Hey guys! This is a scheduled post, because by the time you read this I’ll be running around like crazy, packing everything I need for the week I’m spending in Berlin!
I wanted to tell you about a little corner I discovered recently in my city:
This is a picture of a corner of the second-hand bookshop I visited last week. Every single wall is piled up with second-hand books that you can browse and buy, but instead of paying like one would in regular bookshops, you can take all the books you can fit in one hand (up to seven) and pay through a donation. These donations and the books that people also donate are what keep te shop running. There’s also CDs, DVDs, posters, dictionaries, workbooks for different languages…
So I went to this place and brought back five interesting books for under 4 euros (as of August 14th, 4.5 USD, 3.35 pounds), and I thought I’d share them with you guys. This is also my first attempt at book photography, so any tips and opinions would be appreciated.
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First up are these two books in Spanish. The mustard-colored one is the first volume of an atlas. I happened to have the second volume already because I’d bought it in January for uni, so I jumped t the chance of completing the set. The green one is a guidebook for outings and trek throughout the area of Spain that me and my family drive through every time we go visit my grandparents, so I though we might find new roads to take in order to make the journey more interesting.
And now, for the novels. I haven’t read any of them yet, so I’ll just copy down the synopsis from the back for each. If you have readd any of them, go ahead and leave an opinion down below!
- Chart Throb by Ben Elton: Chart Throb. The ultimate pop quest. Ninety-five thousand hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner. And that’s Calvin Simms, the genius behind the show. Calvin always wins because Calvin writes the rules. Bt this year, as he sits in judgment upon the Mingers, Clingers and Blingers whom he has pre-selected in his carefully scripted ‘search’ for a star, he has no idea that the rules are changing. The ‘real’ is about to be put back into ‘reality’ television, and Calvin and his fellow judges are about to become ex-factors themselves.
- After You by Jojo Moyes: This is actually the sequel to Me Before You so, in order to avoid spoilers, I’ll leave the summary for MBY instead of for AY.Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
- The Red Scarf by Kate Furnivall: Davinsky Labor Camp, Siberia, 1933: Only two things in this wretched place keep Sofia from giving up hope: the prospect of freedom, and the stories told by her friend and fellow prisoner Anna, of a charmed childhood in Petrograd, and her fervent girlhood love for a passionate revolutionary named Vasily. After a perilous escape, Sofia endures months of desolation and hardship. But, clinging to a promise she made to Anna, she subsists on the belief that someday she will track down Vasily. In a remote village, she’s nursed back to health by a Gypsy family, and there she finds more than refuge, she also finds Mikhail Pashin, who, her heart tells her, is Vasily in disguise. He’s everything she has ever wanted but he belongs to Anna.After coming this far, Sofia is tantalizingly close to freedom, family – even a future. All that stands in her way is the secret past that could endanger everything she has come to hold dear.