So, this weekend I started training for a half marathon. The running part didn’t go so well, as my legs were already sore from all the running I’d done earlier in the week. But none of that mattered when I found a ton of free books at my running spot, which is around one of the public libraries here. Someone had left three boxes of books near the book drop off place with “Give away” written on the sides.

Now, I know they probably had intended to donate them to the library, but because the library is closed on Sundays and they didn’t feel like coming back, well, they just left them there for anyone in the general public to browse through. I probably shouldn’t have taken any, but I just couldn’t resist. And anyway, I figured I can just donate them to the library myself once I’ve finished with them (I do this a lot anyway). Guilt problem: taken care of.

None of the books I took were actually on my TBR list, but once I saw them as “FREE” they suddenly became much more interesting. There were about fifty books in the three boxes; I only found five I felt like I’d read in any reasonable amount of time. So here they are:

First up: The Legacy of Luna by Julia Butterfly Hill. I’ve heard of Julia Butterfly Hill before, and even read a few excerpts by and about her, and have always been fascinated by her. Now I get to read the story. Apparently, and I could be wrong because this is one of those books that actually doesn’t give any information on the cover other than what other people think of the book, this book is about Julia when she lived in a tree to keep it from being cut down. It’s about the redwoods, their importance, and the struggle to protect them. I am SO looking forward to this one.

Next is Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. I’ve never been inclined to read this book, but like I said, it was free. I’m sure it’s got to be good with all the acclaim it’s gotten. Then again, there are plenty of top sellers that I’ve hated. Hm. Well, that’s why I picked it up. I’ll have to form my own opinion.

Then there’s Isabel Allende’s Paula. The only book I’ve ever read by Allende was The House of the Spirits back in middle school. I don’t remember much about it, except that I loved it. For some reason though, I never picked up another of her books. Now is my chance. This one is the story of Allende’s family, written when her daughter Paula fell into a coma. It’s supposed to be reminiscent of The House of Spirits so I think I’ll enjoy it.

I also found a cookbook: 1,001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes by Sue Spitler. I don’t have many cookbooks and I’ve been trying to cut back on my meat intake (which was already minimal) so this was a no-brainer. This is probably the only one that won’t make it back to the library. I promise to donate something else in its place though! Wow, I didn’t realize I’d have such a guilt complex about this.

And the last one is Charming Billy by Alice McDermott. I’ve never read anything by McDermott, but her name is thrown around a lot so I thought I’d pick this one up just to see what all the fuss is about. I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t even look at the book description before deciding on this one. At least it will be a surprise, right?