Saturday, May 03, 2008

what a haul

Well, I think it's fair to say that the library sale was a resounding success...at this for our little family.



These three boxes contain 69 books. They were bought for a paltry $30.60. (And it would have been considerably less had we not bought 2 books for $4.00 each.) Before the sale I jokingly told Annie I was going to buy 22 books...turns out I wasn't that far off at 18. I didn't mean to go quite so overboard, but at those prices, how does one say no?!! Even the boys got in the spirit...they usually only pick out a few books apiece, but this year...



I was so happy that Gray found so many that interested him. He just hasn't jumped on the reading bandwagon...but he has spurts when he really goes to town. He seems to be in one of those now, and I'm hoping this will be the time it takes a hold of him for life.










And Maxidoodle, bless his sweet little heart, loves books dearly, but reading has not come easily to him like it did for his siblings. He tries so hard, and he's definitely come a long way recently. But he found a great new crop of picture books for us to share together.








Okay, I really shouldn't post this next photo, but I told Rich if he insisted on being a dork while I took his picture, I was definitely going to post it. I like to follow through on my promises.



And of course, I did take a photo of Miss Annie with her haul, but I figure she may want to post that on her own blog. Unfortunately, they didn't have much of a selection of YA books, but she managed to find a book or two or fourteen anyway.

And this is my glorious pile...



Isn't it pretty? I toted home Lisey's Story, Needful Things, Nightmares & Dreamscapes (which I think I've read, but didn't own), and The Green Mile (also read, but didn't own) by Stephen King. Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub. Lost Boy, Lost Girl by Peter Straub. The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker (can you believe I've never read anything by him before?!!). The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 6 edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Tales from Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin (I've never read anything by her either, but I know I can't go wrong as Nymeth loves her so much...but Nymeth, can you tell me if I can read this now or should I really read the Earthsea books first?). Countdown by Iris Johansen. Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult (never read any of her books either). Blue Diary and The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman. The Judges by Elie Wiesel. The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust by Barbara Rogasky. The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell (maybe the one I'm most excited about...I've wanted this one for a long time...thanks Eva for giving the courage to actually try it!).

Now before you go thinking how terribly ridiculous it was to buy so many books when I get so few read, let me explain a little something...see, Rich and I are planning for retirement!

18 comments:

cj said...

Great job, Debi!

And it serves Rich right - I think the photo is hilarious. Thanks for sharing.

cjh

Eva said...

Oh my goodness!! Overflowing boxes!! And towering piles!! This is pretty awesome. :)

Thanks to you and Heather talking about library book sales, I went and double-checked to make sure my local one is only in August. But it turns out there's one in two weeks! I think I might conveniantly forget my no-book-buying resolution for a weekend. :D

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Good golly, you are not kidding - what a haul! Love the photo of Rich and I think you guys are well on your way to having your own bookstore :)

Glad you had a good time!

Chris said...

What a haul is right! Those pictures do my heart good Debi :) Nothing I love better than a happy family with lots of books! I wish I would've had that much luck at my library sale...I think I'm just too picky at library sales. I expect to be walking into a barnes and noble or something :p Great finds though! I love Clive Barker, though I haven't read that one. Hope you enjoy it!

Somer said...

What a great haul!

I think you'll enjoy Jodi Picoult. I've read several of hers and have enjoyed them all.

Nymeth said...

What a great haul! And that picture of Rich made me laugh out loud. I see he got a book by Damasio...I read Descartes' Error years and years ago and it was SO interesting. I really should read his other books.

I love your pile :D I mooched Lost Boy Lost Girl recently and I'm saving it for RIP...you should read it then too, and then we'd compare notes. And The Green Mile! I loved the movie and I bet the book's even better, so I really really should read it.

As for Tales of Earthsea, I think it'd be okay to read it before the other Earthsea books, yes. The stories are unrelated to the series' main plot, and they're about different characters. Some even take place thousands of years before A Wizard of Earthsea. Here's something to entice you: Valentina has just posted a beautiful review of the book. I really hope you enjoy it!

Root & Sprout said...

WOW!! What a deal! I'd say that should keep you busy for the next week. ;-)

Megan said...

Wow - nice haul! It's nearly impossible to say no to those low library sale prices - they're most of the reason for my wildly overflowing bookshelves in which I can't seem to make a dent. And the first library sale in a "season" of them around here is in just under the month. I keep telling myself I have to be discerning and only get books from my wish list, but I obviously haven't seen the size of my wish list lately when I say that.... ;-)

Mrs S said...

Wow that is IMPRESSIVE! I wish I could get me some bargains like that - Happy Retirement :)

Dewey said...

I keep forgetting Annie has her own blog! Soon I will have more time (I'm being put on medical leave from work for a year) so I will have time to read all the blogs I want! And Annie's will definitely be one.

But think of how you're helping to fund the library! You did a good thing. And now everyone has such a stash! I smile thinking of your boys having plenty to read and long summer days off to do it in.

breatheinbreatheout said...

I am so jealous...all those fab books. I wish my local library would do this.

J. Kaye Oldner said...

ROTFL!!!!

Carl V. said...

Awesome for you all! That is quite the haul for the money.

And guys cannot resist being dorks when the opportunity presents itself, so you really cannot hold it against us.

Melody said...

Whoa...look at the stack! Great job, Debi! :D

Happy reading, everyone!

gail@more than a song said...

I would say that y'all made out really good at the sale! I love the boxes and stacks and the ones of the boys...but the one of Rich really was funny! You just never know what these boys are going to do!

Bookfool said...

Wowee, what a haul!!!

I am embarrassed to admit that I have quite a few of those and most of them are unread.

Is the Memphis cap significant? Just curious, since my eldest lives in Memphis.

Your kids are adorable! Oh, and I have to tell you that both of mine are avid readers but it's the one who took longer to get into reading who reads faster and has better comprehension. Patience is a virtue with new readers.

Also, must share the way I made sure my kids both ended up book addicts, like myself (besides surrounding them by more books than dust particles . . . I think that's a good thing): I paid very, very close attention to their interests and when they went through slumpy, disinterested-in-reading times -- lots of kids do that -- I checked out books about things they were interested or with characters in a setting I thought they'd like. Sometimes, I went so far as to read a page or two aloud. The biggest hit in that regard, with both boys, was The Cay by Theodore Taylor. Two pages and they both snatched it out of my hands . . . and there was a good 7 years between those readings.

Trish said...

Fabulous--and look at those great big huge smiles! I'm still on google reader so your posts are behind this window and I noticed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (how did I miss that part of the post?) Great book! Hope you enjoy!

Joy said...

LOL and WOWSERS! :)