I had this brilliant plan. I was going to read all my library books and then stop acquiring books for awhile and read my own books. I wasn't going to pick up books from the library (with the exception of graphic novels), I was going to go to charity shops, I made all of my books to be inactive on the book-swapping site I use. And then this morning, I realised my plan's major flaw.
Which is, that in all the years I've been a library card holder, I have never once left the library with nothing.
It's just impossible. Have you ever done that? Returned your big stack of books and left with .. nothing? I certainly haven't, and despite my well-laid plans, who am I break a lifetime's tradition? Who was I kidding anyway?
Before this morning's trip, however, I did finish two of my own books and started a third. So the whole plan wasn't such a huge failure. I do plan to balance more of my own books with my library books this time. Things won't work otherwise. Anyway, here are the books I ended up with today:
Manga Shakespeare: Hamlet and Manga Shakespeare: King Lear - I've not read either of these plays. And I've always meant to. The library had these in new, and had a few other Shakespeare plays I've never gotten around to, but because I am a picture of self-restraint these days (AHAHA!) I only picked up these two.
Tales of the City and More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin - I always wondered about these books. I seem to vaguely recall some positive comments about them, then a book I read recently mentioned them. I saw them in the library today and I thought 'here's my chance'
The Comical Tradegy or Tragical Comedy of Mr Punch by Neil Gaimain, illustrations by Dave McKean - never heard of this graphic novel before. I was sort of looking for a Sandman GN, but I couldn't remember where to start and this one looked like a stand-alone. I'm really trying with graphic novels, but I feel like I'm flailing around, unsure of where to start.
Terry Pratchett's The Light Fantastic, the Graphic Novel - You might have noticed my current obsession with Terry Pratchett? In the last 6 weeks, I've read three of his novels, and have checked out a further five novels (Reaper Man, not pictured, leftover library loot) I just can't get enough. Why did nobody tell me before?
The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi - I've read some reviews of Oyeyemi and remembered that my library stocked this one. I'm not as thrilled to read it so I can see myself returning this book shortly. Unless someone convinces me otherwise, of course!
And finally, The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett - I recently read Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents and absolutely adored it, so I was thrilled to see his other YA novels in my library. I'm hoping it won't be Pratchett overload though.
Here are the books that I picked up in my favourite charity shop's sale:
Marley and Me by Josh Grogan
Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
Property by Valerie Martin
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
At 50p a book I'm not sure I need to give reasons as to why I purchased these books. I'm still wondering why I didn't pick up MORE books at that price.