Recently, I went on a bookstore crawl all throughout Cambridge, Massachusetts. A bookstore crawl is like a bar crawl, only better, because BOOKS.
Though I wanted to buy up any and all books that struck my fancy, I practiced pretty extreme self-control (at least, for me), and only bought two books. Two! That's got to be a personal record. I buy more than two books from ONE bookstore per visit, let alone five different stores in one night.
Perhaps I will post about all the shops I visited later. For now, I am just going to share the spoils of my crawl.
As you can see, I bought a discounted copy of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose from the "Remainder" section of The Harvard Book Store.
What are remainders, you ask? Remainders are specially priced editions of new books. Because they were no longer selling well, the remaining unsold copies were liquidated by the publisher at greatly reduced prices. They are like new and, in most cases, are identical to the full-priced versions. Alright, end of publishing lesson for today.
The other book I bought was Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles at The Coop. I was scanning the face-out books in one of the aisles, and I was completely drawn in by the book's cover art (I keep it no secret that I constantly judge books by their covers). As I pick up the book, I noticed that Tennessee Williams himself blurbed it, calling it his favorite book! Of course, without another thought, I bought it. Tennessee Williams has yet to steer me wrong.
I can't wait to dig into these books, especially Two Serious Ladies, which I meant to read for the #BoutofBooks Readathon, but I really don't think I will get to it this week.
Which books have you added to your shelves lately?