Victory (of sorts)…

patontheback

I must say that, although I am doing my own patting on the back, I did have a kind of victory the other day. What was it, you ask? The library had a half-price book sale (half-price!) and guess what – I didn’t go.

I did spend all day thinking about going to it and then stopping myself, but the end result was I didn’t attend. And I didn’t attend because, frankly, I have enough books at the moment and if I collect any more, then it will be overboard.

However, I must insert one caveat here. (There’s always one, isn’t there?) The day before the book sale, I had gone into a new thrift shop (a giant cavernous one) and maybe – perhaps – possibly bought a book or six. (You see – I’m not that much of a Book Angel after all!) Someone had obviously just gone through their bookshelves, and heavens to Betsey if there weren’t some choice titles there.

I had to get them. You know – because…

Thrift Shop Glory - February 2015.

Thrift Shop Glory – February 2015.

And so in the top photo, bottom to top, is what happened to slip into my bag and into my home that day:

  • The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby (love his book columns from the Believer mag) (NF)
  • Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States – Hector Tobar (NF)
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs – Neil Simon (wanted to read a play)
  • The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island – Linda Greenlaw (NF)
  • The First Rumpole Omnibus – John Mortimer (F) (Iove him)
  • Girl with the Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien (F) – looks like gritty Irish fiction which I’m interested in reading

So – some good titles added to the burgeoning TBR shelf for future reads. Hooray for thrift shops!

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4 thoughts on “Victory (of sorts)…

  1. love to read about ‘not’ buying bks…..so much fun to identify!
    like your haul. esp Greenlaw is one of my comfort reads…love everythg she writes…
    fiction or nonfiction..she’s big fun and can really move a story along w/ great characters and is self aware and revealing. have big fun ‘not’ buying bks…
    quinn

  2. I liked Hornby’s Polysyllabic Spree and Shakespeare Wrote for Money–they were the first things I read by Hornby and a good introduction to his style. I read a collection of O’Brien stories last year–they are gritty but she is a powerful writer.

    Happy reading!

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