I recently gave in and bought a Kindle, I wasn’t at all sure I would like the experience of reading a whole book from a small screen. The thought of being able to get some books free was what swayed me really, especially out of print ones which can be difficult or expensive to get a hold of. I also wanted to cut down on my actual book purchases because they take up so much room and books are murder when you move house, loads of smallish boxes are the only way you can pack them really. I’ve made the mistake in the past of filling a medium sized box with books and then not been able to budge it because of the weight of them.
Anyway on our recent road trip I ended up bringing 18 books home with me, I just can’t go past a bookshop, especially a second-hand one, I have to go in, just in case there are some treasures within. The Alcester charity shop books were particularly good.
So this is what I bought.
Taken By The Hand – by O. Douglas
A Time of Gifts – by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Enough to Kill a Horse – by Elizabeth Ferrars
Tender is the Night – by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Anderby Wold – by Winifred Holtby
Kilvert’s Diary – by Francis Kilvert
We Were the Mulvaneys – by Joyce Carol Oates
The Last Chronicle of Fairacre – by Miss Read (3 books)
The Whiteoak Brothers – by Mazo de la Roche
He Knew He Was Right – by Anthony Trollope
The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope
Life at Blandings – by P.G. Wodehouse (3 books)
The Waves – by Virginia Woolf
and last but not least Marguerite Patten’s Every Day Cook Book – which is a replacement for the one which Jack bought me 37 years or so ago. My original copy has parted company with its cover, I must try to get it fixed though if only for sentimental reasons. A top tip is: If your chap buys you a cookery book it means he’s seriously struck on you and is planning on you looking after his stomach in the future. If you aren’t so enamoured of him – it’s time to skeedaddle!
During our trip to England Jack only bought –
Emperor – by Stephen Baxter
The View from Another Shore – (European Science Fiction) edited by Franz Rottensteiner
The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 23
Immortality – by Milan Kundera
Gentlemen of the Road – by Michael Chabon
The last two aren’t in the photo. Jack had put them in a separate place from the S.F.
I’ll probably read those two but I don’t think I’ll be reading any of his other ones although I do sometimes read S.F.
I could probably have got most of the books from my library too, except the Ferrars, Douglas and de la Roche. I even had the cheek to feel hard done by because I didn’t find any Angela Thirkell books on my travels, and bought one online when we got home. So my Kindle isn’t working in the way that I had hoped, I can’t get out of the book buying habit, whilst there are still bookshops around anyway!