I was dropping my daughter off at a friend’s house a few towns over and thought I would check out their charity shop – oops! While they did not have much of contemporary selection of English language book, they had quite a few classics and modern classics.
So I ended up buying a bunch of books for €5 total.
So these are the 13 books I bought:
1. Ulysses (James Joyce) – one of those books that I am not sure I will ever read, as it intimidates me so much, but I could not resist picking it up!
2. In A Fog (A Humorists’ Guide to Engeland) – I bought this one on a whim. As far as I can tell it is an anthology of overseas’ writers such as Henry James and Mark Twain talking about England. It sounds interesting anyway.
3. The Wasp Factory (Iain Banks) – I have to admit that this was a cover buy. I kind of liked the look of it and the synopsis sounded interesting.
4. East,West (Salman Rushdie) – a collection of short stories by a writer I have never read anything from, but that I would like to check out.
5. Knots & Crosses (Ian Rankin) – the first book in a very famous Bristish detective series that I have been wanting to try out. I was very happy to find this!
6. The Crowfield Curse (Pat Walsh) – not sure whether this is YA or middle grade, but I loved the cover and it is both set in the 1300s and magical, so I was sold.
7. Next (Michael Crichton) – Because, why not?!
8. Birdsong (Sebastian Faulks) – I love these red spine Vintage Classics and I have heard good things about this book. It is about war though, which might make me reluctant to actually read it.
9.The Rachel Papers (Martin Amis) – One of those writers that I have meaning to read something by! And another red spine Vintage edition, so yay!
10. A Small Town in Germany (John La Carre) – Again a writer I have been meaning to check out!
11.Travels with my Aunt (Graham Greene) – They had lots of Graham Greene, but I chose to pick up this one. I do have Brighton Rock on my shelf as well.
12. The Change (Germaine Greer) – non-fiction about aging as a woman. Germaine Greer is someone I can admire and that can annoy me, depending on my mood (and hers). Since I am a woman newly in my forties, I thought this would be the right time to dig into this one.
13. Cakes and Ale (M Somerset-Maugham) – Another writer I would like to read something by, but haven’t yet.
Overall, I am really happy with this haul.
Book I am most likely to read: Knots & Crosses or The Crowfield Curse
Book I am least likely to read: Ulysses
Have you read any of these books?