in which I want all the books… and blue hair

Yesterday I attended the bookish event to beat all bookish events… the Miami Book Fair International! Which means all the bargain books and bookish paraphernalia my heart desires. I wait for this day every year and always feel infinitely satisfied afterwards.

And this year was no exception. Here are some highlights.


Penguin Classics was giving away books AND tote bags. How can you beat that? I love me some totes!!!


I got to meet Holly Black! This makes 2013 the best year for author events 🙂


And look at all the stuff I got for under $40!! And some not pictured because they are oh so secret present books.

So, yes, I ❤ my local book fair.

Now, to wait for the library’s annual book sale…

It’s book fair time!

bf2The Miami International Book Fair is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and seems to have drawn quite a lot of book lovers if the “Sold Out” bookstalls that I saw yesterday are any indication.

I started going to the fair four years ago, so I knew that I had to set a budget for myself unless I wanted to end up overspending on books. I told myself I would only spend $25 – enough to pay my entrance, have something to eat, and buy one gotta-have-it book. Did I go over? Yes… but I couldn’t let the opportunity pass!

My trip downtown started with a train ride and one happy little green grasshopper.


I got to the fair and nearly got in for free because the lady at the ticket booth thought I was underage 😛 , but I am an honest bibliophile and paid my way.

I did some browsing first, after all, I needed to be choosy if I was limiting myself to one book, then I took a stroll through the International Village, which was hosting Egypt, Argentina, Brazil, and Spain this year.

I spent some of my lunch money in Egypt, on a tiny glass perfume bottle and some baklava, and went in for a surprise impulse buy in Brazil – it was a surprise because I don’t understand a word of Portuguese, and the lady only knew how to say “Three dollars.”


What was inside the mystery parcel? A cookie. I have to admit, I was totally suckered in by the wrapping.

Eventually, I found my one book at a used book stall, a collection of Colette’s Claudine novels that was in decent condition, though it obviously spent way too much time in someone’s car.

And then I found the book that undermined my tight budget… a 1936 copy of Gone with the Wind that I found for $35 in the Antiquarian section of the fair. Admittedly, it’s not a first printing, and it doesn’t have a dust-jacket, but it’s GwTW! And it’s in great condition for such an old text – no obvious signs of damage, the spin is intact, the pages are not loose, just the usual signs of age.

So here are my carefully selected buys…