“Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.” ~James Russell Lowell
The Friends organization of my local library had its annual book sale over the weekend. It’s a ritual for us to go. The sale lasts three days and on Sundays, you can fill an entire bag of books for $2. We used to always hit the sale on Sundays, but I’ll be honest – it’s total chaos on that day and generally speaking the best books are picked over. I don’t go to buy fiction but if I did, Sunday would be my day. I go to find nuggets of non-fiction books for our home resource library.
We went on Saturday, when books were $1.50 an inch. They stack your books up and measure them for your total. I spent a whopping $7.50 and found a treasure trove of knowledge that I can’t wait to explore further.
I’m starting to embrace e-books, but honestly there is something very special about holding a well-worn book between my hands. I can’t imagine, I’ll ever do away with physical books completely. The thrill of hunt is also at play here for me, digging through stacks of old books allows me to discover something I might never have to thought to look for. It’s a simple and frugal adventure to be sure, but one that also helps us further our homesteading goals by gleaning from the wisdom of others.
What good book are you reading at the moment?