Wednesday, March 24, 2010

In the mailbag

Ever heard of Powell's Books?  Well, I've never been there, but as a book/bookstore aficionado it's one of my "places to see before I die."  Others wish for the Scottish Highlands, India,, I just plan future trips to famous local bookstores.

Well, since I sometimes spend my evenings just browsing the Powell's website, I recently discovered that you can sell your old books to them online--send them to Powell's media mail for free--and get "virtual credit" added to your online account.  It was a no-brainer.  As much as I love reading, there are always a few that I don't like so much, and a few more that I know I'll never get around to reading, so I do occasionally part with some so that I can have a little cash to buy a few new ones.

My package from Powell's arrived today and I got three new books that I can't wait to dive into ("into which I can't wait to dive?"--the whole hanging preposition thing sometimes seems pretentious to me).  Plus I had an awkward few dollars left over so I decided to go for a Powell's pint glass to hold me over until I can actually go there and buy a tee shirt.

1. World in Half by Cristina Henriquez, 2. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley, 3. If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous

Also, the New Yorker illustrators are really wowing me this year with their designs--can't wait to dive into this one, as this week's fiction is by Joyce Carol Oates (that link is to read it online, if you like).  Squeel!

I love holding books and magazines in my hands, knowing there might be a great story contained therein.  I love opening the cover, the copyright page, the title page, the dedication page...eyes scan to find chapter one, and then, the first line.  Sometimes I have trouble getting into it, sometimes it starts off good but gets boring...and sometimes it's the beginning of something great.

1 comment:

  1. I love the list of books spilling onto your floor.Good ideas for my upcoming books to read. Don't take that list down, ok? It's an easy reference for me.Take care.


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