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In which it was bound to happen


It finally happened.  I mean it was bound to eventually but it FINALLY did.  What happened you may be wondering?  Well I’ll tell you but first, a little background.


My three kids have attended the same school from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Every year, beginning in 6th grade (Middle School) it seems as if it was a rite of passage to go into the Bengal Bookstore (that’s what it’s called) and spend beaucoup bucks on new books and the like.  It was always simply incredible how many damned books I had to buy.


Now you would think with two kids back to back that I would NEVER be buying books for Andie but that simply wasn’t the case.  She took Spanish and Keely took French so of course, there were always different books for that but occasionally, the school would simply decide to change textbooks and I would be stuck with the old one and left buying the new one for that course as well.


So every year we would go in and we would buy all Keely’s books, try to figure out how many of Andie’s books we already owned and didn’t need to buy and then there was Daniel.  Now, since Daniel doubled up on both Math and Science, he was taking courses nobody else had taken so we were always buying tons of books for him as well.


Every year it was a memory check going through all the various and sundry books trying to figure out “do we own this?” or “do we own that?”


Yesterday, we were trying to find a book for Daniels Summer Reading entitled “A World Lit Only by Fire” for his AP European History course.  I KNOW FOR A FACT that we have that book.  Keely took that course 4 years ago and there are about 3 spots in my house where I store textbooks.  I have seen this book NUMEROUS times and yet, we searched the house from top to bottom and couldn’t find it.


I asked Keely if she had a clue and her response was “I may have leant it out to somebody.  I’m not sure.”


“So we don’t have it then?” I asked and then I shook my head.  Amazing.  We have the book for 3 years crowding my house and as soon as Daniel needs to read it, we don’t have it.


Daniel texted me this morning asking if I could drop by the bookstore and buy “A World Lit Only by Fire” as well as “Sway” which is the summer reading book for his grade.  As long as I was there, I went through the list of ALL books he would require for his school year.


First up: AP Literature.  10 books, they needed 10 BOOKS and guess what? WE OWNED them all!!!  Beowulf, The Odyssey, English Romantic Poetry, The Master and Margarita, The Metamorphosis, Guildenstern and Rosencrantz are Dead.  EVERY DAMN ONE OF THEM.

Next:   AP Calculus BC.  Check, we have that because Andie took it and we OWN IT!!

Then:  AP European History.  We have the book because of Keely.

Also:    AP Physics … it’s online.  No book to buy!!!

Last:    Senior Government and Economics.  NO BOOK!!


Oh my god.  After being at that school for 16 years we only had to buy 2 Summer Reading books!


So there you are!!  Eventually, if you hang around long enough and spend enough money, you get to save a bundle on books.  Albeit because you already own them all but isn’t that a stupid way to look at it?


I’m just saying …

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  1. By Word of Mouth Musings
    August 29, 2011

    Just pack them all in a BIG box when he is done for The Morgan Homeschool Foundation please!
    Have decided lately that acquiring textbooks leaves so much more cashflow for wine consumption – this brainwave came after buying two textbooks last week that were a mere $125 – each.
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    • Lynn
      August 29, 2011

      wish i had known that earlier…i give away SOOOOO many textbooks. Aren’t they ridiculous how expensive they are?

    • Angel
      August 30, 2011

      Seriously?? “a mere $125 – each.” Are you kidding me. *Looks skyward “thank the gods I am no longer at uni* Though to be fair I think the most I ever paid was 40 pounds sterling. That and one of my friends gave me her books, – with notes included!

  2. Third time’s the charm :)

    So glad we’re not buying textbooks over here. There’s no way the Things would take any class the same ever.
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    • Lynn
      August 29, 2011

      why don’t you have to buy textbooks? aren’t your kids in school?

  3. ChiMomWriter
    August 29, 2011

    That’s fantastic – I remember the sting of those books… And I remember the parental uproar when I worked for a textbook publisher and we tried to “upgrade” content every couple of years. Love how that worked out!

    • Lynn
      August 29, 2011

      yeah, it’s the upgrades that always pissed me off…

  4. Paula @ thewilyweez
    August 29, 2011

    I didn’t have to buy books when I was in high school, but when I was in college I kept every textbook I bought because the bookstore would buy back a $100 book for $15 and then resell it for $85. I just couldn’t see the fairness in that so now I have roughly 30 college textbooks collecting dust that I kept out of sheer spite! :)
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    • Lynn
      August 29, 2011

      i know…it’s so unfair. I still have some of my college textbooks too

  5. Amy W.
    August 29, 2011

    Perhaps this will prepare everyone for college, when the course book changes from year to year & the bloody bookstore won’t buy it back, even though its in mint condition & you paid $150 less than a year ago at the same store… they now deem it worthless. My husband still refuses to part with some of his college books, for the simple fact that he paid for them. I’m like, “It’s Macro Economics. Let. It. Go!”
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    • Lynn
      August 29, 2011

      I still have my macro book too!!

  6. Name *
    August 30, 2011

    My last comment went bye bye. I hate that. Write a nice long thoughtful post and it goes poof.
    Anyhow, we have never had to by books for our K-12 kids. The school does that. Of course, my daughter recently discovered that her 12 year old son had the same textbook she had in history 20 years ago. That is just wrong.
    I can relate to the textbook costs though, I remember being offended in college myself at the cost of a book, the buy back price and then how much they charged to resell it. I still have many of my college books. Then my kids went to college, whew! You need a loan just to buy books.

    • Lynn
      August 30, 2011

      books are ridiculous…and i don’t know why they have to change them year to year so you can’t pass them down

  7. Angel
    August 30, 2011

    Textbooks are stupid expensive! I come from what is generally known as a “dirt poor” upbringing – as in dirt looked expensive. Christ almighty – were it not for student loans and wondrous friends who gave me the textbooks when she was done – oh and the advent of the internet – I would have been screwed with the prices they throw around as “acceptable for the collation of information into an acceptable format for academia.”


    • Lynn
      August 30, 2011

      I agree with you…these high school textbooks are already ridiculous

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