One of the most difficult things about my move to a different country is the fact that I had to leave more than 90% of my books behind. They were too heavy and there was no way I could cram them all into my suitcases… unless I was prepared not to pack anything else. So I only brought twenty books with me, and they’ve been looking at me forlornly from their single small shelf since I got to Dubai… so sad was their appearance that I had to find them company. Fast.
I arrived here on the 18th of October. Since then I’ve accumulated 11 news books, bringing my total to a whopping 31. I’m trying hard not to bring that number up anymore for the time being, but it’s proving to be so incredibly difficult. The bookshops here are absolutely lovely, and far bigger and better than anything I found back in Lebanon. One particular bookshop, Kinokuniya, was so big I needed four hours to browse through it. And even then I was barely thorough. I was so overwhelmed by the fact that there were many books there that I’d been looking for and hadn’t been able to find before. My wallet complained. Loudly.
So yeah. I bought a lot of books. And I found myself buying a lot of hardcovers too. I usually buy paperbacks, but in the face of all the gorgeous hardcovers I came across I could not resist. This country has corrupted me. But for now, I’m just going to highlight a few of my favourite picks!
First up is this gorgeous Alice in Wonderland & Other Stories book. I’d seen it online before and was itching to lay my hands on it. It has over a thousand pages and is filled with lovely illustrations. Of course, the pages have a golden trim which makes it all the more special!
I bought this one today. I actually was already holding several other books when I spotted it, but I dropped them all and got this one instead. It has all the books in the series, and the cover is absolutely gorgeous. It was a bit on the pricey side but I justified it to myself. Sort of. I’m trying not to think about it. >.>
I’ve been searching for this one for a while ever since I saw it circling around the Twitterverse a couple of months ago. It’s a collection of twelve winter romances written by some favourite authors of mine, including Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan. It also features some bestselling authors like Holly Black, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Taylor Garle Forman. There was a different edition, but I loved this one more, with the little illustrations inside, the light blue hard cover and the bright pink page trim! I’m not usually a fan of pink but it looks so good on this one. Reminds me of cotton candy. I love it! Can’t wait to dig my teeth into it.
Then we’ve got Inferno by Dan Brown… and a story to go with it.
You see, I was supposed to meet Dan Brown. That was the initial plan anyway. He was coming to an international book fair held here and I had been looking forward to meet him. I even left work early. I didn’t count on the traffic. I was stuck on the road for nearly four hours, and by the time I got to the book fair, he was gone, and all his signed copies were sold out. I was so incredibly disappointed. Luckily, in his honour, the hardcover of Inferno was being sold at a 70% discount, so I grabbed it. It wasn’t a total loss, but still… I’m sad I didn’t get to see him, especially when it’s unlikely that I’ll ever meet him again. 😦
And finally, we have this book by one of my all-time favourite authors, Terry Pratchett. I’ve been finding more and more books by him published under this edition, and they’re stunning. Each one is more beautiful than the next and getting them all will break me financially, so I’m taking it one book at a time. There’s no telling when I might lose all self-control though!
So there you have it. One girl’s attempt at rebuilding bookshelves that held over 400 books… while at the same time managing all her other life expenses. It’s very difficult. I’m trying my hardest to behave too. =[
Did you buy any new books lately? Read any from my pile? What do you tend to buy usually – hardcovers or paperbacks?