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Every August the friends of the Bay County Library System holds a huge library sale that is normally spread out over at least three days. It is one of the largest library book sales in the state of Michigan. Until this past year it was held in an old mall. With the sale of the mall to a local developer, the sale held this past August moved to an unused elementary school.
While I don’t attend every year, I attend more often than not. What could be better for someone who loves to read as much as I do? There is nothing like rummaging through hundreds of used books looking for gems. Admittedly, I currently have too many books and not nearly enough shelf space. In years past, I went a bit overboard at the sale and still have books I have yet to read. As a result, I tried to show a little restraint last summer. Below are the books I plucked this past August. I ended up with all of them for less than $10.
That said, I tend to be picky. I rarely select paperbacks unless they are in pristine condition and the content compelling. Hardcovers have to be close to like new condition or I will pass it up. I use the books from the sales as a means to read books I otherwise would never pick up as well as a way to discover new authors. I never go into a sale with a plan. I just wander endlessly until something catches my eye.
As an avid fan of American Pickers, I tend to think of it as a form of picking and an adventure in its own right. I just might have to attend again this coming August, even if I only select a handful of books. It may be time to pass some books along. I love the thrill of the hunt and the fact that I’m helping out the library system as well.
American Mania: When More Is Not Enough – Peter C. Whybrow, M.D.
Blood Diamonds – Greg Campbell – DONE
The Cult Of The Amateur – Andrew Keen
Hurricane – James S. Hirsch
Mañana Mañana – Peter Kerr
Passport Diaries – Tamara T. Gregory
The Weed That Strings The Hangman’s Bag – Alan Bradley
* It was sad to note as I compiled this post that I’ve only read one of the books thus far. On a positive note, as I researched the links, I noticed a few of the authors listed above have new books coming out this year. I can’t wait to dive in!