Friday, March 27, 2015

Bookish Thoughts: On Library Book Sales

Library book sales. 

They can be hit or miss. 

The quality of books can range from like-new to well-worn to food-and-non disclosed-substance-stuck-to-the-pages. I've experienced reads from each of those categories, yet something continues to draw me to these sales, imperfections be damned. 

Obvious reason no.1 - the thrill of the hunt. As a self proclaimed bibliophile there is nothing better than discovering a diamond in the rough, that hidden gem of a book you've been searching for and, at long last find. Ditto for discovering new reads that lead to unearthing more authors and subsequent 'series' books to add to the ever growing wishlist.

Obvious reason no.2 - the price. Library sales are a great way to feed the habit without breaking the bank. Then only thing I tend to be mindful of, is when purchasing a book, you don't purchase the additional time to read it. Maintaining a reasonable sized trb pile is a constant problem - but a nice one. I've become more selective of my reads, and, as such, tend to look for books I KNOW I want to read - see 'want' not 'will' - I like to allow for some wriggle room there.

My local (when I'm at work) library is Adelaide City. Adelaide City Libraries have regular Recycled Reads book sales to recycle older resources which have been removed from their collections.

With new material added to the collection all the time the library is constantly reviewing the collection and removing older items as they become outdated or are no longer borrowed. Items removed from the collection are offered to the community through a range of book sales including small ongoing sales trolleys at City Library, North Adelaide Community Centre and Library and the Hutt Street Library.

They hold Recycled Reads sales on the first Friday of each month at the City Library in Studio One. 

In addition pop-up sales are held from time to time with today being the date of one of those 'pop-up sales'! did my treasure hunting go today? Well, as many as four new books could have found their way to my personal home library, alas, I, only bought the one (applying my tbr acquisition logic as mentioned above) - and it was a great pick-up! BITTER WASH ROAD by Aussie crime writer Garry Disher. I'm super excited about this book as it's set in Adelaide (my home town) and has been on my wishlist since the day it came out! 

Bitter Wash RoadFrom the back of the book:
Hirsch is a whistle-blower. Formerly a promising metropolitan officer, now hated and despised. Exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia's wheatbelt. Threats, Pistol cartridge in the mailbox.

So when he heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate gunfire and finds himself cut off without backup, there are two possibilities. Either he's found the fugitive killers thought to be in the area. Or his 'backup' is about to put a bullet in him.

He's wrong on both counts. But the events that unfold turn out to be a hell of a lot more sinister.

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Despite walking away with just the one read, I'd call today's outcome a success. 


  1. Bitter Wash Road sounds like a great thriller. I'm going to add that one to my TBR list.

    1. It's one I've had on my radar for a while now. Really excited to pick it up at the library sale :-)