Sorry for the crappy picture. In my defence, there isn’t much natural daylight in Yorkshire, England during Winter and so you’ll just have to deal with horrible camera flash, okay?
These books have made there way into the Whitehead household over the last… I don’t know, three weeks? I’ve been fairly restrained lately, so there didn’t seem much point in doing one every week.
Anyway. Firstly, On The Map by Simon Garfield was an impulse buy from that pokey little bookshop in King’s Cross Station because I thought my Kindle was going to die on the train home from a Law event. As it happens, it managed to survive and I dragged my fellow Law-ees around the store for twenty minutes for no reason. Still, it was already on my wishlist and I love maps in general, so I’m happy. My friends might not be, but hey ho.
The three books underneath that in the picture were the result of a binge on Read it Swap it. On a festive note, I’m planning to read Santa: A Life closer to Christmas (or, as I like to call it – ‘that brief period in the middle of exams.’) I discovered it while browsing through Ellie’s reading analysis with an Amazon tab open in the browser – perhaps not the best of ideas.
Under that is Look At Me, by Jennifer Egan of A Visit from the Goon Squad fame. Below that is one of the books I’m most excited about from this haul – Darkly Dreaming Dexter. I haven’t even seen the TV show but I’ve been informed by multiple sources that it’s amazing. It’s the crappy TV-show cover, but I’ll rebuy it if I end up falling in love with it.
The small brown vertical book is a 1951 edition of The Golden Fleece by Robert Graves, and it’s in perfect condition. I love Greek mythology and old books, so I couldn’t really have done any better when I saw it in a charity shop in York.
My Kindle isn’t new; far from it. Unfortunately though, I have just discovered NetGalley. But Hanna! I hear you cry. You’ve been blogging for a year and a half! How have you only just discovered NetGalley!? Well I haven’t, not really. I’ve signed up twice before, not requested anything and then my profile was inactive and was promptly deleted. But now, oh dear. I’ve been requesting.
I don’t think four is too bad, not really. Not when I’ve already read, reviewed and loved What’s Left Of Me. My fear with NetGalley is that I’d request everything, read nothing and neglect the physical books I own, but I’m doing okay so far. It helps that I’m kind of picky with YA, I suppose.
Finally, I’ve added to two of my collections this week. Unlike some people, I managed to not buy ALL THE BOOKS during Penguin’s half price sale, but I did treat myself a clothbound edition of Persuasion. I also found a Pride and Prejudice that not only didn’t own, but that I’d actually never seen before, and that’s becoming quite rare. Say hello to Pride and Prejudice #52!