Saturday, June 11, 2011

No Post Today

No post today, for I am restoring my mental


by rummaging through the titles at the used book sale at the local


with my kids. (That's my daughter's elbow in the above pic.) Gadget lust can't replace the joy of the hunt.


PamelaArtsinSF said...

Tell us what you found!

mpclemens said...

As I had a three-year-old in tow (see above elbow) I did not get to do a lot of browsing for myself, but that's OK: I've snagged about 15 public-domain ebooks for myself and the new ereader. I was tasked with finding "mysteries, adventures, and spooky stuff" for my middle child -- the Book Junkie -- who had to miss the sale to play in a softball tournament. I picked up a bagful for her.

Best find for me: Richard Peck's On the Wings of Heroes. In theory I bought it for my kids, but Peck's easy style and characterization are a favorite with me and my wife. (I highly recommend A Long Way From Chicago and A Year Down Yonder). And the second-best part of the day: getting my oldest to stop grumbling long enough to pick up about a half-dozen books he thought looked interesting. He's not a hardcore reader, so this was a small victory of its own.

PamelaArtsinSF said...

Very successful outing, I'd say.

notagain said...

no comment - get it?

Little Flower Petals said...

Mmmm...library sale. Dangerous things, those.

Regarding the e-reading's the public domain books that make them most tempting to me. Being able to carry around almost all the classics all the time in one tiny package? Brilliant.

I need to reread Wilkie Collins one of these days. And maybe revisit Great Expectations. And Wuthering Heights. And maybe *finally* get through some o' them big Russian novels. An e-reader would be nice for those purposes, if I'm ever not broke again.

Word verif: trimisth. The third misth, of course.

mpclemens said...

Dickens! How could I forget...

[Over to Gutenberg,org, downloads five or six books.]

There. Crisis averted.

That's probably the most awesome/dangerous part of this thing. Think of an author you read/were forced to read in school, go look them up, download the novel for old times' sake... and then four or five more that you've always Meant To Read.

Looks like a summer of classics for me...