Welcome to my first ever book haul post! I never saw the point of blogging about these, not until I realised how difficult it is to format Instagram posts and that it just looks neater when you have CSS/HTML at your disposal. Also, this one is special in that I acquired this while I was away on holiday. Short budget trips to Europe usually mean just one hand luggage, and our preferred airline Easyjet requires exactly one — meaning I have to stuff my usual shoulder bag inside the hand luggage too.
This time, however, the husband and I were off to a different continent and we get to have a check-in luggage each! I have now acquired the skill of packing well, so I had a lot of space to bring along books with me, as well as for books I was planning to acquire on this trip!
I have lately come to learn Australia is the only known place in the world that still publishes the popular orange Penguin Books. Here in the UK, there is an abundance of old but well-loved orange Penguins in secondhand bookshops, but I sadly have an allergic reaction to the dust in the old brown pages. I can feel the itch creeping up at the back of my throat and start scratching my nose whenever I’m inside a secondhand bookshop, but I draw the line at not owning lovely old books — I am not going to avoid visiting where they are kept!
So, of course, what would I buy in Australia?
These orange Penguins were actually ordered online from Booktopia and delivered to my mother-in-law’s house, where we stayed for our trip (we were there to visit them after all). I had not researched on Sydney bookshops before the trip, but the husband knew I would be a child in a toy store at Dymocks and they have a whole section on the Penguins — orange, green, and pink! Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice are for my collections, and Wuthering Heights is for an online book club read.
I have had my eye on The Improbability of Love even before this trip, but it was hard to justify yet another book in our small flat! It was hard not to get this though, when I found it in a secondhand bookshop a bookstagram friend took me to, and it turned out to be cheaper than in London! This book is shortlisted for the 2016 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction and is “a satire on of London life and the art world that is also a surprising and wonderful love story”. I am a sucker for stories set in London, for love stories, and I seem to have an interest in art in fiction. Basically, this book ticks all my boxes, and when an almost-new copy is right in front of me and costs less than getting it back home, it’s hard to justify saying no!
The Return of the King is on my all-time favourites list. I am a bit late on the book-collecting train, so I missed it when Harper Collins UK released their clothbound special editions. Now they’re extremely hard to find, and one has to be willing to spend a lot of money. I was definitely shocked to find one of the books in a small branch of a chain bookshop in Bangkok, and pounced on it in an instant! I went to the other bookshops there to look for it, but no luck. I still hope to complete the collection, so please let me know if you find a lead! 🙂
Do check back soon or follow me on bloglovin’ for the post on the bookshops that I mentioned on this post. I went to a few, both in Sydney and Bangkok, and I’m so keen on sharing my travelling adventures with other bibliophiles online!