Morning Meanderings! Book Sale!!! YOU Choose which one you want!


Good morning.

It’s snowing.


Ok, I just had to get the “S” word out-of-the-way so I could move on to better things.  You have not heard a peep out of my on this site in days.  From Thursday afternoon (after work) on, I have been at The Brainerd Library sale helping with the sale.  I was there 5 hours on Thursday, 12.5 hours on Friday, and 9.5 on Saturday.  27 hours surrounded by books, helping people with books, talking books, looks for certain books, hauling books out to cars, straightening books, toting empty boxes to the basement…. if it was bookish… I probably did it in the last 3 days.

Let me start with Thursday morning when the sale opened…

My friend Wendy (you will see here waving in the pictures) and I were in the Library parking lot by 6:15 am Thursday morning.   (TRADITION!!!!)  Yes, the library sale does not open up until 9:00 am and yes, it is true that it was 8 below zero on Thursday morning but it is a book dorky thing I like to do so whatever.  😛

We sat out the chairs and then we ran (yes ran!) to sit in Wendy’s vehicle sipping coffee, catching up, and enjoying the heated seats.  😀  It was about 7:00 am when the next car pulled into the parking lot – a guy who is always at the sale and I know as Tom showed up in full “ready to sit outside in 8 below zero weather gear”.  Wendy groaned “oh no, now we have to go sit in those chairs to hold our place in line!”  I told her, “No, wait – I know this guy, let me talk to him.”  So out into the FREEZING air I went to talk with Tom.  Once he heard my wheezy voice (yup, still battling that sinus infection) he said he would hold our spots and I scurried back to the car ever grateful. Not only did Tom hold our spots… but he gave numbers to those who came after him so they too could go back to their cars and stay warm too. 


At about 30 minutes before “GO TIME!” Wendy and I went to stand in line and chat it up with the other books lovers (really one of my favorite things to do at the sales).  Everyone, despite the cold, was in such good spirits.


The awesome Library then let us form our line inside due to the cold (I can’t remember exactly but I think someone said it was the coldest day in March in like 60 years…. I believe it!)  SO inside this jolly little crew went, and at that time – thanks to Tom’s numbers, we knew we had 48 people in the line.


At 9 am the doors opened to the sale and in we went.  I had to get to work and I did not feel well enough to get down and crawl through boxes like I usually do but at 50 cents a book I still spent $20.    Over the next two days of working the sale I would spend another $16.  (Do not judge…. 😛 )

So – on to the books…. Here is what I brought home:




and then a few special ones –


Two old Nancy Drews (I collect her) and yes, I do own The Help…. but, (and this is a book geek thing)…. not with this cover.  😛 

Oh come on, have you not ever bought a good book just to own it in with a different cover?  No?  Just me?  Too much? 😛

So that is where I have been and what I have been doing.  I feel wiped out today but not as tired as I was yesterday.  Yesterday was the $2 a bag of books sale and it was soooooo busy and by the time we closed up I was merely fumes of my former self.  BUT – I have to tell you, what a blast and what a fun group of volunteers I spent time with this week.  😀

SO in honor of the book sale, put below in the comments one of the books that you see here that you would like (*not including the last picture).  On Tuesday I will use to choose a winner and I will send you that book. 

Have a great start to your day everyone – I am off to get ready for church and then think I will lay low most of today re-energizing to start another busy week tomorrow. 😀

About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on March 24, 2013, in Book Giveaways, Meanderings and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 99 Comments.

  1. Just wanted to say you got a great haul, hope you enjoy them all.

  2. Wow, that is some kind of cold! I have to tell you, though, the people in that line don’t look like they’re dressed any warmer than we’d dress down here. I hope you’re feeling better!

    • I think (I hope) its getting better now… we had 20’s throughout the weekend and sunshine… I have no idea how long it will take to melt though… our front deck has a good 16 inches of snow on it. gah. 😉

  3. Ohhhh, I love your Nancy Drew shots. I always keep my eye out for the oldies. “Run” caught my eye as all my reading friends keep recommending Ann Patchett to me. Thanks for letting me peek in on your library book sale adventure. Made me smile this morning as I sit on my couch between sick kids.

  4. Blimey, that’s a lot of books, great ones too! Bargain! So nice of Tom to hold your places for you. 🙂

    It’s sooo cold here too… It’s supposed to be spring, but we’ve got snow instead!

