Every year my hometown has a big book fair in April, but I've missed it the past four years because I was away at school. But not this year! Last week I hit up the sale (which is so big, it's held in a mall parking lot!) and walked away with an armful of great reads.
I've read (and obviously really enjoyed) half of my finds:
1. Little Children by Tom Perrotta
2. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
3. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
And the other half, I've just heard really good things about (and at $1-2, couldn't pass up):
5. Kafka at the Shore by Haruki Murakami
6. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
7. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
8. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
By the time I was through, my arms were sore! That's either an indication of (1) a successful hour of book buying, (2) weak girly arms, or (3) the need to bring a grocery bag next time. Or in my case, all three.
I'm thrilled I was able to find so many great books, and I only paid about $10 total!
The only frustrating part about it is that when there are so many tables of books (haphazardly split into basic sections like fiction, nonfiction, cooking, travel, etc.), it's impossible to carefully consider every book. You can walk slowly through the aisles and scan your eyes across all the spines, but you never know what you might miss in a moment of distraction. For example, I was really hoping to find some books by Kate Atkinson, but I'm not very familiar with the spines/fonts/designs of her books, so even if they were there, my eyes probably skipped right past them.
If I had my way, the books would be organized both by section and author. So I could head on over to the A section in fiction and check it more carefully to be sure I wasn't missing Atkinson.
Anyone else get frustrated with book fairs because of the disorganization? It's kinda like vintage shopping or going to garage sales. You never know what you're missing! But at the same time, I suppose, when you do find something, it's like you've struck gold. You get that feeling of accomplishment, like you've really worked to find that book.
Have you read any of my new books?
Which should I read first?