I look back about 3-4 years ago and I can't believe that I was a guy who just did not read books. I enjoy the daily newspaper, I like a good magazine article and I love reading blogs (especially sports card related). But I can honestly (and regretfully) say that up until a few years ago I went probably a good decade without really sitting down and enjoying a book.
That has most definitely changed. I am constantly working on a title, albeit a little slow sometimes (but I've found flipping through more than one book at a time to be more uncomfortable than not) and I've really found enjoyment in spending time reading with my niece and nephew.
And of course, the collector in me loves to scour book sales for the hidden gems. The month of May here in town is the hottest for just that.
What made the buy even better....
Well, the month of May would bring with it a few more author-signed copies and more than enough pages to last me for a long time.
Take a moment if you will to check out some of the titles that are now on my "to read" list.
I need to re-read that one.
I knew that Dryden had written other titles, but had never heard of this one when I came across it during a garage sale day with my niece and nephew.
It's in fantastic shape and was very nicely priced at a mere twenty-five cents.
I couldn't get the change out of my pocket fast enough.
I've seen a lot of Dryden autos with personalizations on them. This one is just screaming for a cut auto. Maybe one day. I do recall that I've already got a Dryden on the "to do" list.
And....you guessed it - it's signed.
Now, that said, a signed copy of a book is way more exciting when the author is a superstar hockey player as opposed to a newspaper columnist.
Unloading, sorting and organizing almost a million books over the span of less than two weeks makes for busy work. But it was truly the most fun I've had volunteering in a very long time - if ever.
The non-profit organization running the sale is new on my radar (my sister had heard of them before) and their goal is promoting early literacy. Making sure every kid has the chance to read - and have that reading be of quality.
I jumped in the deep end with both feet and haven't looked back.
One of the benefits of volunteering is that we were able to get first dibs on the book buying. Now it's not what you think. I didn't sign up just for the early bird buying. But it's a nice perk.
I went the night before the sale and the day of and came home with a good selection of titles.
I love the cover on this one. Look at the old camera in the blurred background. And the pink scarf....priceless. Where's that look nowadays?
As a side note on this title, I started reading this book a number of months ago and found it hard to get into. But it does list very high on all-time sports bios....so I'm betting it's a quality read.
This may be one that sits on the shelf for a while.
note: a quick Google search reveals that this book is fact-based. Interesting.
When I brought all my books home I realized I already have this one. Oh well, I'm sure I can find someone to take my other copy.
Again, I love that it's not personalized.
And by the way....if you ever sign a book, this is how you do it.
I passed on a copy last year so when I saw it this time around, I grabbed it.
Grant MacEwan is an iconic name in Alberta history and John Ware is a name that is familiar with me too. I went to John Ware Junior High.
But that's not why I bought the book.
Just for fun I picked up the book, showed it first to my sister, then my mom and every time I flipped it open and read a few sentences, it had me wanting to read more.
It didn't matter what page, what part of the story - it was interesting in the moment.
This might be the next title I read. I'm that intrigued by it.
So there you have it, new (old) books for the shelf. And fresh titles to sink into over the next year or two......or ten.....or thirty.
I've got too many books.
What are you reading these days? What's been the best title you've read of late? Anything on the radar?
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