Thursday, January 28, 2010

January Book Purchases.

Wow! It's the end of the month already and I've only got three books to show you. But, this means I've been good and saving my money for the right books that I really do want to have on my shelves; so then, you can read the reviews - good or bad.

The first two books were purchased at the Brunswick Heads Markets in New South Wales on 2nd, January. It was a hot and brilliantly sunny day and I was dreadfully sunburnt when I bought these two great books. There's 'Danse Macabre' by Stephen King which I bought at The Big Book Van. This van is famous for having a massive variety of books and it's owned by two older-generation people who have as much of a passion for books as their customers. And when I picked up this one, the lady said she had just put it out on the stand; so it must have been fate for me to have it. I'm really looking forward to reading this book as I've heard great things about it.

The second one I bought at the same markets was 'The First Wives Club' by Olivia Goldsmith. This one was purchased at a stall which had a large number of books, sagas and series; and they were all in wonderful condition. However, seeing I had been looking for this one for some time to replace the one I had years ago which fell apart in my hands, I thought just buying this would be the best thing to do.

My third purchase was just this week - on Monday actually. I've been searching everywhere for a book on Budgerigars; on how to care for them, which breads are which, their history, feeding, breeding... the whole thing. And seeing you can get books about certain dogs, I thought budgies were the same; and I was right. I found this wonderful book titled: 'Budgerigar' by David Alderton in a half-price Publisher's Sales Store for only around $10 (it was $27.99! What a great deal I got!). Well! I've learnt a lot about my little bird and found out a few things about her breed, why she is like she is and that there's really not all that much to worry about.

So, there's my book purchases for this month. Stay tuned at the end of each month to see what I purchase and from where.


  1. But, they sound like great books, all of them. I love the word 'Budgerigars' it's such a cool word.


  2. In the first few pages of the book I have there, it has the meaning of Budgerigar as 'good eating'. However, there are so many different dialects of the Aboriginal language across Australia, it may differ slightly from one tribe to the next. The one you see on my profile picture is a Sky Blue budgie and her breed is originally from Belgium; which began in the mid-1800's. It wasn't until around the 1920's before the blue budgies came out to Australia as domesticated pets.
    The interesting thing is: the wild budgies we see in Western Australia are half the size of the ones we see in pet shops and half the weight too.

  3. The first "book splurge" I had this year was earlier this week. A list of the books that I bought can be found at I'm currently in the process of reading a book that I found at either a flea market or a Goodwill while on a family trip the day before New Year's Eve. After that, I have three more books to go before I get to the ones I bought this week.

    At the store I bought them at, paperpacks are a quarter each. As a general rule, when I buy books specifically for the sake of Bookcrossing or for my project, RAB-PIA (Read a Book, Pass it Along), I opt for used (or at least presumably used) books from thrift stores, garage sales, etc. Other books I consider for either are ones I can get for free online or that I have relieved someone else of whenever they needed to thin out THEIR book collection.

    I wonder if it is possible to buy so many books from one place to the point where the shelves end up empty. I doubt that I will end up doing that, but I probably will frequent places with used books (and there are several within walking distance of my house) as long as I have the means to do so.