It’s been a few weeks since my husband and I have frequented a used bookstore. We love to visit them, and have gone to most of the shops throughout New England several times over. There are boxes of books at home to show for it, too—many still unread.

My husband spends most of his time in these shops searching for spiritual books published hundreds of years ago—not to collect, but to read. Throughout the years, he’s found many treasures, and I’ve had the pleasure of also enjoying several of them.

As for me, since I don’t want to crowd him, and since I have other interests as well, I usually check out the knitting books, browse through the writing section(s), and then spend most of my time going through the novels.

I skim through all of the author names, all of the titles—A-Z, hard cover and paperback. I check out covers that catch my eye, and spend more time looking at those that grab my attention most. I also look for books by my favorite authors that I haven’t yet read.

Lately, if I find a novel that includes knitting or writing, it’s a keeper. So what if I have hundreds of other books at home still to read? (Not to mention the Amazon order that just came.)

Well, today we decided to stop at a library that has a basement shop where they sell used books. What a great way for both of us to spend an hour or two of our time. To us, it’s not only entertaining, but also relaxing.

There weren’t any books there that were hundreds of years old, but my husband did find one of interest and I found two of my own:

The Writing Circle by Corinne Demas—I don’t know anything about the author or the book, but it’s a novel about a writing group so I couldn’t pass it up; and

Light on Snow by Anita Shreve—This is a novel that I started reading in another bookstore a few weeks back. It was a bit pricey there, and I had found a few other books that day, so I put it back on the shelf and regretted it many times since. The novel takes place in NH and the story captures you right from the start. It’s the first book that I’ve read by this author and I’ve only read the first few pages, but I can tell already that it’s going to be great.

Total purchase today came to $5. And with many hours still to come of reading enjoyment, how can you beat that for a Saturday afternoon delight?

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  1. LoriBG says:

    Light on Snow is a very good book, I like Anita Shreve’s work. Keep up the good work CWD!!!!!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks, Lori. I know that I’m going to like the book. One of the authors with BG is friends with Anita Shreve. I think that she’s going to become a favorite of mine!

  2. My husband and I visited a used bookstore today, too! I spend a lot of time in the children’s section, looking for books for my classroom. He browses music and classics. The store we go to has three or four resident cats that wander around and look down on the shoppers–cats are so aloof! I love the store and treasure our visits! Today I bought an old favorite, White Stallion of LIpizza by Marguerite Henry, and a picture book: River Discoveries by Ginger Wadsworth. $13 total. Yay!

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Linda – It’s nice to know that there are others out there that enjoy browsing through bookstores as much as I do. Yes, many of them have cats and since I love animals, I will always spend time talking to them. Some have curled up on my lap as I sit and read a book. Simple pleasures!

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