Library sale score

This weekend was my local library’s semi-annual sale, and because I am a crazy person, I went three times! Here’s what I bought:

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Flora Thompson, Lark Rise to Candleford — Picked up this one on a whim because it looked interesting; apparently it’s an autobiographical work about the author’s childhood in early 20th-century Oxfordshire.

J.L. Carr, A Month in the Country — Saw this one in a bookstore a while ago and wanted it, so this weekend I seized the opportunity!

Dorothy L. Sayers, Lord Peter: The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Stories — I’ve been slowly accumulating all the Lord Peter Wimsey books. My goal is to read them all in publication order, so obviously the short stories will be important for that!

Shusaku Endo, Silence — Been interested in this one for ages. It’s about Christian missionaries in Japan, which is a fascinating subject that I know little about.

Christopher Morley, The Haunted Bookshop — I loved Morley’s Parnassus on Wheels and have been wanting to read this sequel.

Susannah Fullerton, Jane Austen and Crime — It’s Austen-related, so obviously I was intrigued right away! This particular subject is an aspect of Austen’s work I don’t know much about.

In Tearing Haste: Letters Between Deborah Devonshire & Patrick Leigh Fermor — I don’t actually know who either of these people are, but I really like reading letters in general. They give such unique insights into people’s characters!

John Curran, Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making — This was an inexpensive hardcover in great condition, and I am a huge Agatha Christie fan, so why not?

Juliet Marillier, Blade of Fortriu and The Well of Shades — I read the first book in this trilogy, The Dark Mirror, a few years ago. Since I liked it a lot, why not get the rest of the series?

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings — These are some of my very favorite books, so of course I had them already…but my copies were so ugly! Allow me to demonstrate:

0618002243.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_ (new cover)     vs.     bc9b0e3befdecf559396d5a55514141414d6741 (old cover)

You guys, that dude on the right is supposed to be Aragorn. So you can see why I needed new copies of these books! And the new covers, unlike the old ones, don’t make me sad at all! 🙂

All told, I got 14 books for $30. I know some book sales are cheaper, but sadly my library doesn’t do the whole “Five bucks for a whole bag” thing. And everything is in pretty good shape, so I’m happy! Now the only problem is how to fit all these books onto my overstuffed shelves…

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6 thoughts on “Library sale score

  1. PolymathicMonkey says:

    Nice! I went back to the recent library sale here a second time later in the day also, haha. I got 10 books each time, and my husband got 1 then 3, lol. Everything was priced @ €1 (their signs indicated there being 2 other price options, but I didn’t see any other color stickers, I think they lied! :P), so it was a pretty nice score! 😀 Yours all look to be in nearly new condition, though!

    • Christina says:

      Haha, glad to know I’m not alone! 🙂 Yeah, I’m pretty picky about buying used books…I like them to be in almost-new condition, unless it’s something that is ridiculously hard to find. In that case, I’ll take whatever I can get!

      • PolymathicMonkey says:

        Oh I won’t buy totally beat up stuff either, but if it’s super cheap (and you don’t tend to find them cheaper than €1!), then I’ll still accept creased spines, scuffed corners, small dustjacket chips, and whatnot. Especially if it’s an old copy (I love old books!! haha, and it’s rare for them to be perfect!), or just some regular MMPB that’s not anything special, will never be reread, etc, then the price makes the worn condition worth it. 🙂

        • Christina says:

          Very true! At my library, the last day of the book sale is half-price day, and all mass market paperbacks are $0.25. So even if a book is in poor condition, I can’t resist it, since it’s only a quarter!

  2. Jenny says:

    Ooo, fun! I want to hear about the letters — I don’t know one of the correspondents, but I know Patrick Fermor was a travel writer, and he went to monasteries and whatnot. So I bet his letters would be interesting.

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