Well I’m sure you’re all dying to hear what I got at the Collingswood Book Festival. First of all, I have to say that I love going there. It’s the second year I’ve gone, although it’s apparently been running for six years. There’s food, fun, games…. and books. The books of course are my favorite part. There are tons of used books everywhere- it’s essentially heaven. Last year I bought so many! There were numerous trips to the car, if you know what I mean. This year I was more prepared, with tote bags, although we did make one trip to the car to unload. Besides used books, there are tons of author tents promoting their work. It was at one of these that I met Melissa Walker (see my last post) who was amazingly nice.
So aside from “Violet on the Runway”, “Violet by Design”, and “Violet in Private” (don’t forget, I’m giving away an autographed copy of this one) by Melissa Walker, I picked up:
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“The Last Princess of Manchuria” by Lillian Lee
“Caesar’s Women” by Colleen McCullough
“Amazon” by Barbara G. Walker
“Whores on the Hill” by Colleen Curran (lol just for the title, to give to my sister- additionally this is an ARC)
“A Treasury of Sherlock Holmes” intro by Adrian Conan Doyle (very nice 1960 edition)- and I wish I could find a picture of this because it’s a beautiful leatherbound book with what’s called a ‘tree of life binding’.
“Prodigal Summer” and “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingslover
“1921” by Morgan Llywelyn
“The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova
“The Birth of Venus” and “In the Company of the Courtesan” by Sarah Dunant
“Summer” by Edith Wharton
“The Golden Ocean” by Patrick O’Brian
“Icefields” by Thomas Wharton (accidentally- I thought it was by Edith Wharton!)
So not toooooooo many books- trust me it could have been a lot worse! Last year was. In any case, you may be curious to my criteria as to what I pick up.
-I go for authors I’ve heard of, or ones that have been recommended, or ones that are controversial- like Melissa Walker, Barbara Kingslover, Elizabeth Kostova, Sarah Dunant…
-Or if I’ve read/own a certain author, I’ll pick up other books by that author- like Patrick O’Brian, Edith Wharton, Morgan Llywelyn, Colleen McCullough…
-A lot of times though certain book stands have deals, like get two hardcovers and the third is free. So I’ll browse through and if I find something that looks vaguely interesting, I’ll pick it up- which is why I have the Barbara G. Walker and Lillian Lee books.
-Not to mention that I’m a sucker for old/leather bound books that I can get cheap- the Sherlock Holmes volume is an example of this.
-Finally, cover art draws me in. You know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” ??? Well, I do. Frankly I think most of us do. Now there weren’t any here that I specifically picked up because of the cover art, but I have in the past.
So I’m not really picky. I’ll try almost anything and have to restrain myself from buying everything. I’m a poor college student after all. What I’m really trying to ask though, is for those of you who go to used book sales or book fairs/festivals, what are your criteria? What makes you buy certain books?
Missed my last post? It was I’M BACK- WITH A NEW GIVEAWAY 🙂
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