Morning Meanderings… Sleeping At The Library


Oh!  I knew I should have prepped this post yesterday, but I was so tired….  and I was reading…  AND….. reading won.

So as promised – here is the “rest of the story” about yesterdays plan to be the first people in line for the Fall Library Sale. AND – yes we did it!  Woo hoo!

I arrived at 7:02 (had to stop and get gas, can you believe that?  There are a lot of things you need to consider in pulling off a really good mission and seriously – rookie mistake, not having enough fuel to make your getaway..  GAH!)

My friend Amy arrived shortly after me.

We laughed about our earliness… high-fived over our success…. and since no one was really around yet (or so we thought) we would take a few funny pictures.   I had brought a folding camp chair and a blanket so I decided to give the impression that I had slept at the library.  Amy was happy to oblige by being the picture taker.

Sleeping at the Library

It might have been more realistic if I could have stopped smiling….. BUT it was a LIBRARY SALE, what could I do?


The next person arrived at 7:20 and it went on from there.  We had a great time talking books with the people in line and I had the opportunity to hand out my Book Journey card.  Amy was really hoping for a copy of The Passage and I shouted this information down the line asking others if they seen it, she was looking for it.

I really had no book I was looking for.  I just like to see what there it is and what catches my eye.

The line by 8:20 a.m.

The line by 8:20 am wrapped around the building.  The doors to the sale open at 9 am and they only let in about 20 at a time so the tables do not get too crowded.


The weather was nice so we were not battling any cold or rain.  At 9 am they opened the doors and we were in!  At 50 cents a book, here are my treasures of the Fall Library Sale:





There they are.  My precious. I mean, my books.  They are all books I think I would enjoy reading but the real “woo hoo treasures” of this pile for me was:

  • The Bell Jar:  This is my October Classic book club read and I had yet to purchase it!

  • Garden Spells:  one I have seen many reviews on and LOVE this cover!

  • Precious:  has been on my list to read

  • The Children of Hurin:  I am a BIG Tolkein fan!

  • Summer House:  If you know me well, you know this is one of my favorite all time books.  I have several copies and I grab them up whenever I see them at sales so I can have extras to hand out.  I have never seen it in hard cover before.

SO that’s the last of the library sales until April 2011.  I hit three this year and was told about a big one in Duluth that I will have to check out for next year as well.

Me and Amy

What treasures do you see in these books I chose?

78 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… Sleeping At The Library

  1. You’re gonna love Garden Spells! One of my favorites! I couldn’t tell who the authors were on Plum Wine and was it Blackberry Wine??

    I’m envious!!!!

    1. Sharon – I think I first seen Garden Spells on your blog. Plum Wine is Angela Davis-Gardener and Blackberry Wine is Joanne Harris.

      Its funny as I did not even know I purchased two wine title s until I got home and sorted them. 😀

    1. Jo-Jo that would be so awesome! A man in line yesterday told me it was in the summer and they have a room called “The Gold Room” he said that was where all the really good books were.

      If you find dates on it let me know – it would be fun to plan a little blogger gathering and do lunch and make an after noon of it. 😀

    1. Kathy – you are doing BEA next year right? 😀

      Oh and no, Amy didn’t find The Passage, we hurried to the hard covers right away and it wasn’t there. I knew as large as it was we couldn’t miss it. I have been listening to it on audio.

  2. Oh, I see several books there that I’ve enjoyed, like Elizabeth Berg’s What We Keep; The Doctor’s Wife; The Bell Jar; Housekeeping…and then there’s a Laura Lippman that I haven’t read! By a Spider’s Thread sounds intriguing.

    I’m jealous! lol

    Enjoy!!

  3. Landvik, Berg–what treasures! I read The Doctor’s Wife by Brundage and thought it was great. The opening line just pulls you right in…..

    1. LOL Julie, when you said “Landvik, Berg!” It sounds like a saying like “Holy hot plates batman!” LOL….

      I think I will now use authors last names as exclamations! 😀

      Thanks for the info about The Doctor’s Wife….. ooh…. now I want to open it…..

  4. I agree about Garden Spells, it’s a beautiful cover and a good story! And I spotted Patty Jane’s House of Curl. You’re in for a treat there! (plus it’s a MN author!) You always have such a great library sale up there–congrats on all the fun finds.

    1. Right Julie, I met Lorna Landvick in Little Falls at an authors Tea a few years back. I think the book was about Bon Bons if I remember right. I did grab this one off the Minnesota authors stack. 😀

      You should join us for the Duluth Sale next year Julie – look at Jo-Jo’s comment above. I would love to do a few blogger meet ups moving forward.

