Friday Jun 02, 2023

BoOk CrAwL!

This past Tuesday’s BoOk CrAwL was extra special. During one of our first few BoOk CrAwLs, we met a girl from Barnes & Noble who we had asked for some recommendations. Her name is Liz and she’s super awesome. She’s an avid reader, environmentalist, and all around fun gal. She came along with us to Crazy4Books. As the weeks go on, it would appear that we are well on our way to having a BoOk CrAwL posse. I am more ok with that than I would like to admit!

I didn’t know if we’d be able to find much this run, considering we had just gone to Crazy4Books last week. But boy was I wrong! All three of us wound up with arms filled. It was fun to go from aisle to aisle with Liz, grabbing at books, reading them, shelving them, and running onward. Dipper, on the other hand, takes a more measured approach to the used books. As he does in most things. He carefully peruses the aisles, and if you look, there appears to be a method. My method, on the other hand, appears to be “shiny shiny”. As in “OH WOW! BOOKS! WHERE DO I BEGIN?!”

My shining achievement was finding an Umberto Eco for Dipper that he didn’t have before. (If you’re wondering, it was The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana.) In hardcover. Spotless, no less. Score!!! As for me, it was all about the fluff reads this time, I’m afraid.crawl

  • The Secret World of Teddy Bears – This is a super cute book featuring poems about the daily activities of silly, dressed teddy bears. Chris’ mom is going through round two of cancer, and I thought it would make a super cute pick-me-up from him to his mom.
  • Geisha: A Living Tradition – My mom LOVES Geishas. This coffee table book was pretty much a no-brainer.
  • Martin Guitars: An Illustrated Celebration of America’s Premier Guitarmaker – Mom used to play guitar in coffee houses. She’d play Joan Baez and other folk singer covers. Her favorite (and only) guitar is  Martin D28.
  • The Nameless Dead – Liz and I were in the paperback section making fun of some of the titles, and I happened to take a peek at this one. I read the back of it, and was pretty much sold on the idea that there is possession involved.
  • A Treasury of Great Science Fiction – Liz grabbed one copy. I grabbed the other. I’m a sucker for older anthologies. Especially science fiction or horror! She grabbed volume 1 and 2, and I grabbed the first volume.
  • Gumbo Ya-Ya: Folk Tales of Louisiana – How could I not?! I love Louisiana, and have always wanted to walk the streets of New Orleans. Maybe some day. But for now, I’ll cozy up and read this book and all about the loup garou, voodoo, and the other practices and traditions of Louisiana.
  • Love is Strange: Tales of Paranormal Passion – I can’t help it. Pure fluff. Whatever. But fluff can be fun, am I right?
  • My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding: A Collection of New Short Stories – Fluff, fluff, and more fluff. I think, if I were to be brutally honest, I picked this up only because of the cacophony of groans from Liz and Dipper when I announced the title. (If I were to tell you my darkest secret regarding this volume, I would tell you I can’t wait to see exactly how bad it can get!)

I’m not sure when I’ll get to reading the books on this list. To be honest, there’s nothing here I absolutely HAVE to start tonight. But it does feel good to have them in my possession. After all, one can never have too many books, can they???

Holly Ann Kasprzak

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