Books and Busy-ness (or Business)

Yesterday, the day I’d been waiting for all summer arrived: my local library’s annual booksale.

For the first time (at my mom’s insistence), I paid $10 to get into the “pre-sale” and was there when the doors opened. The pre-sale price was defintely worth it — I’ve never enjoyed such a wide selection at a library booksale before! I came away with 44 books for $30 (well, $40 if you count the presale fee, but that’s still less than a buck a book!) Over the next few days, I’ll be uploading my finds to LibraryThing if you’re really curious. The biggest gem was a paperback, like-new copy of The Tale of the Genji, arguably the first novel ever written. I’ve been looking for an affordable copy of this since I edited an article about its author, Lady Murasaki, for New Moon Girls magazine. In other news . . .

  • Speaking of New Moon Girls, a few days ago I posted about their donation campaign, in which you can donate to give New Moon Girls to libraries, schools, or girls’ organizations. If YOU work for or know of a library, school, or organization that should be the recipient of a New Moon gift, you can email New Moon to put your name on the list.
  • I recently received my second high-scoring review from Scribendi, the editorial services company I contract with. This means I’m being “promoted” to a higher service level, and that I’ll have access to more orders. If you’re ever in need of a good edit, Scribendi provides high-quality (if I do say so myself) edits at rates that are cheaper than most private editors.
  • Despite the 44 books that cheerfully opened this entry, I realized when I got home that I’d forgotten to pick up a book about gardening to help me turn my brown thumb green when I have the land to plant on. So, yes, I’m going to the book sale again today. Wish me luck — or restraint!

8 Responses to Books and Busy-ness (or Business)

  1. spoonbridge says:

    Ooh, sounds like a really good book sale. I got the “Tale of Genji” at a sale too last summer. I have yet to read it, but it’s one of my best finds. It really is like a treasure hunt, isn’t it? I haven’t heard of a pre-sale payment, I wonder if that is something to suggest to my local Friends of the Library (though I’ve been lucky enough to volunteer in sitting up the book sale a few times).

    Oh, and it’s almost better the second day, sometimes hidden gems are turned up by the digging of other explorers!

    • I was thinking of you when I found The Tale of the Genji! I’m glad that you found a copy, too. Yes, it IS quite a treasure hunt. I didn’t have as much luck today, but that’s just as well for my pocketbook. 😉 And although I didn’t find quite the same kinds of gems today as I did yesterday, all the previously purchased books did make the sale a bit less overwhelming!

  2. Jenna says:

    I want to see your finds on LibraryThing, but I don’t know what’s new and what’s old. (And profiles only show the latest 6 or so updates.) I think you should add a library sale tag for easy findings. :p

    I can’t wait for our next library booksale in a few weeks! This post made me even more excited! You never know what you’ll find.

  3. You know, I ALMOST made a big list of my Library Book Sale books because I was so proud of them. Now I wish I had! I just might go add that “library book sale” tag. 🙂

    Happy hunting at your next sale! I’m so jealous that you get to go to so many per season! I’m already pining away for the Marshall one next spring. :p

  4. Jenna says:

    The reason I go to so many library sales per season is because I go to about 6 different libraries that are nearby! Ha! 🙂

    Waiting for that tag to pop up . . .

  5. I know! You’re so lucky to have all those towns smooshed together like that.

    I added the tag, but I was only able to recall 37 of the 44 books . . . I couldn’t find a way to list them in the order I’d posted them, which would have let me easily find ALL of them. But, it’s a start.

  6. Jenna says:

    Oh, those poor seven books that you forgot. :p

  7. Maybe they’ll get remembered when I unpack them. Or maybe I counted wrong the first time. :p I do know *one* of those books I got as a gift for someone else, so that one won’t get entered into LibraryThing, bringing the “missing books” down to six.

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