Today I volunteered to help a friend scrapbook an album for her daughter's upcoming wedding. It has been nearly two years since I scrapbooked (and I used to be a consultant!) and it felt really good to be in that creative mode again. In fact, I was so inspired that I came home and printed off a couple of photographs from a previous European vacation that I hope to develop into some kind of Mixed Media art project (are you familiar with this term? It was new to me until this weekend, but I am anxious to try it out). Anyway, that will be my focus for this upcoming week.
- unopened audiobook on CD of To Kill a Mockingbird with Sissy Spacek as narrator. I have had several bloggers recommend this as a great audiobook, and since I read this book every year in anticipation of teaching it to my 9th graders, I thought an audio experience might be a nice change. The Half Price price was $14.98 and I was able to take another 20% off of that!
- A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote. I have read this book before and really enjoyed it. I knew I wanted to have it in my own personal Christmas collection, and the condition of the book is nearly new. I simply could not resist.
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I read this book last year for Carl's RIP Challenge and I knew I wanted to have it in my own personal library. I would like to re-read it each fall - it was just that good. I have been on the lookout for this book for well over six months and with the added 20% off --- it was another "steal" as far as I am concerned.
- Looking at Pictures by Joy Richardson. I mentioned my trip to the Nelson Atkins Museum last week and the hour I spent in their bookstore. I hemmed and hawed whether to by this book for at least half an hour. Instead I opted to come home and request it from the library. Once I received the book a couple of days later, I instantly knew that this was a book that I had to have. I can't tell you how ecstatic I was to find this at Half Price - and with an additional discount. I felt as though I had brought home the mother load!!
Paperback Swap. Yes, I have decided to try this book swapping site - mostly due to the accolades of Cathy and Kim - and I must say that it is a pretty amazing. It has taken me a while to get acclimated. I have managed to mail 8 of my own books, but have only received 2 from other participants. Although I am learning that the key is to keep you wishlist filled (and Paperback Swap helps you with that task by sending you a wish list every weekday with approximately 2,000 books that are available for you to peruse - you can even set your own parameters - and "wish away") and to check the "just listed" queue on a regular basis. I can see where this site could become very addicting in the future! The books received in my mailbox include:
- Real Murders by Charlaine Harris. I am not really into the Sookie Stackhouse series, but this one focuses on Aurora Teagarden, a librarian who finds herself in the midst of a who-done-it. Librarians are more my style.
- Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton. This was a win from Rob at Books are Like Candy Corn and it is an autographed copy no less! I am very exited to read this first in the series!
- Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross. This was my second Paperback Swap receipt. I can't remember where I heard of this author, but I was instantly intrigued by her story. She did not write this series until well past her forties, and it is now a highly successful series. She gives this middle-aged teacher some hope in life!
So there you have it -- a list of seven new books brought into the household to stay. This does not include the fifty plus library books I have strewn all over the place - but that would be the subject of another post.