Sunday, June 13, 2021



Yes, I can say this is true of me. How many of you can say the same? 

This past Wednesday, I went to a used bookstore on Gilroy, California, next to where I live. It's a huge one, with lots to find. Many shelves and many piles of books on the floor. Went in, not looking for anything in particular, but did end up with some, namely:

The World According to Garp, John Irving (I recently read the library copy of The Cider House Rules by the same author).

Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York, Gail Parent (I remembered looking for this one years ago and just had to get it now).

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Joanne Greenberg (Another I have wanted to read but haven't been able to find).

Castlerock and The Absentee, Maria Edgeworth (I'd never heard of this book from the 1800s, but it sounded good.)

And recent orders from Amazon include two new releases:

I haven't read either yet (The one on top was just released and I received it yesterday). As soon as I heard the Holderness Family put out a book, I just had to get it, despite the subject not having any meaning to me. I love their Youtube videos, so why not check out their book as well?

I'm still hoping and praying my book collection won't get to look like this:

Should it start to do so, I'll have to think about what books to donate, or at least box them up to put in the garage, our personal storage unit. 

Also, while I was at the bookstore, I looked for a copy of Dune, which my mom has been wanting to get. She read it years ago. But it has been hard to find, no doubt because of the upcoming film. The bookseller even said she'd sold a copy the other day. 

And another thing: One reading prompt I had this year was book by Barbara Cartland. I'd looked in the county library database and found one listed called Elizabethan Lover. But the library was unable to locate this book. It seemingly was lost. They then said they could get it through Zip Books, so I went with this option. It was the first book of hers I have ever read. Out of curiosity, while at the used bookstore, I went looking for other books of hers, but did not seem to see any. I now wonder if her books are still read. I have never seen any of her books in thrift stores that I can recall. Before getting the book from Zip books, I looked in several local thrift stores to see if I could find any of her books, but no luck. So the Zip book it was.


  1. Hari OM
    I made the mistake of reading a BarbCart once; my aunt had whole shelves of her works. The same aunt also kept a full library of Mills and Boone... nuff said.

    I am certainly now wishing I hadn't let go of my copies of the Dune (I only had the first three) when I left OZ; but I really had to rationalise my library for reasons resembling those photos!!! Nowadays I am just piling the TBRs up in the ether. Gotta love the Kindle app for Android... YAM xx

  2. Of course I am a bookaholic.
    I have (and reread at intervals) I never promised you a rose garden. The world according to Garp was the first John Irving I read. But not the last.

  3. I keep my favorites and donate the rest.

  4. I read Barbra Courtland years ago. I might have to read more. I love used bookstores wish I had one closer.

  5. I no longer keep a lot of real books. Everything is on my Kindle these days except for my favorites.