Since the college is just blocks from our house, we decided to see how many of the advertised 75,000 books were left in the college's gymnasium The books are always arranged on tables according to categories, such as: mysteries under $1.00, hardbacks under $5.00, Literature, Food, Travel, Philosophy, Romance, Children's Books, etc. Volunteers are constantly restocking books on the tables, so we found the tables were still full.
I purposefully took bags that I had to carry as opposed to the rolling backpacks and suitcases some folks use, but I soon was toting around a very heavy bag! Before lunch I ended up spending $30.00 on books, then my husband and I ducked out to a local Tex/Mex restaurant for some Huevos Rancheros for brunch and found ourselves back in the gym for the afternoon half price sale. We spend an additional $10, so for a total expenditure of $40.00, we came home with about 30 books. Plum lucky or plum foolish, hard to tell.
|People waiting in check-out lines at Friday opening of a previous year's book sale; Saturday is less crowded.|
I read with interest the authors of book blogs who state their books are neatly organized according to whether they have been read, ready to be read, recently read or heaven forbid, the Dewey Decimal System. My books start out being roughly organized according to size, by necessity, then by topic and then whatever I can fit on a given shelf. It develops my brain, I believe, trying to visualize which book shelf I last saw a book on.
One of the books I picked up for a friend and ended up reading quickly before I passed it on was one of Janet Evanovich's between-the-numbers Stephanie Plum novels, Plum Lovin'.
Plum Lovin', by Janet EvanovichSt. Martin's Press. 2007. 176 pages
To say this is light reading is a gross understatement, and to call this book a mystery is stretching it, too. However, Evanovich always includes humor in her books, so she isn't expecting the reader to be too serious about the plot. In Plum Lovin', there has to be a reason why a pawn dealer claims Annie shot him and stole a valuable necklace. This is the mystery Stephanie must solve at the same time she seeks out four strangers and somehow improves their love lives before Valentine's Day. They fifth open case is the boyfriend of Stephanie's sister who wants to marry sister Valerie, the mother of his daughter, but is phobic about a marriage ceremony.
Of course Stephanie blunders her way through to a happy ending for the clients and clears Annie Hart in the process. This isn't Evanovich at her best, but sometimes it's fun to read a totally frivolous book, and this one fits the bill!
Author Janet Evanovich