Ok, so the book ban is well and truly desecrated. How long did I last? *checks blog* Well I announced it May 19th 2012 so that’s *counts on fingers* not even three months!!!! *hangs head in shame*. And since the ban I’ve only gotten three books off my TBR pile so ummm…..yeah, the Maths doesn’t add up, I’m actually worse off than when I started. But you know what? I’ve never been all that fond of Maths.
So errr, ignoring my pathetic failure, lets move on to the books, because we all love the books! That’s why we’re here right?
I went into town with a bookish friend of mine and we spent about two hours just looking around Waterstones. After a thorough rummage (in which I found a beautiful hardback copy of The Complete Sherlock Holmes but made myself put it back because of the price) he told me about these two second hand book shops a short walk away. So of course, I had to go and investigate!
One was this beautiful old Victorian looking store. It had two levels and was packed with masses of beautiful old fashioned books from floor to ceiling, even the stairs were overflowing with them! And my god, the smell…..
I didn’t buy anything from there though because they were all very pricey. But hey, it’s nice to look!
The next shop however was a different story and I came away with these:
Delirium by Lauren Oliver is a book that was recommended to me by Rocker-Sophz27’s (you can check out her review of it here. :)) It’s a dystopian YA book with a pretty interesting premise! It’s set in a future where love has been labeled as a disease. I thought the world setup sounded pretty cool so when I saw it for a bargain I decided to buy it!
Room by Emma Donoghue is a somewhat more sinister book that I have seen praised all over the blogosphere. It takes a look at a young boy named Jack and his mother who are locked in a room. It sounds like it could be a very emotional and in depth read which might discuss issues like Stockholm Syndrome – I’m really looking forward to reading it.
However the book I’m most excited about finding is this one! The Brontës by Juliet Barker. I almost missed it tucked away in the corner on the bottom shelf where nobody tends to look!
It’s a non-fiction book that delves into the life of the Brontë family and the legacy they left behind. I fell in love with the book Wuthering Heights a couple of years back and recently read several posts by Jillian, that inspired me to find out more about the life of Emily Brontë and the rest of the family. It’s 830 pages so I imagine it will be pretty in depth, and even though I’m not really a non-fiction kind of person I can’t wait to dive in!
After the trip to town which essentially broke my book ban, I felt the craving to buy MORE. (I guess this is what happens when you go cold turkey huh?) And then I got an email through from The Book People saying they had FREE DELIVERY for orders over £10.
You know what’s coming next don’t you?
These two TECHNICALLY aren’t actually breaking my book ban. I already owned The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde on PDF, but I really hate reading on PDF. 😛 Shadow of the Night by Deborah Harkness is the second book in a series, and I said I would allow myself subsequent books in series if they were ones I already owned. Not that I’ve actually READ the first book in the series yet…..but it was a good deal! It was very cheap for a pretty hardback dammit and I couldn’t resist!
And then, you know…..I just HAD to buy this while I was there too, because the film adaption is coming out in September and I want to read the book before I see the film.
And then there’s these two beauties! And I was totally justified in buying them because…eeesh! Ohh all right I admit it I have ABSOLUTELY NO JUSTIFICATION FOR BUYING THESE TWO! Although I’m pretty sure it had something to do with Bookloversity’s awesome review of it reminding me how much I love the author and how much I wanted to buy the books.
Plus I didn’t go looking for these books, they found me, honest! They came up on the ‘people who bought this also bought’ and they had such pretty covers…and then I saw that they were hardbacks…and then before I even knew what was happening Immortal Beloved was in my basket, and then I saw the second book, and here we are.
My friend over at Escaping Reality With Books suggested that we do a book swap, which of course I was ohh so too happy to oblige. So now I have this big bundle of goodness to read too!
And well, a lot of the books I’ve talked about above, also just so happen to be blue. 😉
So there you have it, my book haul with a twist. 🙂
P.S. The book ban is back on, hopefully I’ll do better this time! :s
All images used are my own.