Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!! I had a rare weekend yesterday, where I was Internet free, chore free and thinking-about-work-free. I visited my sister for a whole 23 hours and it was fun. Among the fun things I got to do was to discover another park with some history to it and get my dogs to run like nuts between us. But most importantly there was a book sale going on at a local school to raise money for scholarship for students of another college.
At $2 per hardcover book or large paper backs and $1 for nominal paper back, this was some sale! I was in book heaven. Apparently there were many more books on Friday and Thursday, the first two sale days. Even the significantly depleted stock was quite impressive. I saw a bunch of really famous titles. Tonnes of classics including George Elliot, Shaw, Shakespeare, Austin and on and on. Contemporaries included Barbara Kingsolver, Rushdie, Rohinton Mistry, Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni etc. Unfortunately, no Jasper Fford, Nick Hornby and some others I wanted to get. Annoyingly enough I completely blanked out on the books I had been meaning to get whenever I had the chance. It's kind of difficult to shop for books without a list, especially in a sale. It's so easy to get distracted!
Despite the utter confusion, we made it out of there with some 20 to 30 books for a total of $12! I did score the following: White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondatje and Sea Glass by Anita Shreve. Not sure if I will call the last three a score exactly, but for the price I don't mind the risk. In fact, I did not really like "Such a Long Journey" by Rohinton Mistry all that much. I do have an agreement with my sister to borrow some of the Kingsolvers she picked up.
So all in all, happy, happy, joy, joy. And moral of the story -- time to start making an evolving book-list on my phone!!
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