    1. Hannah I think The Atonement Child is one of the few Francine Rivers I have not read. She is a “must read” author for me. I haven’t read her latest yet either and really need to get that one too 😀

      1. Yes, you really do need to read her latest (Her Mother’s Hope), because the sequel’s coming out this fall! And because it’s totally awesome, even for her.

  5. Oh man I am so JEALOUS!!!! I am literally drooling over the thought of that sale – we don’t get those over here.

    I want to read The Bell Jar soon too so perhaps I will read it in October when you do so we can compare notes.

    Blackberry Wine is a wonderful, quirky novel. Hope you enjoy your treasures.

  6. I’ve been to a lot of library book sales but never was first in line.Great books…I LOVED Crimson Petal and the White! enjoy them all

  7. Yay, so glad you made it early! I love the pic of you “sleeping” on the sidewalk! You scored lots of really great books (or at least books I want to read!). I’ve only read Garden Spells, The Bell Jar and The Thirteenth Tale out of your pile, but I loved them all.

    I go to a couple of book sales every year in the fall, one of which used to be a 50-cents-a-book sale (but last year they put up their prices to a dollar!). It’s always fun to get there early, although I’m not as ambitious as you. I scored The Doctor’s Wife last year, but haven’t read it yet!

    1. avisannschild, it was fun to be first in line and see what the sale looks like before it has been ransacked – LOL.

      When I left the sale, at 9:40…. people were still in line to get in so I am glad I made the extra effort. 🙂

      1. I’m impressed that they only let in a certain number of people at a time! They don’t do that at the sales I go to and the floor is a madhouse within seconds (as you can imagine).

      2. Avisannschild, it is a good idea as the tables are in long rows but pretty close together as in a one person passing lane. 😀

        It is crowded even with the twenty if we are all in the same area so I am thankful 😀

  8. I hope the people were nicer about looking for your friends book than my experience. I was waiting to get into a thrift store one morning and was talking to another regular. I mentioned the two things I was most interested in and she didn’t even know what one of them was. When the doors opened, she ran in and grabbed both items for herself.
    LIGHTNING LACE sounds interesting.
    SOVEREIGN by C. T. Sansom sounds good. Need the rest of the series.
    THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE by Michael Faber is one I have been curious about.
    There are a lot of others in the lot that look like good reads. Great haul. Did you leave something for anyone else? : )

    1. Pat oh my gosh – what a story! I did leave a lot of books for others although I did see the faces fall when I cam e out with my load but I assured them there was plenty more.

      My only story I have is that last year one of the workers seen a book that she wanted when I was checking out. As she totaled my books she put her name and phone number on a post it note and stuck it to the inside cover. She told me to call her when I was done with it as she wanted it.

      It was a book I was getting for my collection by that author and it is still unread on my shelf and I am pretty sure the post it is still in it.

      I could understand if she asked me what I planned to do with it when I was done reading it, but she just assumed that I should give it to her since she missed seeing it prior to the sale.

      1. I know how she felt. I did the sorting for our library book sales and I would often find people coming up with books I had missed, whether for the library’s collection or one I wanted. I would not be happy that I missed them. Sometimes, I knew they had gotten into the restricted area of the library basement where the sale is held. At that point, the books stay at the library. It still amazes me that they think nothing of taking down a barrier that says no entrance and opening sealed boxes.

  9. I am feeling a little green with envy right now! Also feeling a little blue that our library doesn’t have a sale like this!
    I read Garden Spells earlier this year. It isn’t something that I thought I would enjoy, but since it was chosen as a small group read in an online group I belong to I figured I would give it a shot. I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed it seeing as it had “magical” elements to it. (I don’t generally enjoy anything with magic, supernatural, or paranormal). It was a quick easy read, and well written. I hope you enjoy it!! If you do, you should really read The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. I liked the author’s writing style so much that I have since read her other two books as well.

    I also read Push (or in your case Precious) earlier this year. I have seen many mixed reviews. Personally, I didn’t really like it. I would give it 2 stars I guess. I think this was one one the rare examples of where the movie is better than the book!

    I am hoping to read the Elizabeth Berg title you picked up. I just discovered her this year, and really like her books! I imagine I will also added a few more of the titles you bought to my ever growing “to read” list!!

    1. Hi Lu,

      We have this sale locally every April and every August. People donate their books to the library for this reason and a guy who works their told us twenty boxes just came in they did nto have time to sort so they are the start to the Spring 2011 sale.

      I really should have took a picture of the sale from the inside and I did not. There are probably 5,000+ books they are sorted by genre on long tables with their binders up and the secret is that all the “back stock” they did not have room for is under the tables…. I dive under the tables as well. 😀

      Watch my future posts Lu, about once a month I show all my library sale books for a giveaway where if your name is the pick, I read the book you chose and once read I mail it to you. Most of these books will be on that giveaway with the exception of a few I for my personal library.

