Saturday, 28 May 2022

The Dangers Of A Book Fair

 

This morning there was another Book Fair in the city, this time organised by the Rotary Club.

I succumbed to temptation and went along to have a look, along with a large crowd of other avid book searchers. 

The books were sorted into categories and ranged around the room, being viewed by Masked Readers (being a retail outlet, we were still required to wear a mask) who were practising a controlled form of subtle-push-and-shove, and grab-before-your-neighbour-gets-it.




I came home with eleven new Treasures, all non-fiction, and now have to find somewhere in the bookcase for them.  Once I have read through them, that is.

The books I got were:

Charlie Hammond’s Sketch Book – Charlie left England for the Antipodes in the 1890s and recorded his story in illustrated diaries

Cottages of New Zealand – a coffee table book about early settlers’ cottages and their gardens

Cowpats and Brickbats – a collection of tales from the Waikato (our province)

Flower Painting Workbook – a contemporary view on painting flowers

Healthy Gut Cookbook – recipes for digestive health

Historic New Zealand – showcasing some different places I may like to visit

Learn to Paint Landscapes – by Alwyn Crawshaw, an English artist I admire

Patterns of the Past – another sketchbook, this time drawings of early New Zealand buildings

Scarves and Other Accessories – different ways to wear and use accessories

Sewing Specialty Fabrics – a Singer book of tips on how to sew difficult fabrics

The River – the story of the Waikato River, which flows through Hamilton


A random page in Charlie Hammond's Sketch Book


Altogether, my shopping cost me $40.00 - attending a Book Fair is indeed a very dangerous place for my wallet to visit!

Happy reading 😊

Margaret.

 

16 comments:

  1. Dunedin used to have an amazing Second Hand Book sale at the Regent theatre on Queens Birthday weekend. I
    used to make so many trips, carrying home a box full each time (and donating the read ones back the next year).

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  2. It may have been a dangerous visit for you wallet, but you certainly found some treasures there Margaret! I love your description of the crowd and their controlled push and shove :)
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  3. Just think of the hours of entertainment the books provide, along with knowledge and inspiration. Well worth the price! Blessings...

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  4. I wish I could have gone...but I should be thankful I didn't because my shelves are full. Still I would love to be able to look at that sketchbook...the pages you should sure look interesting.

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  5. I grinned at the title of the article, Margaret. I understand!

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  6. A great pile of books. Worth every dollar!

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  7. Ahhhhhh but..... Such delightful DANGER!!!!! -giggggles-

    A stash of fun... That's not really dangerous. It's quite super. :-)))))))))))))

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  8. This is exactly why I don't go to book fairs, I come out with way too many books to read.

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  9. You came home with some treasures!!
    The books you chose all look interesting ( well, maybe not the Singer sewing tips one.) Hours of winter reading by the fire...definitely something to look forward to.

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  10. Nice finds! We have been searching for specific books recently as well. Mostly outdoor writers; Gene Hill, Gordon MacQaurrie....

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  11. You have some interesting books there, the one about early settlers and their homes sounds specially good

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  12. Biiiig smile from here! They all sound so great and I agree. Dangerous places!!!
    Luckily!

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  13. It sounds like the gentle pushing and nudging was worth it despite the dent in your wallet. Enjoy your new reading material!

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  14. Cowpats and Brickbats sounds like it would be a funny biography.

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  15. You found hours of enjoyment there and even more hours as you will pull them down and go through them again and again through the years. Having quiet time with a book is so relaxing, our ears dearly need a break from the noise of the TV and radio. Enjoy!

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