… but I love library book sales. Honestly, I can barely pass them up. I mark them on my calendar, budget them in my checkbook, ramble on about them upcoming until my children roll their eyes and walk away. I’ll go out of my way to avoid seeing the signs if I know I can’t stop in and see what’s there. Really. It’s pitiful. And I don’t know which part I love more… the smell of the room with all those lovely, lovely books crammed in boxes stacked two high everywhere you turn or the possibility of the gigantic find – like the time I got an entire set of World Book encyclopedias for $22… I can hear it now: Who actually uses encyclopedias anymore? We do. Bedtime reading material in our house. I’m proud of that!
I never know what I’m going to walk out with. I try to find something for everyone – gardening books for my husband, art books for my daughter, weather books for one son and car books for the other. Of course, they don’t always have what I want and I walk away wishing I’d gone the first day of the sale (when everything is 50% off – so fabulous). Most times, I can find at least 1 book for each of us.
At the last sale, I picked up a few books for myself. One was The Passage by Justin Cronin. It’s not a short book, 766 pages in hardcover, but I read Diana Gabaldon and I think only ONE book in her Outlander series is less than 600 pages, so 766 pages wasn’t scary.
What was scary was that I figured out fairly quickly that this book was a vampire book… kind of but not exactly. And then I started wondering how I was going to get through 766 pages of vampires when I don’t care for the whole vampire thing. Then a crazy thing happened as I turned page after page: I realized I was heavily invested in these characters… ALL of them. And at the end of the book? Uh uh. No way. Don’t leave me hanging that way! Where’s my Kindle? I NEED the next book. It’s a trilogy – what luck! $6.53 and it’s on my Kindle in just a few seconds. I’m back in business. Yes! The Twelve for bedtime reading.
If you’re looking for something different, check it out. If your library’s having a book sale… check it out. You never know what you’ll find.