      About 6 of these I already own but purchased the bonus copy because it is in lovely condition and I can use it for the giveaway.

  10. Oh, how fun! Loved that you were “sleeping” in line for the library book sale … and that there were so many others in line with you! Two of our branches had sales back to back this spring and I wound up getting 56 books for $12.

    Of your haul, I agree with the others on GARDEN SPELLS. I really liked this one and hope you do too.

  11. It looks like you did really well! You can’t go wrong at 50 cents a book. One question: How on earth did you carry that lot to the car?! Paper is heavier than people think (I should know, I work at a printers!).

    I’m pretty good at queuing, though I’ve never taken a sleeping bag & camp chair! 😀 I queued in Birmingham for a couple of hours in the freezing cold for John Barrowman to sign his autobiography a couple of years ago (I couldn’t feel my hands by the time I got in the shop!).

    1. Cloth grocery shopping bags Nikki-ann. My need to “go green” and packing all my cloth bags for that reason payed off. I actually got them in one large one and one small one.

      AND – if you look in the book piles… I purchased a book called “the green book”. 😀

  12. What an AWESOME loot! There are some terrific books in there! I am really excited to see your review of The Crimson Petal and the White. I have read mixed reviews on the book but most of them have been favorable. Happy reading!

  13. Thanks Sarah – I know nothing about this book and admit to picking up due its size. I looked at how huge it was…. put it down….. picked it up again….. put it down.

    Then I thought it is a enormous book for 50 cents and popped it in my bag. 🙂

  14. ps, first job out of college, worked in the order department of the dallas pub. lib. at one of their sales got a 1950 compton encyclopedia set with 2 followups for $2. not the britania but worked for my needs (before home computers)! (NO THAT WAS NOT THE DARK AGES! 1970!

    1. Patty, for Christmas my hubby gave me shelving that goes around the entire top of my reading room. The reading room is actually our old business office, when we moved it out the house I had this large hard wood floored room with french doors with no idea what to do with it as it is right off of our dining room.

      Thus, the :Reading Room.” 😀

      Someday I will post pics…

  15. I thought your sleeping bag photo was very realistic. It looked like you were dreaming of books. That’s enough to make anyone smile. 🙂 Looks like you got some real good one…good job! I loved The Doctor’s Wife. I remember you mentioning Summerhouse is your favorite book. I have that in my TBR pile and I really should read it sooner rather than later. Glad you ladies had fun. 🙂

  16. Congratulations on being first in line! Our big library sale is coming up next month and I can’t wait!

    Love The Summerhouse! I’ve bought a few copies over the years to give as gifts. Love that book!

    Enjoy all of your new precious babies! 🙂

  17. As I was looking through your pictures I jotted down a few names then I laughed out loud when 3 of the 4 I wrote down you mentioned by name later. Both The Bell Jar and Precious are 2 books I’ve wanted to read but haven’t yet, I don’t own The Bell Jar and my roomate owns Precious, I just haven’t picked it up yet. I’ll be interested to see what you think of them.

    I have The Children of Hurin and The Thirteenth Tale but haven’t read either of them yet. Once I’ve read them I’ll be intrigued to know what you think of them as well.

    Great haul though, you should be proud of yourself.

  18. You’ve got a great mix in there!!!! Lightning and Lace and THe Atonement Child — both books I want to read. I have the first two books in the series for the former and as for the latter, I am guessing it will be amazing. I have read Francine River’s Redeeming Love several times and it never fails to bring me to tears!

    Happy Reading!

    1. Redeeming Love is an amazing book of Rivers isnt it? I put off reading that one for a long time Emily becuase of the ocver of all things…. I thought it was going to be “Little House On The Prarieish”. When I finally read it I kicked myself for waiting so long.

  19. I was scrolling through this post and my mouth just kept on dropping farther and farther as I kept going.
    The Bell Jar is brilliant. Housekeeping sounds fantastic. They all do.

  20. I wish all of the books at my library sale were only 50 cents–although I think the most expensive book I’ve ever gotten there was $4.50 and that was for The Space Between Us which I was planning on getting anyway and figured to pay three times that much. I would love to have only 19 other people that were looking at the books at the same time!

    1. Lisa I know we are really lucky here – I have seen other sales and I really like that all the books are priced the same (except for a small pile of new hard covers which gor for 1,2 or 3 dollars a piece.)

  21. That picture of you is great! 🙂 50 cents is a bargain and you got lots of good stuff! Mary Doria Russell, Elizabeth Berg, The Bell Jar… Happy reading!

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