Thrifty Thursday is a meme run by Sal over at Motion Sick Lit (an excellent book blog – go check it out here). Thrifty Thursday goes like this:
1. Each week’s link-up will be posted on Thursday.
2. Post or talk about a used book you’ve found (preferably in a book store or thrift shop).
3. The book must cost less than $5.
4. Be sure to return for the link-up! Weird or strange books are preferred.
So basically, find a second-hand book for cheap and talk about it!
For this Thrifty Thursday I’m cheating a little bit and using a book I bought ages ago and have actually already read, Patricia Highsmith’s (i.e. my lady crush) Tales of Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes. I won’t talk about the content of the book too much – but if you want to see what I thought of it, you can read all about it here. You can also check out the book on Goodreads here. Does it meet the Thrifty Thursday requirements?
Under $5? Yes! I paid the bargain price of $2.75. To buy this new at my local bookstore I would have had to pay $11.99, so I’ve save myself $9.24.
Was it weird? Yeah, kinda. Mostly it was about real life stuff, but the very first short story was quite bizarre and involved the tumours of cancer patients still growing after the patient is dead and buried. The tumours basically bloomed up out of the earth like weird mushroom things. These mushroom things are on the inner cover, which is actually really pretty in a creepy kind of way:
As with my first Thrifty Thursday, it’s not so much the stories in the book that I’m concerned about, but rather it’s the story of the book, and I’ll be making it my goal for all Thrifty Thursdays to find a book that has something interesting from the previous owner in it (aside from food, bodily fluids, etc.).
Inside this book, I found a cool little ‘ex libris’ type stamp. If you don’t know what ‘ex libris’ is, it’s basically the latin term for ‘bookplate’ (scholars – please correct me if that’s wrong), or “from the library of”. This is usually a decorative piece of paper that gets stuck on the inside cover of your book to show that it’s all yours – from your library. They’re not used so much these days, but were used all the time in the past.
This book doesn’t have a traditional bookplate inside. Instead, it has a personalised stamp on the title page that reads,
Some Kind of Library
Robyn & Gregory
This little stamp makes me like Robyn and Gregory. I feel like they have sass. If we ever met, we might even be friends. And we actually have something in common, because I have a personalised stamp as well! Mine not be as sassy as Robyn and Gregory’s, but it has other qualities.
Mine has the date that I added it to my ‘library’, as well as my name. The reason I did this is so that one day when I’ve left the land of the living and my books end up the hands of another reader, they’ll see my name, and be able to google me (or use whatever futuristic method of searching is in at the time).
In this digital age, when we leave so much of ourselves online, the next reader of that book might be able to find out about the previous owner of their new book – me! Who was I? What else did I read? Did we have anything in common? I ask all these questions now about Robyn and Gregory, but I’ll never be able to find those answers.
I like the idea of being connected over time through books, so I am leaving a little piece of my own bookish history in hopes readers after me won’t spend as much time as me wondering about a book’s previous owner (maybe they’ll even read this blog post one day – hello, Future Reader, if you are reading this).