Patron of the Week: Mrs. I’ll-Donate-These-Books-To-The-Library-But-If-You-Want-To-Read-Them-First-That’s-OK (TSS)

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This week’s Patron of the Week comes from the Land of Small  Town Generosity.

Please say hello to Mrs. I’ll-Donate-These-Books-To-The-Library-Book-Sale-But-If-You-Want-To-Read-Them-First-That’s-OK.

Technically, with our library, that is the case for all donated books, since as staff at the library, we get first “dibs” on donations for the sale…which technically doesn’t benefit the library but a group called Friends of the Library, whose money technically doesn’t go to the library (but that’s another story for another day). When people drop off donations, we rummage through them to see what books we might like to read, plus what books might be worth adding to the library collection. Most of the time, when I pick out books for myself or, more often, my wife, I bring them back anyway to put in the sale.

Box of books1 However, with this particular woman, she brought the box of books pictured at right just for me. A few months ago, I mentioned to her that I liked the Pennsylvania-Dutch Mystery with Recipes series by Tamar Myers, but that I hadn’t read all of them because our library is missing a few of the books in the series and I’m a stickler for reading series in order. Because of state budget cuts and the oversight of past directors when purchasing books and not realizing that a book might be part of a series, our library has a plethora of series with books missing from the series. So this past Thursday night, she came by the library and said if I wanted, I could read the books and then donate them to the book sale.

Box of books2At left are the books, which are from the second in the series to the 14th, with the sixth in the series, Eat, Drink, and Be Wary missing. Luckily for me, the library does have that one, plus the last three in the series As The World Churns, Hell Hath No Curry and Batter Off Dead.  I already have read the top two, but the third from the top and fifth in the series, Between A Wok and a Hard Place, was the first one the library doesn’t have (I believe). After I am done reading it, I will be donating it to the library, plus a couple of others that also are missing from the series.

This post is my contribution this week for The Sunday Salon, even though it’s not about the book I will be reading this afternoon: What’s The Worst That Could Happen? by Donald E. Westlake, which sadly (according to Rotten Tomatoes), yes, was made into a movie with Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito. The  book, though, so far is good and, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, I imagine it’s better than the movie.

So first question today (feel free to answer one or as many or as little as you want of all the questions): What are you reading today? Second question today: Are you a stickler for reading series in order? Third question: Do you donate books to your local library? Fourth (and fifth) question(s): Have you ever had books donated to you by someone else who knew you liked a particular author, book or series? If so, who was the author, or what was the book or series?

6 responses to “Patron of the Week: Mrs. I’ll-Donate-These-Books-To-The-Library-But-If-You-Want-To-Read-Them-First-That’s-OK (TSS)

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  3. What a generous patron! I frequently donate books to the library – especially children’s books as my kids grow out of them (holding aside the most favorite titles, of course).

    I am a stickler for reading series in order – I’ve even stopped reading a book (Silver Swan) when I discovered it was the sequel to Christine Falls. (Fantastic mystery series by Benjamin Black, aka John Banville – have you read it?)

    I didn’t get any time to read in print today, but lots of audiobook time as I caught up on laundry and housework – listening to Bellwether by Connie Willis and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – alternating discs. πŸ™‚

  4. Well, you read my TSS post so you know what I’m reading πŸ™‚ I donate books often to one of the synagogue libraries where I used to work, but I always check with the librarian to make sure she actually wants the books. When I was a synagogue librarian that was a problem and we didn’t have a library booksale so if I didn’t want something there wasn’t much else I could do with it. She has a sale table but things move slowly, so if she doesn’t want something I have I’d rather keep it to sell myself. To answer the question you left on my TSS post, I read CUTTING FOR STONE when it was in galley and LOVED LOVED LOVED it. It was one of my favorite books that year and I was lucky enough to meet Verghese at a reading in Cambridge and just found him to be one of the nicest, smartest authors I’ve ever met. LOVE that book so so much and I’m so glad to hear you do, too!

  5. That is so wrong, Deb: about reading a book out of order. I mean, really, really wrong. πŸ™‚ I never could do that. Ever.

    By the way, great tease to get us to go to your blog post today.

  6. Whew! Lots of questions. And my answers: Look below, no, yes, yes.
    I rarely read a whole series. I do not care what order I read in. Sometimes I will even read a single book in the wrong order (middle, beginning, end or other odd combinations).

    I’ve only read children’s books this week, but what wonderful children’s books they were! I’d love to have you stop in at my blog:
    http://www.readerbuzz.blogspot.com

    (And don’t panic….the post IS in English, despite all outward appearances!)