Yes, I took advantage of Borders’ demise to profit my book collection. I’ll confess I didn’t feel the least bit guilty. About 3 or 4 years ago I was an avid Borders fan, but the past few years have left me feeling lukewarm towards the book chain. They simply quit being bookish.
I’ve always loved that in addition to books I could find cute notecards, journals, and bookmarks and a few adorable non-bookish trinkets (tea towels and owl mugs, for example). My antipathy began when Borders began to be more about the non-bookish stuff. The book collection at my local store seemed decreased by at least half and there were always the same books. I don’t know, by the end of the local Borders’ lifespan I was decidedly “meh.”
Anyhoo, onto the book purchases:
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
- We Two: Victoria and Albert – Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
- Mistress of the Monarchy: Katharine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster by Alison Weir
- Artisan Bread in Five-Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, Mark Luinenburg, and Zoe Francois
- A kick-ass owl lunch box
- Several Agatha Christie novels: At Bertram’s Hotel, Sleeping Murder, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Mysterious Mr. Quin, and The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories.
- My Life in France by Julia Child
I think this should do it for book-buying for a while. My goal is to not purchase more books until my birthday weekend trip. Sam and I are going to Athens, Georgia for a night (the kiddos will be with the co-parent) and I plan on hitting up one of my most favorite used bookstores!