I am an avid reader. I always have a book on the go. Most of the time, I get books from the library – because you can’t get much thriftier than FREE – and if I love a book so much that I know I’m going to read it again and again (which I do) I’ll buy it used.
I had just such an experience recently with the book The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi, a Nigerian writer who weaves a wonderfully eerie tale about a young girl living in London who has a Nigerian mother and English father. The story deals with what you start off thinking are mental health issues until you discover the Nigerian mythology about twins and dead twins and haunting and other worlds… I read the whole thing in three days, couldn’t put it down. So I’ve been looking for it at used book stores and thrift shops in Abbotsford and Vancouver but with no success so far. In the meantime, I picked up this stack at Value Village the other day.
I have an Agatha Christie collection; I own nearly all of her 90+ books, all of which I bought used. I read these in between “real” books because they are wonderful, mindless fun. So finding this Agatha Christie Companion was a real treat.
Anne Rice – yes, the vampire lady – has an interesting story. She grew up Catholic, left the church in her young adult days, got rich and famous writing vampire literature, came back to the church and decided to dedicate the rest of her life writing the life of Christ as a novel. I read her first one several years ago – Christ the Lord – Out of Egypt – and really enjoyed it, then tried to find the second one (it’s supposed to be a trilogy.) I have had no success until this week, when I found Christ the Lord – The Road to Cana. I had heard somewhere that she was again disillusioned with the church but a quick tour of her website seems to indicate that she’s still firmly dedicated to this writing.
The Book Thief was recommended to me by a few people on Facebook, so I’m looking forward to that one. Might save it for the beach this summer.
I got Elizabeth Hay’s Late Nights on Air for Christmas and loved it. She is a brilliant writer of character. I’ve heard good things about Alone in the Classroom, so am looking forward that one too.
And Ian Rankin… what can I say? I fell in love with Ian’s mysteries in the lead up to our Scotland trip and John and I have been voraciously reading him ever since. It’s so much better now, because we can visualize all the places, buildings, streets he talks about. He was actually in Vancouver for the Readers and Writers Festival but I never got a chance to see him… guess I’ll have to go back to Scotland, eh? In the meantime, I’ll read Set in Darkness and just dream about it.
What’s your best source for used books? And what’s your favourite book?