My husbnd came home the other night to inform me that he is in a squash tournament next week. Because of this he said he needed to purchase a state-of-the-art squash racket from Amazon because it was much cheaper than buying one in Turkey. I was unsure that he needed a new racket but he convinced me by saying that I could pick out a few books for myself (20£ worth). Well...I was on that computer picking out books for hours, trying to get the best combination of books for the money I had to spend. I usually don't buy books here in Turkey because there are very few bookstores, the university my husband works at has a pretty good library and I also have no idea how I will get them all home when I leave. But the idea of buying some new releases got me excited!
Finally I picked out 5 books:
The 19th Wife - David Ebershoff
When Will There be Good News? - Kate Atkinson
The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson
The Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway
And some random British chick-lit book that caught my eye.
Not bad for 20£! I love buying books in England because they are so much cheaper than in Canada. I usually don't buy new books when I am living in Canada because I just can't afford them (especially last year when I was in university). But I love bookstores so much. I like waking up in the morning and knowing today I get to go to the bookstore and look around for hours, and maybe find something I have been looking for or something I never knew existed!
But I told myself when I was visiting Singapore a few weeks ago that I would stop buying books and start reading the ones I have and the ones I can get from the library. Lets see if I can get through the next few months without purchasing something....my fingers may be crossed!
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