In which I admit to buying 43 books in one day.


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.

  1. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
  2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  3. Intro to Alien Invasion by Owen King, Mark Jude Poirier, Nancy Ahn
  4. A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice by Jordan Rosenfeld
  5. Etta & Otto & Russell & James by Emma Hooper
  6. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
  7. The Write Brain by Bonnie Neubauer
  8. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  9. Love, Anger, Madness by Marie Vieux-Chauvet and Rose-Myriam Rejouis
  10. The Duff by Kody Keplinger
  11. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  12. Dishing Up Virginia by Patrick Evans-Hylton and Edwin Remsberg
  13. Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
  14. Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane
  15. The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane
  16. Wizards at War by Diane Duane
  17. A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane
  18. Wizard’s Holiday by Diane Duane
  19. The Final Descent by Rick Yancey
  20. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
  21. Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  22. Illustrado by Miguel Syjuco
  23. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  24. The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
  25. What Do I Want to Do With My Life? by Po Bronson
  26. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  27. Tuna by Richard Ellis
  28. China in Ten Words by Yu Hua and Allan H. Barr
  29. The Chinese Brush Painting Bible by Jane Dwight
  30. Butterfly People by William R. Leach
  31. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  32. The Boneshaker by Kate Milford and Andrea Offermann
  33. The Broken Lands by Kate Milford and Andrew Offermann
  34. An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
  35. The Moment of Everything by Shelly King
  36. Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
  37. Schooling by Heather McGowan
  38. Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall
  39. Unthinkable by Nancy Werlin
  40. Cooking for Isaiah by Silvana Nardone
  41. A First Course in Cheese by Charlotte Kamin and Nathan McElroy
  42. The Kitchen Pantry Cookbook by Erin Coopey
  43. Meals in a Jar by Julie Languille



8 thoughts on “In which I admit to buying 43 books in one day.

  1. The Green Valley Book Fair is deadly. DEADLY. I used to only take cash with me when I went to limit my spending. I have family who live near there, and I’ve now been often enough that I don’t feel a need to buy everything that looks good. The last time, I only bought maybe two books. But it took knowing that I’m likely to be back again and again to get to that point.


  2. I need to go there! It looks like it starts up again in October. Out of your haul, I’ve only read a couple: A Walk in the Woods and Friday Night Lights. It’s been a while but I know I liked both and found Bryson’s book especially enjoyable. Oh, I think I read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek also, but was lukewarm about it at the time.


  3. PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK!! I want to read it, haven’t yet. Been told it is an awesome one.
    I’m glad Jenny so kindly (not bullied) suggested your post your list. Nothing at all to be ashamed of. But yea, moving books is not fun.
    I have read one of the books on your list and didnt’ care for it but it was a popular one so I am glad to be in the ‘know’ of it, yaknowhatImean? Have fun reading!


  4. Oh my goodness…well what does it say about me that I’m sincerely tempted to drive all the way down there to see if I can beat your 43 books?!! LOL. But seriously, I am sooooooooo tempted to drive down there when they open again!


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