|For this year's challenge, my theme is The Fun in Writing. Each of my 26 posts for April is aimed at illustrating fun parts of an author's day. A writer doesn't only write. Creating a story or an essay requires research, revision, editing, and lots and lots of coffee and chocolate.|
G is for GULLIBLE MISTRESS
When it comes to the reading part of writing, I don't need encouragement. My latest hobby, begun after my third kindle stopped working and before I purchased yet another one, is to hunt for interesting trade books (those between hard covers and paperbacks) at used book sales. One such book is THE MISTRESS OF ALDERLEY by Robert Barnard.
As the survey says, I do buy these books by the attraction of their covers. Whoever designed this cover had a great eye for marketing. The fanciful, curly red M of Mistress immediately caught my eye, and sold me on the book.
"Sold" may not be the appropriate word, though. I found the novel in the book tent at this year's annual Carnival for Punahou School (the POTUS's alma mater in Honolulu.)
Apparently, the school doesn't like to pack away the left-overs. On the afternoon of closing day, when I approached the counter with my stack of eight chosen books, I learned they were giving the books away for the price of a plastic carry-all bag (25 cents.)
Anyone who loves a surprise bargain knows that this was just plain fun for me. But if you want to know why I entitled this A to Z Challenge post "Gullible Mistress", then you'll have to read the novel.
Photos of the Punahou School grounds on Carnival weekend:
Looks like rain, but it held off until evening.