A rather chatty (for me) book haul today.
First a bit of a book haul and after that a bit of natter about what’s going on in my life at the moment.
After my usual Saturday supermarket shop early this morning I popped to my local charity shop to see what books they had in their small English language section. I always browse that first before skimming the HUGE Dutch language section.
The English section was sort of interesting this time. No books that were on my TBR, but I ended up getting an intruiging lot.
The first book that caught my eye was a Penguin Classics paperback edition of The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer. I have no idea whether I will ever read it, but for €0.25 I thought it would go nicely on my shelf with a bunch of other classics.
A little ye olde looking hardback also caught my eye. It turned out to be The Lady of the Barge by W W Jacobs, which appears to be a collection of short stories. It is small and cute and goes with a bunch of other old tatty looking books on my shelf. I had never heard of it, but when I leafed through it, it seemed very readable, so I am sure I will one day! It was only €0.50!
Sometimes you wonder who brought the books to the shop as this time there were a bunch of books set in India. I picked up two. The first is Esmond in India by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. I believe this one is set in India in the 1950s. It’s not a big book and it sounded interesting. The second is a non-fiction book called Below the Peacock Fan: First Ladies of the Raj, by Marian Fowler. From looking at the blurp, this books is about four Victorian English women who go to live in India. There were more India based novels on the shelf, but these two were the ones that seemed most interesting to me.
Another title caught my eye: Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, by Wendy Cope. When I leafed through this thin book I discovered it was a modern collection of poetry. I read one of the poems and I liked it, so in my basket it went.
The final book I picked up is Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. The brandnew bright orange Penguin spine called to me. I had not heard of this book before, but it seems to be a Jane Eyre prequel of sorts. It could be interesting!
Now it was time to have a quick look at the Dutch books. My rule is that if the book was published in English, I want to read it in English. The same goes for Dutch books. What’s the point of reading a translated version? If it’s a book originally in a language I cannot read, then I will happily read either a Dutch or English translation.
So, in the English section I had clocked The Dinner by Herman Koch, which people either seem to love or hate. The book has always sounded intruiging to me and I would like to read it, but not in English. I clocked a pretty much brand new Dutch version, so Het Diner went into my basket!
Also in my basket went De Spion (The Spy) by Paulo Coelho. Now, I read The Alchemist and did not love it, but I would like to try another one of his books and this one, based on the life of Mata Hari, sounded interesting.
The final book I picked up is De Gedaanteverwisseling (Metamorphosis) by Franz Kafka. It’s a tiny book, but it is a book that is on my Classics TBR. Originally in German, so perfectly fine to read in Dutch!
And here you have it: a €4.50 pile of books.
Anyway, those are my new books. Now on to other random stuff.
I only realised this morning that I had wanted to do FIVE on FRIDAY, but I also realised that actually my Fridays this month are going to be tricky. I am leaving for my holidays on Friday for two weeks, so my blogging might be sporadic this month. I figured the best thing to do was to move this month’s subjects forward to August.
We are going to England for two weeks on a friends and family visit, but we have also booked a holiday cottage in Dorset for a week, so that will be lovely. Fingers crossed the weather will be good enough to enjoy the beaches. All my daughter cares about is going fossil hunting. 🙂 (All I care about is trying to find some charity shops to peruse). I am really looking forward to our time away.
Our own holiday cottage opened for guests in June and business has been surprisingly good! We have our last guests before our holiday coming today.
I do expect to do lots of reading this month, so there may be more reading, less blogging for the final two weeks of July. I wish I was organised enough to schedule lots of posts , but fact is… I’m not…
Have you got any holidays planned? Or anything else exciting that is not book-related?