Sunday, April 25, 2010

BEA Planning, Author Sighting, Knitting & Book Sale Loot: Not Really a Mailbox Monday Post (April 26)

This past weekend, I went a little crazy at a local library sale: I picked up a total of 21 books for $28 (including a few not mentioned below as they were for other people). Here are their covers:

The books are:
  1. Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
  2. Between Interruptions: 30 Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood edited by Cori Howard
  3. Folly by Laurie R. King
  4. No One You Know by Michelle Richmond (read my review)
  5. One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
  6. Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself by Amy Richards
  7. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
  8. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas
  9. Summer of the Big Bachi by Naomi Hirahara
  10. The Candy Factory by Sylvia Fraser (not pictured)
  11. The Kiss Murder by Mehmet Murat Somer
  12. The Saturday Morning Murder by Batya Gur
  13. The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart
  14. The Wise Wound: Myths, Realities, and Meanings of Menstruation by Penelope Shuttle and Peter Redgrove
  15. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  16. Watching the Roses by Adèle Geras
  17. What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Midlife Misadventure on Spain’s Camino de Santiago de Compostela by Jane Christmas
  18. Wild and Woolly: A Journal Keeper’s Handbook by Alfred DePew
  19. Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
I’m also pretty sure I spotted Jo Walton at the sale. (I read and reviewed her novel Farthing in 2008.) She was with a bunch of folk, so I was too shy to approach her (plus I wasn’t 100% sure it was her!).

I also went to Value Village last week and picked up Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female edited by Willa Shalit as well as a friend for Cairo...

Cairo with her new friend (click to enlarge)

Finally, the weekend before last, Cindy (Cindy’s Love of Books), Linda (Better with Books), Tina (Bookshipper) and I met for the last time before we go to BEA together next month. (Donna [BookBound] unfortunately couldn’t make it.) I’ve finally gotten my passport and bought my train tickets, so this is really happening!

Tina passed on one book to me: Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously by Adrienne Martini.

All of us (except Tina) brought in our knitting projects. I just finished mine the night before last (it’s a cotton washcloth knit mostly in seed stitch), and I’m trying not to mind too much that one side is obviously a lot looser than the other!

Click to enlarge

What did you find in your mailbox this past week? For other Mailbox Monday posts, head over to Marcia’s blog, The Printed Page.


  1. The book sale and the get together sound like loads of fun! New York won't know what hit it when the Montreal bloggers get there!

  2. I'm drooling over all those books! Happy reading! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  3. Can't wait to see you (and your cat, LOL) at BEA ;)

  4. Address Unknown is unbelievable. Go read it right now. You 'll be done in about 45 minutes.

  5. Your library sale has great books! I'm jealous! Ours is okay well picked over by the time it opens to the public. Enjoy all your treasures!

  6. I think I have that Kate Atkinson book, but I'm not sure anymore. I sometimes forget what books I have, lol.

    What a cute chimp! Oh, but is it a chimp or a monkey?

    Believe it or not, even though the dishcloth is knit looser on one side, it's not noticeable. From the picture, I would have thought the camera was tilted. Besides, it's a dishcloth and meant to be used, unless you think it's too pretty to be used. (That has happened to me, where I think a journal is too pretty to be written in. Weird, but true.) =)

  7. What a wonderful bunch of books you got for $28! I'd love to read Tipping the Velvet now that I've read Fingersmith and enjoyed it so much.

  8. I don't need any more books, but I can never pass up a library sale!

  9. Fab library sale finds! Have a wonderful time at BEA!

  10. You found some wonderful books at the sale, Avis! Of those pictured, I've read Folly and The Kiss Murder. I have a couple of the others. I think we like a lot of the same books! :)

    I have to say, I'm impressed with this great post! It must've taken you forever to do it with all the links and all the cover photos.

    BTW, the dishcloth looks great. The seed stitch has always been one of my favourite knitting stitches.

  11. I'll say you went a little crazy!! What a wonderful haul!

  12. Hee-hee, Kathy, you could be right! I suspect I'm going to come home with a suitcase full of books...

    Thanks, Alayne. Buying books is a dangerous (but fun) addiction!

    Same here, Lenore!

    Tara, I haven't followed your advice yet, but I will soon!

    Thanks, Beth! I went to another library sale yesterday and was very disappointed in their selection (although I managed to come home with 6 books anyway!).

    Linda, I'm the same, I forget sometimes which books I own, especially those in a series. I'll be bringing a list with me to NYC! Oh and Mr. B was a bit upset that you'd think Mo was a chimp! (Don't ask -- Mo totally looks like a chimp to me too.) Thanks for your comments about my dishcloth. I do plan on using it (although I haven't yet), but I know what you mean about journals that are too nice to write it!

    Kathleen, I just saw yesterday that a TV movie was made of Tipping the Velvet, which I may have to try to find once I've read the book. I haven't read any of Waters' books yet, but I've heard so many good things about her.

    Melissa, I'm hopelessly addicted to buying books, especially at book sales when they're so cheap!

    Thanks, Mary!

    Donna, yup, I think our tastes in books overlap quite a bit. I take it you enjoyed Folly and The Kiss Murder? And yeah, these posts take time but they're still easier (for me) than writing reviews! Thanks for the compliment about my dishcloth! The seed stitch is one of my favourite stitches too once it's done; I find it a bit tiresome to do!

    Jenners, and I put lots of books back!