Originally on Sort of Retired – 9/17/11
One of the things I like best about this sort of retired gig is that my schedule is very flexible.
Earlier this week we heard about the local library’s annual book sale beginning at 7:00 A.M. on Friday morning.
Now in the past, I wouldn’t have been able to even think about going, but this year I got to go and didn’t feel rushed about how long I looked around.
My usual genre for reading is Heroic Fantasy with a lot of Science Fiction thrown in i.e. Terry Brooks, Dennis McKiernan or Frank Herbert and a little Edgar Rice Burroughs among others. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot those Genres available at this book sale. I ended up going outside of my comfort zone and got the following books:
Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel – When I was really into archery a ways back, this book was often commented on by archery writers and I never could find a copy, so when I saw it, I thought it would be cool to read it now.
Healing Foods by Patricia Hausman and Judith Benne Hurley – I am trying to eat better and thought it might have some interesting ideas for eating healthier.
Locksmithing by F.A. Steed – I have always been interested in how locks operate and have set out to learn more new skills, so this goes along with learning new skills.
Grandma Putt’s Old-Time Vinegar, Garlic, Baking Soda and 101 More Problem Solvers by Jerry Baker – This book goes along with my focus on being more self-reliant and using simple solutions, instead of buying complex solutions.
Crown of Shadows by C.S. Friedman – I had read books 1 & 2 of the series several years ago and never got around to getting the last book in the series. The wife found it in her wandering around the room and asked if I wanted it. It was the only “fantasy” book that I got yesterday.
Ball Four by Jim Bouton – Was one of those books that I read when I was in high school and loved, I got this more for being in my library and to re-read later than to read now.
Wooden by Coach John Wooden – I have always thought he was a great man, not just a great coach and thought this would be a good book to read.
The Allagash by Lew Dietz – It seemed like a good read and I enjoy reading historical books about Maine.
The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference – Gives the definitions of many of the more obscure words in fantasy novels.
Home Comfort – Life on Total Loss Farm by the people of Total Loss Farm – Was published back in the early 70’s and just sounded very interesting.
No for the most part these books go away from my favorite genre of Fantasy and will give me some other things to read. Unfortunately, none of the gardening books that were there, looked very interesting, so I can’t learn more about gardening from this book sale :(.
Actually I am looking forward to the changes, I have been stuck in a rut for a while.