Friday, August 02, 2013

2013 August Happiness Challenge -- Day Two

Today's happiness: The Village Book Fair. I'm so glad that I live in a village of book lovers, where the library has three branches, and the annual fundraiser is an event.

It always offers such great values, too. This year my find was Killing the Blues, the continuation of the late Robert Parker's Jesse Stone series as taken over by a new author, Michael Brandman. I've been curious about Brandman. So I got a like-new hardcover for $2 -- and it was a charitable contribution, too!

I also got a biography of Bruce Springsteen and a handful of Agatha Christie paperbacks (50¢ each!)  to send to the troops in Afghanistan. According to Operation Shoebox, our soldiers really appreciate light reading.

Another thing I enjoy about the book fair is seeing which book is so over. There's one every year -- the book my neighbors bought in big numbers and then decided, seemingly at all once, to discard.

In 2006, it was The Corrections.
In 2007, The Nanny Diaries.
In 2008, The Da Vinci Code.
In 2009, My Life by Bill Clinton.
In 2010, Scarlett, the Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with The Wind.
In 2011, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
In 2012, Sixkill by Robert B. Parker (a Spenser mystery)

In 2013, it's The Da Vinci Code all over again. I wonder how Dan Brown would feel about this dubious honor.


  1. I was a huge fan of Robert Parker's Jesse Stone series. I read everyone of them as soon as one came out. And I was devastated when he died. Even mentioned it on my blog way back them. I had no idea that someone had taken over this series. So Now I am HAPPY that you mentioned that here and I will go see if I can find it. Thank you so much.

  2. Books sales are great but they make me sad, too. I always hate to see books sitting forlornly in a box, unloved ... sigh.

  3. I love a community book sale! In fact, our community library is having a huge outdoor book sale today.

  4. I actually really enjoyed reading the Da Vinci Code. I've even re-read it a few times. Have a great day!

  5. Ah, that sounds like a very happy time! Books, books, books!


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