Library Loot: the one where i lied to you

I’m really sorry y’all *hanging head in shame* but I totally lied to you.

Not on purpose though, I swear!

I told you I couldn’t go to my library’s huge book sale. Well I lied, because I went…but only because I made it happen. That’s what I love about being a grown-up, livin life by your own rules, eating thin mints for breakfast, not packing for a trip, taking the day off work, and being late to the airport. Yes those are all things I did on Friday when I went to the library! I got to the airport 40 minutes before my plane took off, so squeaked through the security line just in time to board. I really didn’t think I could make it to the book sale since I was leaving that day for a bachelorette party in Charleston, but somethings you just have to make happen and I decided I couldn’t miss this.

And LOOK what all I got! I had quite the loot waiting for me on the holds shelf (along with a totally weird DVD I definitely did not reserve) but I also made out like a bandit at the sale.

First from the holds shelf (above):

1.   Why yes I AM newly obsessed with the Mercy Thompson series and quickly glomming through them for the first time, how did you know? I considered myself very lucky I’ve been able to check out all the books in the series, except the most recent release, all right away! So fun to discover a new series that already has quite the back list you can read in a row. I am NOT interested in cliffhangers and spread out release dates (yes I’m looking at you Fever Series where I’m still on the 234987 person waitlist for Dreamfever). Anyways, they are super fun, but remind me a lot a lot a lot of the Sookie Stackhouse books and I am so so so sick of reading about vampires, but luckily they haven’t played too much of a role in the Mercy Thompson books so far. I’m excited to learn more about Mercy’s Indian heritage about her skills as a “walker” coyote-shifter.

2.   Georgia Bottoms, by Mark Childress: saw the review in People magazine a few weeks ago and was intrigued enough to make myself 10th on the holds list – which also made me think this would be good if so many others at the lib wanted it ;) Also, as you may recall I’m obsessed with all things Southern, especially literature-wise, so I’m excited to read it!

3.   PBS Colonial House DVD this was on my shelf, with my first middle and last name printed out on a ticket inside the case but i did NOT put this on hold ;) not that i dont find life in 1628 fascinating! so yeah, i did not bring it home with me.

Now for the fabulous BOOK SALE. It was so huge, it took up half the underground garage. Thousands upon thousands of books, hardcovers, paperbacks, classics, new releases, DVDs, VHS, CDs and at least 50+ people were there right when the gates opened.

It was $1 a paperback. Trade or mass market. I was in heaven. Heav. En. I was a huge rush (see earlier: on way to airport) so frantically tweeted for help as I started finding ah-mazing books, but I knew I couldn’t get all of them (see earlier: book buying ban [i love making excuses to break this, liquidation sales and library sales totally dont count] and recently have NO shelf space, or anywhere left to stack books in my house). Twitter helped me pick between these Loretta Chase books (thanks ladies!), but here is what I ended up buying overall:

These books were promptly hidden below the car seat they rested on in the pic above as I zoomed off to the airport! Belong to Me  was one of my top reads in 2009 but I had checked it out from this very library, and I borrowed Can You Keep a Secret from my friend at work who owns it several times, so I was also happy to buy both of these favorites to own.

Lessons in French, The Last Hellion, and Lord Perfect  are all new to me reads, but after hearing their titles a million billion times and NEVER finding them to just borrow from the library they were work the $1 investment.

So that is the story. Of the time. I said I couldn’t go to the library. Or buy books. And I lied and went and came home with nine .

Library loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader and Claire from The Captive Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.


12 Responses

  1. Do you never watch TV? How can I be more like you? I’m a really fast reader, yet I struggle to finish a book a month… TEACH ME YOUR WAYS!

  2. Suburban Sweetheart: oh you give me so much credit! i did not read AT ALL the past 6ish months and it was killing me, too much work at my new job. Basically I am MAKING time for it. I DVR all my weekday shows and watch them on the weekend, read at home after work, ignore hubby, ignore the dog, etc. Not all the time, but sometimes! Plus I have a 45 min metro commute to work. *sigh*

    but at my old job *ducks head and whispers* i had an office with a door that closed and i used to read under my desk on slow days!

  3. I’m so glad you lied. That’s some seriously awesome–and cheap!– loot. Enjoy!

  4. Christine: haha it was the best kind of lie i guess, im a very very good at justifying going to extremes to buy books!

  5. I love your priorities (though I am always the person who is at the airport two hours early)! You also reminded me to check when my library’s next sale is and thank goodness I did because it’s two weeks from now and I had no idea! Definitely something to look forward to.

    Enjoy your loot!

  6. I have been giving serious thought to jumping on the Mercy Thompson bandwagon. Like you, I’d rather read a series all in a row. One of these days…

  7. Claire: oh i hope your lib’s sale is as good as mine! plus i got a kinda nice warm feeling knowing any money i DID spend there was going to a good cause ;)

    Phyl: i really really like the Mercy Thompson books. I am just shy of love.

  8. Who can avoid a great book sale anyway? Not me! Definitely, not you!

    Nice stash. Enjoy ’em.

  9. Also, this is totally off topic but I noticed that your blog name is listed twice in your header…the one that comes with the header and the one that you super-imposed over it. You can turn off the small blog title by going to:

    Dashboard > Appearance > Header

    In the Header Text section, check NO for Display Text.

    Just thought you might want to know! I had to do the same for my blog.

  10. Belong to Me I checked out once but had to return it unread. Something tells me I’ll be checking it out again!

  11. Gotta love the library sales! Glad you got to go to yours and pick up such a nice stack of loot.

    Here’s my loot:

  12. […] im picking up all the PNR/UF series that come so highly recommended, so of course these are on it! My last library loot got me into her Mercy Thompson series, so while i wait on hold for the most recent installment there i thought i’d get started on […]

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