Here is a list of bookshops I wish I had had the chance to visit when I was in Tokyo last year. Maybe next time. A whole corner of Tokyo dedicated to secondhand books. Sounds like paradise.

Some more books

9 March, 2010

I thought I was doing so well, resisting the lure of charity shops, but alas, I succumbed. But what a find! I got the following secondhand books:

The Outlander by Gil Adamson – this novel has had so many raving reviews on book blogs (I think I first heard about it on dovegreyreader scribbles) and it seemed a steal for a pound. With recommendations by Ann Patchett and Michael Ondaatje, it must be good.

Daphne by Justine Picardie – I love Daphne du Maurier and as it’s a mystery involving her and a secret about Branwell Brontë, how could I not get it?

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – see below.

And from the library, I took out:

Affinity by Sarah Waters – also see below.

The Dark Volume by G.W. Dahlquist – I loved his first book, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters and have been meaning to read this for ages, so I can’t wait to start the sequel.

Rebel Girls: Their Fight for the Vote by Jill Liddington – about suffragettes, perfect for the Women Unbound Challenge.

It looks like I’m on a bit of a Sarah Waters binge, and you aren’t wrong. I’ve been dying to read Affinity and when I spotted Fingersmith in the charity shop for a pound, I thought I’d give it another go as it seems it’s everyone’s favourite (mine is The Night Watch) and I wanted to see what I’ve missed. And it came signed too. Sweet!

And I bought the following:

The Queen’s Gambit by Diane A.S. Stuckart – who can resist a mystery featuring Leonardo da Vinci?

So what did you get this week?

I just couldn’t help it, it’s been snowing (which is lovely) and freezing (which isn’t) and to cheer myself up on a cold afternoon I popped into two charity shops and bagged myself some books.

Diary of an Ordinary Woman by Margaret Drabble – I’ve never read any books by her and have only read Possession by her sister A.S. Byatt

The Road by Cormac McCarthy – he’s supposed to be one of the best American writers of the decade and I want to read the book before I see the film (which has Viggo Mortensen!)

The Ascent of Woman: A History of the Suffragette Movement and the Ideas Behind It by Melanie Phillips – need I say more? I just couldn’t resist!

The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield – this has been all over the book blogosphere so I think it was fate when I set eyes on this Virago Modern Classics edition.

Dancing with Mr. Darcy – a collection of original short stories inspired by Jane Austen and commissioned by Chawton House Library and introduced by Sarah Waters.

I must say, I like the selection in the Oxfam bookshop in Kentish Town. Less pricey than some of the Oxfam bookshops in more upmarket areas and with an interesting collection.

I’m going to try and finish my current reads before the new year so that I can start reading for my various challenges. I also received a gift card for my birthday and will be debating with myself on which books to purchase in the new year. Looking good!

Secondhand Loot: Reward

30 November, 2009

Hah, I thought I’d treat myself for finishing Nano and popped into my local charity bookshop and what do I find? The elusive 2nd book in Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle, The Confusion! You recall I almost had it in my grasp a few weeks ago when I visited the Comic and Book Exchange in Notting Hill, so this was a very pleasant surprise indeed. I screamed silently with joy.

In addition to that, I also purchased Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself which I had read before but wanted to give another go (this might actually be my original copy which I gave to charity, but the money goes to a worthwhile cause so mustn’t beat myself up about it. Does anyone else do this? Give away books when you run out of space and then repurchase the same books. Or am I the only saddo here?) and Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun Volume 2: Sword and Citadel (I have Volume 1 somewhere). On a bit of an SFF binge here.

I’ve just finished reading the very impressive Graceling by Kristin Cashore which I will be posting about soon, and have started on The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki which I’m rather enjoying.

My sister asked if I wanted to go to Portobello Market in Notting Hill on Sunday, and as I hadn’t been there for a while, I thought why not? (Although I will be going to the Electric Cinema there next Sunday to watch New Moon – I cannot wait to see the wolf pack. I can’t help it, I’m Team Jacob.) But it was raining and we found ourselves hiding for cover in the Book and Comic Exchange shop which I had recently read about in Stuck in a Book‘s post. Naturally I thought of his post and made a dash for the basement where there were indeed three rooms full of books for 50p, and I came away with 5 books (two were for a pound each)!

Good Behaviour by Molly Keane
The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins
The Women’s Room by Marilyn French
Principles of Angels by Jaine Fenn
A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin (Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire)

They had a pretty good science fiction and fantasy section in a little alcove at the top of the stairs and I saw someone with two volumes of the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson (yes, he was clutching a copy of The Confusion which I was eyeing intently but he breezed away with the book and I had to say goodbye to it).

It was raining so heavily we ended up running into several shops but turned back before we even hit the market, stopping by to grab some gelato as we walked back to the car. They had chocolate wasabi flavour which was rather yummy, but I opted for my favourite coffee gelato.

And … I also got these at my local charity shop last week:

True Blood by Charlaine Harris (I am loving the tv series)
The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford (I read this years ago at boarding school and have the DVD)

And … I bought this from Amazon:

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg – this is for creative research purposes so I don’t feel guilty about purchasing it.