Today's happiness -- It's back! A major event in my neighborhood, the library book sale is a three-day affair that happens every August. Except, of course, for 2020 and 2021 when it was just another thing covid spoiled.
In 2022, the show went on! Not exactly as it has in years gone by. Instead of used books consuming the high school cafeteria and spilling out into the halls, it was in three of the library's meeting rooms (fiction, non-fiction and children's). No cookbooks this year. Also, I didn't volunteer. In the recent past I helped sort and display books. This year, because the venue was the library, the volunteer hours were weekdays only and I just couldn't make it work with my job.
But still, I was happy to be back. Sure it was more smaller and more subdued, but it was another sign that we're inching back to pre-covid normal. I bought two books -- a cozy mystery called Gone with the Twins (A League of Literary Ladies Mystery) and a memoir by Lauren Bacall -- for $3.
And, once again, I can bestow a dubious honor on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Every year there's a book donated in bigger numbers than any other. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is continuing its streak and picking up where it left off before the pandemic. Why do so many of my neighbors buy this book, year after year, and then decide not to keep it? I suspect book clubs keep choosing it as a selection.
For those of you keeping score ...
2022, 2019, 2018 and 2017: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2016: The Help
2015: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
2014: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2013: The DaVinci Code
2012: Sixkill (a Spenser Mystery)
2011: The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
2010: Scarlett, the Sequel to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind
2009: My Life by Bill Clinton
2008: The DaVinci Code
2007: The Nanny Diaries
2006: The Corrections
Each day in August you are to
post about something that makes *you* happy. Pretty simple. And, it
doesn't even have to be every day if you don't want it to be. It's a
great way to remind ourselves that there are positive things going on in
our lives, our communities, and the world.