You don't know this about me, but I'm an avid bargain hunter. I love finding ways to get the stuff I want but for less. Oh, the joy!
I went to the library last night, and (of course) all the books I wanted were checked out.
(Which makes me wonder, is there any centralized database that takes into account how often books are checked out? I know there are sources to track the SALE of books. But as an author, wouldn't you be curious to see the stats on how often your book was checked out at libraries across the country? I think this would be SO interesting. I wish I would have thought of this when I was at the library, I would have asked.)
But I digress.
As I was saying, the books I was looking for were all checked out, but my daughterling wasn't done amassing her collection, so I wandered out to the lobby where they sell books people donate or have been taken out of circulation. A lot of them are NEW, and they use the proceeds to fund literacy programs. The library is a great place to get relatively current books at great prices!
I also like checking out books at Goodwill. It's harder to find current books, but it is a great place to go to build your home library at a good price! The Goodwill stores around here sell books for 88 cents. That's right. 88 cents. Who cares if the books are a couple years old?
Cheap books and good causes, what's not to love?
Here are my purchases this week:
Hot Flash Club (88 cents).
Meet Faye, Shirley, Marilyn and Alice: four women with skills, smarts, and secrets--all feeling over the hill and out of the race. But in a moment of delicious serendipity, they meet and realize that they share more than raging hormones and lost dreams. Now, as members of the Hot Flash Club, where the topics of motherhood, sex, and men are discussed with double servings of chocolate cake, they vow to help one another...and themselves.
The Da Vinci Code (yeah, I admit it, I've never read it...88 cents)
An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries...unveiled at last.
The Thieves of Heaven (I think I was in a spiritual conspiracy kind of mood...88 cents)
(This is an ARC! the first I've ever seen up close and personal)
The most closely guarded treasure on Earth. An explosive ancient secret. A breakneck journey into the heart of the Vatican.
In a small, heavily fortified room just north of the Sistine Chapel, a master thief is about to strike. All he needs is an instant to steal the most important treasure in the Vatican museum: two antique keys--one gold, one silver--that protect the secret of salvation.
The Prodigal Project (88 cents)
On just another Sunday, a man joins a group of friends for a golf game. A working mother, trying to balance career and home, skips weekly services. An internet junkie scours the web looking for comforting news but finds only unrest. Ordinary people who live their lives in an unsettled time, like most too overwhelmed by their own concenrs to register the groundswell of changes taking place everywhere--until the instant when millions around the world disappear.
Immediately, life after the Rapture becomes a chaotic battle for survival. Into the void steps Azul Dante, the charismatic leader of the Prodigal Project. He shines a light in the darkness of the End times, his new world order representing a return to the promised land of the past.
This Body (88 cents)
WHAT IF YOU HAD LIFE TO LIVE OVER AGAIN WHAT IF YOU WERE YOUNG WHAT IF YOU WERE SKINNY WHAT IF YOU WERE RICH WHAT IF YOU HAD A SECOND CHANCE TO FIND TRUE LOVE BUT IT WASN'T YOUR LIFE
eat pray love ($2...I know, it hurts once you get used to those 88 centers)
(I've been rather vocal about avoiding this book because it was so popular, but for $2 I'll add it to the library without feeling to hypocritical!)
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want--husband, country home, successful career--but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. this wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: Pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.
Little Earthquakes ($2)
Becky is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband and baby girl, a restaurant that's received citywide acclaim--and the mother-in-law from hell. Kelly is an event planner who's struggling to balance work and motherhood wile dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day. Ayinde's basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at her most vulnerable moment, putting their new family even more in the public eye. Then there's Lia, a Philadelphia native who has left her Hollywood career behind, along with her husband, and a tragic secret to start her life all over again.
One last note...
I will always be a bargain hunter, but lately I've been feeling a wee bit guilty about buying these used. The poor authors aren't getting anything from the resell. I've rationalized this a couple different ways.
First, proceeds go to a good cause.
Second, I think of this discount library-building as research. I discover authors I wouldn't have found otherwise.
Third, when I do find an author I love, I am likely to buy their next book new.
Finally, I LIKE used books. They seem friendlier, more inviting than a new book. I always feel a little bad for creasing the spine on a new paperback...but with used books, it's been done for me.
How do you feel about someone buying your books second-hand? Where do you get most of your books?