I have been very good recently about using the library and reading from the books I already own, but last week I had a bit of a bad week and my husband convinced me to go book shopping (I didn't need too much persuading!). Of course, he also ended up with Skyrim for his xbox, so I'd say a good time was had by all. I managed to get two books I've wanted to read for a while from a charity shop for the bargain price of £1.50 each:
The Peculiar Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender: I'm not too sure on this one, as I didn't like Perfume and the concept sounds a bit similar but despite this I've wanted to read it since I first saw it. It's about a girl who can taste the emotions of the person who has made the food she is eating.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain: I've seen this book everywhere recently, and as I have read a Hemingway (even if only one) and an F.Scott Fitzgerald, I feel as if I am allowed to read this fictionalised account of the marriage between Hemingway and Hadley Richardson. I love the Jazz Age.
I know supermarkets are part of the reason independent bookshops are not doing so well, and I really shouldn't buy from them, but their 2 for £7 deals are too good for me to pass up on. From Sainsburys:
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt: I've had this on hold from the library for four months already and I am still number 23 on the list. So I bought the book and cancelled the reservation. I love the sound of this tale set in the West, with prospectors and outlaws.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles: Again, I love the Jazz Age. Set in 1930s New York, this is about two girls who head to the city to have the time of their lives.
The Somnambulist by Essie Fox: Regular readers will know that I am a sucker for Victorian settings and gothic plots. This book is about a lady's companion in a grand country house that soon starts to uncover dark secrets.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend: This is a bit of a modern British classic but I still haven't read it. I hope it is as funny as it is supposed to be.
And finally, from Waterstone's:
The Turn of the Screw and other stories by Henry James: This was technically a joint purchase, as the husband wants to read it after he finishes with Game of Thrones. I think I will save this spooky story for Halloween.
I also got a new notebook with books all over the cover. I've almost finished my current journal, so snapped this one up.
Have you done any impulse spending recently?