Acquisitions: Anniversary Trip

July 14, 2009 at 7:18 pm (Book buying)

Yes, our idea of a great way to celebrate our anniversary was to mount an expedition to the best used book store in the state.  The take:

A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony (discarded from our collection a while ago, but we thought we might try it on Text Jr.)

A Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Ultra Thriller: Time Bomb by “Franklin W. Dixon” (1992.  Come on, you’re staring at that title in horrified fascination too!  And it was only $1.00!)

High Stakes and Slayride by Dick Francis (two of the three or four we didn’t already own)

A Traitor to Memory by Elizabeth George (writer of doorstop-sized mystery/thrillers of extraordinary quality)

Mainspring by Jay Lake (how could we resist a steampunk novel set in New England?)

Lovesong: Becoming a Jew by Julius Lester (a book I’ve been hoping to acquire – score!!)

The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald (our own personal copy, at last!)

Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon (a volume we’re missing from this series)

The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper (one of my favorite, but most strenuous to read, writers)

I *think* we sold them about nine discard books of our own, so we came away with three fewer than we started with …

Disappointments:  At least six different works about T. S. Eliot, but no volumes of his actual poetry.  Sheesh!  Also, the history section yielded nothing – either the good stuff is for sale online, or we’re just keeping the place picked clean.

And I’m not sure where I’m going to stack all this – my TBR pile has not gotten any smaller, especially since I’ve been having trouble settling to any one book and I’m partway through about eight of them.  So much for the Treatment Program …



  1. Paul said,

    Mainspring by Jay Lake (how could we resist a steampunk novel set in New England?)

    It’s not perfect but I liked it. I know Carolyn is a fan, and she’s tuckerized into one of the later volumes in the series.

    • diaryofatextaddict said,

      Plus, he’s a friend (or at least a close colleague) of Elizabeth Bear.

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