Some of you might be surprised to learn that I was in the UK two weeks ago and that, contrary to everyone’s expectations, I returned home with zero books.
Of course, I did spent all 5 days there in conference rooms, only coming out to find a place to eat and return to the hotel for some sleep, so it isn’t that my self-restraint has suddenly.. I wanted to say.. grown, but I guess I meant appeared altogether.
So yay for me for not buying any books!
That is, I did not buy any two weeks ago. I made up for that this weekend.
This weekend saw another edition of the lovely Boekenfestijn (you might remember some of my previous splurges). What made it extra lovely was the fact that I got to meet some of the Dutch YA bloggers (do check out their blogs) that I have met online in the past year.
So yes.. I came home with *some* books.
First up is the selection of YA titles I returned home with. This was a fun surprise for me, since I think I might not have picked up most of these on my own – simply because I know very little compared to these other bloggers about YA published during the past two years. Seeing them very enthusiastic about title after title (and I admit I followed them around a bit to see what they would pick up), I was of course curious and decided to buy some of them as well (there’s always room for discovering new books at 2 euros a piece, right?):
I also came across some titles that had been on my list for a long long time. Including two Elizabeth von Arnim’s for only 1.25 a piece. I ask you, who could resist that? AND a Connie Willis (I have been meaning to try her fiction for forever!) I also found a Beryl Bainbridge, an author Violet recently mentioned to me. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (perfect for RIP, right?) And.. some others that caught my eye and that I wasn’t sure about but then saw were 99 cents and that kind of made the decision for me (see here: my total inability to resist book buying).
Anyway: Yay for new books! But shame on me for the many many unread books on my shelves. Because of REASONS (Honestly, I am too embarrassed to admit the actual number of unread books on my shelves), I think I need to go on another book buying ban. I have conveniently left out my recent bookdepository orders (including the new titles of Margo Lanagan and Patrick Ness). Look, I know I will never, realistically speaking, last on a ban. Particularly when amazing authors release new books (see: Ness and Lanagan), but I could at least try to reduce the number of TBR books right? There are such lovely books on my shelves already. I could try actually reading them before buying new ones..
So, here goes..
If you could just all stop reviewing any books that sound tempting in the upcoming months, that might make it slightly easier.
(I am kidding, of course, please tell me more about all the books!)