Book Browsing

Yesterday I spent a very relaxing couple of hours at my favorite huge book store, picking up book after book that even slightly piqued my interest. Pretending I had hundreds of dollars to spend on fabulous decorating books, books about being creative, books about blogging, books about the Tudors and books about cooking yummy healthful foods. And some that are not-so-healthy.

And walked out of the store with nothing.

Last night I did find some of the books at the library which made it even more nice...I think it was one of the more enjoyable moments I have had all week!

I didn't venture over the Children's book section yesterday and will save that for my next book-therapy trip. Do you walk through the kids' area of book stores? I love that section!

When I am thrifting, if I find a Betsy-Tacy book I will always buy it...that series is my all time favorite and I still re-read them often. And Trixie Belden! And Little Golden books just make me completely happy to have around.

I would love to hear what some of your favorite books are! Do you ever re-read books you loved as a child? Or gift a child with a book you once loved?


Sue said...

One book I particularly remember is Ginger Pye, by Eleanor Estes. Ginger was a dog belonging to the Pye family. There were some other books in the series, and I really liked them, but esp. Ginger Pye. When I was in college studying children's lit., we were required to read 2 Newberry Award winners, but, according to the professor, anything but Ginger Pye (which she clearly disliked). I didn't have the nerve to ask why one of my favorite childhood books was forbidden - wish I had (today I would!). I still have some of my kids' books, some I have given to my older son and DIL, who have a large collection of children's books. My mother placed such a high value on reading that she spent $8 a year (worth a lot more back in 1960!) for a library card, since we were in the country and didn't pay city taxes.

Old Jail Artist said...

I rediscovered Madeleine L'Engle when my daughter was reading them and read them all over again. "A Wrinkle in Time" is still my favorite.

Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

Sue, isn't that odd how your professor disliked those books? That is so intriguing and curious! I will have to look for that series.

OJA, I have never read L'Engle which is funny because her writing is so classic! Lu hasn't read them either...I think we will have to do that over the summer!

alstark87 said...

Hi, I have followed your blog for a while and feel I have found another soul sister, tho I am a bite older. I also LOVED Betsy-Tacy books and I was both a Nancy Drew and Trixie girl. Recently I have been finding birthday yummies, so fun they make me SMILE. My kids are older (25,22,17 and yet I feel like I am still a young mom, I just have a bit more freedom and I have to stay up at night waiting for the 17 year old to get home or chat (she peaks around 11:30 p.m.). So thanks for your great pics, fun sharing and glimpses into your Dime store thrift. a friend in MN

Myrna Hynes said...

I love the kids section. I don't know if there's a particular type, there's just something about childrens stories, the artwork, the colour! I had a HUGE collection of kids books long before I had my first child!

aimee said...

My collection of childrens' books also began long before I had my daughter - yes, the Betsy-Tacy books, plus Laura Ingalls Wilder, All-Of-A-Kind Family and the Melendy family books. I'm still looking for inexpensive copies of the Fripsey books - I don't think these have been reprinted and they're pricey on the Internet. Of course, these were all books I'd read and loved as a kid.

Back on the subject of Betsy-Tacy: if you haven't read Emily of Deep Valley, please consider it - it's by the same author and although many of the Betsy-Tacy characters make brief appearances, the main character is a few years younger and does a wonderful job of making lemonades out of lemons. It's a lovely story!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I have all my (and my sisters & daughter #1's) Nancy Drew books; I don't reread them. But something I discovered when my girls were young were the Paddington Bear series. They are absolutely delightful!

I do reread Anne of Green Gables; and the TinTin books.

Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

Alstark, have you been to the Betsy Tacy houses in Mankato? So very amazing!

Myrna, I know...the artwork! The color!

Aimee...I have been known to Muster My Wits on many occassions:) What a wonderful book in the series! You might want to get your hands on the B-T Companion book, it is SOOOOO good!

Sandy...Paddington! Oh what a bear!

Lisa H. said...

Oh, we read Trixie Belden books, too. But my fav when I was that age was a set of books my Mom had from when she was a child. The series centered on a little girl named Honey Bunch. All the books had her name in the title like "Honey Bunch goes to the Zoo." I l-u-v those books! (unfortunately my lil sis scooped 'em away after I left for college...)

weezie said...

hey i just found your blog and love it. i was so surprised to hear you buy and reread children books, i do the same. i thought i was the only one. my favs are The Littles by John Peterson. i reread them all the time.