When I casually mentioned the other day that I “bought 4o books at a book fair,” Jenny rightfully called me out for not sharing more. “Know your audience,” she said. I KNOW, BUT I’M ALSO SLIGHTLY EMBARRASSED, JENNY.
Still, I wouldn’t want to disappoint.
Do you want to feel good about your book buying habits? This is the post for you! When I started writing it, I thought, “40 was surely an exaggeration!!” Turns out I’m much better at guessing exactly how many books are in a pile than I thought. My husband and I bought 43 books in one day.
I already had too many books. I already vowed to actually read them before we moved next so I didn’t move books for a third time without reading them. Is this a sickness?
My shame aside, the Green Valley Book Fair is a magical warehouse in the middle of the mountains in Virginia (very near to Cabeswater, if that’s your thing) that has thousands of books for less than $5. Because I am a nerd, I had a lengthy conversation with the cashier about where all the books come from. Many of them are remainders, but the book fair also buys overstock from big companies like Costco.
I loved all the pins and paper from people who have visited the Green Mountain Book Fair from around the world.
Beyond the cheap books, there were just so many people there excited about books. And you never know what you’re going to find. There were lots of bestsellers, but also lots of undiscovered gems.
So here’s the list – anything I should read first??????? Help me. I need to do a lot of reading.
- Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- Intro to Alien Invasion by Owen King, Mark Jude Poirier, Nancy Ahn
- A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice by Jordan Rosenfeld
- Etta & Otto & Russell & James by Emma Hooper
- Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
- The Write Brain by Bonnie Neubauer
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
- Love, Anger, Madness by Marie Vieux-Chauvet and Rose-Myriam Rejouis
- The Duff by Kody Keplinger
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Dishing Up Virginia by Patrick Evans-Hylton and Edwin Remsberg
- Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
- Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane
- The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane
- Wizards at War by Diane Duane
- A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane
- Wizard’s Holiday by Diane Duane
- The Final Descent by Rick Yancey
- The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
- Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
- Illustrado by Miguel Syjuco
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
- What Do I Want to Do With My Life? by Po Bronson
- Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
- Tuna by Richard Ellis
- China in Ten Words by Yu Hua and Allan H. Barr
- The Chinese Brush Painting Bible by Jane Dwight
- Butterfly People by William R. Leach
- Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
- The Boneshaker by Kate Milford and Andrea Offermann
- The Broken Lands by Kate Milford and Andrew Offermann
- An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
- The Moment of Everything by Shelly King
- Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
- Schooling by Heather McGowan
- Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall
- Unthinkable by Nancy Werlin
- Cooking for Isaiah by Silvana Nardone
- A First Course in Cheese by Charlotte Kamin and Nathan McElroy
- The Kitchen Pantry Cookbook by Erin Coopey
- Meals in a Jar by Julie Languille