I took some time this weekend to sit down and order a couple of living book list resources. It turned into something interesting!
I have been making a list of all the literature/living book resource books listing living books to read for all ages and topics recommended by ladies on the Simply Charlotte Mason forum. I got our taxes back a while ago and was ordering the things that I wanted/needed for the new year.
I was on Amazon and ordered “Who Should We Then Read?” vol 1 and vol 2 by Jan Bloom – noticing that one dealer was BooksBloom and was located in MO. I ordered from that dealer and thought it might be the author. A few minutes later I received an email from the author who asked if I had noticed we are from the same town, inviting me to pickup the books at her house, and she would refund my shipping money.
I went over to her house – talk about instant gratification on order fulfillment (lol) – and got to meet Jan Bloom…she was very gracious and interesting! (I found another person who has a map above the kitchen table and has bookcases all over the house…literally…and I was drooling over the one bookcase full of titles I could read…all books that are recommended here and ohhhh…and how about their inventory…I volunteered to get lost in there – LOL) She and her husband travel to the conventions and sell the OOP / living books we all want. She generousy offered to help find my list of hard to find books if I would email it to her…how cool is that?? I no longer feel so alone in my CM venture here.
I asked if I could share her advice on obtaining these books and she was happy to agree. I usually order from Amazon, but she recommended that I use the search engine http://used.addall.com/ to find these books. She says that it searches over 40 places, and suggested that I would find much better prices for my books.
She made my weekend! =)
Here are the recommended resource books I ordered:
Who Should We Then Read? vol 1 and vol 2 by Jan Bloom (literature)
Books Children Love to Read by Elizabeth Wilson (children’s literature)
All Through the Ages by Christina Miller (history through literature)