I’ve been at it again! I really ought to stop, and I will. Soon. But July is at a close and while I promised, promised myself I would ease up on the book buying I seem to have failed spectacularly. Some of these books have actually been sat on my shelf for quite some time and I have simply forgotten to haul them. But without further ado, let me show you the damage that has been done in July!
So at the start of the month I actually went to an event at my local Waterstones store. Peer pressure paid off because I got to see Emma Healey and M.O. Walsh in conversation. I have read and reviewed Elizabeth is Missing not so long ago but M.O. Walsh was a completely unknown author to me until the event. I completely forgot to blog about it so consider this the event overview. It was great. Emma had never ‘hosted’ before and she did a cracking job of it, it has to be said. We had a brief interlude of singing from Mr Walsh (who’s name I have forgotten, that is so awful!) I’m yet to read his novel but I’m very much looking forward to it. It seems quite interesting so we shall see. Anyway, it was a fantastic evening and I actually intend to start going to the book group because I met a couple of people there who inspired me!
Also in the general, literary fiction category we have another recommendation from Ben at Waterstones in the shape of After Me Comes the Flood – again, this is one I know very little about but was inspired to pick up because I give in to peer pressure. On the top is a gift from my friend Sar – we met in London on the 20th and she finally gave me my Christmas gift. She knows my love for Ali Smith and gifted me with the gorgeous Penguin anniversary edition (I think it was for their 75th). Finally we have a bargain in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit as I picked this up today for a whopping 50p. It’s pretty much brand new too! Result.
The next pile is my classics. From the top we have two charity shop buys – Ted Hughes Crow and finally my own edition of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie which I first read in a book group because of Cait a good number of years ago.
The remainder of these were bought in London. Sar and I met at Platform 9 and 3/4, naturally. It was actually the first mutual station between our inbound trains so it was also a good plan. In Kings Cross there is Watermark Books, which is very sadly closing down soon. Anyway, in there I picked myself up The Persephone Book of Short Stories. It doesn’t have the bookmark but hey ho! After that we went to a few other bookshops, where I was restrained but I was saving myself for the Persephone store. It is truly beautiful, I did fall a little bit in love. In there I picked up their 3 for £30 deal – I picked up The Montana Stories by Katherine Mansfield, No Surrender by Constance Maud and finally Flush: A Biography by Virginia Woolf.
The bottom book, another edition of Orlando, is a very beautiful hardback that Sar treated me to in Foyles. I should have hugged her longer for that!
Some fantasy-ish stuff now! These are relatively self explanatory. I want to get more in to fantasy as I think when I’m in it I will love it, so when I saw the first two books in the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson in a charity shop for 50p each, I bought them. Simple. Don’t know what to expect but I think I may read these pretty soon.
On the bottom is a beautiful, beautiful book that I have had my eye on for quite some time. I was out with a friend and we happened to dive in to a little antiquarian bookshop on Elm Hill in Norwich. Elm Hill has been used in a number of movies including Stardust and it is all medieval and beautiful. Anyway, I saw this Philip Pullman book and I fell in love – the fact it was only £7.50 made the deal a little sweeter! I shall definitely be heading back to The Dormouse Bookshop in the future as they have far too many pretty books!
Finally we have the non fiction. Two of these were bought in London also – on the top we have Nature via Nurture by Matt Ridley. I’ve read a book or two by him in the past and, I saw this in Daunts books but refused to pay £9.99 for it then walked 3 minutes down the street and found it in Oxfam for £2.
Then we have two Penguin books; one in the orange spine-pretty cover editions by Brian Cox. I’m not a physics kind of girl – I hate anything maths and physics without context so I’m hoping Brian will sweeten the deal a bit. Then we have another of the Penguin Anniversary editions in the non-fiction blue. I’ve been wanting to read this book for some time even though I know little about it – it’s one that has always caught my eye in the non-fiction section of the bookshops! These were all bought in charity shops, which ones I can’t remember!
Phew. That seems like a lot of books. That’s a lot of books? That’s not including the few eBooks I bought and the 3 audiobooks that I downloaded… Oops. I really need to curb my book buying.
If there are any of these that you’ve read and recommend please share as I’d really like to know where to start!