  5. Hey crazy woman, how fun to work with you at the sale! Will have the final numbers tomorrow morning when the bank machine counts the change. No book for me — have to shift things around on the shelves to fit my purchases plus look over the oldies for donations to the next sale. Have a great day off!!

  6. I always love reading your library book sale posts! My library has its book sale in November but I don’t think anyone waits outside for it. We did have people waiting out in the cold yesterday morning to come in and use the Internet though!

    That was really nice of that man to hold spots for you and the others so you wouldn’t have to be out in the cold when you are sick. Looks like you did get some fantastic finds! That is a cool book cover for The Help. I have certain books that I own in multiple versions because of different covers (The Harry Potter books).

  7. Ohhhh! I loved seeing the old Nancy Drew books.. I wonder whatever happened to mine.

  8. Hubby and I used to go to library sales all the time and Half-Price Books(still love that store) was a regular weekly stop. We have sooo many books we picked up from those days. I told him we should sort thru them and donate the ones we probably would never read. He can’t bring himself to give away books we spent so much time and effort accumulating.

    Those were the days before I started frequenting thrift stores, following blogs, and surfing book sites. I still browse library sale shelves though.

    Anyway…looks like you had a great haul and thanks so much for the chance to win one(after all your efforts. Hubby and I are not die-hard book dorks like you, Tom, and Wendy — too lazy).

    Enough rambling, the book I would like is And She Was.

  9. Btw…buying the same book with a different cover is perfectly ok in my book(pardon the pun).

  10. Some great books! It really pays to get there early! I did not go to the sale this year. I can not control myself and buy books just to buy them and I’m trying to declutter my life right now not add to it. (But if I had a big beautiful library like yours I would definitely buy, buy, buy! Alas, I have one tall bookshelf and it’s full so if I buy one I have to get rid of one) The book I would choose would be either Nina’s North Shore Guide or Hiking Minnesota- but if those were purchased for your cabin then send me Those Across the River if my name is picked

    • Hi Angie, I can not control myself either (obviously) 😀 I looked around the library this morning. Without purging I can not continue to purchase at this rate either… AND New York is only two months away… EEP! 😯

  11. Our library sale is in the summer, so no long waits in the cold! Last year it was so hot! LOL I do have multiple copies of the same book with different covers! Have a restful day.

  12. Wow! I wish our library did that. That would be amazing – just look at your awesome haul! Siiigh. Haha. And I would actually collect Nancy Drew books if they came in those covers. I remember the one I got from the recycle center as a kid, it had a really dodgy cover. 😛

    As for the book I would love, that would be The Night Circus. I’ve been wanting to buy it for some time, but my local bookstore only sells the smaller sized version.

    • If I would have not been so tired I should have taken pics of the sale going on – and when it was all done the trailer full of books that were donated into our community. I was just too tired to pick up my camera 😀

      Night Circus is a great pick!

  13. Okay…that’s difficult. How can one choose? Especially when we can’t pick the last ones…lol. Those covers on the Nancy Drews look just like the ones I read as a kid. And my cover of The Help was the ugly one slapped on an ARC, so I love yours.

    Hmm, I guess: Somebody Else’s Daughter. I’ve heard good things about this one.

    I guess you haven’t been doing Bloggiesta…or will you do it today?


    • Hi Laurel! It feels so good to be on here chatting books with my online friends 🙂 The Help cover is cool isnt it? I didnt even hear about Bloggiesta until this morning so this will be the first one I have missed since I started blogging. 😦 I may peek to see what people are doing but I am too tired to join in this late.

  14. You did get a lot of books for $20.00 and a good choice also. it is nice of you to share with us with a give away. If my name is picked I would like to have Caught by Harlan Coben.
    Thank you.

  15. What a fun day for you and so much book loot. It’s like being in labor and ending up with a great bundle in the end…..LOL….well not exactly.

  16. Women Who Loves Books sounds like my life!!!

  17. I love your library sale stories! I never get to my local library sales early, but I always love them. You don’t need to put my in your giveaway, just wanted to say hi 🙂

  18. Wow, I’ve never heard of anyone waiting in line in the cold for a library sale before. That’a pretty cool. It seems like you managed to find some great books though. The one that caught my eye was the Game of Thrones. Thanks for sharing!

  19. I was looking at Game of Thrones, myself …

  20. what a trooper you are!!! though with the books you got….well worth it
    i’d pick game of thrones…I adore the miniseries (the author wrote the scripts) and i’d like to see if I could follow it along in the book

  21. What a great book haul. I have to say out of all of them as i recently bought the first game of thrones it would be any from the series! Once again what a great haul! My library needs to take heed!

