Last week I told you that I was going to split the books I received the last weeks into two posts. This is part two, which features books I did not receive as birthday gifts, but bought or acquired in another manner.
Remember last time I mentioned seeing Nada Surf in Utrecht and how I came across a book sale and bought 40 books? Well, last week I accompanied my boyfriend to Amsterdam to see Nada Surf again for his birthday. Amsterdam has several bookstores that sell only English books. It is my definition of heaven.Why? Because normally when I enter a bookstore in the Netherlands, there is only a small section that has English books and it is hard to find the titles I’m looking for. When entering these stores however, they have display upon display of books I saw featured on blogs, book I know I would like to read sometime. Unfortunately the prizes at the Waterstones’ shop are unbelievably high (think double of what buying online or buying in a regular Dutch bookshop would cost) and so I moved on to an outlet store with only English books. I couldn’t believe my luck! Sadly, I had to carry these books for the rest of the day and take them with me to the concert and so I settled on buying just 5:
The Plot Against America – Philip Roth: I am not at all sure if I’m going to like this book, but I heard so much about it a few years ago. Plus, I would like to give alternative history a try sometime.
Being Emily – Anne Donovan: A coming of age story about a girl from Glasgow that finds her escape in the books of Emily Brontë.
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons: I have heard nothing but praise for this book in the book blogging community. I am very happy that I’m finally going to be able to read this.
Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: I have Purple Hibiscus on my TBR pile already, which both Ana and Amy have praised. I couldn’t help but buy this one as well when I saw it for this prize. I expect to fall in love with Adichie’s writing and I trust ana and Amy blindly, so I fully expect to love this when I get around to reading it.
The Night Watch – Sarah Waters: Apparantly, this is not the best Waters has ever written. But I didn’t know that yet when I picked it up. I have never read anything by Waters and I love the thought of finally owning a book by her.
I didn’t buy the other 3 books that are displayed on the pictures:
The Heart of the Night - Judith Lennox: I won this through a twitter competition of The Hanbury Agency. I read All My Sisters by Lennox a couple of years ago and I remember that I enjoyed it a lot.
Cider With Rosie – is another book I was on the lookout for through a review of Bina. I found it on bookmooch.
The Constant Liberal: Phyllis Bottome - Pam Hirsch was sent to me for review by Gavin from Quartet books.