Monday, May 22, 2006

Book Loot

Sunday was Brooklyn Public Library's annual book sale. Look at all the books we got for $15. Yippee.

Best finds:
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton -- A great childhood favorite.
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon -- I've read my copy so much that the spine is starting to go. Plus I think I stole it from my mom. So maybe I should send this one to her. Or not. I love this book, though I couldn't get into any of the sequels.
  • The Eight by Katherine Neville -- Happy to find this one because I had just placed an order for it on Amazon and was able to cancel it still. That's $7 I can spend on some other book.
  • Pompeii by Robert Harris -- I actually already have a copy of this, but Twin loved it too and she had that look in her eye like she might steal it someday.

A library sale is one of the few times when I can buy used books completely guilt-free. I never gave used book buying a second thought until I started working in publishing. But now I know how hard it is for most authors to make a living, and for publishers (even the big conglomerates) to make a profit. On the other hand, the environmentalist in me still shouts, "Reuse, reuse!! You're killing trees!" And they're so much cheaper. Cheaper = more books = happier Jennie.

So I've made a compromise. I let myself go at library sales (I'm supporting my library!) and on dead and/or bestselling authors (Nora Roberts really does not need my money, ditto for Jane Austen). For everything else, I try to either buy new or check out from the library.


Megan Frampton said...

Hey! Cheap minds think alike!

It was the same sale--I live in Park Slope.

Jennie said...

Yea, a fellow Brooklyner! I love Park Slope--go there a lot for the shopping and restaurants. It's a really beautiful place. I live in Kensington.

Megan Frampton said...


My local branch, the PS branch, always has books on sale right past the newest releases all the time. Of course, the hours are not friendly to people who work, but I think there's one night they stay open until 8.

I just got The Other Boleyn Girl there last week for .50!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe no one told me about this! I would have schlepped to Bk for a book sale! grrr ;)

Meanwhile, read Sammy's Hill and tell me how it is. I've debated ordering it through PBS and picking up a copy at the library. Either way I don't have any time to read it right now, so it stays on my mental 'to look for' list.

Anonymous said...

Oooh, I'd love to know what you think of Katherine Neville's THE EIGHT. It's a bit dated now, but it was a fun yarn to read. Hmmm, I still have a soft spot for THE EIGHT. Bless. :D

Jennie said...

Thanks for the tip about the Park Slope branch. I'll have to check it out. :)

Julie was actually the one who picked up Sammy's Hill. So I'll make her read it first, and maybe I can force her to write a guest review.

I just heard of The Eight recently, though I guess it has been around for a while. I'm just wondering how any author could make a story about chess into a thriller!