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Will I Ever Stop Buying Books?

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?):

YA boekenfestijn books

YA boekenfestijn books

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).

More pretty books <3

More pretty books <3

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!)

So.. What did I do for Queen’s Day? I bought books..

Surprise, surprise! I ended up buying eight books during a short visit to the city centre on Queen’s Day.

koninginnedag boeken

So, these are a sort of random selection, picked out knowing I had heard the name before, knowing other works by the author, or simply on a leap of faith. If you count these and find that there is one missing, then yes, the eighth book is not pictured as it is a book for my PhD research.

What do you think? Anything that was worth the three euro total I spent on them?

Interlude.. New Books!

I had planned to share my thoughts about either Every Seventh Wave or The Best of all Possible Worlds today, but I have been hit with another cold since this weekend and my head does not deal well with the foggy feeling that usually accompanies colds, so instead.. I’m giving you a picture of books I bought recently.

I had occasion to visit Amsterdam last week (Bas won free tickets to see Biffy Clyro’s concert – which was great even with a slight fever and said cold). Every time I visit Amsterdam I look for bargain books in English. I was a little amazed at my finds. So many of these have been on my wish list for a long time. Mostly because of the wonderful Ana (or in any case for the top three ones).

Here goes:

Incoming books.. february

Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, I managed to find:

  • Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugines
  • Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
  • Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
  • In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

in one go :D

Any you would particularly suggest I start with? Or would you perhaps like to read one together as a sort-of improvised read along? Either way, I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

Hello Books!

Attending a concert in Amsterdam is always accompanied by buying books at one of the cheap English bookshops, for me. Unfortunately, I don’t really have the money to buy any books at the moment, so when we went to see Nada Surf play yesterday, visiting my usual bookshops was a bit depressing. Oh, there were books enough that I wanted to read [Saraswati Park, for example], but 6 euro  a book suddenly seemed a prize I really couldn’t afford. Leaving the shop a bit on the down side, we came across a bookshop that I never enter because I know that their former branch in my home town had books I couldn’t afford for fun even if I had a job. However, their sale was actually amazing: 90% off. And so suddenly books became affordable at 1.50-2 a piece. My boyfriend kindly treated me to 4 books at 8 euro’s:

I cannot wait for summer lighting to come back, so I can take proper pictures again.

From left to right:

  • The Wish Maker by Ali Sethi: A family saga set in Pakistan. According to the blurb from Khaled Hosseini Sethi “steadfastly resists the usual clichés about both Islam and his native country. Instead, he offers a nuanced, often humorous, and always novel look at life in modern-day Pakistan.” That sounds rather fabulous.
  • Colonial Blackness. A History of Afro-Mexico by Herman L. Bennett: This triggered my scholarly interest by its supposedly being a history of persons of African descent in Spanish America that “challenges us to rethink the cultural history of Afro-Mexicans in ways that go beyond deterministic frameworks of enslavement and oppression.” Yes, I do mean what I’m going to say: Yay!
  • Islam Observed: Religious Development in Morocco and Indonesia by Clifford Geertz: Another scholarly spark. Geertz is one of those academics who has been named on countless occasions during my time as a religious studies student. Make that all the time. So when I found this famous book, I couldn’t resist. Hey,  it was 1.50 and it is about Indonesia.
  • The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone: This is, I think, the first book-hype I witnessed in the book blogosphere. Rebecca stands out as the most fervent fan of this particular book. I thought I would give this one a try, at over a year after the hype, I think I may safely approach this with expectations that are relatively neutral, or at least, more neutral than before..

For those wondering: Nada Surf live was stellar, as always. The band makes me feel so happy, even if their songs are more melancholic and romantic, the atmosphere at their live-performances makes me smile.

What, Me? Buying Books?


So, I broke my book buying ban hiatus.

I have an excuse, of course. Let us pretend you have not seen my twitter for a while and thus know nothing about my previous breaking of the ban. That would be too embarrassing, right? My boyfriend took me to this book fair called “boekenfestijn” (book fest) near where I live. I had heard about the awesomeness of this fair before, Bina told me I should definitely visit it if I had the chance. However, I somehow did not expect there to be SO MANY English books for prizes ranging from 0,80 to 3 euro’s. But there were. Books that had been on my wish list for a while & books I never knew I wanted but had to buy anyway & books I wanted to try for that amount of money even if I should know better (Sophie Dahl).

So really, the situation was quite outside of my control. Another excuse: one or two of these may end up as gifts.

I am in desperate need of another ban. A ban that I hope won’t present itself out of necessity (ie. I  probably won’t have any money to spend in a month or so from now). Also, I have enough books to last me 2 years, I think. Thing is, I am hesitant to announce another ban on my blog, seeing as failure is so humiliating.