My local library has a summer reading program. In the Adult division, you can get prizes if you read a certain number of books and write a review. Normally, I read a LOT of books, but I was working on a play this summer and didn't have as much time as usual. So I was well behind. Then I managed to do some catching-up, and when I went tonight to see what prizes I had won, this is what I was given:
Actually, I got to choose them all. The packages of wildflower seeds appeared to all be the same, but there was a choice of two bookmarks (the other has a stylized coffeecup with "Read" on one side and "Relax" on the other) and three shelves of books, most of them review copies. I could choose my book. As you may imagine, that was not easy.
First, I checked the two mysteries, but neither seemed very interesting. One was from a series set in Maine, the other about a bartender in Milwaukee, and while my connections there made that appealing I wasn't as excited as other people might be that it includes drinks recipes. I looked at most of the books on all three shelves. A number of them are ones I either have, or have read, or both. or they are in my "waiting" queue - usually a book being passed around my family and I'm waiting for my turn.
So I went with a book that I thought I'd be unlikely to take out of the library, a historical novel whose central character is a cook. Uncorrected proof, so I'm spotting typos in the first two pages, but interesting enough, and I'm sure I can pass it to a friend once I'm done. I won't be able to sell it to Half Price Books, although I intend to take a carton or two of books and magazine there on Friday. Just another version of recycling - while they work out my price, I do a little shopping......