The $5 Box of Books

Yes, I Judged Each Book by it’s Cover

My box of books 5/18/2017

The Williamsburg Library was having a book sale. There’s no way I was missing that. I have far more books than I could ever read, but there’s also that voice in my head telling me to stock pile now because someday I’ll be too old to do anything other than read.

The deal at the book sale was $5 for a box of books. I could have been greedy and crammed as many titles as geometrically possible into the box but I was feeling rather selective that day.

Selective in the sense that I didn’t open a single book, shuffle through any pages or even read a synopsis. Instead, I judged each book by it’s cover. It felt somewhat adventurous to wing it. This is what I chose and why:

The Oldies

Five Great Dialogs- Plato. For some reason philosophy in story form feels intriguing to me and knowing the history of Plato I’m sure I’m in for some good soul searching, educated, mind bending trip. Not to mention if I drink enough wine the ancient dialect may begin to make sense to me.

The Rand McNally World Guide. Published in 1953, I think it will be interesting to see how the world has changed over the years. I figured I could use this book as a guide and do internet research as a comparison of the world today. Also, it has a lot of super cool photos.

Europe: A Journey with pictures- Fremantle and Holme. Although the publish date is 1954, I’ve always wanted to travel to Europe and most likely will never travel to Europe. It may be out dated but I’m excited to learn about Europe’s history. This book also includes photos.

Masterpieces of World Literature in Digest Form- Harper. “Plot Stories of 277 Famous Novels and Plays, and Essay-Reviews of 225 of Philosophy, Poems and other Classics.” Okay, it’s a no brainier, no explanation needed. Published in 1960, edited by Frank N. MaGill.


Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change- Elizabeth Kolbert. Because who doesn’t enjoy riveting natural disasters and devastation. Not to mention is researched based journalism and the word, “Catastrophe” is in the title.

Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English, 3rd Edition-Patricia T. O’Conner. Because the best way to learn from your mistakes is to add humor to your fuck ups. I’m not sure I’ll ever read this cover to cover but I will definitely use it as a reference guide.

Becoming Street Smart: How to protect yourself and Your Loved Ones from being Crime Victims- Frank Mac Hovec. I felt it ironic that I recently moved from Phoenix where the violent crime rate statistics for 2016 were 28,012 reported violent crimes to a place where the only crime in years was stolen quarters out of the laundromat washing machines.

The Church Library;: Tips and tools- Gladys E Scheer. Although published the year I were born, literally, Scheer mentions how to create and use a library card catalog. If nothing else, I’m feeling nostalgic and it’s documented proof of a time and system our children know nothing about.

On This Date- Whiteley. Because who doesn’t want to fill their brain with an endless stream of useless information? It also doubles as entertainment when the electricity cuts out. You can go around the room reading aloud different events from different dates. Sure beats the kids whining they’re bored.

Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Getting Things Done- David Allen. Because even though David Allen has a cheesy-ass, used car salesmen-ish smile on his face, I, in fact, want to be ready for anything and he claims he can tell me how to.

Ladies Home Journal’s 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century- Kevin Markey. I picked this up for two reasons. First, is Ladies Home Journal even a thing anymore? Second, a lot of shit has gone down since 1998 and more and more women are kicking ass every day. It seems appropriate to learn as much as possible about those that have done their part to pave the way.


More Than You Know- Beth Gutcheon. I’ve just recently begun to read fiction over the past year and I’m still feeling out the various types of fiction genres. I chose this particular book because the cover is pretty.

Mary After All- Bill Gordon. There’s a picture of a typewriter on the cover. I still have no idea what this book is actually about.

Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber-Adele Lang. I remember reading good reviews about this book when it was published in 2002. Better late than never.

Dreamcatcher- Stephen King. Believe it or not, I have never read a Stephen King book. Who hasn’t read Stephen King, Seriously? I now own Dreamcatcher so I can change that whenever I’m ready.