Just a quick stop for bubble tea after shopping for books at the annual children’s hospital book sales. Piles and piles of books, all at incredible prices. What I found surprising is that the books are all in such great condition.
My very first moleskine.
One of the best parts of the social media ban was that I found myself with a lot more time to read… I’m finally catching up on books that have been sitting on my list for far too long.
After recently reading a post by the talented Eric Kim about improving your photography through buying books rather than lenses, I found some books at Chapters and browsed. There are so many different books out there, it’s hard to weed through them all, but I can definitely see the direction that I want to head in and I’m slowly finding the type of photography that I want to do myself. It’s definitely very inspirational.
Late Tuesday night I headed out to Chapters after being cooped up all day and found these really gorgeous reprints of Dicken’s works released in honour of his 200th birthday. I’ve had a thing for this series for a really long time and I’m so glad I got to add some to my collection, particularly since it’s Dickens. Oat mentioned that her favourite book was Great Expectations so I’m willing to give it a second chance (I have to admit I’ve had it on my bookshelf for years and still haven’t read it – although I tend to have more books to be read on my shelf, than I have read).
Monday was an entirely uneventful day. I spent most of the day in bed reading, this might or might not have been largely due to a late late late night that might or might not have involved imbibing. On a positive note, I finally finished the third book in this series!
This past weekend I was able to go to the semi-annual book sale held by the Children’s Hospital at the St. Vital mall. I was overwhelmed by the amount of books that they had there! It makes me wonder how I never heard about it before this! I was able get a whole bunch of books that are on my ever growing list. One of them was Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. I absolutely loved Silverstein when I was in school. I think it was because I didn’t speak English very well, and the lyrical quality of it just entranced me. Plus it’s silly, and giggle worth book!
One of my favourite things about buying used books are the personal touches that are left in the books, like inscriptions. I find that these days people either don’t gift books as often, or maybe it’s fallen out of style, but I think it’s such a nice thing to open a book from someone and find a personal note inscribed on the inside cover. It makes something that’s already great even more precious. This one reads “Herzlichen Glückwusnch, Ließe Von Tante Brigit” (which I can read! ) which means “Congratulations, Love Aunt Briget”. Isn’t that sweet?
This was one of my favourite poems when I was in grade school and I can still remember my teacher reading this to us.
Oh, I’m being eaten
By a boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don’t like it – one bit
Well, what do you know?
It’s nibblin’ on my toe.
It’s up to my knee.
It’s up to my thigh.
It’s up to my middle.
It’s up to my neck.
This summer I was able to visit The Neighbourhood Bookstore with some friends who are also fellow biblophiles. It was one of those rainy, drizzly days which was perfect for browsing books and having some sort of hot beverage. The Neighbourhood Bookstore is tucked inside the Wolseley area, and I remember how I used to pass by it when I briefly worked at one of the elementary schools in the area, but it wasn’t until a friend mentioned it up again that I finally made plans to go. Their coffee was only really ok, but the barista was super nice when I let her know that my drink was too sweet. But the reason why we went was for the books, and they had tons! I ended up getting away with a few (not what was pictured). I always go through a phase of pulling books upon books out, and then carefully culling the ones that were too impulsive or just not in decent quality. I was extremely excited that I was able to get Franny and Zooey in the original cover – which is really hard to do. But this summer has been a summer of great finds. I was able to check a number of books off my list (The list that every bibliophile has captured in their mind, of all the books that they need to add to their collection).
The bottommost book is my smashbook, which I definitely need to catch up on.
The second one up from the bottom is something I’ve been meaning to study for the past while. Hopefully, I’ll have the Ancient Greek compliment that should be coming from amazon this week.
The third by George Martin, A Clash of Kings is something I just started! After finishing the first season of Game of Thrones, I sped through the book as quick as I could and I’m finally on the second book now. Can’t wait to see what happens.
The last book, at the very top, which I’m glad to fill every day and motivates me to complete at least one thing each day.
Bows & Recipes
I was in Chapters with some friends when I found a entire table in the bargain section for Australian Women’s Weekly recipe books. I loved the way that they divided up the books. There were two in particular that caught my eye; one entitled “Cook” and another that had great photos and tons of ideas for entertaining. I also found a great book with tons of recipes for cookies, cupcakes, and cakes. I can’t wait to try out these recipes! The best part was that these books were so cheap!
On my recent trip to Minneapolis we made tons of stops at Borders and Barnes and Noble. Our first book stop was Barnes and Noble, which is where I got most of these books. I finally got a copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is one of my favorite of Shakespeare’s comedies. I was pleasantly surprised by Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, but I guess I shouldn’t have been – classics are classics for a reason right? One of my favorites from this collection is the gorgeously bound Homer’s Odyssey. I have others in this collection released by Penguin Classics, but I couldn’t find the Odyssey anywhere in Winnipeg, and had heard that it was only available in the states. I found that one at Borders along with Xenophon’s accounting of the Persian expedition.
It’s been a while since I made the tare panda, but I hadn’t taken a photo until now. The books are part of my summer reading list, and I hope I get a chance to read all those books!
I’ve been on the lookout for new things to add to the dabble² dee repertoire. Yesterday I made a little mushroom, and today I decided a heart would be a good idea. It was quick and easy.