So, on the way to visiting my Grandmother’s house last weekend, my family and I stopped in at a Goodwill. Nothing unusual there. But what was unusual was the price system at that particular Goodwill. The books were ten for a dollar.
Yeah. So, I got a couple of books, you might say – forty-three to be exact. Some of them I am genuinely excited about; others, I will not deny, I purchased because they looked vaguely interesting and at $ .10 a pop were worth the risk.
An Apple a Day – $ .10 I enjoy reading collections of witty quotes. I had heard of Jo Petty’s Apples of Gold, but never of this effort.
Little Women – $ .10 I already owned a copy of Little Women, but this one was in much better condition, and for ten cents, was quite worth the purchase.
Is Jesus Alive Today? – $ .10 A tiny book defending the Scriptural teaching that Christ has risen from the dead. It includes long passages of Scriptures as well as tiny written pieces by prominent apologists such as Lee Strobel and Hank Hanegraaff.
Sparrow Song – $ .10 A collection of illustrated children’s poems.
Wordsworth and His World – $ .10 This biography of William Wordsworth, the famous poet, is filled with authentic photographs and selections of Wordsworth’s writings.
Garfield Honor – $ .10 Apparently set in Texas during the aftermath of the War Between the States, Garfield Honor is about a veteran of that war who ruthlessly seeks political power.
The School of Donne – $ .10 An examination of John Donne’s literary accomplishments.
Peter Pembroke, Apprentice – $ .10 The story begins in 1723, as young Peter Pembroke lands at Boston, Massachusetts and assumes the role of apprentice to Thomas Fisher, cabinetmaker. While in Boston he not only learns his trade but also becomes friends with young Ben Franklin and attends the church where Cotton Mather preaches.
Detectives of the Sky – $ .10 Ever since their invention, Aircraft – planes, helicopters, jets, etc. – have played a significant role in everyday life as well as in times of great danger. But what of the times where flights went wrong? It is in Detectives of the Sky that we hear these occasions explained.
Black Duck – $ .10 A children’s story set during the Prohibition years, Black Duck tells the story of several children who become involved with the illegal smuggling of liquor in Rhode Island. It will be really interesting to see how the author handles her subject matter.
The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature – $ .10 This book is amazing! It’s an encyclopedia of literary terms, characters, books, and authors. I have found it to be exhaustive – it even has sections on Ballantyne and Henty!
Six Great Modern Short Novels – $ .10 A collection of novelettes by authors like James Joyce, Herman Melville (not sure why he’s considered modern), and William Faulkner.
Belles on Their Toes – $ .10 The sequel to Cheaper By the Dozen, Belles on their Toes continues the story of the Gilbreth family and their hilarious escapades. Although I did not approve of all of the content in Cheaper By the Dozen, many of the stories were tremendously enjoyable.
The Hobbit – $ .10 I’ve never read any of Mr. Tolkien’s stories, but I figured that if I were to ever be interested in them, this was the price to pay.
Conagher – $ .10
Showdown at Yellow Butte – $ .10
The Burning Hills – $ .10
I decided that for ten cents each it was worth trying out a few different Louis L’Amour books.
The Odyssey – $ .10 As much as I enjoy epic poetry and legends, I have not yet read Homer’s Odyssey. I hope to get around to it soon.
The Pearl – $ .10 I did not enjoy John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, but in looking through The Pearl I didn’t see a single curse word. I thought it might be tolerable, so I’m giving Steinbeck another try.
Summer of My German Soldier – $ .10 I purchased this thinking it might be a Newberry winner, but I was wrong. :|
The Ministry of Intercession – $ .10
The Prayer of Life – $ .10
With Christ in the School of Prayer – $ .10
Andrew Murray isn’t my favorite theologian, but his writings on prayer are practical and insightful.
Robinson Crusoe – $ .10 I liked this copy better than the one that I already owned.
Moonfleet – $ .10 I hadn’t heard of Moonfleet prior to finding it on the shelf, but it looks super interesting. It tells the story of John Trenchard, a young boy who becomes entangled in a struggle between smugglers and revenue men during the 1700s. I’m counting on it to be similar to The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. (I’m excited about this one!)
A Wrinkle in Time – $ .10 The sole Newberry Winner that I found, A Wrinkle in Time is a fantasy that includes centaurs, magic, and time travel. Not my style.
Monsieur Pamplemousse – $ .10 I had never heard of Michael Bond’s detective, Monsieur Pamplemousse, but apparently he is a French bon-vivant-turned-detective. He is a great lover of food and solves ‘gastronomic mysteries’. I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds delectable!
Across the River and into the Trees – $ .10 I was not particularly enraptured by Hemingway’s story, The Old Man and the Sea, so I thought I’d try one of his less well-known stories.
The Pursuit of Holiness – $ .10 Perhaps my favorite purchase of the lot, The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges examines the holiness of God and why we should always be striving towards a greater imitation of it. Mr. Bridges quotes J. C. Ryle, D. Martin Lloyd-Jones, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, and other notable theologians as he exhorts Christians in their walk of sanctification.
The American Short Story – $ .10 A collection of short stories by prominent authors such as Ambrose Bierce, Stephan Crane, Hemingway, O’Connor, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. A few plays by these authors are included as well.
Shaw: The Style and the Man – $ .10 An account of George Bernard Shaw’s life and a critique of his style. I shall be interested in reading this as I have read many of his plays and alternatively delight in and detest them.
Karen – $ .10 This book was written by the mother of a severely handicapped child and records how she fought for and brought up her daughter. It is a tale of love and joy amidst tough circumstances.
A Mother Is Love – $ .10 A collection of writings by prominent authors, actresses and stateswomen praising their mothers.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tales – $ .10 I haven’t enjoyed most of what I’ve read by Nathaniel Hawthorne, but I loved his short story ‘The Celestial Railroad’ and did not own a copy. It is included in this collection.
The Five-Minute Mysteries Reader – $ .10 This book is FUN. It contains 76 chapters; each of the chapters is a 2-3 page mystery which is unsolved. Enough clues are provided to aid you towards the proper solution and the real answers are included in the back. Obviously the mysteries aren’t fantastic –each is only a few pages long and there’s no time for exposition – but they are still enjoyable.
Ethan Frome – $ .10
The Case for Christ – $ .10
Prince Caspian – $ .10
I already owned copies of each of these three books. One of my ‘book goals’ is to see how inexpensively I can furnish my library. So, when I find a cheaper copy of a book that I own and know I can resell, I make the purchase and drive my ‘average price spent per book’ down. It’s great fun. :)
Pride and Prejudice – $ .10 I own Barnes and Nobles’ Seven Novels (a collection of Jane Austen’s novels), but I didn’t have an individual copy of any of them.
Treasure Island – $ .10
Black Beauty – $ .10
As much as I like hard covers – especially the pretty ones with gold gilding – I have this soft spot for soft covers. That’s why I snatched up these two books even though I already had pretty hard cover copies of them.
Total Spent = $ 4.30
Total Value = $ 108.19
(ten books were unpriced – these were left unaccounted)
Next Foreseeable Book Acquisition Date = August 4, 2012