Category Archives: Book Shopping

Random Books from Vacation!

You didn’t think I could go on vacation without hitting every library book sale and thrift store I could within a certain radius did you?  Most of these were found during an 11 day ‘business trip on vacation’ (oxymoron).  But book buying is always pleasurable, and these will be finding a place of their own on my shelves.  If I had any more shelves…



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Posted by on October 1, 2017 in Book Shopping


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More Random Books Finds this Summer

Posting again before I build up too high a stack!  These books were got at library book sales during the month of July.

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Posted by on August 6, 2017 in Book Shopping


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Fourth of July Book Sale = Sunburn!

I hope all of my fellow Americans enjoyed their Independence Day as much as I did!  I felt like I had so much to celebrate this year.  My enjoyment of the day was a little unconventional in that I attended an annual used book sale held every year on the Fourth of July.  Of course, every time I attend I vow it will be my last.  But I went again this year anyway and paid for it by getting severely sunburnt!  It is still blistering and killing me as I post this.

Here are some of the great finds I pounced on:

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Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Book Shopping


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Random Books Post, the Thick of Yard Saling Season

It’s about time I posted about my random book findings, as I have about three STACKS (deserving of capitals) to update on.  Please forgive me for posting links to goodreads.  It was just a little too much HTMLing for me.  But as always, you can click to view them up closer on slideshow and read my comments on them all.  Ready?  Here we go!:

I told you. random. stacks.

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Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Book Shopping


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Book Sale P’s & Q’s

Hi, folks! I’m pretty excited because tomorrow I will be attending a humongous library book sale in my area and I’m getting all my stuff gathered around to go.  Some of what I’m taking includes:

Crossbody purse (the less I have to hold, the better),

Money (of course)

Some sturdy bags (this isn’t a bag sale, and I don’t know what will be provided so I’m prepared just in case),

Water bottle,


Tablet (access to goodreads, etc),


Glasses (need to see long distances),

Comfortable clothing (suitable for lots of bending over, standing),

TBR Notebooks (maybe- except it’s hard to hold too many things while shopping).

This sort of sale isn’t for the faint of heart. I know sometimes people can get downright rude and pushy.  But there are also lots of nice people, and I’m praying people remember their manners and make it a pleasant experience for all.

However, lately I’ve been contemplating an ever-increasing issue when it comes to these sales, especially the big ones in the cities like tomorrow. And that is that it’s getting more popular for book resellers to show up.  Believe you me, I don’t have hatred for these folks (because I confess: I’m one of them).  But there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it.  Playing by the rules, respecting others, respecting the books and other items for sale, and making sure that what you’re purchasing will be of value to you is important to remember.  But when resellers (or others, for that matter) cheat, hoard, scoop, push, steal, etc.– that gives themselves and all resellers a bad name.  The fact of the matter is, there really are others out there that just heartily enjoy a good book sale and wish to go treasure hunting for themselves.  And when they look over and see someone thoughtlessly stuffing half the table into their bags without even bothering to seriously check if it’s worth it—just stuffing for the penny’s risk of a chance at profit—it takes the fun out of it.  Then they get offended if someone gives them a hairy eyeball.  That’s when the Friends of the Library become not-so friendly and rules change, book resellers get banned, and prices go up.

When I go tomorrow, I will have 3 missions. One is to shop for my book selling business.  The other is to find interesting non-fiction books that pique my fancy, or exciting novels I’ve had on my TBR list.  And finally, I shop for my church library as well.  I can’t wait!

What are some things you like/dislike about library book sales?

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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in Book Shopping



The Fun Begins! (Random Book Post)

I don’t know about your part of the country or world, but where I live the book season has begun in earnest.  As a result, I have two teetering piles of books to share with you!  I have now run out of space on my 1 1/2 bookcases, have books in storage, and have organized piles around my small bedroom, so I don’t know where I’m going to go with these.  But as I recently told my hairdresser: I know I have a problem, but I don’t intend to fix it.  Besides, I comfort myself with the fact that if it’s books, it’s not hoarding.  I’ve been collecting them in a pile until I created a post here to process them, so I’d forgotten about some of them until I rediscovered them this evening.  It’s like Christmas twice!  😀



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Posted by on March 24, 2017 in Book Shopping


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Used Book Shopping at Thrift Stores

Ah!  🙂  Time to grab a chai and a blanket and for a little ‘random book shopping’ post!  There aren’t a ton this time around, but I can tell you I was pretty excited over these:

*This was the best find out of all of them!  Have you heard of the story of Diet Eman?  This brave young Dutch woman defied the Nazis along with her fiancé in hiding Jews during WWII.  About ten years ago, I listened to a recorded speech she gave that aired on Focus on the Family.  It was split into two parts and I remember being so engrossed in the Part 1 and not wanting to miss the next day’s continuation.  But I was unable to at that time (didn’t have the benefit of looking up past programs on the internet), and was so sorry to have missed it.  A short time later after moving to another state, I saw a flyer announcing a small community theater performing a play based on Diet Eman’s biography.  It was said that Diet herself may be there to meet and greet afterward!  I was so excited and we all bought tickets.  The play (named after the book, “Things We Couldn’t Say”) was riveting.  Unfortunately, Ms. Eman (who is now quite elderly) couldn’t make it that night and we never got to meet her.  But.  I was looking through the wealth of books at a local Salvation Army store and came across her autobiography in great condition.  And when I opened it up… I saw she had autographed it!  !!!!!  How COOL is that?!  I am so thrilled and honored to have a book signed by her own hand to keep for my own and pass on.  It is my hope that I get to meet her one day in person.


You never know what you might find at a thrift store!  Do you have any special book finds?  Please share!

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Posted by on January 11, 2017 in Book Shopping


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