A Hefty Half Price Books Haul

*slight exaggeration in title for aliteration purposes …

As a certified book addict, I will admit to sometimes needing a little “self talk” to prevent my buying books just for the sake of buying books. You know what that is like, when you buy some cheap children’s books or a paperback you will probably never read just because you feel like you have to scratch that particular itch.

Well, last night I have to say I both avoided buying books I was unlikely to read but found some great deals from author’s I really enjoy reading.  And what else is blogging about if it is not about sharing these experiences?

Home by Marilynne Robinson – despite having really enjoyed Gilead I have yet to read this one. Now for only $2 I have added it to the TBR pile!

Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster – it has been a while since I have read any Paul Auster and for $2 I didn’t feel like I could pass this hardcover up.

Paul Among the People by Sarah Ruden – I have been undergoing something of a theological evolution of late and much of it is inspired or instigated by the so called “new perspective” on Paul.  As part of that I have had this on my wish list since it was published.  Yep, for two bucks had to pick it up.

Even with this haul, I didn’t forget my family.  I managed to pick up Walter the Giant Storyteller’s Giant Book of Giant Stories and Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory with wonderful illustrations by Beth Peck both for a dollar each.

I will count this as one of my better HPB outings.

Now if I manage to read these books within the next few months that will show my true discipline …


Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

1 Comment

  1. Half Price Books is an awful company because they destroy so many books and other media. They deceive people who sell to them. The seller is generally not told that most of the books are going to be thrown in the dumpsters in the back of the stores. People should at least be told this so they can make an informed decision as to whether or not to turn their media over to HPB. HPB does this as an anti-competitive measure. Also the HPB buyers have big holes in their knowledge of media, so many rare and irreplaceable items are now gone forever.

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