One of my cat writer colleagues has an astounding collection of over 1000 cat books! Now I have lots of books between teaching, writing and collecting, but I am always on the lookout to add more. I buy books to be inspired, to be entertained, to add to special collections and to use as references.

The North Palm Beach Library has a four-day book sale every January. I have attended enough years that I have the layout of books memorized. The Friends of the Library do a great job organizing the categories of books including authors in some instances. I attended the sale on opening day, then on Saturday and back on Sunday afternoon.

First I went to the nature section and grabbed four cat books. The Quotable Cat—A Collection of Quotes, Facts and Lore for Feline Fanciers and The Bond—People and Their Animals were purr-fect finds. The art stop resulted in a beautifully illustrated and hand colored Currier & Ives book published in 1942 along with The Art of Rodin published in 1918. I found The Word Finder in the reference section.

Next table stop was religion and Collected Works of Billy Graham, A Glimpse of Forever, Breakfast for the Soul, and Angels Everywhere caught my eye. I collect Richard Paul Evans books and was thrilled to see The Christmas List. Other Christmas books included The Christmas Shoes and Mary Higgins Clark’s Santa Cruise. Gulliver’s Travels published in 1945 with colored illustrations was a nice surprise.

The cookbook section is always one of my favorites. Prize Winning Desserts and A Passion for Chocolate went into the book bag without a thought. Working Woman’s Cookbook—now there’s one that has my name on it! These three books will be added to my extensive collection of cookbooks inherited from my mother.

Jan Karon is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and I was lucky to find Home to Holly Springs to add to my hardback collection of her books. I picked up several Chicken Soup books and A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Daughters in the self-help section. I like to read these inspiring books right before going to sleep. A few treasures were found for my sister, brothers and dear friend. As I finished shopping the last afternoon, I thought how much my mother would have loved this event. So in her honor, I purchased a Danielle Steel book, The Gift. I suspect my mother read it, because she always had her name on this author’s waitlist.

What a way to spend a weekend and what a worthy cause for the Friends of the Library. It was truly chicken soup for me! Can’t wait until next year!!

Warm Purrs!