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Book sale season continues!   Unfortunately, three of my favorite book sales were all last weekend.  I was only able to go to two of them, AND my stay at those two was short, due to other weekend obligations.  However, I did make some great finds.

  1. Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Strout
  2. Madam Secretary, A Memoir by Madeleine Albright
  3. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

By far the best find was Olive Kittredge.  This book recently won the Pulitzer Prize AND the copy I found is a First Edition, First Printing.  Like many of you, I collect first editions of Pulitzer Prize winners.  Unlike most years, this year it was just shear luck that I even knew who won the prize, let alone found the book at a booksale that I was only able to visit for ten minutes.  I can’t tell you how excited I am about it!

My usual booksale scenario is to take a quick spin around the room looking at every single table and, in theory, every single book for those that really jump out at me.  I then follow up with another go around, this time slower, to keep my eyes open for anything I may have missed.  On the second go round, I may also pick up books that I decided against the first time around (if they are still there, they were probably meant for me…right?).  Sometimes my favorite sections (i.e. mysteries) deserve a third go round.  So now you understand why ten minutes at a booksale is just a crime!

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Bloggy awards

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I have been inspired by Cheryl over at The Unadorned Book Review. She has honored me by awarding a “One Lovely Blog” award. Thank you, Cheryl!  Check back here over the next week as I will definitely be passing on the award!  I will also be posting entries more regularly so stay tuned!

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I am getting a little bit of a late start on my 100 book challenge.  I think this is going to be a great way to keep track of (and share) what I have read this year.  This list includes both regular and audio books.  Audio books are marked with an asterisk (*).

January – March 2009

  1. The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
  2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen*
  3. Malice Prepense by Kate Wilhelm*
  4. Buddha by Deepak Chopra
  5. The Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell*
  6. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
  7. Careless in Red by Elizabeth George
  8. Death’s Half Acre by Margaret Maron*
  9. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver*
  10. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer*
  11. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer*
  12. Up Jumps the Devil by Margaret Maron*
  13. Home Fires by Margaret Maron*

April 2009

  1. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
  2. The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser
  3. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie*
  4. Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled by Dorothy Gilman*
  5. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie*
  6. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charlaine Harris
  7. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

May 2009

  1. Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières (just started!)
  2. The President’s House by Margaret Truman
  3. Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist by M.C. Beaton
  4. The Lost Gardens by Anthony Eglin
  5. Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill by Gretchen Rubin
  6. Stone Angel by Carol O’Connell
  7. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie*

 June 2009

  1. A Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg
  2. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher – A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale*

 July 2009

  1. Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott 
  2. Sunshine and Shadows by Earlene Fowler

August 2009

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

September 2009

Ex-Libris:  Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

October 2009

  1. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  2. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich*
  3. Three Cups Tea by Greg Mortenson*
  4. Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein*

November 2009

  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (in process)
  2. Desperate Measures by Kate Wilhelm*

Thank you Bibliophile by the Sea for the idea!

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 It is the start of what I call, “book sale season”. I love it!  I found some great ones this week, even though I went to the sale on the last day.  All these for $10.

  1. The Witch of Portebello by Paul Coelho
  2. The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
  3. Grace (Eventually) Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
  4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  5. Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott
  6. Shakespeare’s Christmas by Charlaine Harris
  7. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  8. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charlaine Harris
  9. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  10. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  11. The Brother’s Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  12. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  13. The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American by Jeff Smith

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