Thursday, September 8, 2016

This Day

This morning I'll be hanging around at a warehouse, checking out what books are available at the annual book fair. It's a fundraising event held by the volunteer committee of the Kingston Symphony Association. The community makes donations and then this event sells them back to the public at very cheap prices. Like a couple of dollars cheap.


I attend every year and bring along a list of books I'm interested in. Sometimes I really hit the jackpot and scratch off many titles. Other times I just come home with a handful. It doesn't matter. Just being there is a thrill. When I first walk in, I hyperventilate for a few minutes. Because I'm a bookaholic and being surrounded by so many books at ridiculously low prices gives me a buzz. I know I shouldn't be feeding this addiction but I'm weak when it comes to reading. Weak, I tell you.

There are always a lot of people attending this event, so it's important to sharpen your elbows before you get there. And practice being assertive for when you need to say "EXCUSE ME". You really want to say "GET THE HELL OUT OF MY WAY". But it isn't polite. And when someone bumps into you or you squeeze into a section to check a title and disturb someone, you find yourself saying "sorry". That's the Canadian way. But your eyes say otherwise. Because in your head you're thinking "you've been hogging this area for too long. GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE". Yes, it's quite a patience-testing event! But no matter what, everyone behaves rather well.


I wait for this book fair all year long. It's going to be a good day. A very good day.

Do you like reading?

28 comments:

  1. It sounds like so much fun! I always enjoy looking for books. I hope you can cross off many from your list this year! Happy reading!!

    betty

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    1. It was great, Betty! I did cross off a few titles off my list. Not as many as I would have liked but at least I found some.

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  2. I like reading, loved to go to book sales at one time, these days I seem to be stuck online! But a couple of bucks is a great temptation, enjoy! You know once I even won a DVD player at a booksale, I entered a raffle.

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    1. That is really cool about the DVD, Christine! No such event at the sale I'm going to :(

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  3. I love books. I love reading. I really have to watch myself because I can easily go overboard and buy too many.

    Do you catalogue your books? There is an awesome app called SortIt. I got it because I was buying books that I already had. It is an app you pay for but it has already paid for itself by me not buying multiple copies. All you have to do is scan the barcode and poof! there it is on your app. You can also scan books you see in stores to add to a wishlist.

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    1. I do keep track of my books! On my desktop I actually have an Excel sheet that lists all my books and even has a heading of whether I've read it or not! Online, I'm part of the Goodreads community and there, too, I have a list of my books. And on my tablet, I have the Goodreads app, which keeps track of my books and even scans books to be added. I'm not sure if it has a wish list but it has a want-to-read option. I'm guessing it's similar. I'll have to check the app you've mentioned to see what it's like and what it has to offer.

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  4. omg funny - I just wrote a post about books! Do they need more???

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  5. Yet another thing we have in common. I love book fairs and go to them often. The major problem is that I have no room for new (new to me) books without getting rid of older books. Even books I have read are often treasured and I hate to part with them. I don't collect most things but books are my Achilles heel.

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    1. We are kindred spirits, Cheryl! So glad we found each other in the blogging world. Books are my Achilles heel, as well! I have a very hard time giving away books but do it anyway. Because I have to. It's necessary to make room for new titles. I keep the best of the best but giveaway stories that I thought were so-so. Still. It's a very hard job!

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  6. I laughed so hard at this post! It reminds me very much of a huge used book sale I used to attend every year in Winnipeg. It too was a charity event -- I think for the children's hospital, if I remember correctly. Anyway, the covert aggression skills you describe were all present, LOL!

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    1. Survival of the fittest! Or craziest bookaholic. LOL...

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  7. You Canadians are way too nice. I want to hear reports of hair pulling and b*itch slapping at this book fair like we rude Americans would do!

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  8. As a retired library cataloguer, current book club member and current library volunteer I have to say I love books and have all my life (as a teen I worked in my high school library also).

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    1. You've certainly proven your love for books, Nancy! I've been a book fanatic since before I could read. I used to make up stories from the pictures.

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  9. I love buying books at fairs and garage sales, thrift stores...whatever!!! One can never have to many books!!!

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    1. That's right, Jan. One can never have too many books!

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  10. I love books, too. Be sure to tell us if you got any really great ones! Do you read Louise Penny? I just bought her latest one and will dig in this weekend. -Jenn

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    1. To be honest, I've never heard of Louise Penny. I'll have to look her up and see what she writes. So many authors out there!

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  11. This was super funny and great to read. Did you leave with great finds?

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    1. I scored a few titles. Not as many as I would have liked but better than nothing!

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  12. Sounds like fun! I love reading when I'm working through a good book. Right now though, I'm trudging through Hillary Clinton's It Takes a Village. I'm reading it because I don't like her views...so, it's a chore!

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    1. It is very hard to get through a book that just doesn't interest you. But I like that you are reading it regardless of whether you agree or not. I do the same with certain books or articles. Even if I disagree, I still want to hear (read) what the other person has to say. I find that if we listen, it opens the door to understanding and sometimes leads to resolutions and even compromises.

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  13. This past year I have been reading WAY more than I have in years. And it's mostly when I am in the shop and it's not busy. I just grab a book from the bookcase there or bring one. The last one I read was Colleen Jones' biography. I am a BIG fan of hers. My preferred category is creative non-fiction but I will read fiction if it grabs me immediately....if not....bye bye.
    Have a BLAST at the book fair, Martha!!

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    1. Reading is a great way to pass the time!
      The book fair was fun. It is still going on, so I might go back again.

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  14. I rarely ever read. You can thank the internet

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    1. Well, you spend time reading blogs, so there's that!

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