Well, just in case you were missing the Good Book Hunting posts, I went to the Friends of the Christian County Library book sale yesterday afternoon in Ozark. We picked our children up from school, and the whole family cruised down to check out what they had. As I already own many, many books, I assured my beautiful wife that I would not be buying too many.
Here’s what I got:
It was the videocassettes that got me. I’ve taken to watching films in the evenings after a bit of a lull, and I’ve been procuring them from garage sales and thrift stores a lot lately. Among yesterday’s accumulation, I got:
- Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile
- The Grizzly Adams movie Grizzly Mountain. Remember, children are impressionable and are guided by what they see on television as was proved when a bunch of them got eaten by bears based on the pro-ursine propaganda in that television series.
- A collection of bits from Bing Crosby’s Christmas specials.
- Two Chuck Norris films: Missing in Action III and Lone Wolf McQuade.
- A Rutger Hauer film, Wanted: Dead or Alive. Which is a reboot of the Steve McQueen television series.
- Charade which features Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. And was the first thing I watched of the set.
I also picked up nine Toby Keith albums which is almost half of his canon.
Amongst the books, I picked up:
- Two Tom Wolfe titles, The Right Stuff and Back to Blood.
- I Ching.
- White Night by Jim Butcher which is a fantasy novel with a hard-boiled wizard if the cover is to be believed; I expect it to be similar to Hard Magic in some regards.
- A Rod McKuen collection of poetry, Moment to Moment.
- Space War which is a nonfiction prediction about how World War III might start with engagements in space.
- An Isaac Asimov mystery, A Whiff of Death.
- A book of book lists, Book Lust.
- Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor.
- The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope. Apparently, it’s a classic of some sort according to the book’s imprint.
- The Seige of Eternity by Frederik Pohl. The cover says it’s as good as Gateway, but covers being covers, the proof of the gooding is in the reading.
- Two books I already own: Widows by Ed McBain and Mind Prey by John Sandford (see the book report? I didn’t when I was at the book sale.). If I don’t know I own them, I often buy books just in case I don’t, especially if the books are cheap. In the case of the Sandford books and so many modern series, the similarity of the titles makes the books harder to tell apart. I’ll probably send the Sandford book to my brother but I might keep the Ed McBain book on the to-read shelves as an excuse to read it again sometime in the future.
All in all, it was a pretty good gathering of content to consume. Because it was half-price day, the total came to $18. Definitely cheaper than a movie.
The best part: Since I’ve been reading a little more this year and not buying as many books, I had room on my to-read shelves for the books. Well, I mean, it’s not like they’re tidy or single stacked or organized or anything, but I did not have to stack these new volumes in strange places.
Next week, though, all bets are off.