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:
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:
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…