I sort of broke the book buying hiatus that I set myself a month ago. Except that I did not, since the book I bought was one of the listed exceptions.
My boyfriend had wanted to buy me this book for my birthday, knowing my small obsession with Astrid Lindgren. I did not know the book excited, but apparently it was released to commemorate that she was born hundred years ago. It is a book in three parts, one part of which was written by Lindgren herself. Astrid Lindgren, Haar Leven in Beelden is a biography with a heavy focus on photographs. It didn’t end up as a birthday gift, because he wasn’t able to find a copy that was in good condition. We agreed that if we happened to find it one day, we’d buy it anyway. So, last weekend, when we were visiting my parents, we happened upon a copy in a used book shop. I am so glad I decided to list this book as one of the exceptions to the ban. I cannot wait to start reading..
[Sadly, I haven't been able to find an English translation: it is available in Swedish (obviously) and German]
Apart from this one book,the hiatus from book buying is going really well. I do notice that, at times, I consider stepping inside the book shop and buying something, but I never yet caved. It will get harder now that my sister’s birthday approaches and I will have to order her present through the bookdepository.
In other, unrelated news: Amy is organising a Nigerian Literature Event around Nigerian Independence day on the first of October. She hopes bloggers will join her by posting on a Nigerian book between the 29th of September and the 3rd of October. She has lots of prizes on offer for those who participate too. I have made a selection of books and I hope I will finish at least one before those dates. Will you join? See Amy’s blog post for more information. The introductory post includes a review database full of suggested reading.