A new collecting bug bit me over the summer, thrifted books. Working in a library means I have access to just about any material I wish, therefore, I rarely purchase books especially new ones. Finding older editions of classic titles or novels I’ve been meaning to read is a different beast altogether, and I’ve been tackling it with abandon.Acquiring more volumes for my overstuffed bookshelves isn’t the brightest idea, nor is my to-be-read list lacking, it stands at 600 titles already. But coming across these discounted books and claiming them has been a nepenthe for melancholy moods. I’m sure all readers understand the comfort in escapism.These 10 books, plus one other were gifted, found at thrift bookstores and online vintage booksellers or are library donations bought for a quarter. Of course there are no rare valuables, but some interesting editions and cover art:The following were gifted by two different former students of my husband, Sherlock Holmes’ Casebook now holds a prized spot in my Holmes collection. A 1968 Educator Classic edition, specifically designed for libraries. With a gorgeous muted color palate, margin annotations and illustrations, it has timeless appeal also an unfortunate pen hole through it’s cover.The Last Man in Europe is special for a couple reasons; it’s not old, published in 2017, but a student picked it up from The Strand bookstore in NYC for $1, reason enough to cherish it. Although, he got it for my husband who taught 1984, because it tells the story of George Orwell’s composing of the novel as he slowly expires from tuberculosis and explores the legacy of the dystopian icon. The Last Man in Europe was Orwell’s original title for 1984, such a cool thrifted find! Currently residing in my husband’s classroom, but I’m going to have to sneak a read.I’ll feature some of my new favorite classic covers, The Sun Also Rises circa 1970 and a c. 1999 Brideshead Revisited, soon because I’ll be reviewing both for my reading co-challenge. All of these were purchased from Bookish Pursuit, an online thrift retailer. I don’t know how I came across Stacy’s etsy shop, but I know her flash sales are dangerous. I enjoy the special packaging touches with every order, it’s the little details that make bookmail such fun. The junior editions of The Odyssey and The Illiad were irresistible eye candy to my inner history geek, such vibrant covers, both c. 2005.My husband is not immune to thrifting either. We stopped at Mac’s Backs Books in Coventry in July and he nabbed two more weathered additions for his Agatha Christie library. Christie’s mysteries are his preferred summertime read.I was excited to catch a paperback sale at Wordery Books, UK and jumped on this $5 copy of The Handmaid’s Tale, by Vintage London. The graphic minimalism of the design is perfect for the stark content.Imagine my disappointment when taking it out of the package revealed a tear in the vellum-like sheet adhered to the soft front cover. It was only $6.37 shipped, so I can’t complain too much, I’m hoping a dab of glue can fix it up.This pretty sweet library-donated 1973 edition of The Fellowship of The Ring has a beautiful pastel cover highlighting the journey to Mount Doom. I’m embarking on this epic read as soon as I finish this post. Technically it’s still summer, I’m counting it for my summer tbr fulfillment.
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Have you acquired any stellar thrifted or vintage finds, or are you a fresh, new book buyer? Do any of these titles catch your eye, what read are you enjoying?