Today in Self-Care: New Books!

Well, technically they’re new old books, but isn’t this a wonderful haul? I got Alan Jacobs’ The Narnian, a biography of C.S. Lewis; The Complete Illustrated Works of Lewis Carroll; Joseph J. Ellis’ The Founding Brothers; and because I’ve been on a Stephen Hawking binge lately, his books The Grand Design and The Universe in a Nutshell.

I was able to get my hands on these books because of a great local website called My Dream Books. The admin posts photos of books that are scheduled for selling, and if you’re interested, you simply claim the book you want by commenting “mine” or “saved”. The first one to comment gets the reservation, then you arrange for payment privately. It’s a pretty organized system. The first time I used the site, someone beat me to The Founding Brothers, and I was not happy about it. When I saw that there was another copy for sale, I was waiting at my computer for the photo to be available, refreshing madly until I finally bagged it! I wasn’t planning to buy anything else, but as you can see, it’s quite easy to get carried away. Not all the books are brand new, but as long as they’re not falling apart, that’s good enough for me! And so far all the books I’ve bought have been in pretty good condition.

My TBR pile has now grown again so who knows when I’ll get to read all this. But the important thing is knowing that they’re just there on my shelf, waiting patiently to be opened.

Check out My Dream Books – I just hope we don’t compete for the same books in the future!