Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Year Holiday Purchases!

Well, hello to you all again! And I see that two more people have jumped on and began following this little reviewing thing I've got going. Welcome and thank you for taking the time for have a look in here; I hope you stay on and enjoy the reviews and books I show you from my own bookshelves.

So, I had a great time down the coast at Brunswick Heads, NSW... and if you'd like to have a look at what I got up to just look at my other blog that I manage and you'll able to keep up with the whole holiday there. Otherwise, let's get on with the show! The following books I've got here are the ones I got my hot little hands on over the New Year period; and I hope you guys have either read them or have heard of them, because there's some titles I've never heard of and yet I bought!

The Op-Shops weren't open until this week... so I was without any real places to frequent to buy books. The main book exchange (which made a lot of money) was closed and had bought the newsagency and so I had to hunt around for books instead and found that a real clunker of a shop
called 'Clem's Cargo' was still running from last year (yay!). And this is where I found these two streamline romances and 'The Grail' by Stephen Lawhead in hardcover (which is out of print in this format). However, I'm not going to read the romances, they are for a competition on Bookcrossing that I'm hosting.

The next time I was out and about book-buying was when I was off in Mullumbimby on the 28th, December 2009. While my folks did something else I went to 'The Book Barn'. I've
spoken about this place before; and have recommended it to anyone who wants to find any kind of book they want to read - collector or not - to add to their own reading list. I bought six books here including a 2nd edition of 'Old Man And The Sea' by Hemmingway, 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, 'African Queen' by C.S Forester, 'As I Lay Dying' by William Faulkner, 'He Died With a Felafel In His Hand' by John Birmingham and 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde. All great books and got them all for around $40! Not a bad price either! Now, you're all going to say that I've already read the last one; well, I ended up giving that one away to a friend of mine while I was down there.... yep, another bookcrosser! She was thrilled to have received it.

And while Mum and I met her in Bangalow on the 29th, December, she offered up some great books to us. These were: 'Candy' by Luke Davies, 'The Bazaar Death of Karla Borsch' by Ken Cotterill, 'The King of Cats: And Other Feline Fairytales' edited by John Richards Stephens, 'She's Come Undone' by Wally Lamb, 'Orfe' by Cynthia Voigt. Mum chose out a few books for herself however I don't have the photos for it here; just the ones for mine unfortunately.

Then, came the markets on last Saturday; which come on the first Saturday of each month to Brunswick Heads. I love them; and try not to miss them when I'm in town. And these ones were huge! Unfortunately, I got badly burnt but I didn't let that bother me! I had books to buy! The first one was 'The First Wive's Club' by Olivia Goldsmith. My last copy was being held together with a rubber band and when I opened it to read it the whole thing fell apart! So, I was on the hunt for another copy! And here it was at the market! Then, I bought a nice big, oversized copy of 'Damse Macabre' by Stephen King. I have found this book in a smaller size, but the writing has been so darn little, I just feel like it's trying to intimidate me... this one doesn't look so bad!

So, there you have it! My New Year Holiday Purchases! There's a lot to pick from to read isn't there? My main problem now is: which one to start with!


  1. A good selection. I'm not sure which I would choose first.

  2. I often come back from the coast with a pretty good selection of books; much to my father's dismay... he's always groaning and grunting about how many books I end up buying... but then, what else am I to spend my money on besides dvds of my favourite movies? :)