I went downtown to go the library today, and was dismayed to discover that it was closed due to a festival going on downtown. I knew about the festival, but did not expect the library to be closed because of it. While I was returning some books to the outside book drop I saw several people walk up to the front doors and be surprised to discover it was closed, so I wasn’t the only one who didn’t expect it. Anyway, I wandered around the festival in annoyance for a little while, and then decided to head over to a nearby used bookstore instead.
I guess I was in the right mood for a used bookstore, because I bought seven books for $24 ($22.50 plus tax). One of the books was $8, but the rest ranged from $1 to $3.50. Most of them are fiction, which is unusual for me at a used bookstore – I tend towards buying non-fiction, for various reasons. However, I am in a fiction mood reading-wise, and I found several books by authors I have either read or have heard good recommendations about; I didn’t get anything completely random.
In no particular order, the books I got are: Darkspell and The Bristling Wood, by Katharine Kerr (second and third in the series that starts with Daggerspell, which I read a few months ago); Portrait in Sepia, by Isabel Allende; The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins; The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Jester; God in the Wilderness, by Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold (I’ve heard her speak); and Speak Peace in a World of Conflict, by Marshall B. Rosenberg (I’ve read his book Nonviolent Communication).
I am excited about all of them; the only question now is which I will read first (after I finish High Tide in Tucson, by Barbara Kingsolver)! Actually, I will probably only read from this stash until I get a chance to go the library when it is open (most likely next weekend). Since they are all paperbacks, I may want to save some of them for travel reading.