….especially second hand ones.
I went into town with the intention of buying some stuff for my room at University to make it feel a little bit more homely.
Instead I came home with two bags full of books.
You should have seen the ladies face when she saw how many books I was buying! I don’t think she could believe it.
But thinking about it, how often do you walk into a second hand book shop and find THAT many amazing books that you want? It must be fate! And you know, I think I deserve a little reward for surviving the first month of University, it certainly hasn’t been easy!
Looks like the book ban is broken once again.
The first book I laid eyes on was Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. I don’t know much about it but the the blurb is really intriguing! It’s striking cover immediately caught my attention with its filigree gold detail and unique typography. How could I resist? Especially after recently reading Stardust and enjoying his quirky writing style. I am very interested to see how this book compares. 🙂
I have heard so many great things about A Thousand Splendid Suns on the blogosphere, so when I saw this beautiful hardback version for only £1.99 I grabbed it straight away! As a reader I really try consciously to read a lot of different genre’s, I think it’s something that is really important. It’s interesting to see how the conventions vary, the pace of the story and even if I don’t end up liking the book, I find I get a lot out of it and they quite often challenge me as a reader. I think A Thousand Splendid Suns could be one of those books. 🙂
I have wanted to get my hands on Jurassic Park for a very long time, but for various reasons I have always ended up putting other newer books higher on my wishlist. I find anything dinosaur related fascinating. When I was younger I watched all the Walking with Dinosaurs, I was obsessed with The Land Before Time films and I even have a dinosaur top that says ‘Rawwrsome’ as in ‘awesome’. Lol. So naturally, I also loved the film Jurassic Park and I hope the book will be just as good. 😀
This next book is a bit of an unknown gamble, but the unusual title and the Chinese/Japanese script in the corner automatically caught my attention. When I read the blurb I was so curious and I just had to know more! And again, it’s a super predddddyy hardback so how could I resist?
‘You may think that the sheaf of paper you hold in your hands is a book. It is not. You may presume that the fine black lines that fill its pages describe a world that exists, but you are mistaken. Do not be deceived. What you are about to read is as empty as a locust shell, and as immaterial as smoke. It is a house of lies.
Lies, lies, a house of lies: such is the place you are about to enter. It is a flimsy construction made of ink and white paper, as ephemeral as the shrines dedicated to our native gods, which are built every generation only to be torn down and built again. Do you choose to pass through the red gate that leads to its fictional precincts? Be careful. It may collapse at any time. The garden through which you will walk, verdant as it is with moss and camellias, may wither in a moment. Do not stray from the stony path. Leave your possessions by the door. Prepare yourself for all you had expected…’
Now is that an enticing blurb or what? Usually I can’t stand something so obviously trying to attract a readers attention e.g. The Bad Beginning from a Series of Unfortunate Events, but there was something different about this one. The tone of despair, the unusual language. I just couldn’t resist!
This is the second book in a series written by the celebrity Hilary Duff. I have been a huge fan of her since I was very young; I bought all her albums, saw all her films and she was the only reason I would ever pick up a magazine – if there was an article on her. I guess I would consider her one of my role models, and I think she really influenced the way I lived my life. So of course when she released a book I had to get it. The first book Elixir was average, pretty much what I expected. After all, she’s a celebrity not a writer. But that is why I never got round to reading the second book, but when I saw it (once again a pretty hardback) in the shop I had to snatch it up. Hopefully it will be better than the first!
I couldn’t believe it when I looked at the bookshelf and saw the ENTIRE Vampire Academy series! This is a set of books that have been highly recommended to me numerous times by YA fans. The first book has been on my wishlist for ages with a specific note next to it *must be red front covers* because they’re the pretty versions!!! And well, when it comes to book covers, I’m vain ok? I admit it. If there’s a cover I like, I’m willing to pay more for it rather than buy the cheaper version with the average cover.
So that has to be fate right? To walk into a shop and find an entire series you’ve wanted for ages, with the EXACT front covers you wanted, in practically PERFECT condition?!?!
I think so. 😉
However a few days later I was out again, and I couldn’t resist a few more purchases. 😉
I saw these beauties in the charity shop. The Lord of the Rings set. I’ve been trying to get my hands on these for ages but unknown forces seemed to be conspiring against me, and I was refusing to buy them new because it was more than I wanted to pay for them. But no more! Mwuhu. I’ve already read the first two, but not the third, so I’m looking forward to it.
This one was an unexpected surprise. I received an email telling me that I had won a giveaway, one that I had actually forgotten I even entered! This book is by the indie author Tony Talbot, a very nice guy I came across on Goodreads through various forums. I have never read any of his previous books so I am looking forward to reading this.
And my last purchase….. the one that I am most excited about:
Eeeeeeeee!!!! Just look at it! Isn’t it preddyful?!?! In all its hardback glory. The dust jacket is made from that really nice velvety feeling paper too, I keep stroking it. 😛 I know there have been mixed reviews about this book, and for a long time I was reluctant to even consider reading it, but anyonething finally convinced me, and from her review, it sounds exactly like my sort of book! 🙂
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So loyal readers, have you read any of these books? If not, have you bought any new books recently? I would love to hear about them! 🙂
Until next time. 🙂
Eight Mile Island cover: http://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/15756076-eight-mile-island
All other images are my own.