So on Saturday I went into the city with my boyfriend because apparently there was a book fair in one of the markets. We looked all over, for a good 20 minutes, and there was no books anywhere in sight! We eventually gave up and walked around until we found the Waterstones.
Oh. My. God. It was magical. Three stories of nothing but books. I had to stop myself from buying everything on my TBR, which has over 50 books on it. Okay, maybe not. I bought four, I originally picked up 5, but my boyfriend managed to persuade me to put down the copy of City of Bones I’d picked up because I wouldn’t read it, it’d just sit on my shelf, and he’s getting me the editions that have the spines that make a picture for my birthday, so I didn’t need it. I bought: Scythe by Neal Shusterman, A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwabb, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I’m really happy with my choices, I’ve heard so many positive reviews about all of them, especially Scythe.
I think Scythe was the only book I was definitely going to buy if I saw it. And when I saw that The Hate U Give had stained edges, I had to get it – well, I was probably going to buy it anyway, I just love stained edges.
We also went into Forbidden Planet, a comic book shop, to look at comics (obviously) and see if they had any Pop figures I really wanted. I didn’t end up buying anything because the only thing I saw that I wanted was Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda but they didn’t have volume one, only two and three.
After we’d eaten and gotten Starbucks, we went home. I was watching TV with my dad later that day and I was telling him about the Monstress situation and he said the best thing to do to get comics or graphic novels is to go on eBay, so I did, because I really wanted Monstress. And I found volumes one and two were being sold for £5 for the two, with £2.90 shipping. I was so shocked, because the initial retail price is £10 each, so i bid, of course. After a small bid war in the final minutes I ended up playing £11.60 including shipping, which I’m really happy with, because I still saved £8.40, which is a lot when you’re a 16 year old student with no job.
I promised myself I was on a spending ban for the foreseeable future, because I spent a lot on Saturday. So skip to Monday, I’m volunteering at m library, and they’re throwing away old books that aren’t being read or are really old and battered. And the manager said to us that if there were any books that we wanted we could take, to save them from being ripped apart and thrown away.
I picked up 4 books from the discard shelves: The Devil’s Feather by Minette Walters, River of Shadows by Valerio Varesi, Missing by Catherine MacPhail, and Honour Thy Father by Lesley Glaister (which is for my mum). All of these books are so unlike anything I normally read, but they seem pretty good, and they didn’t cost me anything so if I don’t like them, I can give them to other people.
My dad also gave me his entire comic collection, which is well over 40, so my shelves are stacked.
Honestly, with all of the books I’ve acquired I shouldn’t need to spend anymore money, because I have so many to read, as well as all of the books in the library. And I’m hopefully getting a new floor to ceiling bookshelf so it won’t be such a tight squeeze of the shelves.