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February 4, 2010

Lord, help me! My bibliophila is out of control these days. I’ve been a bibliophile ever since I was a little kid, kind of hard not to when you grow up in town with the original Borders Bookstore (*cue flashback music, tear rolls down cheek* Miss the way it used to be.)  Whenever my brother and I couldn’t get a new toy we’d ask my parents if we could get a new book (or two or more).  I curbed my reading for a little while when I was in school, just couldn’t do recreational reading and textbooks at the same time.  I actually like a lot of textbooks (yeah…I’m serious. I like reading peer-reviewed journals for fun too. Yeah…I might need help…it’s ok.) but I have really missed just reading random stuff when I want to.

So, today I did my usual pick up at the library.  I had a couple things I wanted to get and a couple of things that FINALLY came in on reserve.  I was just about to leave when I saw the Free Book cart out.  I wasn’t expecting much, the last few times they haven’t had anything interesting.  This time though… well when you see the cute nerdy guy really interested in a few things…it had to be a good haul.  Sure enough!  Serious bookgasm happening when caught a few titles on first glance.  I think my old philosophy professor came up behind me and tried to peruse the books but I was ready to beat the crap out of him if he tried to get past me.  I swear this guy is as bad or worse than me, every time I check the reserve cart for my books on hold this dude has 10 or more books on hold.  I’m standing there in front of the cart thinking “You’ve got enough on the shelf over there, go away!”  Yeah, I wasn’t letting anyone through ’til I was good and done!

I ended up coming home with 9 new books on top of my library books.  Ugh! I’m nuts or something.  I wanted more I really did but I couldn’t carry anymore lol! I need a new book bag, that’s what I need.

So what did I score from the treasure trove?

“History of Rome Books 21-22” By Titus Livius published by David McKay 1896 – Carthage and Hannibal my favorite! I can’t even begin to say how excited I am/was for this one. Besides being one of my favorite subjects this book is perfectly “pocket” size and old.

“Man’s Place in Nature and Other Essays” by Thomas Henry Huxley last reprint 1943- The bookgasm reached a new high when I saw this one lol! Biology another favorite subject. This one is another “pocket” book, it’s 1943 I guess but it’s looks aged (in a good way).  I’m so completely in love with the sketches on this paper (I fall hard for those old book plates/sketches). I’ll have to try to scan a few sometime.

“Fire & Darkness:  From The Last Days of Pompeii” by Lord Lytton (don’t know the date on this one. The inside cover is decorated with this beautiful paper that is a repetition of the date 1798. – Do I really have to say more about this? Pompeii! Come on! How can you pass it up? (cute nerd boy did!) The title pages are so lovely too!

“On the Nature of the Universe” by Lucretius 1951 Penguin Classics – Science, philosophy, and poetry…how can you go wrong? I love the cover too, and the book is old but not too old.  Pages are doing a crazy sunset/sunrise sort of thing (don’t know how else to describe it) where the text part of the page is still cream colored but as it gets closer and closer to the edge it takes on a darker orange/brown color. There’s kind of a gloss to the pages too. Can’t wait to delve into this one.

My other treasure is “One Day of Life” by Manlio Argueta 1983 – This is the one I was ready to beat the living day lights out of my Philosophy Prof  for.  It’s been banned by the El Salvadorian government.

I got a couple other books, poetry, African art, African short stories, something else…but those are the ones I’m totally having a moment with right now, ha! I am however, a little sad because I passed up “Letters to His Son” by The Earl of Chesterfield Philip Dormer Stanhope.  I love letters and it just seems like something I’d really like. I think I’ll head down again tomorrow to see if they’ve found a book I couldn’t find and if this is still there I will grab it up.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2010 11:20 pm

    Nice score and it certainly seems that you’ve overcome your inability to combine different types of reading. I find that I have to mix it up these day. Great title to your post too!

    • tinysagittarian permalink
      February 5, 2010 2:19 pm

      I just find it hard to mix when I’m required to read a subject and there is a deadline to finish, I think. Otherwise I’ve always mixed my subjects, so fun. They always seem to end up intertwining in some way or another.

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