The book sale happens twice a year, once in the Fall in once in the Spring. Last time, I was anticipating the book sale for weeks ahead of time. I made a wish-list, and then I wrote a letter to all of you who could not attend, and then afterwards, I bragged about all the good books I got. Remember that? Ahh...memories.
Well, this time, I feel like the book sale has kind of snuck up on me. I've been so busy planning for graduation and grad-school and trying to find housing in Chapel Hill (Gah! We'll talk about that later.) It seemed like just yesterday it was April 1st and now...suddenly...it's almost the 20th, aka book sale weekend.
But still, I'm excited that it's finally here. I'm excited to wake up early (doors open at 9! People start lining up well ahead of that) and hit the book sale....for the last time! Ah!! But really, this is one of my favorite Gainesville traditions, and I'll be sad to give it up. But I've still got one more sale left, so let's make it count, right?! So, as usual, I've made a wish list...And yes, I know I could get these books at the library. But I just like having my own copies. Although, every time I move (like now), I completely regret buying so many books...ahh so heavy!
- Bossypants by Tina Fey - I've already read this, actually, but I liked it so much that I want to own it, just to have it around in case I want to reread it. I looked for it at the last book sale, and it wasn't there, but I'm hoping maybe now that it's been out a little bit longer, there might be more copies floating around.
- Jellicoe Road - I got this one out of the library, but I don't think I'll have time to read it before I return it, and I'd like to have my own copy anyway, as I'm fairly certain I'm going to love it.
- Anything by A.S. King - I've been wanting to read another one of her books ever since I read and loved Please Ignore Vera Dietz. I'm not sure how popular her books are, so they might not be at the book sale, but it's worth a shot.
- Any of the Percy Jackson novels - I've been dying to read these! I look for them at the book sales every year and they're not there! I don't understand that, because they're super popular, so it seems like there would be a few kids around who would read them and then donate them. Hmm...we shall see.
- Romance novels - Don't judge. I'm reading them as research for my next book. I shall not say more than that, as I need to start cultivating my mysterious author persona. If you have any recommendations, leave them in comments.
- Anything by David Foster Wallace - I'm still working my way through Consider the Lobster, but I'm loving it, and now I really want to read more things by him! He's another one that I always look for at the sales, and I never find any of his stuff, which I also don't understand. There are lots of smart, literary people in this town. Surely some of them must read his books? And then hopefully donate them?
- The Octavian Nothing books - I really, really want to read this book. Again, I'm not sure it'll be at the sale, but there's always a chance.
- Mockingjay and Catching Fire - I'm sure there will be a couple copies of these around, and I'm sure they'll probably get snatched up. I've already read them, it's true, but, again, I'd like to have my own copy.
- Any YA that looks good - One thing I love about the book sale is that I can take risks on books. Sometimes there are books for 25 or 50 cents, and I just grab them, and if I don't like them, then it's okay because I didn't spend too much money on them. I've found a lot of interesting stuff this way.
So that's my list...I'm going to try not to get too, too many books because I am in the middle of moving, buuut...they're cheap, good books! I can't resist!
Anyway, the sale is on Saturday, so afterwards I'll let you know how I did. Wish me luck!
Also, if you're in the Gainesville area and you want to check out the sale, you can find out more information here. I'll see you there!