Like many others this 4th of July, I celebrated America’s birthday with friends, food, and fun. But before we kicked off the festivities, a small group of the partygoers made their way to Simi Valley to visit the $5 or Less Bookstore. I am a self-proclaimed “compulsive book buyer” so naturally I wanted to take advantage of the shop’s 50% off sale.
(I love this place! The staff is incredibly friendly, the store is neat, and the inventory is well organized. Sure, I love buying books but I love buying used books the most. Consider buying used (from the $5 or Less Bookstore) next time you’re hunting for your next read!)
The timing of the sale was great and I was excited to share this gem of a store with my friends but more than that, I feel it’s important to celebrate America’s birthday by doing things you love: in my case indulging in my book-buying problem.
In this country, we are free. You see messages proclaiming this every 4th of July, every Memorial Day. While it is just a phrase to many, I take it to heart. It isn’t lost on me that there are countless women around the world that do not have the opportunities that I have been fortunate enough to have whether it be the right to endless education, the right to choose, the right to buy whatever books I’d like…the fact that I’m able to read and write what I please…to read and write at all…is worth celebrating.
So on Saturday, I perused the bookstore happily overwhelmed by the worn spines that looked back at me, begging to be chosen. I left the store with 14 books. Some I chose based on authors I am familiar with, some were chosen based on recommendations, and others…well, they were chosen at random.
Here’s what I walked away with:
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
Brando: the Biography by Peter Manso
Lives Other Than My Own by Emmanuel Carrwew
Slave by Mende Mazer
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
Say You’re One of Them by Uwen Akpan
Interpreter of Madness by Jhumpa Lahiri
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Shopgirl by Steve Martin
The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin
The Story Teller by Jodi Picoult
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March
Quite the wide array of literature if I do say so myself. I’m thankful for my country and the ability to indulge in any and all books that I please. Happy Birthday, America! I love the gift YOU’ve given ME.
(Looking for your next read? Check out the Book Review Section for some guidance!)
How did you spend the 4th of July?