Some of my friends just had a successful LJ yard sale with their books, so I thought I'd give it a try. I REALLY have to scale back on my book collection before moving all this stuff out of my apartment, so if anyone wants anything please let me know!

Shipping for first book is $3, second and above is $4.

Religion:

When Worlds Converge: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Story of the Universe and Our Place in It - Edited by Clifford N. Matthews, Mary Evelyn Tucker and Philip Hefner - $2 (some pages falling out, but everything is there)

Science and Religion: Are the Compatible? - Edited by Paul Kurtz - $3

Illustrated Tarot Spreads: 78 New Layouts for Personal Discovery - Heidemarie Pielmeier and Marcus Schirner - $3


Advanced Readers:

A Lion Among Men - Gregory Maguire - $3

Raw Food: 100 Recipes to get the glow - Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis - $3

The Big Book of Small Business - Tom Gegax - $2

Olympos - Dan Simmons - $3


General fiction:

Little Altars Everywhere - Rebecca Wells - $2

Confessions of a Pagan Nun - Kate Horsley - $2

Puff - Bob Flaherty (autographed to me) - $3


Lesbian fiction:

Paperback Romance - Karin Kallmaker -$3

Frosting on the Cake - Karin Kallmaker - $3

Side by Side - Isabel Miller - $3

Women on Women: An anthology of American lesbian short fiction - Edited by Joan Nestle - $4

A Woman Like That: Lesbian and Bisexual Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories - Edited by Joan Larkin (HARDBACK) - $4


CDs

Pink - I'm Not Dead - $4

Green Day - International Superhits! (case has crack) - $2

Jill Sobule - The Folk Years - $3

Indigo Girls - Come on Now Social - $3


VHS

The Last Unicorn

Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water volume 1 (subbed)

Fushigi Yugi volume 1 (subbed)
Written in my journal for lit class. The topic of discussion today was "How do you read?"


I want to take a break from discussing the stories because I was sparked by the discussion we had in class today on reading. I was surprised at how many other people's sentiments echoed my own. Reading has always been a part of my life. My parents are both librarians, and I learned to read when I was two years old. I read voraciously as a child both out of a love for books and a need to be immersed in another world. I remember an instance in the sixth grade, when my class had just returned from the library. My teacher was inspecting the books we'd checked out. I'd chosen four or five "fluff" books: Babysitters Club and the like. He looked at me. "Are these going to last you all week?" he asked. "These won't last me the weekend," I replied. He demanded that I return to the library for something more substantial. I remember being mad and humiliated; and I stormed into the library and grabbed the thickest book I could find, which happened to be Watership Down. I wasn't able to finish the book that year, but I did finish it the next year as a seventh grader. It has been one of my favorite books ever since, and I reread it regularly. I've been having the urge to reread it again lately! Perhaps once spring break begins.

Reading is not just a pleasure for me, it is an escape. When I buy a new purse, I make sure that a book will fit inside it. No tiny purses for me! I hate being caught without a book. Growing up I was not well-liked. When the taunts began, it was a relief for me to slip into a happier and more imaginative scenario by pulling out a book, no matter where I was. I read in math class, much to the frustration of my math teachers. I read in lines. I read during lunch. I read on the bus. I read as I walked home. I discovered many wonderful new places and adventures that made life seem better than it really was.

I still read, but now I don't always get to pick the titles. Over winter break I was in the middle of three books, two non-fiction and one fiction. With the assigned reading I have, I often feel guilty if I try and do any of my pleasure reading during the quarter, so I'm still in the middle of those three books. I hope to finish them over the spring break, along with Watership Down. That's not to say I haven't enjoyed the books we've read this quarter, because for the most part I have. I just hate the lingering feeling of guilt attached to the books if I let them sit for too long.

I'll return to my discussion of the stories in my next entry, but after class I realized I had more thoughts about reading that I really wanted to share.

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