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11:37 am: No More Freebies!
What's not to love about free books--right?? (Speaking of which--SO excited about ALA Annual Conference!! ARCs, here I come!)

Well, here's the thing. My fabulous library (which has a delightful used bookstore RIGHT INSIDE IT. If it had a coffee bar, I'd never go home) hosts some shelves outside where there are books for (practically) free. (I think a dime per book is requested--there's a tiny cash-box attached to the wall for your practically-free-book-buying convenience.)

(How am I doing with parentheses so far? Next post, I'll demonstrate the Great Value of--wait for it--em dashes.)

So the last time I returned books to the library, before it had actually opened, my only option was to browse the Practically Free Shelves for reading material. (The library was closed, you see. Its little bookstore, too.)

And here's what I now realize. Those books are practically free for a reason.

So now I've read the first two books in an early-80s "YA" "mystery" series. (And I use those quotation marks charitably. Because who among us knows a teenager who actually uses the word "perhaps" in everyday conversation???) Also a zany 70s book by a very, very well-known MG writer. (This book is NOT one of her well-known offerings. For good reason.) A WWII coming-of-age story where the Jewish family actually escapes before anything really awful happens. (It would have been an interesting read if not for the chronic--and random--flashbacks.) And a super-cheese MG mystery where the nice aunt dun it and the mean aunt didn't realize she was really that mean.

So forget those gift-bearing Greeks. What I really need to watch out for is book-gifting geeks. No more practically free books for me. I swear. I shall avoid the near occasion of the practically free shelves. And I refuse to feel guilty for placing my practically free purchases back on those shelves for some other desperate schmuck to pick up. So there.

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Date:June 18th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, some of those old books are pretty laughable. Cover pictures, too. :>) Although I started reading YA ("problem") novels in the '80s, when I was interested in writing for young people. (I read adult nonfiction when I was a teen. I was an odd kid.)

I'm going to ALA, too--I hope. I sent my check to the Chicago office instead of MD by mistake, so I sent an e-mail to see if they got it. I hope so, because I have 3 ARCs on my need-to-grab list so far. :>)
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Date:June 18th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
You're too good--I haven't even attempted to make an ARC list. I think that would make my arms/ back ache in advance! (I should be doing totebag exercises to prep!)
Date:June 19th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
Me, too. :>) I grabbed almost everything in sight last time, in 2008, in 2 days. Ended up with a lot of books I wouldn't normally have read, but I thought I'd give them a try. This year, I'll be more selective.

Two of the ARCs on my want list are by LJ friends, and the other is Lois Lowry's follow-up novel to The Giver/Gathering Blue. I learned about that one at Amazon.com.
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Date:June 19th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
Me, too. :>) I had the same problem with free books last time, in 2008--grabbed way too many, even ones in genres I don't care for. This time, I'll be more selective.

Two of the ARCs on my list are by LJ friends. The other is Lois Lowry's follow-up novel to The Giver/Gathering Blue. I learned about that one at Amazon.com.
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