I’m a stress buyer. Naturally, as April was a month in which I have had several pieces of coursework and exams starting I bought some books. A lot of books actually. £90 worth of books. Oh dear. Though, I am very happy as all the physical books I have bought this month I have bought in bookshops, two of which are independent. So I think I can say that I have injected £90 in to the local economy, right? I can feel good about that.
So I felt like buying classics. The majority of this haul is classics truthfully. I’m hoping to read a lot of classics next month too.
I indulged in a couple of Persephone books this month. I’m lucky in that Norwich has two amazing independent book shops that stock a really good selection of Persephone – The Book Hive and Jarrolds department store. So having loved Orlando, I decided to pick up Leonard Woolf’s The Wise Virgins just to see if Mr Woolf wrote as well as his wife. This is a semi-autobiographical look in to his marriage with Virginia so I was really interested by this. Also I bought Saplings by Noel Streatfeild. I adored Ballet Shoes so when I saw this I decided I absolutely had to buy it. It seems to be a WWII story told through the eyes of some children, it seems quite sad but cozy at the same time which is what I need right now
Next up is my Penguins this month. Why on earth has Agnes Grey not been published as a PEL edition? Surely that’s discrimination?! #JusticeForAnneBronte. Anyway, I bought Agnes Grey because I loved The Tenant of Wildfell Hall last September. It seems very Bronte (governess) and if the other book is anything to go on, I’m going to love this. Then there’s some Austen – I’m determined to get in to Austen – so I went for Mansfield Park as it seems to be a lesser talked about novel (and it was in the waxy PEL editions, not the papery ones!). The skinny one there is George Eliot’s Silas Marner which I actually picked up as soon as I stood at the bus stop on my way home; I thought it would be a good idea before Middlemarch! Finally, Little Dorritt by Dickens. I enjoyed The Old Curiosity Shop so decided to add this to my collection as, at £5.99, it is a bargain!
That’s a lot of classics. Now on to the general fiction. I picked up the first book here (Strange Weather in Tokyo) in a complete whim because it’s short, by a Japanese author and was £1 in the Oxfam Bookshop! I know very little about it other than that.
Kazuo Ishiguro is next. He did his MA in Creative Writing at UEA, you know? Anyway, I picked this up in the Oxfam bookshop too. There’s The Remains of the Day which I’ve only heard good things about, a lot of people say it’s better than Never Let Me Go and then there’s Nocturnes which I believe is his short story collection. These were a whim simply because I loved Never Let Me Go and would like to read more of his work.
The Goldfinch was also found in Oxfam and I picked it up because I did enjoy The Secret History recently and wanted to read this at some point anyway. The main reason I read The Secret History first is a lot of people said that you should – whether or not this is true is something else.
Finally there’s Maddaddam which is the conclusion to the series Atwood wrote. This is signed. I can’t quite believe it myself but it is. She was in Norwich for a while, I believe she was camping out in the attic of The Book Hive and casually signed some books while she was there. So I’m hoping to get to this in the near future.
Lastly is the non-fiction. There is a distinct theme here! This month I bought three eBooks – A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstencraft, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche (which I have already read). I bought We Should All Be Feminists as a whim because I felt like reading it at 10pm one night and the other two were recommended based on that purchase by Amazon and I just couldn’t say no…
I also couldn’t resist buying a copy of My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst. I’m really looking forward to the movie (Suffragette) which is out later this year and I think this is a really key book for me to read as a female who is intending to vote this year in the General Election. I didn’t do history at GCSE so I’m looking forward to this from a number of perspectives; feminist, political and historical.
So, April was a pretty expensive month. I’m thinking May will have to involve a book buying ban for sure. I need to get through so many books! Tell me if you’ve read any of these and what you think because I would love to hear your opinions!