Books? What books?

Hello, and welcome to today’s (well, tonight’s, actually) multiple choice post. If you are my mother/Wendy(possibly)/anyone who knows that I am supposed to be on a book buying ban, please read POST A. Everyone else, head over to POST B (it’s better, trust me, there’s pictures).


Today I spent all day in the library studying and doing research for my assignment – yes, that one I was whinging about having to do. I was there from 8:30 (…well, I was there at 7:50 but turns out I was early, do I get bonus points for that?) right through till 1:30 at which point I promptly returned home. That’s all.


Okay, so today, after whinging incessantly and doing everything else I could possibly do instead, I headed off to the library to do research for this assignment I have to do. I was pretty crabby with the general state of things so, after putting in a decent amount of time (I really was there until 12 … I have solid pages of notes to prove it) I decided to partake in a little retail therapy.

Book retail therapy.

It was, of course, a total abandonment of my new-book-less-ness but I came home with sixteen new books.

Now before some of you freak out*, they were all from the two op-shops near my uni. So even though they are new TO ME, they’re not really NEW NEW. Plus I got all sixteen for … $6.50. Now come on, that’s a pretty good bargain. What’s more, I managed to get them home, catalogued and shelved on my bookshelf without anyone noticing.

It really cheered me up.

So what did I get? Well, let’s have a look.


  • 10 The Babysitter’s Club books. Last year I was struck with the overwhelming urge to re-read the series (which I loved as a kid) to see if they were as good as I remembered, and, even more, to see if I could remember them at all… I haven’t actually got to the reading part, but I pick them up when I see them. All together these books were $2.50.
  • Kidnapped by R.L. Stevenson – Never read it, though I’ve read Treasure Island.
  • The Time Keeper by Emily Rodda – I haven’t read this one, but I remember having it’s prequeal, Finder’s Keeper’s, read to me in primary school as a class novel.
  • Fugitives and Refugees by Chuck Palahnuik – I’ll admit, I recognized the name and picked it up because I hadn’t read him before.
  • Antarctica on a Plate by Alexa Thompson – Okay, I have no idea what this book is about, and quite frankly don’t want to know until I read it. All I know is that the cover sports a big penguin with a whisk and a chef’s hat, and the tag line reads ‘She came, she saw, she burnt the toast’… it was enough for me. Instant sale.
  • A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving – on a lot of my lists**
  • And finally… Lord of the Rings (all in one) by J.R.R. Tolkien. I already have this book, but in seven smaller volumes. So I don’t really have any strong logic backing up this purchase except for the fact that it was only 50c and it was darn pretty.


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So there you go. The very reason why I shouldn’t (should?) go shopping while depressed…



* yes Wendy, I know you read this post even though I told you not to.

** are those of you in Australia aware (I’m sure you are) that the 2009 Dymocks 101 Booklover’s List is now out. Have you got it yet? Have you checked it off? Have you compared it to last years? What do you think of the changes? What was your score? Did you go up or down? Did you get the top ten? What do you think? Huh? Huh?… yeah, the girls at Dymocks think I’m crazy too…


J.S. Peyton said...

I always wander into the bookstore when I'm depressed and it always picks me up. I don't think I've ever gotten away with 16 books for $6.50 either! lol. That edition of Lord of the Rings does look pretty sweet, especially for .50 cent.

Serena said...

I love going to the bookstore when I am down!

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Retail therapy is the best medicine.

Diane said...

Shopping always perks me up, and what better purchase than some great books!

Debbie said...

Much better purchases than shoes! OR...better than eating when you are depressed.

christina said...

LOL. Totally cute post!

Happy Reading!

The Book Resort said...

Oh, what fun. Book buying is a healthy dose of brain power = }.
Happy Reading!!!

wendy said...

yes, I read the B (no-brainer)post and yes, even I (having seen Becca’s bookshop mania firsthand) was shocked by 16 in one go. You'll notice that most of the books are horizontal on her's because she can't FIT any more books on them - hence the book-buying ban. I do agree with your other, much kinder responders, however that when you're down books are better to binge on than almost anything else (possible exceptions ice-cream & chocolate). As I've prattled on long enough in your comments (you did lay down the gauntlet) I'll talk about the booklovers list here

Ladytink_534 said...

Lol, I couldn't help but laugh at your multiple choice post. Clever! Loved the Babysitters books when I was a kid but I really have no desire to re-read them. Kidnapped is on my need to read list though! That is perdy and I would have picked it up too even though I own nice copies already :)

Dot said...

Wow! Well done for getting 16 books for $6.50, I am so impressed! I don't think I have ever bought that many books at once! Have fun reading them!

Molly said...

LOVED the post! I usually partake in retail book therapy at least once a week! Although I don't always buy --- there is something very soothing and relaxing about browsing in a bookstore - particularly the clearance section of a used bookstore!!

You did amazingly well (is there a blog award for super book shopper?!) My best haul so far has been 11 books for $20. You have raised the bar :)