Today was the first day of our local library's used book sale, something I look forward to all year long. I brought home an armload to fill mind and heart in the coming months. They're stacking up my red reading chair where I'll spend this evening browsing through them, building anticipation for future evenings spent absorbed in their contents.
My most treasured purchase this year? (Pictured R, above)
- Henry David Thoreau boxed set, including "The Maine Woods," "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers," and "Walden"
Other fun and interesting finds (stack, above, top to bottom):
- "The Voyage of the Beagle" by Charles Darwin
- "Gift from the Sea" by Ann Morrow Lindbergh
- "On Writing Well" by William Zinsser, 25th anniversary Edition
- "Writing Alone and with Others" by Pat Schneider
- "Handbuilding" by Michael Hardy (pottery)
- "Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto" by Anneli Rufus
- "The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman
- "Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society" by Andres R. Edwards
- "Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden" by Eleanor Perenyi
- "Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes" by Alfie Kohn
- "Think Out of the Box" by Mike Vance (signed) and Diane Deacon
- "Co-opetition: A Revolutionary Mindset that Combines Competition and Cooperation" by Adam M. Brandenburger and Barry J. Nalebuff
- "Jewelry: A practical Guide to Creative Crafts" by Miranda Innes
- "The World of M. C. Escher" with texts by M. C. Escher and J. L. Locher
- "Creative Puzzles of the World" by Pieter van Delft & Jack Botermans
I still have a stack of reading material remaining from last year's sale, so I considered not going this year as a way to economize. Then convinced myself it would be good to find gift books for others, for birthdays and Christmas.
But also brought home these additional "gifts" for myself. Averaging less than $2 each, they really weren't such an extravagance. Each is an affordable source of hours of entertainment and education.
I can think of worse weaknesses.