Tuesday, July 9, 2013

In Which I Go to a Book Sale

Hello, friends and fellow bibliophiles! Today we have a short video blog, kindly taken by Mother B. at the July 4th book sale we go to every year. :)

The book sale was splendid. I went through over 20 tables of books (according to my best guesstimate) and that was only about half of them. It's like extra oxygen. You can breathe so much better when you know there are friends just waiting to be found. ;) The Lord blessed abundantly and I think this may have been one of my best years yet.


Junior B: "How do you find all those?"

Here I am exclaiming over my treasures:



And in case you aren't able to view the video, here are a list of the titles I picked up:

1. The Crown and the Crucible, by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella (book 1 of the Russians series)
2. The House of the Four Winds, by John Buchan (one of the Dickson McCunn novels.)
3. The Color of Your Skin Ain't the Color of Your Heart, by Michael Phillips (book 3 of the Shenandoah Sisters series)
4. The Chosen, by Chaim Potok
5. The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien
6. The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien
7. Phineas Finn, by Anthony Trollope
8.The Parish Papers, by George MacDonald (containing three novels in one volume: A Quiet Neighborhood/The Seaboard Parish/The Vicar's Daughter)
9. Rob Roy and selected poems, by Sir Walter Scott
10. The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain
11. Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens
12. A Trilogy, by Thyra Ferre Bjorn (containing Papa's Wife, Papa's Daughter, and Mama's Way)
13. Miss Clare Remembers, by Miss Reed
14. A Child's History of England, by Charles Dickens

As an interesting side note, I just found out that a book I bought at this book sale two years ago, Ben Hur by Lew Wallace, has more value than at first appeared. I own (according to my best research) the 1887 second printing edition, and it's in nearly perfect shape. That's rather exciting, and I think Ben Hur will be moving to my collector's shelf. :) It's probably the oldest book I own to date.
 
A lot of these books I bought that I actually haven't read yet. If you have, I should dearly love to know which ones you think are the best to start with!

Blessings,
Lady Bibliophile

16 comments:

  1. Ah, booksaling. One of the great pleasures of human existence. : )
    I love reading "Child's History of..." books. Each author brings a unique bias and flavor to the familiar stories; for the reader it is rather like meeting old friends dressed up in new costumes. I'm sure Dickens will not disappoint on that score.
    Looks like terrific fun!

    ~The Philologist

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    1. I thought of you all a lot during this booksale. :) You would have enjoyed it very much indeed, and probably discovered some great gems as well.

      Dickens, I fear, subscribes to the opposite theory I would like to regarding Richard III. Woe is me, he is so good in all other respects. But I think I'll enjoy reading him in spite of it, and perhaps *now* I'll be able to keep all the kings and queens straight.

      Plus, with his humor I'm sure it will be most entertaining. Though I still would like to get the 1800s edition of "A Child's History" at the book shop up north, if it's still there when I go.

      Love,
      Schuyler

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    2. Did you ever read Jane Austen's tongue-in-cheek short history of the Wars of the Roses, written when she was sixteen? I laughed so hard when I discovered it. She begins by assuming the reader already knows all about the Wars, and remarks, 'If you do not, you had better read some other History, for I shall not be very diffuse in this, meaning by it only to vent my Spleen against, and shew my Hatred to all those people whose parties or principles do not suit with mine, & not to give any information.'
      She was 'rather inclined to suppose [Richard III] a very respectable Man' and thought that he had been 'in general very severely treated by Historians'.
      It seems like something you would get enjoyment from. : )

      ~The Philologist

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    3. I read all the stories she wrote in her childhood, which were very hilarious indeed, including her history of England--but unfortunately it was so long ago I don't remember if it had the Wars of the Roses in it. I shall have to look it up again, for I remember receiving great enjoyment from it. :) Thanks for reminding me! :D

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  2. That was such a fun book sale--the weather was perfect and the crowd congenial. I like talking to the people as much as looking for good books. I found a high school home economics textbook--a lady next to me lifted it right out of my cart and said, "I haven't seen that book in years!" Fortunately, she was just excited to see it and didn't want to buy it! :)

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    1. The weather was a LOT better than last year, and much more pleasant for standing at tables looking over books. :) I was so busy searching through titles I didn't get the same crowd interaction--but I did find it hilarious to hear people saying "I would buy this one...but I can't remember if I have it." The idea of not knowing one's bookshelves is beyond my comprehension. :)

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  3. Happy Independence Day!!! :D I didn't find half as many books, but it was great fun and I love going to it.How do you manage to find eighteen books?! And here I thought I was a pretty good bibliophile! :P
    They all look very interesting! :D It's so cool we were able to go again this year.
    Happy Reading!
    Love,
    Sister

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    1. You found a few treasures too, didn't you Junior B? I'm so glad we were able to go. It's always one of the highlights of my year. :)

      Love and cuddles,
      Sister

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  4. Aaaaaaaaaargh...torment! It has been well over a year since I was last able to attend a booksale! I even missed Clunes, despite being only ten minutes' drive away, owing to having to care for a friend. Well, it's not like I'd have had any money for it, anyway!

    The Crown and the Crucible--oh, I've read that! And the second book in that series too. I remember liking it enough to read it a couple of times, but in the end it just ended up being put on our "Christian Fiction Nobody's Really Interested In" shelf. It will be interesting to see your assessment (and after all, you do like Michael Phillips; we could never develop a taste for him).

    The House of the Four Winds--YAY! It's so hard to pick a favourite Dickson McCunn novel. I think it might be my second favourite; it's so much fun. Keep an eye out for Buchan's commentary on European politics in the run-up to WWII, to say nothing of an elephant named Aurunculeia.

    And A Child's History of England!!! Yes! Well done!

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    1. A year! Oh, how awful. You should remedy that very quickly. I had a couple of good odd jobs this spring that helped out with this booksale immensely, and I'm afraid I did not stint myself in the spending of my earnings.

      I don't really like Michael Phillips' more recent books, but I like the ones with Judith Pella that I've read so far. He does have some problems, which I would love to pinpoint when I'm actually able to feature a book of his. His modern books, unfortunately, seem to dip into universalism, and if it's not intentional on his part, it sure seems pretty deliberate.

      I was SO excited to find Buchan. :D And since I've only read one Dickson McCunn novel, this one will be new and fresh. I should have brought it with me on my trip, but I picked out Ben-Hur and Prester John instead--neither of which I've read very much, but they're good friends to have on standby. ;)

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    2. Yes: our impression with Michael Phillips was that Judith Pella improved him by miles. She gave, dare I say it, backbone.

      I'm not surprised about the universalism; he's such a George MacDonald fanboy, and the George MacDonald fandom has been slipping into universalism a bit recently, especially since the Rob Bell hoopla.

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    3. The funny thing about those two authors is that I don't really like either of them by themselves, but once combined together they're not a bad team. The only book I ever picked up by Judith Pella was quite shocking ("The Mark of the Cross"--I couldn't believe the adultery) but she adds better adventure, and tones down Michael Phillips' theology.

      Rob Bell hoopla. Mmhmm. I'll have to tell you some of the backstory to that; his recent stance was quite sad.

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  5. My heart yearns for a book on saddlery...I must have it you know, as soon as possible!
    Miss you, Emi ;)

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    1. It's taking up WAY too much space at our house. :P We need to exchange it very soon. ;)

      Miss you too! <3

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  6. Oo! Looks like fun. I didn't know there was such a huge book sale around! Can't wait to see the reviews on those books! (If you review them that is) :D

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Summer! :) I'm hoping to review the books as I read them. :)

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