Good Book Hunting, October 21, 2016: The Friends of the Clever Library Book Sale

On Friday night, we were some of the first people to visit the semi-annual Friends of the Clever Library Book Sale. Unfortunately, this year it was smaller than it has been in the past. Perhaps I mean “fortunately,” since that limited what I could buy. But this might be the only book sale we make it to this autumn (as we have already missed the Friends of the Christian County Library in Ozark and the Friends of the Springfield-Greene County Library book sale is all the way on the north side of Springfield these days).

Still, I bought a couple things:

Mostly, it’s movies, which is a shame: As I might have mentioned, I’ve been trying to clear out some of the films I’ve accummulated in the last decade that I have not watched (yes, I have a to-watch shelf). Thanks to Wednesday Movie Nights this autumn, I’ve cleared a couple out. Enough so that I didn’t have to stack this weekend’s purchases atop the cabinet. I got a couple kid-friendly movies for those rare instances where I watch a film with the children; a couple of World War II things; Top Gun; a Clint Eastwood movie I’d never heard of, Kelly’s Heroes; an Elvis movie, A Change of Habit, and Fort Apache (not Fort Apache: The Bronx).

As to books, I got just a couple including:

  • A 110 year old copy of The Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Five Themes of Today, a collection of philosophical poetry I expect to be very self-conscious.
  • The Bible As History, a fat paperback.
  • A couple of local interest sorts of self-published looking books.

I also got a CD of SinĂ©ad O’Connor’s, Am I Not Your Girl?, a collection of jazz standards. From 1992. Interesting. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I’m sort of looking forward to it.

At any rate, that’s like five new books. That’s as many as my beautiful wife bought and fewer than my children got. What has happened to me? I used to buy so, so many. Perhaps I’m starting to think I won’t live forever and might not have a chance to get to all the books I have already.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that next week, where I suddenly find myself in North Springfield on half price day, perhaps this question will be answered.

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