Two weeks ago, while running some errands, I stopped by the Books.ba bookshop. I thought it would be a short visit since my only intention was to return a collection of Turgenev’s stories that I borrowed more than two months ago. Last time I was there, their used book stock was disappointingly thin. The category ”used books” no longer existed on their web page so I feared that they were planning to cut them out completely.
What a pleasant surprise it was to see the shelves full! Naturally, I had to stay and check what was on offer. I found quite a number of wonderful titles, among them Durrell’s
I found quite a number of wonderful titles, among them Durrell’s Menagerie Manor (for a ridiculously low price) and The Shipping News.
- Look at Me. Anita Brookner
When books are cheap, I tend to grab any available title by an author of interest. Particularly when a twentieth-century British woman writer (that I am yet to discover) is in question.
- The Bell. Iris Murdoch
- The Philosopher’s Pupil. Iris Murdoch
I have only read (and loved) the first couple of pages of The Sea, the Sea, but I have read a lot about her writings during my final year at the university. It’s the philosophy of morality that attracted me to her. Looking forward to exploring!
- Menagerie Manor. Gerald Durrell
The best kind of comfort read – British humor and animals!
- A Peppered Moth. Margaret Drabble
After reading four of her books I can say I have mixed feelings towards Drabble. If I’m honest, the feelings are slightly leaning on the negative side… Still, my hand automatically reached for this book and I concurred with it.
- The Shipping News. Annie Proulx
I have read it some time ago, but certain images of the sea come back to me fairly often. I always knew I would like to reread it so here it is…
And at last!!… My first Virago Modern Classic! I felt such a rush of excitement upon spotting the green spine that it did not matter which author or which title it was. I am content with it being Stead’s The Salzburg Tales mainly because she is Australian – having it near will be a reason more to build up my laughable knowledge of the literature of that country.
When books are cheap, I tend to grab any available title by a publisher of interest… Well, in any case, this is certainly true of Virago. I found a collection of stories, Close Company: Stories of Mothers and Daughters, and decided it’s coming with me.
The next day, my sister invited me to a birthday shopping spree and, after purchasing a dress and some flowers for the balcony, we ended up at the Books.ba. Here I lost all my restraint and bought all the books I saw (and put on hold) the previous day.
- Her People: Memories of an Edwardian Childhood. Kathleen Dayus
Another Virago… The subtitle offers all the explanation needed.
- Eminent Victorians. Lytton Strachey
- Orlando. Virginia Woolf
- The Life of Samuel Johnson. James Boswell
These three books share a connection. I wrote my master thesis on Orlando following my interest in Woolf’s understanding of the art of biography. The Life of Samuel Johnson was the book which she praised and held in high regard, so it was essential to read it as part of the research. Eminent Victorians I haven’t read but always wanted to since it occupies a significant place in the history of biography as well.
- Master Georgie. Beryl Bainbridge
This one came as a surprise since I did not notice it the day before. Bainbridge belongs to a group of writers I am looking forward to getting acquainted with. I read Master Georgie is brilliant.
- Lorna Doone. R.D. Blackmore
It’s a classic I knew nothing about. The name was faintly familiar, but nothing else. The time will come to change that.
- The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien
I haven’t read it in the original language. Soon, I hope…
- The Angel’s Game. Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The second book of the serial I am eager to dig into. Now I only have to get the other three!
Last but not least, A Gardener’s Guide to Herbs. I dwelled for a long time whether to buy this one or not since information on any possible herb is readily available on the internet at any given hour. However, I prefer having them in a form of a book and so the preference sealed the deal. Great photos, short instructions on sowing, caring for and harvesting 60 herbs; the book also states some culinary, medicinal, cosmetical and fragrance use of these herbs. There are some craft ideas as well. Wonderful!
And that was it…