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Monday, May 18, 2015

I Will Never Get These Read

But, I will certainly have fun trying!

 

Rick and I spent a couple of days in the metro Detroit area helping Kevin and Molly move to their first house. They own it fair and square -- apart from the lion's share of it which the loan company has, but details, details! It's theirs to settle in and have a real home.

I don't quite understand this interpretation of Beethoven!
Amidst packing and unpacking, sprucing up the house inside and out and doing all those moving things, Rick needed to check his work email so we went to the library. And wouldn't you know it, they were having a book sale.


Yes, I know -- this is a place is I should not go. But really, how could I pass up tons of books? Or these terrific travel pamphlets. I've always loved these and am getting quite a collection on all things Brit. Now there is a Mont St. Michel booklet to start France off!


My shelf is bulging. Well, actually, one of my wicker chairs, till I can figure out where they will all go! I couldn't resist the memoirs.


These two food memoirs/biographies were especially good finds for me -- Ruth Reichl's "Tender at the Bone" and the bio of Judith Jones, Julia's "Mastering the Art" editor.


These two looked fun -- more Britain and Judith Viorst on aging? Sounds good for grins!


And I loved this one -- it's huge with yellowed pages. And I'll never read it. But the illustrations at the top of this post are from this book and you can bet you may be seeing it in "altered" form as parts of various 
future collages!


It was a good thing Rick finished his e-mail check when he did or who knows what would come home. But it was $11.50 well spent. (Oh, and there was also a book on Versailles and one on the Titanic!) Meanwhile, it's going to be a good-book summer!

24 comments:

Friko said...

Naughty girl!
But I know exactly how it feels to walk past a table of books and NOT pick one (or two) up.

And gypsy, well he was the best wasn’t he? But don’t forget you have a new best cat.

Mae Travels said...

I've read almost all the bios...good choices! The illustrations from the van Loon book look very intriguing.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Nothing like summer reading! Oh my you got some lovelies. Enjoy!

Shelia said...

Hi Jeanie! Glad the kids got set up in their new home. Maybe when they're all settled in you can take some snaps for us. Well, looks like you got a bunch of books! I think you're a bookaholic! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Gwen said...

I made a committment to myself when I bought my 2nd Kindle...no more traditional books. Only e books. I think I've bought one traditional book in the past 5 years, and that's only because it wasn't available in kindle format. But I can understand the lure. ;)

bj said...

ah HA...a bookaholic...you are gonna have such fun with all these good reads.
Congrats to your kids and their house. Such a awesome and happy step for a young couple. Take some pics for us when you can....
xo

Victoria Zigler said...

Books are as addictive as chocolate, and - just like with chocolate - you can never have enough. At least, I think so, anyway! :)

Besides, at least you can honestly say you'll never run out of options for something to read.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I find book sales as irresistible as a visit to Pier One. I see a few in your stack that I would like to read.

Joanne Huffman said...

We should all have more books than we could possibly read!

Barb said...

Jeanie, Rick needs to blindfold and hogtie you if there is a book sale anywhere near! You did find some treasures, though. I read both the Didion and Reichl books (and maybe the Viorst). I know the first 2 are great. Happy reading!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And if I can do what I did last summer: READ EVERY DAY, ALL DAY, then I'll be in good shape. I wish you all the success to enjoy anything your heart desires sweet friend!!!!!!

The French Hutch said...

Oh my, I know you enjoyed finding your special books to take home. I see some that would have made the cut for me. I would always pick up an extra copy of Brokaw's The Greatest Generation to share. Suddenly Sixty sounds interesting and I love you collection of travel pamphlets. Great addition for beginning your France collection. Now all you need is a quiet corner and cold drink.

annieelf2012 said...

I would have fought you for the Mont St. Michel travel book. :-)

The Artful Diva said...

I love collecting books too...

Mary said...

Ohmygosh! I would have been in heaven at this book sale Jeanie! Maybe camped out in a tent and brought a toothbrush! Oh wait.. That's the library. Anywhere I can be around a treasure trove of books. Happy reading to you! :)

Tante Mali said...

Oh, my friend, as a reader and book lover I know what you are talking about. And: I've seen one of my favorite books in your post - Joa Didion is such an excelent writer - The year of the magical thinking is fantastic!
Enjoy your books! All my best
Elisabeth

Mari said...

Oh booksale! I'd love to run into one. I love picking those books which are old and somewhat forgotten and oftenly ignored. I found some treasures in them. Last time I found 2 books about historical culture of something in particular with my interest and they are most treasured now.

Anonymous said...

My kind of sale! I just finished Ruth reichl's Delicious (book on cd) and loved it.

-Bonnie k

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Wow, you got some great books for very little money! That is awesome! The Minneapolis downtown library had a store where they sold used books but they are closing it this week and are having a sale. I walked by it and magically resisted, mostly because it was during work hours and I couldn't be away for long! They were charging $2/bag of books so it was sooo hard to pass up!!

littleRamstudio said...

Fabulous haul of reading matter!
There is a secondhand charity bookshop near to our dentists office and we can never resisted popping in. Always come out with musty smelling books!
Heather :)

Arti said...

O Jeanie, I thought I'd left a comment here but just checked no, or maybe it didn't go through. I was saying what a wonderful selection you've got! I'd be really interested in the Audrey Hepburn and a few others. Tom Brokaw I've seen the special on TV, and Joan Didion, it's a sad story. Great buys!

Retired English Teacher said...

Too bad we don't live closer. I'd take some of them off your hands when you are finished. I've read all of the memoir ones. I was intrigued by others. I wonder where I can find a good book sale? On the other hand, where will I put more books?

Sandy K. said...

Fantastic bit of serendipity! I love your finds, and agree that though the shelves may be stuffed, there is always room for "one" more. I can NOT wait to enjoy reading again, and more travel, and the joy of unexpected finds. In two more days my time becomes almost all my own and in one more week we begin our summer adventure - where the wind takes us, Jeanie. Thanks for feeding my excitement! :)

~*~Patty S said...

OH MY Jeanie...trouble trouble trouble but what alot of great treasure AND I too would have swooned at that Mont St Michel book among others!
Vintage books are one of my great weaknesses but how many old books can I use in collage in this lifetime!!! (there is a list of weaknesses ... seems you and I share a goodly number ;-) )
oxo

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