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text 2018-09-01 02:40
This happened today ...

"Friends of the Library bookstores throughout Sarasota County reported a mysterious woman coming in and buying large stacks of books, with one location claiming she tried to pay with 'funny money that had some old woman wearing a crown on it.'"


My mom, sister and I did a book trail today, stopping at all except one of the Friends of the Library bookshops in the county (we ran out of time for the last one).


I am unrepentant.  Also, I need to go to Office Depot before their 'buy 2 get 1 free' promotion on shipping supplies ends.  I'm going to need more boxes.


The fab find of the day was this 2 volume Annotated Sherlock Holmes, fully illustrated and, while obviously appreciated by its previous owner, is in excellent condition.  It was also only $14.



One of the maps inside:


I can't tell you how impressed I was with every FOTL store we went to - beautiful stock, well organised and in a well lit, well cared for space.  The main branch store is actually the size of a retail bookshop and was running a "fill a bag for a buck" sale on one wall of books which, oh-thank-heaven didn't have any titles I was mad keen to have.  I filled several bags without any fiscal motivation.


The 2 humorous highlights of the day happened at our first and last stops:

Volunteer:  Now dear, these three are $4.00.  [3 brand new hardcovers]

Me: I know, that's fine.

Volunteer:  Each.

Me: Really, it's ok.

Volunteer: Are you sure dear?

Me: I swear, it's really ok.


Man at counter, looking through a German dictionary he's considering: Boy, it sure has a lot of words in it.

Volunteer:  It's a dictionary; they generally do have a lot of words.  Languages have a lot of words.


My sister and I almost swallowed our tongues trying not to laugh out loud.

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text 2018-08-28 00:23
Vacation, Day 3: Send help. Or stamps.


In my defence, some of the books on the right hand side were gifts from my mom.  Because she absolutely enjoys watching me bust through the airline weight limits.  And, she's an awesome mom.  She and I, along with my sister, are planning a day long used-book-store trail later this week, starting two towns north of us and working our way down. I do not expect it to end well for my luggage.


Speaking of gifts ... my sister made me a quilt!!!!  It's in the background of the picture, but here's a full view:


Cats and books, with a boarder of paw prints.  PLUS, check out the quilting stitches she used:



I was totally blindsided by this lovely gift, and I can't wait to get it home and explain to the cats that this one is MINE, and as it already has cat tracks on it, they can keep their putty-paws off it.  They'll laugh at the pathetic human's attempt to exert control, but I'll try anyway.

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text 2018-06-18 11:40
6 month TBR check in, or monster book buying spree, or MbD is sticking it to the man...

At the beginning of the year, in an effort to tackle my out of control TBR, I came up with a plan whereby, in any given month, I could only buy 1/2 the number of books I read the previous month.  With the exception of a library book-sale incident involving Agatha Christie, this plan has worked remarkably well.  My TBR numbers have gone continuously down without anybody cancelling my debit card.

Until today, when I went completely off the rails. BUT I did it with a plan.  A plan that will keep me on track with my TBR program.  I think.


As succinctly as possible: Australia is taxing all online purchases, no minimums, starting July 1st.  I'm not interested in debating the merits of this tax on an academic level (there aren't any); at a practical level though, it's going to be a cluster*ck.  The government expects international companies to collect the tax for them, register with the AU tax office voluntarily, and submit the tax.  Companies earning less than 75k AU don't have to do any of this.


The result is nobody knows which companies - small or large - are willing to continue doing business with the Australian market.  Add to this my conservative bent, coupled with my disgust over the ineptness of the implementation, and I just said 'screw it' and bought/pre-ordered every book on my list with a publication date between now and the end of 2018.  


30 books.  So far. There are still 12 days left in the month.  


I plan on making this work with my TBR project by subtracting my pre-ordered books for a given month from my book budget for that month.  So if I've pre-ordered 5 books released in August, my August book budget is immediately adjusted to be 5 less.  I could just not buy any books until I've read 60 off my TBR, but I need wiggle room. You know, for those books y'all review that I just have to have.


Still need the bookshelf fairy though...

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text 2018-04-27 06:01
Library Sale: Victory? Defeat? Vicfeat?

So, this happened today:


It looks like I might have bought all the books.  But I didn't, really.  Just most of the Agatha Christies.  They were 0.50 cents each, most of them unread.  I didn't have enough cash on me to buy the entire lot, so I immediately checked out BrokenTune's and Moonlight Reader's shelves and discarded the 6 or so they both liked least, and bought the rest.  $38.


Don't ask me where I'm going to shelve them or what MT's reaction will be (he likes Christie, so it's 50/50 odds he'll just shake his head).

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text 2018-03-22 06:33
Vintage (mostly) book haul

Mysterious Books in New York sucked me in again with their newsletter.  They have a list of used books at the end of each one and most of the time they're heavily noir/thriller/hard-boiled, but once in awhile they have titles I can't refuse.



The bottom one is a new release - I have NO idea if it's good, but the title is The Book Worm and its protagonist is a Russian historian nicknamed Lara the Bookworm.   About the only thing this author didn't include to entice me specifically is cream puffs popping out when I opened the cover.


finally found a copy of The Circular Staircase by Anna Katherine Green, which I've been hunting for a while.  I know I could get a reprint copy easily, or if I liked ebooks (I don't) get it for free on Gutenburg, but here's my feeling on old titles: if I can get an original edition for a reasonable price, I'd rather have it.  (Reasonable being less than than the price of a new HC.)  Something about having an old copy of an old title just feels right.


I also grabbed The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by AKG - I don't know much about this one except it takes place in a museum.


The little pamphlet on the top is a tiny surprise (pun intended):  I knew it was small when I ordered it, but it's tiny.  Like prize at the bottom of a cereal box tiny.  But the bonus is that it also includes The Raven and Annabelle Lee, along with 2 other titles whose names escape me at the moment, though one has to do with a haunted house.


But the big win of the bunch is the top one.  I thought I'd lost out on it to someone who lived local to Mysterious Books, but while I was chatting with Tom at the bookshop via email, it came out that my original request actually arrived in their inbox (the wrong inbox, so went unseen) before the local guy claimed it.  He still would have gotten it, except he put off showing up to pay/pick it up.  Tom came through for me and I could not be more excited.  Why?  Because:

 - it's a detective mystery

 - it's a detective mystery written by Mark Twain

 - it's a detective mystery written by Mark Twain as a pastiche of Sherlock Holmes!!


'nuff said.

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