My family and I visit our neighborhood library every few weeks. Near the indoor book return, there’s a folding table with books for sale for quarters. I haven’t looked at it often over the last few years, assuming that I wouldn’t find much of interest within such a small selection.
A couple of weeks ago, I was surprised to find a few books that I really wanted to read. Last Tuesday, then, I took another look. I found even more books I wanted to read. Sadly, I didn’t have any change, so I left the books and crossed my fingers they’d be there when I next returned.
Since I’d missed returning some DVDs on Tuesday, my family and I walked to the library on Thursday. Not only were “my” books still there, but there were a couple of new ones that piqued my interest.
My husband found a book for himself, and a 70s music CD full of songs we both remembered fondly.
The books I’ve picked up include:
- Wait Till Helen Comes — I read this kids’ ghost story yesterday and dug it. It’s full of creepiness and love, which makes it a perfect read for me.
- The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking — I’m about two-thirds of the way through this, and it’s exactly what I needed to read right now. Honestly, I’ve had lots of conversations over the years where folks have said things like, “All the bummer things you experienced really make me sad and I’d rather talk about happy things.” They’ve seemed confused that someone could experience trauma, be open about it, and be, well, happy. This book crisply clears up confusion about the how of that, and reminds me that mine (now that I’ve stopped reading only horrifically depressing books) is a pretty healthy way to be.
- Those Who Save Us — This novel about a woman’s journey to discover her mom’s experiences in World War II Germany–and a family history different than she’s understood–deals in magnificent shades of gray. I’m about one-quarter through and mean to soak it up slowly.
- The Future of Life — I haven’t started this, but its focus is on the importance of biodiversity. It’s apparently lovely, and I’m looking forward to diving in.
- The Beauty Myth — I haven’t started reading this, either, but it addresses the social control implicit in emphasizing women’s beauty. I’m keen to read it.
Not only am I picking up bunches of great books, I’m picking them up for a fraction of list price! If I’m lucky enough, I’ll just keep finding all the books I want to read at the library, thus saving myself a ton of money.
So far, prospects looks good!