Friday, July 18, 2008

Be Still My Palpitating Heart

I am bursting at the seams with some really great news!

My company is having a used book sale for charity today, and I just scored 30 books for $16!

I'm in total heaven right now. This is my nirvana. My bliss.

I'm so sorry if you're not a big book fan. I just couldn't help myself from sharing it with someone. Anyone. Because my mom and sister, who would totally understand my freak out, are not answering their phones. If you're bored off your toosh, you can blame them.

And, of course, there's a story to go along with it.

My company is pretty big- about 600 people in our San Diego office. I've been revving up for this book sale all week, and knew I'd have to get down there right when the doors opened to ensure some good pickings.

To be honest, I wasn't sure how good the pickings would be since all the books were given by donation. I didn't think it would yield a lot of great finds. I, for one, can't bare to part with any of my books, let alone the good ones, and thought most people were the same way. But if there was going to be a good book or two, I wanted them.

I was WRONG.

I walked into the room right as the sale started, and couldn't believe all the great books that were there for the stealing! My heart started palpitating as a slight panic filled me. Hurry, Laural, to the fiction!

Book titles jumped out at me. Bel Canto! Water for Elephants! The Secret Lives of Bees, The Kite Runner, City of Falling Angels, and so many more. This was the motherload of used books! I even scored a brand new copy of The Pillars of the Earth. Luckily, the cashiers were letting people start holding piles, so that we could go back and fill our arms with more.

Things did start to get a bit tense as more people came down. Some came in and just sauntered around, but the book lovers knew exactly where to go. There was a bit of jostling for position, and I might've accidentally stepped on a few toes, but I never lost my spot.
If someone pulled a really great book out of a pile and then put it down, my arm snaked right over to it and snatched it away.

I think I even got a little elbow action in there.

Professionalism be damned. Times like these call for merciless measures.

I tried not to look at what other people had in their arms. When I did glimpse a title that I would've grabbed if I'd gotten to it first, I felt a pain in my chest. If only I'd been faster! I even considered trying to buy one of Jane Green's latest books off of a girl at the check out line, even though she hadn't paid for it yet.

Book envy is not a pretty thing.

When I was finally done, I walked out with 30 books in two bags. I felt elated!

Away from all the frenzy, I put all of my books out on my desk for a go-over. One surprise purchase- a copy of A Million Little Pieces. I don't know what I was thinking to put that in the pile. I haven't read it, but don't really intend to either (unless someone tells me that it really is a must read). My mind must have been muddled by excitement.



On my way to the cafe for lunch, I found myself detouring by way of the book sale. I figured, since I was there, what was wrong with one more peak? Maybe there were still a few more books to be had.

There were. Oh yes there were. AND I decided to go ahead and pick up a few books that I've already read. At 25 cents a pop, I can take them to The Paperback Exchange by my house and get a lot more in store credit than what I paid.

One more bag = 14 more books = $5.75
It's totally Christmas in July, but better.


  1. Christmas in July, indeed! I can totally understand. :D

  2. I am soooooo jealous. Books, O how I love thee, let me count the ways.


    Hubby has horribly proclaimed though that if I "buy one more book, a pair of shoes HAS to go!" Cruel man.

  3. I feel your excitement, girl!
    It's like when I swooped into Old Navy today and bought a big bag of cute clothes for the girls for just over $ :)

  4. mom says unread books on the shelf feel like money in the bank.

  5. Well, you DID score girl!!! You swooped in just like a hawk and devoured your prey . . . that's a lot of books! I love book sales too, so I can imagine your giddiness and excitement. I have a few books I'm dying to read on my vacation . . . cannot wait!

  6. You have no idea how much I heart books. I can totally see me, trying to explain to The Man why I bought 30 books.

  7. So, will we get to know all the titles? Like Water for Elephants was excellent!

  8. SCORE! I just bought a paperback of "P.S. I Love You" a couple weeks ago and it was $6.99 just for one book. I have recently discovered that yardsales are a great place to find books too. I got a bunch a few weeks ago for a quarter to 50 cents a piece. I was going to post it on "Frugal Friday" 'cuz I was so proud, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

    I hope you guys were able to raise quite a bit for charity!

  9. That is a great day.

    I dream about having a big room in my house I would call the library or the study. The walls would be floor to ceiling books.

    I would have a big leather chair and a suitable reading lamp.

    Congratulations on your score. I'm not jealous at all.

  10. Awesome finds! You did good!

    I've been using the library and friends' collections lately, because I can't seem to part with mine, either!

    Thanks for visiting today!

    Oh, and I literally just finished Kite Runner!

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    I would have gone crazy at that book sale too. You are one lucky lady to score so many great books for so little money. I hope you can sleep tonight after all that excitement and all those books to think about reading.

  12. Wow! That sounds awesome. As a fellow book lover I'm happy for you! I know the feeling and how you wrap your body around an area of books so that you get to look without people pushing and pulling;).

  13. I am an avid reader... can't get enough of books and reading. In fact, I can't put a good book down... I'll stay up until all hours of the night to finish them.

    What a score!

  14. Soooo jealous, uh, I mean so HAPPY for you. Yeah, that's it. Happy.

    Enjoy them ;)

  15. One, I love that you get to do this while working and two, I love that you are thinking about the prospect of selling those said books for additional income. Are you related to me?

    Water for Elephants was *lovely*, Kite Runner too, good picks, sista!

  16. Wow! Your gonna be a busy girl. Congrats on all the great finds!

  17. "Water for Elephants", "The Secret Lives of Bees" and "The Kite Runner" are all books I recently read for book club and they were all really good - especially "The Kite Runner"!

  18. Also feeling book envy. You just described my heaven (except for the elbow throwing part).

  19. why wasn't i invited...used book sales are, like, my FAVORITE ever!

  20. Way to score! Now you just need to find the time to read them all. That's my problem. Read blogs or read books?

  21. You must read "A Million Little Pieces." I loved it--as fiction, of course.

    I would have been in heaven also.

    It's so funny that I happenened upon your blog today after you commented on mine. I have a couple of Brazilian boys staying with me.


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