Welcome BACK to my Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today!
I know, I know, I switched to In Bed With a Book meme, but I’m switching back. I’m done trying to make this a blog hop, but still feel free to participate! Maybe someday I’ll try to make it happen as a blog hop again, but right now I feel like Gretchen trying to make ‘fetch’ happen.
This morning I’m reading:
I am such a fan of these books, and this one is super steamy. I pre-ordered this beauty, and while I didn’t get much of a chance to read on our recent trip to Orlando, I’ve gotten about a quarter of a way through it so far.
On our way back to Virginia from Harry Potter World (or, as others might refer to it, Universal Studios), we stopped a couple of nights. The first night we stopped in Savannah and the exit showed not only the sign for our hotel but something called Book Warehouse. So of course I squealed in delight. After checking in and dumping our 50 million bags o’crap (we did NOT pack smart or light), we set off to find Book Warehouse, despite the fact that Google Maps had no freaking clue where it was. Fortunately, we stumbled across it eventually.
So, there’s a few Book Warehouses in Georgia and it was kind of like finding a little patch of book nirvana on the side of I-95. The shopping center it was in is old and kind of scuzzy, but inside the nondescript building awaits a special surprise for book lovers. Book Warehouse sells mostly used library book. I have a special obsession for library books (the plastic cover on the hardback books makes me swoon, I have even looked into buying the same material libraries use to cover my own hardcover books- someday!). They do have some new and discounted books, although most of the new ones are religious and self help books, or books that you might find for sale in a Dollar General. I think the most expensive book they have there is 4.99 (not counting some of the nicer bibles).
But the used library books, which are mostly hardcovers, are only 1.99 and .99!!! I even got a used copy of the Night Circus for .50 cents!!!!!!!
We arrived Friday night a little before 7pm, so we only had an hour to browse. The books are kind of shelved willy nilly, with no real sense of order. I didn’t do a lot of shelf digging since my time was limited, so I grabbed a cart and this is what we picked up the first night:
I got 16 books and the Hubs picked up 4. The only book that cost me more the $1.99 was Love is a Higher Law by David Levithan- and it was the only non-library book I picked up. I think for $3.99. We got all 20 books for $44.
The next day was our 12th wedding anniversary and we woke up not sure if we were going to drive straight home or stop again along the way (we opted to spend a night in North Carolina, which turned out to be an awesome idea since the Hubs secretly booked us a super sweet suite). So, after we woke up, got ready and checked out, we had breakfast and hit Book Warehouse one more time.
The Hubs dropped me off and explored some of the other shops because he, rightly so, suspected that I would be spending a lot of time among the stacks. I grabbed a cart and went shelf by shelf, finding hidden treasures that had been lurking behind other books the night before. I’m not sure how long I was there, but at some point I got tired. My cart was full and I just had to make peace with the fact that short of grabbing a cup of coffee and some knee pads, I just couldn’t go through every single pile of books.
This time I got 18 books. I found Second Grave on the Left first, and I was debated whether or not I should buy it because I haven’t read the first book, when BAM! First book was just a few piles over. The only restraint I showed this time was not buying books I already owned just because I was excited to see them in library book form. It was tough though. Got all 18 for about $33.
And each time I bought oodles of books, the Hubs helped me carry them into our hotel room just so I could take pictures. He’s a keeper, that one. 🙂
Now, you might be saying to yourselves, Kate, don’t you already have hundreds of unread books on your shelves? But to those people I say, Nah-nah-nah, I can’t hear you over the sound of all my awesome piles of books!
What are you reading (or wish you had time to read) this morning? Are you reading the book you thought you’d be reading, or has today found you with a surprise?