Last month, I went to a book sale at the library and bought a lot of books! I found several books that I wanted but had looked for in vain at previous book sales: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope, and The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Also by Wilkie Collins, I bought The Woman in White, appropriately decorated with James Whistler’s painting Symphony in White, No. 1 (also known as The White Girl).
At a previous book sale, I had bought the last eight volumes of a ten volume set of The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley. The first two weren’t there. At this book sale, however, I found another set of them, though not in as good condition as mine, and bought volumes 1 & 2. So, now I have a complete set of the works of one of my favorite poets!
Just earlier in the month, I was telling one of my aunts that our book sales never had any good cookbooks — just microwave cooking and diet books and that kind of thing. Well, this sale proved me wrong! I found a big, beautifully illustrated book about chocolate! It has instructions for tempering chocolate along with some chocolate history and that kind of thing. I found a large book of French cooking and a little book of pizza recipes — both full of delightful, full-page, color photographs. I also got a little book called A Decent Cup of Tea which contains “A Brief History of Tea Drinking”, “On Selecting Your Teas”, and, of course, instructions on “How to Make a Decent Cup of Tea”.
I added to my Jane Austen and Shakespeare collections. I bought a copy of Two Guys Read Jane Austen. And my brother found me a gem: A single volume containing Jane Austen’s seven novels! I now own a copy of Lady Susan! I got an illustrated volume of Shakespeare’s complete works and another copy (I already owned a pocket size copy) of Shakespeare’s sonnets. It has color illustrations as well as black and white drawings and matches an illustrated copy of Romeo and Juliet I have.
For the rest, I got: a generously illustrated copy of Tennyson’s Poems; an illustrated book of Stephen Foster’s songs; a copy of War and Peace translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude; a pocket-size German-English, English-German dictionary; a little set of German dictionaries (Langenscheidts Lilliput Dictionary English-German and Langenscheidts Lilliput Wörterbuch Deutsch-Englisch, about two inches tall each — so cute!); and a book of paintings by Thomas Kinkade, which I bought by mistake.