What do you get when you combine a love of shopping, bargains and books? A rather large bag of books from several different charity shops along Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon for a grand total of £7 (or £6.50 if you take out my partners Kafka that snuck into the stack.
Since getting back my reading mojo I have found myself happy to flit about different genres of books and authors with a variety of different styles but have noticed that, apart from the classics like the Sherlock Holmes series, a huge amount of the books I have read and want to read are done by women. That connection to a female author is very present in this haul with all of the books that I selected for myself being written by somebody that identifies as a woman.
I purchased some of the books purely on a whim of the blurb and without having really heard much about them before but others such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Miss Perigrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and Me Before You have been talked about so widely over recent years as a result of adaptations that I wanted to pick the books up (I haven’t seen any of the adaptations so hopefully the books will impress me as much as the adaptations impressed those audiences).
As mentioned in my review of The Glass Castle I just had to pick up The Silver Star when I spotted it on the shelves as I really enjoyed the way Jeanette Walls put together her memoir and told the story. This is a different kind of book that sees her as a journalist moving away from telling her memoir and going into a truly fictional world but I am hoping that the writing style, language and thought-provoking style crosses over to this book.
At the minute I have a lot of time for reading especially where I am barely sleeping on an evening, am struggling to leave what I now refer to as my soft office but which is more commonly known as laptop in bed and with the surgery and recovery coming up I wanted to make sure that books that appealed to me were not in short supply.
It always feels like such as a risk to pick up books from a charity shop shelf but even if just one of them ends up being something that is enjoyable, memorable or feels worthwhile reading in some way then it is a success and no more money was spent for all of these books than if one had been picked up off a shelf brand new. Given the reputation of a lot of these books and/or authors I am feeling hopefully that at least half will prove to have been successful finds.
After finishing my current reads, which can be spotted on my Goodreads profile, I think that Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear will be at the top of my To Be Read list and then from there we will see where the mood takes me to which one I pick up next.
If you have read any of these books and have any thoughts on them then please let me know in the comments below! It’s always great to find out what other people think of a book and what I should look out for when picking them up.