Monday, 9 November 2009

Monday Mailbox

I had no intention of buying anymore books until after Christmas. However on Wednesday, I was feeling particularly low and I knew that the only thing that would cheer me up is buying books. Especially as the book shop had just received copies of Hush, Hush, which I have been coveting for months now. It was heavily reduced and in hardback. Who could resist? I also bought Graceling by Kristen Cashore - another book I have wanted for ages now.

I then hit the charity shops and found the following three books.
1) Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier -now you know how much I enjoy Du Maurier's books. So this was a fabulous find.
2) The Case Book of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd - a followup to Frankenstein, which is meant to be really scary.
3) The Victorian Chaise - Longue by Marghanita Laski - another Persephone Classic found in the same shop as I found the last one.
I also managed to find two books I have wanted for such a long time. Finally I have managed to buy Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman ( my favourite film ever!) for only 40p in the library sale.
Also Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley, which is a very rare book to find, especially when I only paid 99p and the rare book specialists are asking about £20 for it. You may remember that we went on holiday to Westward Ho! In the summer and I searched everywhere for this book. I am so pleased to finally find it.
So yes I did buy books this week, but I feel I had very good reason to buy them, after a really bad week, what's better than to have good books to lose yourself in.



22 comments:

  1. A Persephone at a charity shop! You're so lucky! And a Du Maurier! Enjoy your new books :)

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  2. You were lucky to find that Persephone! It's a good one too!

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  3. oh Graceling, I am dying to buy that one

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  4. Ooh, how exciting to find books you were really looking for!

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  5. You must be a nightmare to buy for at Christmas. I have to put my sister on a buying ban and force her to do a wishlist on Amazon near Christmas. 9 times out of 10 I find out she has still been sneakily buying and quite often the stuff off her own wishlist! Aaargh! The amount of times I have had to return books!

    Having said that... looking at what you bought, how could you resist that sort of temptation? ;)

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  6. Looks like you found some great books. LOL I swear every morning I get up not to buy any more books for awhile. I was told by hubby to stop buying them until after Christmas though. :P

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  7. You had a great week! I didn't get anything this week, but it's not like I don't already have enough. LOL

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  8. Best intentions and all that.

    The casebook of Victor Frankenstein is on my wish list, I'm hoping Santa may fetch me it - after all I've been a good girl. Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of it.

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  9. Wow, you had some great finds last week! I've heard that Frenchman's Creek is du Maurier's best. I hope you enjoy it!

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  10. Oh boy...Frenchman's Creek--i'd be interested in that one. And Practical Magic--just loved that movies with Kidmann and Bullock.

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  11. I would squeal with delight if I ever found a Persephone in a charity shop.

    Nice haul!

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  12. There are certainly far worse ways of trying to cheer oneself up, aren't there? :D Hope you enjoy them all! And I hope this week doesn't find you feeling down!

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  13. OMG, Frenchman's Creek! I have been seeing Daphne DuMaurier books a lot lately. I really need to read them again!

    I didn't get or buy any books this week!

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  14. Books are a wonderful way to make things better. These look like great choices. Enjoy!

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  15. You found some great reads!
    I love the film Practical Magic, the book was good too, though very different.
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

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  16. Well, I don't know if I dare check back here once you've finished Graceling ;o) Its one of those books that I've been looking at everytime I -accidentially of course-surf by Amazon.co.uk ;o) And if you like it, and maybe even recommend it, chances are I will buy it ;-D

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  17. I absolutely loved Graceling, so I hope you do too! I haven't heard of Practical Magic. I'll have to give that a look.

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  18. You've got a bundle of really good books, Viv! It's OK to splurge on them because you should. I totally support you.

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  19. Wow, you found so awesome books! I enjoyed Frenchman's Creek and well Practical Magic is great of course. I have Hush, Hush but haven't read it yet. You probably will before I do. lol. Enjoy all your goodies. Sorry I've been such a bad commenter lately. I'm having a hard time with my hands with the colder weather upon us here.

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  20. You have some wonderful books here! The Persephone is quite a find and Daphne du Maurier books are wonderful. I look forward to your thoughts on Hush, Hush.

    Happy Reading!

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  21. Ah I see which Persephone you got! That's one of the few I've read and it's so good. I hope you'll enjoy it :)

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