Good times at the Big Book Sale

My favorite annual bookish event rolled into town this week: It’s the Big Book Sale put on by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library — and it’s awesome!

Held in a big warehouse on the waterfront, the sale is massive — according to social media posts, something like 500,000 items on sale, and everything is $4 or less! The beauty, of course, is that we can go and stock up on books and feel completely virtuous about coming home with more books than we have shelves for, because all the money goes to benefit the library.

So, yay me! I did my part.

Last night was the member preview night…

… and of course I went!

This time around, I was quite determined not to overindulge. Some years, I fill up a whole shopping cart and come home with 60+ books. Because, hey, they were all only $1 or $2, and anyway, IT’S ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

But, since I’ve been doing some shelf purging recently, trying to regain some semblance of shelf control, I couldn’t really justify buying oodles of new books. Or could I?

Yes. I could. And I did.

My haul was not too shabby this time around:

All those, plus a cute little old copy of Jane Eyre:

That’s 20 books for $61 — AND IT’S ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE! (I’m going to keep telling myself that every time someone in my house makes fun of me for getting MORE books, when I don’t have space for the ones I already have.)

In case the photo is hard to make out, here’s what I got:

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  • The Riddle-Master trilogy by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Rosewater by Tade Thompson
  • Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
  • The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan
  • Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton
  • Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • The Hunger by Alma Katsu
  • The White by Debora Larsen
  • The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which is actually a gift for someone else — I already have a copy!)
  • China Dolls by Lisa See
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
  • The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard

The sale runs through this Sunday… and I might, just might, have to make a return visit before it’s all over. Who knows what treasures I’ll find?

If you live in the Bay Area, be sure to check it out! Remember…



13 thoughts on “Good times at the Big Book Sale

  1. I always love looking at pics and hauls from this sale! I can’t believe I lived in SF for three years and didn’t know about it. 😳 Lovely haul, and there’s no problem feeling virtuous for making such a lovely donation to the library! πŸ™‚

    • The sale is really amazing — and there’s something great about opening night, with people lined up outside for over an hour like they’re waiting for concert tickets or something. So great to be surrounded by booklovers!

  2. So fun! I went to the last day of a library sale by me this past weekend that was $4/bag! That makes it even harder to resist bringing home a huge pile I don’t have room for! Large tote bags counted as 2 bags, BUT STILL a great deal for a good cause β€” and used books is like recycling, right? πŸ™‚

    • Oh wow, $4 a bag? That’s awesome! Actually, for this sale, the last day (Sunday), they drop the prices to $1 for everything. At whatever price, it’s so hard to resist all those amazing used books!

  3. Oh wow, that looks like so much fun! Looks like you hauled some really interesting books – I love We Have Always Lived in the Castle and I’ve heard really good things about Alif the Unseen, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. πŸ™‚

    • I listened to the audiobook of We Have Always Lived in the Castle a few years ago, and loved it, so I was really excited to find a used copy in such great condition (and with the super creepy cover that I love.) I’m excited for Alif the Unseen too!

  4. Oh my! That last photo, I don’t think I could handle that many books; it all looks so overwhelming! I would feel the need to look at everything to make sure I didn’t miss anything!
    I’m glad you had a fabulous time! πŸ˜€ You sure hauled hard! πŸ™‚

  5. Wow that’s awesome! Ours isn’t that big, but every sale helps our library. We’ve been able to purchase many special things for the library and participate/hold all kinds of programs because of our Friends group. Time to get another bookshelf!

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