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I rely on the library for new hardbacks that I'm not keen on buying. The latest release of ken Follett, that gigantic hardback sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, is $40! I paged it from the library.

Books from library sale are usually in pretty decent conditions (I wonder what they do with the ones that are brittle and falling apart...mend them?)

Our library will host the annual book sale from Sep 25-28. I'm looking forward to hunting for some bargains!

Annie Dillard is difficult to read! I do want to check out English Music. :)

Ann (Table Talk)

Alice Thomas Ellis isn't at all heavy. She often has some very bleak things to say about human nature, but always dosed with a generous helping of wit. Think Mary Wesley, if you've read anything by her. You've reminded me how long it is since I read her work. If you enjoy this you should try 'The Summerhouse Trilogy' which I think I'll go back and re-read.

Dorothy W.

Nice stack! I've read Cather's A Lost Lady and really enjoyed it -- it would be a good place to start with her. And nice to find the Manguel book so cheap! It was a fun read. My library sales are usually more expensive than that, so I'm impressed at how much you can find for $20!


Glad to hear that this sale was a better experience than the last one. Looks like quite a haul!


Terrific haul! And no bruised shins from being whacked with boxes of someone else's books? I want to go to your book sale!

Carl V.

Whoa, you came back with a haul! I had forgotten Willa Cather was from Nebraska. I remember reading her some of her stuff in younger days.

You are right, that cover for 84 is fantastic, I can see why you couldn't resist.


Very impressive collection. And yes, you really should read more Willa Cather. :-) She is one of my favorite authors.

Dark Orpheus

There are a few titles from your haul I would like myself. :)

I heard a lot about Val McDermid too. "Grave Tattoo" seems like a good place to start. And Alberto Manguel - that's a great find. Don't let go of it.

I need to read more Dillard.

Have fun with your new friends.


Matt--I've never read anything by Annie Dillard, but I think I would like her. And I think I would like Ken Follett, too, another author I've never tried. I'm always surprised at the condition of the books--generally they are very new. It makes me wonder where they get them--they must get a lot of donations.
Ann--I'm glad to hear you say that about Alice Thomas Ellis. I did actually read The Summerhouse Trilogy, but it's been so long I can't remember it. That was what made me first pick this one up. I really like Mary Wesley, so I should be in for a treat with this one.
Dorothy--I think they are wising up by pricing some books much higher than the 50 cent paperback and $1 cloth price. And I can't blame them--they should try and get more money from them. They are still amazingly cheap. And for $20 you cen definitely walk away with a lot of good books!
Megan--I almost contemplated not going this time around, but I am glad I did. It was much calmer. And I did come away with a stack--now to figure out where to put them all.
Sherry--I think it helped that they opened the doors early and it was raining out. I think there were slightly fewer people and not such a mad crush. Craziness at a book sale! :) So people bring big boxes and carts to your booksales, too?
Carl--I've only read one Cather book, and in high school the nuns were always pushing us to read her--no doubt that's why I didn't! :) I do want to rectify that now. And don't you love that photo on the Hanff book? I'm such a sucker for a pretty book.
Jeannette--I've got a few of Cather's books now and I've been meaning to read her. This might just give me the little impetus to do so. And I know she's a very respected author, so I am looking forward to it.
Dark Orpheus--They'll sit by computer for a few days until I can get them into Library Thing. So I can fantasize for a while on what to read first...And I think this will be a good Val McDermid to read, too, since it's not part of a series. I love the premise of the book. And I've not read any Dillard, so hopefully this will be a good place to start.


I've been so out of the loop! I'm just getting back here after a long blog reading absence, so it's great to see a big ole succulent pile of books!

Congrats on a great haul. I'm particularly interested in the Angela Carter. I haven't heard of that one, either.


Andi--Nice to 'see' you back. I've been a little behind on blog reading, too, so I completely understand. I like Angela Carter's shorter work (haven't yet read her novels), so I was happy to come across this one.


What a wonderful selection of books. I have to second some of the comments above - A Lost Lady is a great read and a History of Reading was interesting.I read 84, Charing Cross Road almost every year. I love Dorothy Sayers' Peter Whimsey stories. I've become a used book/library book person as much as possible lately - I'm running out of bookcase space.


Pamela--I ran out of room a while ago and I'm going to have to start piling books in the hallway at the rate I am going! I've been meaning to read more Dorothy Sayers and these both look good! I can easily see why you would read 84 Charing Cross Road often. I need to reread it as well. Have you read her other books as well? I think my other favorite is Q's Legacy. Her books are wonderful.


Nice haul! I love library sales. My local library is having their in october, and I can't wait. I'm trying to avoid acquiring too many new books before then, so I won't feel guilty picking up as many as I want.


I read Duchess of Bloomsbury, the sequel to 84. It's about her trip (finally) to London where she meets the Charing Cross folks. I have to find Q's Legacy. I think she wrote a book about Queen Elizabeth I too. I just Googled her and she's got a long lists of books that sound interesting.


Wow -what a wonderful haul. I've read that Alice Thomas Ellis and it's fantastic, not heavy at all. In fact it's on my list for a reread. I also heard good things about Brian Moore, although I haven't read him myself.


What a successful trip to had to this book sale! Congrats on your new Viragos.

I am very curious about what is in those packages in your next post. I hope you'll share soon.


Hurrah for a library sale! You got lots of goodies. I think I have that Val McDermid book and like you have heard so many good things about her books but just haven't gotten around to it yet.


Jeane--The nice thing about library sales is the money goes to a good cause, so I never feel too guilty. I should have plenty to keep me busy for a while, but I am sure I won't be able to stay away from new books for long.
Pamela--I didn't realize she wrote so many books. I've got 84 Charing Cross Road and the sequel as well as Q's Legacy. I need to check her other work out as I've enjoyed everything I've read by her.
Litlove--I'm glad now I snapped up the Alice Thomas Ellis. I swear I have a book by her about living in Wales--or am I thinking of someone else. I read Brian Moore's The Magician's Wife (one of his later works), though it's been long enough ago now, that I don't recollect much. Judith Hearne sounds good and I can't wait to dig into these.
Tara--I actually spotted one other Virago, but I already owned it (a Rosamond Lehmann). I thought I would buy it and pass it along to someone who collects them, but it was rebound in that heavy cloth and not at all very pretty so I left it. It's been a while since I've gotten any Viragos! Will share the contents of those books tomorrow!
Iliana--I can't believe it took me so long to go to a library I am addicted! And I have so many books that I mean to get to, but I can't seem to fit in--it's so hard, isn't it! Too many good books out there.


Wow! Wow! Wow! That pretty much sums it up I think :)


Stefanie--Wow is right. Now where am I going to put them all? I need to start sticking them under my bed, I guess.

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