TBR CAT -- A book I bought because it was so cheap
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Who can resist when you find that book you've been hearing about at a charity booksale? Or in a box at a garage sale? What about that book that's been on your wishlist in a Little Free Library or available on a book trading site? That beautiful hardcover on the remainder table? Unless you're made of actual money, those finds feel like serendipity.
And then, having brought that book home (probably in a tall stack of other great finds, because let's be honest with ourselves), catalogued it on LibraryThing and placing in on the proper shelf, it proceeds to be forgotten, neglected in favor of library books with due dates, your book club book, that book that's just a little more exciting.
So take a look at your tbr shelves. Do any of those books fit this description? Let's dust them off and discover why you picked it up in the first place!
What are you planning to read? What is your greatest book bargain? Let us know what you're reading and don't forget to update the wiki!
I've still got some books from this year's and last year's Big Bad Wolf Sales sitting on my shelves so I will choose one of them.
I think half my library consists of such books, ever since I first visited London and discovered the many wonderful used-book stores. I shall go browsing the shelves on December first...
The great majority of books on my shelf are books that I couldn't resist for the price. For years I have tried to buy only books that it would be difficult to borrow from the library or that I know I would want to read or refer to again. I haven't had much success with that.
I buy most of my books at library sales so almost anything on my shelf should fit.
I just visited the Hoosier Hills Food Bank Benefit Book Sale last month. We went on two different days out of the week-long sale. The last day was "Five dollars a bag" day! These join the books I got from last year's sale. My husband and I have very different reading tastes, but each of us came out with a haul! I have lots to choose from.
I'm going for comedy sci-fi for this one, with a book I got free via bookbub - Mission Improbable by J.J. Green.
I am very lucky that my local op shop always has books for 20c. All books, no matter what. I have found some fabulous hardcover bargains that I could not afford to buy otherwise. But yesterday I picked up what looks like a fun book by Dawn French, A Tiny Bit Marvellous - a bit of frivolous reading as we head to the last month of the year!
I counted Invasion of the Cat-People, by Gareth Roberts, for this challenge -- I bought it at a used-book sale run by a local church, and that year they had a whole box of Doctor Who novels for a dollar each. I bought eight because I couldn't carry the entire box home.
Read the play A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt, which I purchased for 25 cents at a library sale. I am now inspired to watch the 1966 movie, which I have never seen.
I'm starting Edmund Crispin's The Moving Toyshop, which I bought at a used bookstore for less than $1.
Small Great Things / Jodi Picoult
Ruth has been a nurse for over 20 years and is good at her job. She works in Labor and Delivery and when she takes over from another nurse to start checking over a newborn, she notices an iciness from the parents. When she notices the Nazi tattoo on the father, Turk, it’s not long before Turk and Brit ask for their baby to not be handled by the black nurse. In order to keep things calm and smooth, Ruth’s boss grants their wish and asks Ruth not to handle their baby. Unfortunately, when circumstances leave Ruth alone with the baby and something goes wrong, what is she to do…? Next thing you know, Turk and Brit have accused Ruth of murdering their baby.
I really liked this. Oh, Turk and Brit were so hateful! The perspective changed between Ruth, Turk, and the public defender who became Ruth’s lawyer, Kennedy. Kennedy provided a very interesting perspective as a white woman who never saw herself as racist, but through Ruth sees how many little things that white people take for granted that don’t even bring a second thought, when it’s so different if you are black. Picoult does have a note at the end where she does address her, as a white woman, writing from the point of view of Ruth, a black woman.
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