I had a very book-tastic birthday. Edward woke me up with a book themed scavenger hunt to find my birthday present. The first clue he gave me (while I was brushing my teeth) was "this bitch drowned in a river." That one actually took me awhile until he hinted that it might not be a book, which prompted me to think of plays and then I was like, "Oh, yeah, Ophelia." After that I was on a role and solved it pretty quickly. Here's a picture of each book and the clue that was in it.
|He apologized for spelling "tomato" incorrectly.|
So, I went to the guest room and there was a bag hidden under a table and in the bag was a Nook! A bunch of my friends and family members chipped in and now I have a Nook HD and a beautiful case for her to live in. I haven't thought of a name yet. Any suggestions?
And then we went on our adventure! We started at our main library downtown, where they have the Book Cellar. It's basically a large room in the basement that's been converted into a used bookstore, run by volunteers. You can buy old library books that have been withdrawn from the collection, as well as donations from people all over town. In other words, it's the happiest place on Earth. Everything is a dollar or less, unless it's a pricey art book or fancy edition or something like that. Edward and I managed to buy an armful of books each for less than $20.
|I love the color in this one. And the way that Dorothy appears to be dragging poor Button-Bright.|
After the Book Cellar, we went to the River Walk to shop at River Center Mall, where they have a Sanrio store. Yes, I bought myself Hello Kitty accessories for my 27th birthday. I managed not to buy any of the plush toys, which I think shows great signs of maturity. After forcing my husband to watch me giggle over Pandapple for twenty minutes, I ate two bites of the worst baked potato of my life and we left.
We went to the only Half Price Books in town that we hadn't shopped at before. Two rickety floors of books. We saw this little guy outside the window of the children's section.
|Baby possums love books too!|
There were a few other used book shops in the area, so I tried to pace myself. I walked away with just a small pile.
I got that cool Art Deco book on clearance for $2! I also picked up a cutesy copy of The Wizard of Oz and two different covers of A Wrinkle in Time. I've really got to figure out what I'm going to do with these covers. Preferably before I have so many of them that I run out of space to put them! I also got an art book called High Pink by Franco Mondini-Ruiz, an artist that grew up here in San Antonio. I bought it for $1, and when I got it home, I saw that it was signed. Bonus!
We tried to go into Book Mart next door, but it was closed for some reason.
Since Book Mart was closed, we went to an antique store a few buildings down and saw some of the coolest stuff ever. Honest to God guys, it's going to take Edward and I years to completely furnish a house, because we always want to buy these antiques that cost about $1000. We ended up at another antique store that had slightly less cool stuff, but the cool stuff it DID have was amazeballs.
|It's a coat rack AND a entry hall table. Whatever you call that. I want it.|
|This globe is made out of blue cobalt? And all the countries are faced with different semi-precious stones. I want to marry this globe. Edward will have to understand. I think he already does.|
We tried to leave but we accidentally turned the wrong way on Broadway, and after we made the turn-around, we passed another used bookstore.
We only bought one thing each in here, because everything was pretty pricey. I found an old Brownie Girl Scout handbook from the 70's.
All in all, a pretty awesome day. We got some dinner after that. By the time we had eaten, we had mostly forgotten what books we had bought, so it was like a double surprise when we unloaded the truck at home!
Yay for Birthday Books!