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.
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.
At 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?