Argh, winter just does something to me. Apparently I cannot cope and buy tons of books, or something. I just can’t help myself! So let me start off by saying: I’m putting myself on a book buying ban starting NOW, until the yearly book market in Deventer in August. YES, AUGUST. I cannot go into book stores, I am blocking online stores. No more books! I’m stronger than this! I swear! *cries* 😉
Now, my last book haul. Yesterday I went to Boekenfestijn. This is a three day book market that is held in a different location in the Netherlands and Belgium every month. It’s huge, held in a large hall, and all books are discounted. The Netherlands has the fixed book price, so books can only be discounted because they are damaged, or ‘ramsj’: new books that are permanently discounted because they don’t sell well or for another reason. So this event is a good opportunity to buy Dutch books at a usually non-existent discount, but they also sell English books.
So obviously I bought books.
I’m quite happy with my haul! An unexpected Soseki, Chinese sci-fi, a Christmas story (that my book club has been wanting to read for Christmas since forever), a few novels, more sci-fi, and the Odyssey and Illiad to have more comparison for the read-along. I’m curious about Ali Shaw’s The Girl with Glass Feet that many Dutch bloggers seem excited about, so I figured why not? And finally The Barcelona of Carlos Ruiz Zafón: a guide, because I love Zafón’s books and I do intend to visit Barcelona some day… Maybe next year?
Also this sparkly little book arrived on my doorstep. I had been looking forward to this one for a long time so I’m happy 😉
You can now place bets on how long my book buying ban will last!