Sunday, June 13, 2010

Books Books Books

Nothing brings joy to my heart more than the aroma of a second-hand book store. Every time I walk in my soul smiles a little as I glance around the room hopeful of the treasures I will surely come across that day. Of course, my pocketbook is not near as fond of the used book store as my heart is, but I like to justify my purchases by telling myself ....
  1. I'm living a more "green" life by buying used.
  2. I'm purchasing something that has its own unique history- and nothing can put a price on that.
  3. Its not like I'm spending money on frivolous items, books last forever are sources of great knowledge and personal growth.
  4. Only used books contain fun inscriptions written by past owners.
  5. And finally.... because they look prettier on my book shelf than anything you could ever buy at Barns and Noble.

After a wonderful Saturday afternoon, my two girlfriends and I wandered into The Book Tree here in Scottsdale, and had a brief look around. Our intentions were to take a quick browse and nothing more- but of course nothing could have been farther from the truth. After only 20 minutes inside, I walked away with four beautiful new treasures. And what exactly did I find you ask??

Two beautifully old Oscar Wilde books ("The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Importance of Being Earnest")

One 1945 edition of John Steinbeck's "The Pearl"

And a sweet children's book of poetry called "Is Somewhere Always Far Away?"

I'm so excited to start my new stack of reading material... I just love the way books beckon to be read- its poetic.


vicki said...

I, too, love old books. Sounds like you found some special ones. Just got back in town so I'm available if you want to get together. I love your writing, Emily.

elise said...

Looks like you walked away with some "loot"! Congrats =)

p.s. Dorian Gray continues to haunt me at random times... perhaps that is a sign I should pick up a copy for myself? Perhaps.