Book Ecstasy

26 Mar
There is a huge book sale going on in my area this weekend. Not only is it written, circled, and starred in my planner–it’s the only thing marked for the month of March. Some may consider this sad (“this” being either my social/professional life or the waste of trees that is my planner), but I know that other bibliophiles would understand. Huge. Book. Sale. Say it slowly, and it’s almost like praying.

Now, I happen to know that some of you are book nerds like me–so I’m gonna lay the specifics down and you’d better hold on to something. There will be over 30,000 books at this sale.  And get this–prices range from 50 cents to a whopping $2. Is your blood pumping yet? Do you see why I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve? Can you understand why I might be in reading hibernation after this book extravaganza?

I treasure all my books, whether I’ve read them yet or not. (These days, unfortunately, most of my books fall into that latter category. My To-Read list is getting out of hand.) I’ve always said that if I could have any extravagant, dream-home details, I would want a huge bathtub and a heaven-sent library. That’s why I love, LOVE bookshelf porn. It’s “porn for book lovers” and it makes me swoon. These are fantastic, eye-popping, majorly enviable libraries. Someday, someday I will have shelves like that. In the meantime, I’m going to spend a rainy Saturday carefully picking through 30,000 or so books. And if I whisper to them that I’ll love them forever and will give them the sanctuary of their dreams someday? Well, that’s my biblio-business.


19 Responses to “Book Ecstasy”

  1. meowzersmusings March 26, 2011 at 1:10 am #

    I hear you! I currently have a measly three bookshelves in a row masquerading as a built in library (the best I can do in a rental house). A further thorn in my side is the fact that my partner is a furniture maker who installs built-in library’s in rich people’s houses – it’s just cruel really.

    Books are also my porn and I get very excited in book sales. Recently, a friend was sending several boxes of books to an op shop as she was moving interstate. I managed to take most of them home – “come with me little babies, I’ll treat you right” – and found a way to fit them onto my already heaving shelves. I think my ‘read’ ratio is about 80-20, with strange reading criterion on some of them such as ‘Virginia Wolf: An inner life’ being reserved until the thick volume can be read in the sanctuary of a country cabin, surrounded by trees. It’s been four years and I am still waiting to have a spare week in the country to get started…

    • Oh My Words! March 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

      I can’t get over the fact that your partner builds dream bookcases….so, what, there’s no chances of getting a little somethin’ somethin’ at home?

      I totally feel you about the country cabin. There are some books, for me, that are just better read on a beach.

  2. knotrune March 26, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    Drool… I image ‘huge book sale’ said in the way Homer Simpson says donuts! 😀
    Jealous! Have fun 🙂

  3. broadsideblog March 26, 2011 at 5:13 am #

    Our library’s book sale is coming up. I don’t dare even go there. I still need to cull to find space for any additions as it is.

    Happy hunting!

  4. Seasweetie March 26, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Oh, I so want to be there. Yes, you really and truly get my blood pumping! I’m thinking, “Where is she? And could I get there today?”

  5. Shirley Bomgaars March 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    We have a lot of wonderful built in bookcases in our home – it was a major selling point for us – and yet, we have stacks of books *everywhere!* Why? Because you can never have enough bookcases when you are a bibliophile! And – worse – my husband and I are are *both* bibliophiles and have passed the gene on to our children who also have stacks of books e v e r y w h e r e! So, yeah, if we lived in the same town, we’d be digging through the same stacks this very minute!

  6. pattyabr March 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I feel your excitment but…..there is a but. I am cleaning my house and the books had to be weeded out because I have no room. I keep a lot of them. I even use some coffee table like books as decorations on tables and mount a lamp atop. I look soulfully at each book before it was given away to a nice home.

    • Oh My Words! March 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

      At least they went to nice homes! The space issue IS a problem. I try to weed through my treasures every so often to keep from being buried–but oh, it hurts!
      I do the books as lamp stands trick too! Once, when I gave one of the stack away, I realized that I’d gotten used to the height…

  7. Nicole March 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Books! Books! Books! I love books! I went to a city library clearance sale a few years ago and a volunteer asked if I was opening a library someplace else. I’m begging my husband to buy more bookshelves for our anniversary, but he’s not very excited. 🙂

    Happy reading!

    • Oh My Words! March 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

      that sounds like a lovely anniversary present!

  8. stillscapes March 27, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    Oh, my gosh, you are a “soul sister,” I’m sure. I love, love, love books, and I’m not really catching on to the Kindle thing. I love to hold, smell, and feel a book and in earlier days I bought mostly (90%) hardbacks and would NEVER let them go. I frequent our used bookstore and buy and trade. My son is in the Marines and is currently in Afghanistan and I go out and hunt down books to send him at the used bookstore, as well. Our local store is “Read It Again” and they have thousands and thousands of books — new and used. I feel so wonderful when I add a book or two (of various genres) to my son’s care package!

    Thanks for the post, and as usual, love it!

    • Oh My Words! March 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

      What a nice extra bit of love in your care packages–very thoughtful! You’re a book-loving mom after my own heart.

  9. idiosyncraticeye March 27, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Enjoy! I’d be just as bad! 🙂

    PS. Love that very cool artwork image at the top of the post.

  10. shreejacob March 28, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    OMG Booksale!!!!! and 50cents to 2 dollars!!!!! *swoon*

    I love books, I love the smell of books I love holding a book, I love collecting books, I love browsing bookshops for hours!!!

    My ideal job would be to be paid to read and review books!!! How cool would that be!!!

  11. Kim Holloway March 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    I’ve managed to curb my impulse buying of candles and bath products, but will never be able to pass up a major book sale.

    Here in Seattle, a few of my favorite events of the year are the ginormous library book sales and the Half Price Books Warehouse sales. Swoon! After 2:00 on the last day of the Half Price sale, you can fill one of their huge tote bags for a mere $20. I think my record was 48 books.

    If anyone’s figured out a way to easily catalog their collection to avoid buying the same book three or four times, please let me know.

    P.s. LOVE the bookshelf video!

  12. WobblyWords April 1, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    LOVE THE VIDEO!!!!! and your first paragraph made me giddy! I wish I would join you this weekend!


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