Bookending (the left one)

As I am always slightly behind with my posting schedule – and I was out the other week in a bookshop for the first time – it makes sense to mention the last haul from October before I mention that one.

There is a wonderful OXFAM shop devoted to books in Belper, if ever you are that way on in Derbyshire it’s worth checking out.  I haven’t come away disappointed yet, except for how this photo turned out but I have no time to take a new one.

The quality of the authors speaks for itself, any quibbles with that statement, please let me know.  Having finished La Bête Humaine already, with a review in the process, my quest continues with this and Nana to read all twenty books in the Rougon-Macquart series.

I picked up Márquez because it’s Márquez and I’ve gone into numerous reviews of his quality works, with a few more to come.  I’ve read most of his output so anything outstanding is really a must.

My reasoning for Kazantzakis‘, Zorba the Greek, were a little more obscure,  I knew it was a book and some people liked it but what swung it in the end is that I know Anthony Quinn was in the film (not watched), and I really enjoyed war film, The Guns of Navarone, and that’s as good a reason as any.

Nothing beats the delight of finding a much-coveted title, or even something new and unexpected that demands to be read as soon as possible.  These days it seems bookshop visits should be treated as a luxury, and as with travel, I hope that that doesn’t become the ‘new normal’.

14 Replies to “Bookending (the left one)”

  1. For us visiting bookshops was and is a normal routine. The highlight for us was a visit to Hay on Wye. It took us more than a week to visit all the bookshops in this book town.
    We found quite often books we were desperately looking for in charity shops as well – even signed copies and first editions.
    Zola is not our favourite author. We are not really taken by this style of naturalism.
    Thanks for sharing. Keep well
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. I have yet to visit Hay on Wye, it sounds like a very exciting place, a booklover’s dream. Charity shops have alot of dull stuff in them but very ocassionally come up with an interesting and cveted work.

      Zola isn’t the easiest of authors to get along with but the grimness is strangely compelling.

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  2. Yes, I remember the good ol’ days of going out to a bookstore, which you still do. It’s been simply ages since I’ve done it, probably about 15 years, since income doesn’t allow, and for the last 15 years, I’ve been library-borrowing, online reading, and when there is any extra, Amazon ordering because there’s no local bookstore at easy hand. But I support the effort you make to keep it a serious thing, because I feel, with you, that there is nothing quite like browsing in a bookstore and finding treasures to make you feel just glorious and rewarded.

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    1. It is rare that I go to bookshops these days but it is important to be amongst the books, that and the effort of browsing can be really fruitful when an obscure work comes up, I find that online shopping doesn’t really give me a challenge. The main thing though is that I like to know what state the book is in, it’s amazing how many ‘like new’ books aren’t that.


  3. Like you Ste, I’ve not seen the film Zorba. I might however give the book a go. We do have a secondhand book store in the same arcade as my second favourite cafe. With current Covid restrictions, they only allow two customers a time in their shop. Perhaps it’s time to treat myself to a coffee and a book 😊
    P/S sometimes a film will disappoint when you’ve read the book or series of books. I felt that way when they bought out the remake of The Boune Identity staring Matt Damon, having read all the books and seen the original movie, I was a bit worried. I needn’t have been, and even though the storyline was slightly different in places, I thoroughly enjoyed all four of them .

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    1. Two customers, I will feel so guilty being in there if other people wanted to get in, I wouldn’t be able to drink my coffee without guilt.

      I enjoyed the Bourne films, although the final one felt like one too far. I usually avoid Bourne, and that type of book purely because I like the action spectacle to be on a screen, that and it means I can leave some books off my too long list which takes off some pressure.

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      1. The main reason I read the books is because of the author – Robert Ludlum. The original film was 99% percent word for word with the book. LOL I think you can get away with not reading that genre… I bet .you already have a “to read” list a mile long. 😀


  4. I haven’t been in a used bookstore for months. And all we can do at the moment is drive-by pick-up in my favorite indie bookstore. Our library system is finally opening on Tuesday so that patrons can put books on hold and do drive-by pickups, too. We can’t return books that we’ve had checked out for months until September. They don’t want the system to get overwhelmed. That said, I am still so sad that I can’t browse. I used to find so many wonderful books that I wasn’t looking for that way….

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    1. That is really rough, we have our libraries opened here but only so many people are allowed in at a time. Drive-by pick up is a good idea but it takes all the fun out of finding that special, unexpected book. Hopefully things will be back to normal soon on the book front.

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