Sunday already at at least for me this week flew by. Since next weekend is when most college students will be arriving on college campuses all over the Northeast, we decided to visit our favorite college area, before all the students arrive. Located in Western Massachusetts, five of the nation's most prestigious liberal arts schools are within mere minutes of one another. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Hampshire College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and Amherst College all have lots to offer students and visitors: fabulous restaurants, wonderful outdoor activitues like hiking, boating, rafting, awesome shops, antique stores and of course an over abundance of ...........................book stores! So while we were having lunch at my favorite haunt there Judies, I was busy planning out my used book store shopping strategy. My joy was short-lived......
|CLOSED for Good!|
|CLOSED for Good as well!|
Now how sad is this? It seems both book stores closed their doors in the last (2) years. There was an Indie book store that also sold used book very close by and there were only about 5 customers in the store. Well, yay for me that I did not acquiring more unneeded books, but sad indeed for the stores that were forced to close their doors, and others that may have trouble staying in business.
On the subject of me acquiring more books, it seems I've lost control of what books come in, what gets read, and what goes out of our home. How could this have happened? Last year my inventory of unread books was in the 550 range. This year it is in the 750 range, and I usually read over 150 books each year. Granted, some are library books, but more are from my shelves. Also, once my books are read they go out the door to family, friends or library donations (I 've kept fewer than 10 books that I have read).
I've been doing the math (not my strongest subject by any means), and most weeks I acquire an average of 8-10 books (most from publishers, but some are purchased). Then there are these irresistible library booksales --who can pass up books for 50 cents and $1.00 each?? So it seems that without even trying over 500 books a year are finding their way into my space. What can I do? Well, I can't stop, cold turkey -- not ready for drastic measures, I guess I'm just looking for sympathetic ears in similar situations:) Hello out there!
How was your week in books? My week was good - all my reviews have been posted except for ROOM; Emma Donoghue - terrific story! In the last (10) days of August my plan is to finish Fall of Giants; Ken Follett (Sept 28,2010) - very good, finish I Thought You Were Dead; Pete Nelson (audio book)- loving this audio book. I am also hoping to read Ape House; Sara Gruen (Sept 7, 2010); Mr. Peanut; Adam Ross and read A Secret Kept; de Rosnay (Sept 14, 2010)
Ready for Fall ? I Am !
Things I'm Looking Forward to in Fall
- Shutting off the air conditioning and sleeping with the windows wide open.....smell that fresh air?
- Fall mystery books and more thrillers! There is something about cooler weather, Halloween approaching, that makes me want to wrap myself in a cozy comforter and read some good mysteries. I hope Carl is planning on hosting his RIP Challenge again (even though I said, no more challenges - this is one I don't want to miss).
- Football - not for me, but my husband LOVES it, and it gives me guilt-free reading and shopping time all day on Sunday, Monday evening, and lets not forget College Football on Saturday afternoons.
- Fresh baked-apple pies!
- Thanksgiving Dinner and more comfort foods in general!
- Did I mention I am starting and exercise/weight training program next week at our college fitness/wellness center? You can hear how excited I am about diet and exercise right? I so enjoyed my one-hour lunches for reading in a quiet corner somewhere, but now 3 days a week, my book will be replaced with an audio book on my iPod while I get healthier...sighhhhh
What are you looking forward to with Fall approaching?
Have a great Sunday everyone, and a terrific week as well!