So I made one of my infamous trips to Kitchener-Waterloo to hit up the four used books store in the area. Usually I make this trip several times a year, but it's been a while now due to the job change, school and the bookclub.
Sometimes I find absolutely nothing and sometimes I come home with a whole bunch of things... and this time was the latter.
OLD GOAT BOOKS
Found two beautiful rare Tolkien books which detail the history of middle earth. I believe there are 10 volumes or so, and I was able to pick up two for $65. You never see these anywhere, so I'm pleased with the purchase despite the price. Then I was able to pick up some serviceable Hemingway books from the 30's for $8 a piece (two in total).
This place is usually very 'miss', but I found a couple of things here. I finally broke down and bought a copy of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time" because I had a credit note, and I was also able to pick up a "The Poetical works of Scott" which was dated 1912 or older. It was from a school in the UK, and I had a great time researching the find.
The best deals are usually found here, and sometimes they have real gems (1st edition The Great Gatsby). I did end up with some fairly old (40's?) editions of "The Jungle Books" ($8 for 2 volumes). I also picked up a present... ;)
A SECOND LOOK
Every time I walk into this store, something about it floors me. There are books everywhere in piles, but most are so rare & beautiful that you don't know where to start looking first. The problem is, the man who owns the store knows what everything is worth and he usually charges a little more than market for them. I always have to weigh a lot of factors and decide which books make the cut and which don't. I was feeling liberal, so here is what I bought:
Arabian Nights (Burton translation)
Wisdom of Confucious
Diary of Young Girl by Anne Frank (I've read this one when I was younger)
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Middlemarch by George Eliot
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
I honestly had a real problem narrowing it down to these books. They were chosen for a mix of interest, translation (edition) and price. Maybe some will be added as bookclub books in the future... time will tell.
Sixteen books is a pretty substantial haul considering I read about a book or two a month, and I needed a bookshelf reshuffle to fit everything in. The haul has led to a further dreading of the move. Last time, I took out all the shirts from my dressor, wrapped the books in them, and ended up washing all the shirts after all was done. I probably have 30% more books this time... so it will be a challenge.
Anyhow, I haven't posted for a while so I thought I would relate my story. "The Red and the Black" review will come later this month.