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September 6th, 2019 
It is 2:54 PM Friday afternoon here in west Michigan. It has been a cold gray dismal day. We already miss the sunshine.

I got up this morning around 7:35 AM. I got up got myself a bottle of ice water and sat in the living room seeking to wake up. Carol was up making chicken soup in the kitchen while I sought to find the strength and courage to face the world. Finally I decided to get off my ass and eat something for breakfast. I ate for a morning meal (are you ready for this) I ate a bowl of Life cereal for breakfast. After breakfast I wrote in my paper diary. I do not remember reading anything this morning. I do not remember what I did up till we left for the library. Carol dropped me off at the library this morning because my old van is in the auto repair shop. I volunteer at the library used books store The Book Nook on Friday's and Monday's from 10 o'clock AM till 1 o'clock PM. I have been volunteering at the Book Nook for a 11 years. We have lived in this house 28 years. Carol and I have been married 40 years. Our oldest son is 38 years old. Life is zooming by. Soon we all must face the Day of Judgement and give an account of our lives.

Today the Book Nook was not busy nor was it slow. When not helping people with their items I read from a book titled, 'Cold Warriors Writers Who Waged The Literary Cold War' by Duncan White. I brought these used books today at the Book Nook-

'The Private Memoirs And Confessions of a Justified Sinner' by James Hogg

'Sight-Readings American Fiction' essays by Elizabeth Hardwick

'Oh What Paradise It Seems' a novel by John Cheever

'Wild Nights: Stories About The Last Days Of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, And Hemingway' by Joyce Carol Oates

'The Land of Green Plums' a novel by Herta Muller Translated by Michael Hofmann

'American Poetry Since 1970: Up Late' Selected And With An Introduction by Andrei Codrescu

'Turtle Island' poetry by Gary Snyder

'Dylan Thomas: A New Life' biography by Andrew Lycett

'A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924' by Orlando Figes

'Dance of the Happy Shades And Other Stories' by Alice Munro

'Life Can Be Both Wave and Particle Stories' by Ellen Gilchrist

'Light Years' a novel by James Salter

'Travels In The Scriptorium' a novel by Paul Auster

'Bech Is Back' a novel by John Updike

'The Book Class' a novel by John Auchincloss

'Diary Of A Yuppie' a novel by John Auchincloss

'Tales of Yesteryear' a novel by John Auchincloss

I brought home these used books today to read while I wait for my last day in earth. In the mail this afternoon I received a used book I had ordered from Amazon titled, 'Jean Cocteau & Andre Gide: An Abrasive Friendship' biography by Arthur King Peters.

Last night we watched professional football. When Carol went to bed I stayed up late and read from a book titled, 'The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, And The Upmaking Of The American Dream' by Chris Lehmann.

Well I suppose I will close to read and write till it is time to jump ship and swim to shore.
--THE QUESTIONS--

1. What is your average monthly budget for books? My monthly average is around $300.00 for books and CD's. If I was to say just for books I would say around $200.00.

2. What's the most you've ever spent in a bookstore? The last time Carol and I visited a bookstore we spent around $350.00 dollars (a Christian bookstore)

3. Are you willing to pay full price for a brand new release, or will you wait until you have a coupon or there's a sale? I tend to buy used books or I pre-order books. I rarely buy new releases.

4. Would you rather buy one new book or several less expensive used copies? I rather buy several used books then buy one expensive new book.

5. What do you think is a reasonable price for a new hardback book? A paperback? An eBook? A reasonable price for a new hardback is around $30.00 dollars. And for a paperback a reason price is around $20.00 dollars.

6. Is a signed book worth more to you? How about a first edition? I am not into signed books or first editions.

7. What is your most valuable book (sentimental or actual value)? my paperback copy of 'The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross'.

8. Will you pay more for a cover or edition you like better? I mainly buy used books and do not care what condition of the cover is in.

9. What physical characteristics does a good quality book have? I will buy any used book if it is not falling apart and not underlined.

10. If you won the lottery, what bookish things would you do with the money? I would give money to small presses.

BONUS: Give us an image (actual or mental) of your dream home library! an old two story farm house filled with books all on bookshelves.


The Boujee Booktuber Tag!

Olive's original video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpbnP...

--THE QUESTIONS--
1. What is your average monthly budget for books?
2. What's the most you've ever spent in a bookstore?
3. Are you willing to pay full price for a brand new release, or will you wait until you have a coupon or there's a sale?
4. Would you rather buy one new book or several less expensive used copies?
5. What do you think is a reasonable price for a new hardback book? A paperback? An eBook?
6. Is a signed book worth more to you? How about a first edition?
7. What is your most valuable book (sentimental or actual value)?
8. Will you pay more for a cover or edition you like better?
9. What physical characteristics does a good quality book have?
10. If you won the lottery, what bookish things would you do with the money?
BONUS: Give us an image (actual or mental) of your dream home library!

Friday Reads

'Cold Warriors:Writers Who Waged The Literary Cold War' by Duncan White

'Doxology' a novel by Nell Zink

'The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, And The Unmaking Of The American Dream' by Chris Lehmann

'The Way of the (modern world) Or, Why It's Tempting to Live As If God Doesn't Exist' by Craig M. Gay foreword by J. I. Packer (read Chapter Three "The Intrinsic Secularity of Modern Economic Life" pg. 131)
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