Welcome to my first post of 2014! I hope the year has been treating you well so far and that a wonderful book filled year awaits us all! A great big thank you goes out to everyone who visited my very first blog hop and giveaway. You all made it such a fun experience and I will be letting the lucky winner know later today!
I was very lucky with the books I received at Christmas and I know that I should wait until I’ve read all of them, or at least most of them, before buying any more. And I would take that approach, really I would, but I’m meeting a friend at my favourite bookshop tomorrow who’s determined to get back into reading more often in 2014. What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t encourage this goal by entering into the spirit of the book buying trip and making a few purchases myself? 🙂
My book buying tends to be done in one of three ways – 1)payday purchasing; 2)spontaneous book buying when someone foolishly lets me go into a bookshop unaccompanied or 3)a planned attack of Waterstones bookshop. Tomorrow falls into category number 3 which means I will go with a list of books that I’m hoping to get and will pick these up on sweep one of the shop.
I then make a second sweep to see if there’s anything else that takes my fancy, read the staff reviews on the shelves and take note of the books that I’m not sure enough about to purchase on the day but I’d possibly like to add them to my wishlist later after reading the Amazon reviews. Once both sweeps are done I’ll head to the cash register before visiting the bookshop cafe, where I can come down from my book buying high and enjoy a latte surrounded by all the lovely stories I’ve yet to buy/read. I will, of course, also remember that I’m there with my friend this time and will factor in some post-Christmas chat as well! 😉
My bookish new year resolutions were a big factor when I was trying to narrow down the books I wanted to buy. The top contenders on my hit list are…
- The Count of Monte Cristo – I am determined to read more classics this year and I do love a good revenge story! If the Count isn’t available then my back-up will be The Romance of the Forest as mentioned in my favourite Austen novel, Emma. 🙂
- A Fatal Winter – I was stuck in a real genre rut by the end of 2013 and I want to get back to reading lots of different genres. This cosy mystery about an ex-M15 agent turned local crime-solving vicar is the second in a series which I started early last year and it’ll be a fun way to start widening my reading range again.
- Petite Mort – There are so many books that have become almost permanent fixtures on my wishlist and I really need to get around to either trying them or taking them off the list. I have looked at this strange story set in the world of silent films in Paris, 1914 so many times and never bought it. Tomorrow, I plan to take the plunge and finally make the purchase!
What about you? How do you shop for books? Do you go into a bookshop with certain books in mind or do you just see what takes your fancy on the day?
What books are you hoping to buy next?