What would you do if you could buy loads of great second-hand books, pay an almost ridiculously low price for them and support a children’s charity at the same time? Go nuts! Exactly! So that’s what I did…
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to discover at the last moment that a bi-annual charity pay-by-the-centimeter book sale was being held just outside of the city where I live. I went without any real expectations (although I had heard great things), and was absolutely overwhelmed by the eclectic and huge selection.
Table after table and row after row of books in all genres and conditions! It was genuinely a book lover’s heaven and I spent a blissful 4 hours browsing through the boxes and loading more and more treasures into my greatly insufficient carrier bag. I kept telling myself: It’s for charity! Greatest reason ever to buy anything 😉
And after my hours of browsing, I ended up paying a grand total of €23/£18/$31 for a beautiful stack of 16 new literary treasures – 80 cents per centimeter!
So, what did I get? Have a look:
“The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood
“The Wasp Factory” by Iain Banks
“The Little Friend” by Donna Tartt
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” by Mark Haddon
“The Hunger Angel” by Hertha Müller
“The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet” by David Mitchell
“The Last Letter from your Lover” by Jojo Moyes
“Everything is Illuminated” by Jonathan Safran Foer
“Barcelona Plates” by Alexei Sayle
“Silk” by Alessandro Baricco
“Clockwork” by Philip Pullman
“The Ruby in the Smoke” by Philip Pullman
“Thud!” by Terry Pratchett
“Men at Arms” by Terry Pratchett
“Strange Words” by Patrick Chamoiseau
And let me tell you, I could easily have put another 20 in my bag. But I absolutely adore my pile, which is a mix of books I’ve looked for and wanted for a long time (Tartt, Mitchell, Atwood, Banks), some that I needed for my shelves (Pratchett, Pullman, Haddon), some that I’d heard of and thought might be interesting (Moyes, Müller, Foer) and the ones I have no idea about, but just had to have (Barrico, Sayle, Chamoiseau).
What about you? What are your latest 2nd hand treasures? And have you ever been to a “books-by-the-centimeter/inch”-type sale?