Sunday Salon: Book Sale Bonanza


I’ve mentioned my love for libraries and the very active and productive Friends of Washoe County Library. Just last year, through their efforts, $114,600 was raised to benefit the Washoe County Library system.

Reno has always been a haven for book lovers as evidenced by the excellent independents we have (Grassroots Books and Sundance for example), as well as having a thriving Barnes & Noble.

It’s no wonder that this community does all it can to support the library. As you can see below, I did my part. Thirty-four dollars for twenty-three amazing finds to add to my home library. From what I saw, I wasn’t the only one finding great books. One couple needed to borrow a cart from the volunteers to get all their purchases to their car.

Does your community have a Friends of the Library group? If not, is there something you can do? Every little bit helps and with dedicated volunteers, much can be accomplished.

So, about my Book Sale Bonanza Booty.

  • Three by Tey – Josephine Tey
    (Miss Pym Disposes, The Franchise Affair, Brat Farrar)
    If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, then you should know Josephine Tey. You really should.
  • And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
    A nice trade paperback re-issue edition. Just couldn’t pass it up.
  • The Best of Rumpole – John Mortimer
    Rumpole of the Bailey. Need I say more? I can see from the blank look on your face I’m dating myself. It ran on the BBC from 1978 to 1992….and, wow, that was a long time ago.
  • Busted Flush & Suicide Kings (both Wild Cards)
    George R.R. Martin stories outside of Westeros-along with other excellent Science Fiction/Fantasy writers. Each book is an anthology but with a theme based in a shared universe.
  • Bring Up The Bodies – Hilary Mantel
    Second book in the Wolf Hall trilogy, winner of the Booker and Costa awards, this is a sequel as good or better than the original. Can’t wait for the last book, The Mirror and Light.
  • The Winthrop Woman – Anya Seton
    Lovers of historical fiction will understand why this one book might be the best find of the day. If you haven’t read any Seton (Katherine, Green Darkness) you should. Her well-researched stories are the epitome of the genre.
  • Our Kind of Traitor – John le Carré
    No, not a Smiley novel, but still a story of intrigue and suspense.
  • Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder – Gyles Brandreth
    (formerly Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death)
  • Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance – Gyles Brandreth
    (formerly Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders)
  • Kingdom of the Golden Dragon – Isabel Allende
    Book Two in the City of Beasts series, plus…it’s ALLENDE.
  • The Ghost Brigades – John Scalzi
    Second book in the Old Man’s War series. I am quickly becoming a fanatic…I mean a fan of Scalzi’s work.
  • The Pyramid – Henning Mankell
    A book in the Wallander series. I’ve been enjoying noir fiction from Stieg Larsson (Swedish) and Jo Nesbø (Norwegian), so adding Mankell (Swedish) seems a logical step that I plan to enjoy.
  • The Troubled Man – Henning Mankell
    Another Wallander book.
  • The Shadow Girls – Henning Mankell
    The Man From Beijing – Henning Mankell
    Not more Wallander books. I wanted see what Mankell’s stand-alone books are like and the price for trying them was right.
  • The Bat and Phantom (both Harry Hole novels) – Jo Nesbo
    The Bat is chronologically the first. Sometimes I just want to smack Harry upside the head, but he is a character you love to hate to love.
  • Doctor Sleep – Stephen King
    Hmm, a sequel to The Shining. Thought since they had an excellent paperback edition for only $4, I’d give it a shot.
  • The Adventures of Langdon St. Ives – James Blaylock
    As one of the pioneers of Steampunk, I just had to get some of Blaylock’s work. This actually is made up of several stories including Lord Kelvin’s Machine. Definitely couldn’t pass it up.
  • Death Is Now My Neighbor and The Daughters of Cain– Colin Dexter
    An Inspector Morse mystery. I was introduced to Morse through PBS and am enjoying reading through the books that spawned Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis, and Endeavour.
  • A Murderous Procession – Ariana Franklin
    Another historical fiction mystery. It’s no trend. At this point, I guess it’s an obsession. A happy one!

Been to any good book sales recently? Hope your finds were as good as mine, if not better!





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