books books books!!

WOW! My in-laws came for a visit this week and had told me, before they arrived that they were bringing us books. My father-in-law (my husband's step father) told me he had noticed a man throwing out books in his building and asked him if he could take them. He had called me that day and told me he had rescued a bunch of books for me, not knowing if there was anything we could use for our homeschool or not, but I thought it was so nice anyway for him to think about us.
Anyway, this week they brought all the books and I just finished sorting through them with Andre.
There are so many!!
You can see the huge stack of National Geographic magazines in the photo above. The oldest year I noticed was 1988 and the newest is 2002.

There are a few different sets of books.
A Grolier Encyclopedia, 20 books in total, from 1960, photo on the left, below, the tall yellowish stack.
In that same picture, the smaller stack of books is a set from National Geographic Society from 1968, 1969 and 1970. I am not quite sure if there is a theme with this one. We just put them together because they are all the same size. You should be able to click on each photo to see the titles.
In the photo on the right, there are 2 different sets. The one on top is from Grolier, called Lands and Peoples. There are 7 books in this one, from 1960.
The red stack on the bottom is from Newsweek,  a set called Great Museums of the World. I can't wait to look through that series!

The rest of the photos show all the other books that don't belong to a big set, but all are still very interesting looking! Most of are older books, from the 60s and 70s. There are a few even older ones from the late 40s and 50s. Many are from National Geographic, which we will enjoy a lot.  

A few textbooks are in this pile...That very bottom one that is missing the spine is a physics textbook called Ordinary Level Physics by A.F. Abbott, from 1969. We are studying physics next school year, so this might just be perfect as a spine or reference book. I still need to have a look inside it.

More textbooks, this time on carpentry, and a few how to books. We can learn how to build a home in the woods!

What a find! I am so glad my father-in-law rescued all these wonderful books! Now I am off to make room for them on our bookshelves, and I will be using this great advice from Barb with our current books and this new-to-us collection of older books (and the magazines too).
If you recognize any of these books and have comments on them, please let me know!

ps.  I forgot one box! This is another set by National Geographic:


  1. WOW!!! He sure did bring books lol, very cool!!!

  2. Good for you!What a treasure!

  3. That is the way we received a lot of our great coffee table from a relative. I love the sets but I found that if I put them up on the shelf, no one looked at them. If I put them one at a time on the table, they page through them on their own time.

    It is interesting psychology.

    You have books that I would love to look through...glad you received such a great stack of books!

    Have fun!

  4. What a great way to recycle! I love it when books come to me this way. I think it's only happened once, but I got a feeling of "Wow... It's like they were meant to come to my house!" Really though, what are the odds of catching someone in the act of throwing out books that could be of use to you? It's so cool!

  5. Oh my gosh, what a simply amazing collection! Once I got to the last picture I had to scroll back to the beginning to double check that yes, someone was actually going to THROW OUT all these treasures. Imagine!


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