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Oh Dearie Me...

Last week we went to Borders. 10B had a book in mind he was after, and I was keen to get out of the house but not quite up to seeing 'District 9', which I really, really do want to see and on the big screen too please.

Figured that a trip to Borders would be safe, as 10B could buy his book while I had a snack from one of the many tiny establishments nearby and then maybe a tiny browsette which wouldn't be a problem as I've really gotten sensible about books in recent times and no longer feel an overwhelming urge to add to the huge pile of things I've never read and probably never will whenever we are within sniffing range of such places.

Alas, I was wrong. Not only was 10B obliged to sit and wait for me until closing time, but I bought stuff.

Then I came home thinking about books I'd like to have and that have been on my wishlist for a while. So I got more the next day at the secondhand place round the corner, then got onto the online book store of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence and bought more there. Two of there were already on my wishlist but I assure you that all the other ones I purchased would have been on my wishlist if I'd known about them before I saw them.

Of course, buying from Brotherhood Books is totally okay as they are a great organisation. They've a long history of providing excellent services for homeless and low income people of Melbourne and I'm more than happy to throw money at them.

The list:

From Borders-
Cate Kennedy, The World Beneath. Ecks bought me her book of short stories Dark Roots a while back and it helped changed the way I feel both about short stories and about local authors taking inspiration from present day local life. She managed to get past my defensive shell, for which I am grateful.
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity
William S. Burroughs, Jumky
Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality vol. 1
(The last three were all $10 apiece).

From the secondhand place around the corner I got a large book on Indian folk art which is presently out of reach so I can't tell you who it's by but as well as being a good book for the pictures, looks like it has a wealth of information and analysis as well, which doesn't always happen with art books.

Also from the secondhand place: Xin Ran The Good Women Of China. bookgirlwa told me of Xin Ran just a few weeks ago, so this was a lucky coincidence. I can add it to my reasonably large collection of books about the status of women in China.

From Brotherhood Books I have ordered several vintage knitting books. Also Susan Cooper, The Boggart and Ben Grahams, The Intelligent Investor, both have been sitting on the wishlist for some time.

I am _so_ not buying books again for a while.

Oh and I've just started reading For The Term Of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke.



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Oct. 5th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
"Of course, buying from Brotherhood Books is totally okay as they are a great organisation. They've a long history of providing excellent services for homeless and low income people of Melbourne"

I'm really not sure whether you've attracted good or bad karma for telling me that. Hmmm.
Oct. 6th, 2009 07:27 am (UTC)
And they all arrived today!

A terrific organisation, they do excellent work...
Oct. 5th, 2009 10:26 am (UTC)
Books! How exciting! I love new books. I'm lucky that one of my LJ friends was getting rid of a heap so I adopted a box full from her, so that's helped my 'must buy books' attitude.

Please let me know how you get on with For The Term of his Natural Life, I have tried a number of times to read that and couldn't manage it, it was too dry/ something about it made me not keep reading it and that's rare that I can't get through something.
Oct. 6th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
I have read the comic book version. Much easier! I'll let you know how it goes.

Oct. 5th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
Ha, that made me smile how that day went "wrong"!
Oct. 6th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
Don't laugh, send help.

Am trapped under huge pile of books.
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Oct. 6th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
Great minds think alike.

I had to. All those years of seeing it on uni booklists as a zillion dollar hardcover...
Oct. 6th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
I know what you mean about bookstores. There's a favorite one we have in Santa Cruz I find hard to resist buying from, in the name of "supporting local bookstores." So many of them are crap to browse in anymore, the ones that do it well should be rewarded. But I also have keep off Amazon--waaay too easy to "buy with one click."
Oct. 6th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
Amazon is easy to resist from here. That little thing they add after collecting *all* your details: the shipping fee! To Australia it's just not worth it.

I use Amazon to do the browsing.
Oct. 15th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
*grins* Oh, I know how you feel about Borders.... I work at one! No matter how many times I tell myself I don't need more books, particularly not new books, a sizable portion of my paycheck always goes right back to the company.
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