Today was my library's quarterly booksale. Like everything else, the prices of their books have gone up. I allowed myself one bag full of books--if it didn't fit, I didn't buy it. The cost of my books has doubled over the cost a year ago--how's that for inflation! Still, it was considerably cheaper than had I bought them new at the bookstore (and nearly all the books are in very good, if not pristine, condition). The last booksale was a bit of a disappointment, but I was impressed by the selection today. Are you curious what I found?
It's been ages since I found any Viragos. I found not just one but four!
The Perpetual Curate (Chronicles of Carlingford), Mrs. Oliphant
The Ante-Room, Kate O'Brien
The Three Miss Kings, Ada Cambridge
The Fly on the Wheel, Katherine Cecil Thurston
A whole stack of good mysteries.
Whose Body?, Dorothy Sayers
Night at the Vulcan, Ngaio Marsh
Wycliffe and the School Bullies, W.J. Burley
Wycliffe and How to Kill a Cat, W.J. Burley
The Ivory Grin, Ross Macdonald
A Mind to Murder, P.D. James
Sun Storm, Asa Larrsson
I found a few great classics.
The Outcry, Henry James (I'll grab just about any NYRB Classic! This is James's last novel)
The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene
The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (I've always been curious about these two!)
Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, Flannery O'Connor (Unpublished essays and lectures as well as critical articles)
And a few novels, too.
The Summer Book, Tove Jansson (I have her Winter Book--this is another NYRB Classic!)
The Maytrees, Annie Dillard
The Spiritualist, Megan Chance (More spiritualism...)
All in all a really good haul, don't you think? Now what I need is a two week vacation at a cottage by the seaside (warm weather please) with meals catered in and lots and lots of uninterrupted reading time. I've got the books, but I'm afraid I'll be fantasizing about the rest!