Good Book Hunting: Friends of the Springfield-Greene County Library, April 24, 2015

So I went about an hour early before my volunteer shift started at the Friends of the Springfield-Greene County Library book sale. When I went on Wednesday, I thought I’d bought a copy of Olivia Newton-John’s Olivia, but the platter inside the cover is If You Love Me, Let Me Know. So I’d hoped the donor had just misfiled them, and that I could find the cover for If You Love Me, Let Me Know with Olivia inside.

Alas, no.

I did buy additional albums, including Newton-John’s Come On Over. Eleven additional albums, which puts me at 42 for the week.

Here’s what I got:

Books include:

  • Poor Richard’s Alamanack, a collection of Ben Franklin’s best sayings from the periodical.
  • The Year 1000, a book about what normal life was like in Britain in 1000 AD.
  • The Stephen King Companion since I’ve started a 1000 page Stephen King book, naturally I expect I’ll want to read about Stephen King when I’m done with his novel.
  • The Red Badge of Courage in the Reader’s Digest edition. Not the condensed edition.
  • Three Classics Club titles, including Locke’s On Politics and Education, Bradford’s History of Plymouth, and Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, of which I only needed the last.

I got three films:

  • Jackie Chan’s Rumble in the Bronx.
  • Wonder Boys starring Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Katie Holmes, and some red boots.
  • Muppets From Space

Additionally, I got three sets of university courses on CD, including The Teaching Company’s Origins of Great Civilizations and Greece and Rome as well as The Modern Scholar’s A History of Ancient Israel. The Friends of the Springfield-Greene County Library book sale often has these courses pretty cheap, but the key is to pay attention to what each binder contains. This time out, they marked each binder $10, but some courses are in library binders, where only two discs of a course are in the binder and a whole course might have seven binders. That would be $70 versus $10.

So I’ve got a few things to read, a few things to watch, and a whole lot more to listen to. And I’ve avoided the siren song of half price day today and expect I’ll evade the siren song of bag day on Sunday.

Because, believe it or not, I am running out of places to put books here at Nogglestead. Until I build my stand-alone library building.

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