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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Passed and Present, by Allison Gilbert~ Do you have a growing collection of objects that hold fond memories? Maybe they are things that remind you of your childhood, or memorabilia from a deceased loved one. Over time, these items—as beloved as they are—begin to take up a lot of space. It can be difficult to part with them and can feel like a loss all over again. Because I am very sentimental, I am beginning to feel stressed by the amount of material things I am fond of. That’s why this book caught my eye as I was passing the new release shelf at my local library. It’s chock-full of creative ideas one use to put their heirlooms and other memorabilia to good use. Some of it involves art projects, or different display techniques, while other ideas invite the participation of others (friends, family, even strangers). What’s nice is that this book isn’t just about the practical use of cold objects, but that the point is aimed at keeping the memory of one’s parent/grandparent/friend, etc. alive. I was able to get a couple of good ideas I would like to implement someday. It’s worth checking out!
The Gentle Art of Domesticity, by Jane Brocket~ This was a book I picked up at a book sale and didn’t realize how interesting it was until I got it home and got to looking at the pictures. Just the title alone has won me over, but each chapter after another holds it’s own interest as well. If you have an interest in noticing art in the everyday small moments, this book is for you. I don’t pretend to be a June Cleaver, I don’t like crochet or sewing or making every blessed thing from scratch. But I love the idea of glorying in texture and patterns, identifying one’s style and expressing that in everything. The author’s own style isn’t particularly my own but I was inspired to create different pinterest boards for myself based on what I like. Jane Brocket’s conversational rambling of thoughts also make for interesting reading. And I’m sure the bright colors in the photographs will be enough to brighten anyone’s day!
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),
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?
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! 😀