Sunday, 16 August 2015

Books & Charity

It is not that long ago I noticed I had nothing to read.  The books shown above had not taken long to get through others had come and gone and yet only a few days ago I found I had nothing to read.  That is I was plowing my way through one or two rather turgid books, had one or two I had to read and the 'can't put down books' had run out.  
This morning I was given a book for free and indeed could have taken several more if I wished and having just bought two on Friday I placed this one alongside them.  Then I realised the pile of books was getting rather high again!  Where did they all come from?
One day there was nothing and now they are all over the place.  Not a 'Kindle' in sight I may add!  None of that technical stuff, I mean you canny read in the bath with one of those, you might drop it.
This I must say is a good situation.  How we can pass the time without a few books lying around I fail to understand. Occasionally I wander through the charity shops looking at the books and round here they are almost all wimmens fiction or aged 'coffee table' books.  I reckon the girls buy them at one shop and dump them at another.  They appear to be the same books that were on the charity shelves when I first came here 19 years ago.  Mind you they are the same women reading them.  How I miss London charity shops, those in 'regenerated' areas always had decent books on offer, even if a bit pricey.
The only real bookshops these days are 'Waterstones' and 'Oxfam' bookshops.  I understand they need money but it appears to me 'Oxfam' charge too much for old books.  'Amazon' have reduced book prices but killed off bookshops.


Lee said...

Kindle and the like will never replace books in my opinion...when I read a book...I want to read a book...if you know what I mean. I don't have a kindle or any of that "technical stuff"...and I have no intentions of getting one. I don't even have a mobile phone of any description...and have no intention of getting one.

After reading this post, I think I need to pay a visit to the local secondhand book shops here this week...and may be the library, too. 'Tis time!

the fly in the web said...

There's an Oxfam one I go to when visiting mother....someone there certainly knows how to mark up prices, but luckily our tastes differ. I leave room in the suitcase for those i can't leave behind, and the rest go to a friend who then puts them in her local cat charity shop....but not at Oxfam prices, I bet.

I've just finished a book which has kept me occupied for a couple of days and am scratching round for one light enough to take on the bus tomorrow, but long enough to last the round trip...still once Alzheimers sets in I can read all my books again...

Adullamite said...

Lee, There is something about a 'book' that is different from anything else.

Fly, It's very true that re-reading a book that has been lying around for a few years is like reading it anew!