The Haul at the Library Sale…

pile of books

It’s September which can mean different things for different people. For me, one of the numerous highlights of the season is the arrival of the Friends of the Library (FoL) book sale. <rubs hands with glee>

And this, my fellow literary friends, is what I managed to glean from among the fields of books that needed harvesting that weekend. Have a looksee and see if there are any that you would recommend that I start first.

  • The Map That Changed the World – Simon Winchester (NF – I like Winchester’s work so this looked a good one.)
  • A Social History of England – Asa Briggs (NF – I love social history)
  • The Story of English – McCrum, Cran, and MacNeil (NF – I love learning linguistic history)
  • Steroid Nation – Shaun Asseal (NF – just sounds interesting)
  • Their Noble Lordships: How to Tell a Duke from an Earl and other Mysteries Solved – Simon Winchester (NF – Above Winchester comment + generally interesting topic)
  • 1066 – The Year of the Conquest – David Howarth (NF – sounds like a good big-pic history of the time)
  • The Victorians – George Perry and Nicholas Mason (NF – Well, it’s Victorians. ‘Nuff said.)
  • Gothic Tales – Elizabeth Gaskell (loved Gaskell’s other work and good for Halloween-y reading)
  • Quartet in Autumn – Barbara Pym (nice gentle not-so-long read)
  • Herland and other stories – Charlotte Perkins Gilman (been looking for a hard cover of Herland for quite some time)
  • Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell (just want to see if I can get through this read this time around)
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy (love Hardy)
  • A Vacation and a Voice – Kate Chopin (based on fact that I loved her work, Awakening)
  • Getting Stoned with Savages – J. Maarten Troost (NF – good travel writer)
  • Coasting – Jonathon Raban (NF – already had this in hardback which was HUGE so got this little paperback to replace it)
  • Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir – Paul Monette (NF – In the early days, I was an HIV/AIDS Educator and am still fascinated with HIV/AIDS and its history)
  • Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village – Ronald Blythe (NF – I might have read this before, but was in the mood for some non-fiction about English rural life)
  • As Long as Life: The Memoirs of a Frontier Woman Doctor – Mary Canaga Rowland, M.D. (NF – I’m also really interested in pioneer life in the US)
  • Europe at Home: Family and Material Culture 1500-1800 – Rafaella Sarti (trans: Allan Cameron) (Again, looks like a good read on early social/domestic history… Yum yum.)

This little blowout has now convinced me to have a book-buying ban until after Thanksgiving. (Sort of haha here.) I’m serious though, and have even made a chart to track my progress (because that’s the sort of thing I do!)

The tracking method for my "No Books" goal... I've been good so far. :-)

The tracking method for my “No Books” goal… I’ve been good so far. 🙂

It looks as though I am set for the coming cooler months. Here’s to early dark nights and colder temps. Roll on winter!

2 thoughts on “The Haul at the Library Sale…

  1. What a great stack of books! Library sales have always been one of my favorite things. I just wish they had them more often. 🙂 Happy Reading!

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