book. It's a good story about a geisha's life - other than the smut.
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns is another favorite. She started a second book, but didn't live to finish it. I found the half-finished, published sequel and wish I hadn't.
I could go on and on and on, but these are three that, if you're looking for a good book, they're out there. I saw all three at the sale again this year, multiple times, so I'm not the only one reading them.
Now I think it's time for a nap. Up at 5:30 this morning to go fishing again. Friday was a fantastic day and if we ate what we caught, we could have had a party. Today, I don't think there was a keeper among the three... But we were out early enough that the hogdoggers (those with super-power boats, jetskis and the like) weren't yet and it was quiet and peaceful. I saw two cranes sitting/standing in the shallows eating and wished I had brought my camera.
PS Remind me to tell you how the cherry pie I'm baking (using this recipe) comes out!