Weekend wrap-up: Bookish edition

So I’d been hearing about this “Saturday book sale” at the public library in La Plata for quite some time, but the last time I actually have a memory of going was years and years ago. As my boyfriend Palmer and I are such book fiends, I knew we needed to get over there sometime in the near future. Cheap books? Yes, please!

And it was amazing. We got up (somewhat) early, took a drive deeper into Southern Maryland, wandered down Charles Street in search of the actual library (mental note: it’s past the hospital, not before it) and finally found the basement with the donated books.

There were 75 CENTS a paperback — 75 cents! Young adult was 25 cents, children’s books were like 50 cents . . . and so forth. The random hardcover was only one dollar. I nearly jumped out of my skin! I behaved myself and only grabbed two books — Alison Weir’s Innocent Traitor and Mr. Knightley’s Diary, another book to add to my rapidly-growing foray into Jane Austen fiction. Palmer found a paperback called Blood Music he’s been searching for and did a little happy dance.

Fresh off our three-book haul for $2.36, we walked back up Charles Street (yes, walked — in 18 degree weather. The boyfriend’s awesome idea) to get lunch at El Dorado. Delicious! And we absolutely could not walk by a bakery on our way back to the car without stopping in. Charles Street Bakery — aptly named — was adorable, and I had absolutely no idea it even existed.

And they had . . . OBAMA COOKIES!


I bought two. Plus some red, white and blue star-shaped ones for Tuesday. What better way to celebrate the inauguration than by eating dessert with the president’s mug on it? Now that is a holiday!




After our fun cafe experience, we headed back up to Waldorf to try and catch a movie — but the movies were jammed. In fact, the entire town was jammed — like, Black Friday-and-Christmas-rush jammed. Definitely out of town and inauguration traffic. We did manage to squeeze by a local used-book shop on our way home, though, and I got three more books . . . and Palmer got two more. We’re addicts and we so enable each other.

And, of course, when all was said and done and we came back home . . . I had two books that came in the mail from my fellow BookMoochers. Very exciting! So all in all, I slapped seven new titles onto my TBR mountain:


Now all I have to do is sit still long enough to read them!

5 thoughts on “Weekend wrap-up: Bookish edition

  1. Oh, having an equally-book-addicted and enabling partner can be such a blessing and a curse. Bob and I have had similar adventures, and you just have to love it and know that it’s better to be spending your money on books than on many other things out there in the world. I’m jealous of your Obama cookies! They’re awesome.


  2. I remember when my university library had book and record sales. They sold books not per item, but by the inch. At $0.25 per inch, I made out like a bandit. Sadly, I think there are still a few I haven’t read yet…a decade later.

    I wish I had an Obama cookie for tomorrow…


  3. I happened on a library book sale by accident a few weeks ago, and was simply astounded at the bargains! But we did not get any Obama cookies (boo hoo!)


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