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?