by Luke Goldstein
I’m an avid reader so any trip to the library stands a very good chance of becoming a shopping trip on top of a borrowing trip. My local library has a “Friend’s Bookstore” where everything is donated, used and incredibly cheap. The haul in the picture was only $9.50 (plus I left the last .50¢ in the donation bin). I always find books in there I’ve always meant to read and ones from authors I already enjoy, but might not have known about that particular novel.
It gets a little overwhelming when I get in there, but somehow I make it out without having to call a box truck to take away my purchases. In case you can’t fully see what’s in the new stash, here’s the breakdown:
Green Chic by Christie Matheson – I’m always looking for new tips of being more eco-friendly and this was .25¢. I’m not exactly the target gender, but I still dig the planet, so there.
The Effects of Light by Miranda Beverly Whittemore – The cover is what caught me (as is the case many times), but I read the flap and was taken in.
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – A classic according to many and this edition actually has a quote of praise from Stephen King on the cover, so I’m a sucker for that.
Summerland by Michael Chabon – I’ve read a couple of his books and loved them so anytime I see one I don’t have, I snag it.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – With all the amazing TV and film adaptations coming out in the past five years, I couldn’t help continue my addiction to this most famous of detectives. I have a free version of this already on my iPad, but I still love a good physical book and a comfy chair from time to time.
The Works of Rudyard Kipling – This is a really nice looking edition in very good condition. I snagged it up because I thought it might be a good book to read to Logan (my soon-to-be-born son). Trying to keep my eyes open for more books like that.
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie – When you get a death warrant on your head for writing a book, that usually means it might be worth a look-see. I’ve actually met Mr. Rushdie in Oxford many years back and he was an incredibly pleasant person to listen to, totally worth all the bomb sniffing dogs I had to walk by to get in.
Inside the Third Reich, Memoirs by Albert Speer – I never leave the library bookstore without some historical non-fiction. I’ve read that this is one of the key texts detailing Hitler and his rise to power. Thought it was worth checking out.
Have you read any of these books? What have you picked up lately?