Have you ever been to a one dollar book sale? It's a marvelous high. At 10 am this past Saturday my local library wheeled out carts filled with tons of books. The books were separated by age group, though there was a cart for paperbacks, movies, audio, and books in other languages. I arrived a little after ten and was a little upset I didn't get there sooner. There were so many people there, people pushing shopping carts filled to the top. Lucky me, I was able to get my hands on a few I actually want to read.
From top to bottom:
1. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall - The selection of children's books wasn't as vast as I hoped it would be. The parents really took advantage of the sale. I was surprised to find The Penderwicks lodged in between two other books. I saw the spine and snatched it up right away. I kind of feel sorry for everyone who missed this gem. It'll be a lovely addition to my middle grade selection, which at the moment looks pitiful next to my young adult selection.
2. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly - When I first started blogging and became immersed in the online book lovers community, this was one of the books on my to-read list. Overtime, it moved further down my list. I'm glad I found it though, and I know I'll love it due to my renewed love for historical fiction.
3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood - This will be my first Atwood book. It's dystopia, and I haven't read much dystopia. Someone mentioned it in one of their best book of the month posts a few months back. Since then I've wanted to read it.
4. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout - I picked this one up mostly because it sounded familiar. I've wanted to venture out of my safe zone in literature for sometime now. So far, from reading the first line, I think Strouts' writing is the kind I'll be able to drink up. It takes place in Maine. I've heard Maine is a beautiful place.
5. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards - The title makes it sound promising, even my mother commented on how much she liked it. We'll see, we'll see. Originally I thought it had something to do with time travel. I did pick up a copy of The Time Traveler's Wife, but I've seen the movie way too many times.
6. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles - The copy is rather good, though there was one cringe worthy dog ear. I flew through the sample on Amazon. I can't wait to sink into the pages once more. I have a copy of the Great Gatsby that needs to be read. Rules of Civility will be a great companion.
7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - It's on the favorites lists of almost everyone who reads YA. It's a gem. It's a classic. I'm thrilled.
8. Room by Emma Donoghue - It's all about the premise. I'm almost worried it might be a bit too dark for me. Still I'm curious enough to crack it open and peek in.
Eight books for eight dollars. There were two I'm sad I let go, like the movie tie-in of Hugo's Cabinet. It would have been pretty on a shelf. I also walked passed some Stephen King's. I could have had Water for Elephants, but I let it go. While I paid for the eight, someone said they'd be bringing out more children's books. I should have stuck around. This sale really spoiled me. I need more books.