I love autumn. I love autumn more than summer – by a mile. The colours, the smells, the cosy food and the layers of clothing I can wear when the weather turns sour. Heaven. Even more heavenly: when it’s cold and windy outside, curling up inside with a long book – or a film about a bookshop, with a lot of autumn/winter scenes. (Nora Ephron fans, you’ll know what I’m talking about.)
Not only did I manage to find a copy of this cosy Tom Hanks’ film (in a town with a paucity of DVD stockists), but I came home with a tidy pile of books. All for a tidy price.
First up was my local library. I only had intentions of checking out an Agatha Christie – I had forgotten to take a book out with me – but not only did I get my Poirot, I found the sale shelves to be very fruitful.
I got the three above for only £1.20. I ❤ my local library! It may not be big, nor beautiful, but every place needs a brick box that offers books for free (or very little money). Incidentally, my first edition of The Curious Incident was bought from a Bristol library sale, several years ago. However, fellow book lovers will know that in the great cycle of Book Karma, you don’t always get back the books you loan out. Never mind – a hardback for 50p ain’t bad!
Next up was a supermarket chain (I won’t name it; there’s no chance they need the publicity) that I had zero intentions of buying books from. Wrong again. This year has been a little bit of a Karin Slaughter revival for me; after reading a couple of hers years ago, I had never gone back. I’ve read 3 more so far this year.
They were only £1.99 each, so frankly saying “No” would have been rude. If you piss off the Book Gods, who knows when you’ll next pick up a bargain? Better not to risk it…
So a fabulous book-filled Saturday, all done sporting my latest beauty: an enamel badge. They seem to be everywhere at the moment, so my purchase has unwittingly placed me in a trend (for once) and I happen to think this one is gorgeous.
Time to settle down to Tom and Meg, under a blanket, with a cup of Earl Grey.