  22. What a great book haul. I would definitely brave the cold in order to attend a book sale like that. Makes me wonder if the small library in my town ever has book sales, I should check that out.

  23. I love the old Nancy Drews. I would have once loved a sale like this but i really need to crack down on my book hoarding.

  24. No need to enter me in the contest — just wanted to say, I’ve definitely bought the same book again just for the cover! Enjoy your haul!

  25. I love reading about your book sale adventures! And I totally understand buying a book you already have because of a different cover. 🙂

  26. You always have the best book sales up there! The ND’s are quite a find! Fun! I would choose one of the Coben books, one of those things I keep meaning to read. Maybe Long Lost.

  27. I can only say WOW, wow, books! 😀

  28. I can’t believe people are queuing for books – that’s so wonderful and amazing. No Snapshot from me this week, because I only got back from Mum’s yesterday, but I like to see what everyone is doing!

  29. Wow…that is all I can say…

  30. Of all days it would have to be the coldest! What I love the most is the varied group of MEN and women!!! What an awesome way to spend three days!! Great haul!

  31. Wow My library sale prices are much higher. The hard backed are 2.00, paperback 1.00, a few are .50, and the special ones more. I hardly ever walk out with anything. They have a sale every few months. We have a smaller branch I think compared to yours. lol It looked like fun. 🙂

    • We do the sale twice a year – it builds up excitement that way – 50 cents across the board except for a table of what we call “premium books” and they are new released and got for up to 3.00 a piece but that is the highest.

  32. Looks like you had a really good time! I think I would like Run by Ann Patchett – looks like an Audio which is a plus. I love your collection books too!

  33. sounds like a blast! How about the one I saw called, Mystery by Johnathan Kellerman

  34. No need to enter me- But Outlander is one that I probably should read at some point 🙂

  35. How generous (and brave) of you to let the winner have their choice of your haul! I’m so looking forward to our library sale in May. My favorite form of gluttony is to fill a bag with books for next to nothing!
    I would choose The Night Circus. I’ve heard so much buzz about it that I think I should read it sometime soon. Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Hmmm…so many to choose from! The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Please. 🙂


  37. Minus 8! Wow!
    You sure got some great books. I think if I win I’ll choose The Big House. It looks really good!
    Hope you’re feeling better!

  38. Wow, thats some dedication to camp out for the library sale. I’ve always wanted to go to ours but haven’t made it yet. So nice of you to offer them as a random giveaway prize. I seem to have luck with your giveaways 🙂 If my name is picked, I would want to read Outlander because I’ve heard good things about it and haven’t started the series. Thanks for the chance to win, you’re so generous!

  39. Glad you’re feeling better 🙂 Oh for a library sale like yours! I guess too few people read here for that to happen. Your book haul is awesome, some really great books – I’m supposing they’re replacing their copies? Because those are some popular books!

  40. Wow, looks like so much fun! And you got some good loot!!! Lots of really hefty books in those piles, too 😉

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  41. What a great haul that you got this time around! I love the picture of your empty chairs in front of the snow bank. Such a cold, cold way to start what turns out to be one of my favorite days of the year at our public library as well. I hope by this point you have gotten some rest and are feeling 100% better. I would love to read Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult. The frigid weather has settled into Michigan today and that just seems like the perfect book to curl up on the couch with and escape the bitter reminder that winter is still here!

  42. Holy Crow that was a great haul! I have never hit one of our Library Sales–I think I might need too 🙂

  43. I love library books sales! If chosen to win, I would love to have Harlan Coban’s Caught!

  44. Oh, what wonderful books. I would choose ” Long Lost “.

  45. Sheila, you’re crazy. But crazy in a nice way. Spending 3 hours at minus degrees waiting for a book sale? While your house is overflowing with books? I love it!

  46. Yes, I do that too, Sheila. I bought Vanity Fair again because I wanted the movie tie-in edition with Reese Witherspoon on the cover. I also rebuy classics if I come across a more collectable copy. So…you’re not alone. 😉

    Put me down for A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin. And thanks for the chance!

  47. Wow, those ASOIAF books don’t really look like they’ve been read (or person was very gentle). You are just missing book 2 for a real good marathon read of the series.

  48. Great selection of books, there’s a few I want to read at some point 🙂

    The book I would like is The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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