shop-a-book-aholic – GIVEAWAY!
May 4, 2010 § 24 Comments
Yes, I shopped at the Greater St Louis Bookfair (it’s annual) and I shopped for you, too!The Greater St Louis Bookfair runs for three days and a half days. If it went much longer, I’d be sunk, no, wait, the opposite. I’d be so high on a mountain of books that the term TBR stack would become nonsense.
Why, you might ask, do you need to buy books? I don’t know. I have a “problem.” But honestly this annual booksale beats my virtual wish list on Amazon, or my longing looks at the shelves at B&N and it far outdistances the overdue book charges that I’ve racked up at libraries in no less than seven states. And the money all goes to a St. Louis charity.
The books on the more than 50 long tables of books, semi-divided into categories to render order of a blissful book chaos, are priced from $1 to $5. Really, if you have a little patience and the ability to trip carefully through rows and rows of books, you can snag great books at the $1 price point and while cruising the tables, you can get a good feel for the reading public’s taste, what we love, what we loved and dumped and what lasts and lasts and lasts.
I went at lunchtime on Friday for a power sweep and then Nory talked me into going again on Saturday. Here’s how she talked me into it:
“Want to go to the book fair for a few minutes, Mom?”
“Just say ‘yes’,” she said while swiping her car keys off the counter and opening the door.
“After you,” she said.
And we jumped in the car and squeezed in an hour at Macy’s, then the bookfair where we cruised (successfully) at the memoir/nonficiton, ficiton and comic book tables…then a stop at the tailor’s, and a five-minute stop at Bread Co for breakfast to take home and treated the house to bagels and books we got.
BOOTY! BOOK BOOTY!
OK, let me just say that no one there could help themselves. I mean, there were people there with shopping carts. And huge boxes. And shopping carts with boxes in them. Really. Oh geez, in retrospect, Nora and I were quite circumspect (even though we broke our shoulders filling the bag we each carried.)
And honestly, there is a good and valid reason for every title pictured above. There are stories about the stories. Later.
So, I’m giving away two books. This is my first giveaway so I might be a wordy girl here trying to explain and make it clear. Here goes – join in the fun!
Win AS Byatt’s POSSESSION which is one of those books you leave on the shelf for weeks, maybe months and then one day you pick it up and read it and wonder why you waited. (Be fair. Get several dozen pages into it before you make any judgements. But I’m telling you, it’s a winner.)
Win Peter Mayle’s HOTEL PASTIS which is a fine little beach read or plane pastime, un petit mignon, to spin you into summer!
First, you must love books, maybe decorate with them, stash them here and there so you can read them, talk about ’em, blog about ’em, you know…living the book thing! (OK, I’m not strict or serious about any of that other than that you likely love books or you wouldn’t be sitting there reading this!)
Second, you must live in the USA or Canada to enter.
WINNERS (2) will be drawn and announced on Sunday, May 9 at midnight, my time (CST).
You can enter twice.
1) Leave a comment here, naming a ficitonal hero or herione you might enjoy being for one day and tell why.
2) Blog about this giveaway and leave a link to your blog about it here.
(Each comment must be separate to be counted.)
Hey,now go on over to Nora’s blog . She’s running a book giveaway as well. (Yup, that’s her in my picture of the bookfair at the top of this entry.)