2) Last year it was terrible, but this time...WOW. Even though I didn't get there until 6.5 hours post-opening, the sale was definitely bigger than last time (I spent 75 minutes cruising around), and they were practically giving books away. Seriously. Nothing was more expensive than $1. Paperbacks/YA novels and kids' books were progressively cheaper by half. I ended up buying to my heart's reasonable content, and here is what I ended up with.
Treasure To Keep
- Fourmile -- Watt Key
Retro Juvenile Novels to Read & Release, Unless They Prove Spectacular
(* = books I feel are most likey to meet this criterion)
- Wilderness Peril - Thomas J. Dygard: 80s paperback editon of a book I am currently borrowing from a Little Free Library, smaller and actually in better shape (LFL has a busted spine), and want to reread
- Just The Beginning - Betty Miles: 70s paperback, 13 y/o protagonist, "I live in a town where everyone has a cleaning lady -- and today, my mom is going to be one" angst. Looks enjoyable.
- Adorable Sunday - Marlene Fanta Shyer: 80s paperback,Young teen decides to become a model. Is surprised to find it's hard and full of criticism. Awww.
- Little Britches - Ralph Moody: 70s Disney movie cover version, as there are apparently many versions. Moody has done some horse books. Not sure if this entirely horse-focused in nature, but they are included. Ranching family.
- * The Sorrel Horse - Ruth Nulton Moore: Small-press-published 80s "city mouse/country mouse" book about a city girl spending 2 weeks in the country courtesy a "Fresh Air Fund" program.
- * The Hideaway Summer - Beverly Holt Renner, illustated by Ruth Sanderson, who did The Mystery of Pony Hollow and a bunch of others I love. Two kids spending summer on Grandma's farm, use an abadoned cabin on the property and use it to raise two orphan raccoons they've found
- The Clock Winder - Anne Tyler
What Is This I Don't Even Know
- Stay Away Joe - Dan Cushman
Funnily enough, they had a good sized chunk of YA, but I didn't want any of it. And other than Fourmile, nor did I find any books written after I was born that I really wanted (which, frankly, is my kind of book sale). I looked all through a bunch of nonfiction categories and CDs, but found nothing to tempt me. Which is probably good.
Also I used a borrowed card to collect a few more books to borrow while I was there, realizing I had failed to acquire more than 1 novel last time, and I am very excited by my new YA pieces:
- The Hired Girl - Laura Amy Schlitz: 1911 teenager, hired to cook and clean in hopes of earning enough money for a bettter life, keeping a diary "inspired by the author's grandmother's diary." NICE.
- Fans Of The Impossible Life - Kate Seelsa. On the one hand, it looks to be heavy on the side of Progressive Lit I don't much care for, but on the other, its illustrated cover is far more appealin than most illustrated YA covers, and the text calls to me, Rainbow Rowell style.
- Survive The Night - Danielle Vega. First of all, because ITS COVER HAS A GLITTERY SKULL, second of all because it was designed without a dust jacket and I LOVE said design inside and out, and mostly because the back promised me "page-to-page Stephen King style terror" as a group of teens trapped in the subway tunnels are hunted by a serial killer and/or supernatural monster, I AM READY TO GET MY CRACKY HALLOWEEN READ ON.
Whew! That took longer than I thought it would. I am pretty tired from only having gotten 4-6 hours of sleep (the last two interrupted by extended snooze buttons) after a similar amount last night, so I am signing off to retire to bed. Amid a nest of approximately 7 different books, because I am bone-weary but not sleepy-weary yet, and I have enough energy to read but still don't know which one I wanna buckle down and start.