Another month, another dent in my bank balance. I bought six books in July (two from work, two from Waterstones, one from Foyles, one from Chener Books, Dulwich), as well as a seriously lovely homemade cover from Etsy maker CraftedbyCandlelight to protect my books while I’m lugging them around in my bag. Not only is it pretty (and pretty useful), but it arrived on my desk wrapped up in tissue and string:
I’m starting to wonder if these haul posts are inadvertently encouraging my book-buying habit. They are the only ‘regular’ feature I have on this new-ish blog. I fear I may be justifying my spending with the knowledge that it will end up being featured in a haul. If I didn’t buy anything, what could I write about?
(A: library books, free books from work, the books I already own…)
To be honest, as much as I love a full bookshelf, I don’t like to buy books purely for the sake of them. Books are expensive. Lovely as they are, I don’t buy them to be decorative objects, but because I want to read them – usually as soon as possible. If the growth of my TBR outstrips my reading speed, I’ll usually stop buying until I’ve caught up. Don’t be surprised if I don’t post a haul in August.
New additions to The Bookshelf:
Days Without End – Sebastian Barry
Your Family, Your Body (Penguin Modern Poets 3)* – Malika Booker, Sharon Olds, and Warsan Shire (review)
The Fortunes – Peter Ho Davies (review)
The End We Start From – Megan Hunter (review)
Best British Short Stories 2017 – ed. Nicholas Royle
The Things We Thought We Knew* – Mahsuda Snaith (review)