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The book swap haul!

August 16, 2010

Yesterday was Em and Chris’s book swap! I love the book swap. Every year, there are nice people, good food, and what has to be hundreds of books, culled from the collections of people with similar reading tastes to mine. We stuff ourselves with delicious things, and stuff our bags with loads of interesting books. There are silly moments, quips about books read. There are running jokes and books that come back so repeatedly they might as well be running jokes.

And did I mention the adorable dogs? Cody, the host dog, has spectacular ears and abundant enthusiasm.  This year, I also got to meet Guy, Jeremy and Stella’s dog, who is a festival of different colors, and seemed a little overwhelmed by all the people.

I also count the book swap a success because I left with far fewer books than I brought. And this year, DVDs and CDs entered the mix.

My biggest score: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 2 and 3, on DVD. Region 2 (British) which my player can play. (Thank you, Dad!) Am trying to decide whether I also need Season 1… And on the lookout for bargains on Season 4. Season 5 and 6 scare the crap out of me for various villainous reasons.

Books I grabbed:

  1. Douglas Adams ultimate Hitchiker’s Guide, already passed along to a friend who needed a good laugh.
  2. Gods Behaving Badly– Marie Phillips. Greek gods. Living in London. I sat down and started to read it at the swap and blushed horrendously. Yep. Definitely behaving badly. Am going to zoom through this one very fast, and giggle a lot.
  3. The Code of the Woosters- P.G. Wodehouse, which is going to be my introduction to the series.
  4. Rapture Ready: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture Daniel Radosh. Pop culture and glitter Jesus. Love it!
  5. A Spectacle of Corruption– David Liss. Sequel to A Conspiracy of Paper, which has also been sitting on my shelf for ages, unread. (possibly the sequel will encourage me? the first looked interesting when I bought it!)
  6. The Skull Beneath The Skin– P.D. James. Ye basic mystery.
  7. The Shadow of Albion- Andre Norton and Rosemary Edgehill. Two authors I like doing Regency fantasy. Mmm!
  8. The Last Enchantment and The Hollow Hills, to round out my collection of Mary Stewart’s Merlin books.
  9. The Teeth of the Gale– Joan Aiken. All I know about this is that it’s a Joan Aiken book I’d never read. Or heard of.
  10. Two Garrison Keillors: Lake Woebegon Days and WLT- A Radio Romance. On the theory they will become comfort reads.
  11. Two I feel I should read at some point: Life of Pi by Yann Martel and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Oh heck! I already own Mere Christianity! Whoops!
  12. Acceptance: A Novel. Susan Coll. A satire of college admissions that will either make me feel glad that’s all behind me, or give me a set of high school nightmares where I have to go back and retake Algebra or gym class.

A nice and modest haul. Though these books are in addition to the still-largish pile I’ve got stashed from BEA, 11 that need reviewing for the Star-Ledger, and a few ARCs I’ve committed to review on my blog.
I’m tempted to pile all my books up and see how high the pile is.
I’m half afraid, though, that it will topple over and crush me before I snap the pic.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Emily permalink
    August 16, 2010 7:26 am

    Glad you had a good time! You also provided muffins, I’ll point out.


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