Recycled Reading

Second-hand bookstores are a goldmine. Besides suiting my thrifty nature, they offer a haven for my meandering reading tastes. Libraries do that too, of course, and for the last decade or so, libraries have been the mainstay of supply for my physical medium reading urges.

Today, finally, I managed to make my <10th trip to our local second-hand bookstore. The store has moved from the last time I visited them over 3 years ago – business is clearly booming. I overheard the owner tell another customer they’ve opened up another store in a nearby suburb too, and that too is getting busier. The smell of books, piled up to the ceiling, in shelves that groaned under the weight of the books yet stood tall, fellow readers who were happy to chat – the half hour flew by so quickly that I was almost late for my next appointment.

And of course, I found a few books that I want on my bookshelf- Richard Feynman’s lectures, Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow, and Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. I’ve borrowed and read these books multiple times over the last few years, and I have been encouraging the kids to read them too, now available on Dad’s bookshelf 🙂

* The title was stolen: it was the name of an used bookstore that I would frequent on my commute when that was the thing to do!