I haven’t been following Simon at Stuck in a Book for very long (although I have heard him mentioned around the place), but he wrote a post recently about a bookshop in Notting Hill where the books were absurdly cheap and where they also accepted books for credit against purchases.
So off I toddled with my rucksack “full” (I thought it was full) of books I couldn’t get rid of on Bookmooch (I’d had them in my inventory for upwards of 4 months with no requests and they weren’t on anyone’s wishlists) and this is what happened:
That’s 22 books there. And they’re not all crime/thriller trash either (and even better, I got them all, less the Ludlum hardback, into my rucksack)!
They’ve been subtly distributed around the bookshelf so that Mr. RFBT doesn’t realise quite how many I bought. In my defence, they’re good books, many have been on my wishlist for a while, and the total cost me £10 (that’s net of £1 credit I got for taking in 9 second-hand books, which I thought was a bit meagre, but hey).
The bookshop had the three absolute essentials for any second hand bookshop: staff who completely ignore the shoppers while they browse; a section for “mixed fiction” (see above) and a section for “proper fiction” (they had huge racks of Picador and Penguin fiction by publisher, for serious collectors); and a rickety/under-maintained staircase to the basement in which these treasures were housed. To be honest, the staff pretty much ignored the customer at the till too, but for that price I don’t need customer service.
I haven’t made plans to read any of them in the right-now-immediate future, but I am very much looking forward to the three Joanne Harris books, as I’ve only read Chocolat before.
A list to compensate for my poor lighting/book-photographing setup in combination with my iPhone:
Peter Carey – The Tax Inspector
Nicci French – The Memory Game; Killing Me Softly
Joanne Harris – Five Quarters of the Orange; Gentlemen & Players; The Lollipop Shoes (never heard of the last one!)
Tami Hoag – A Thin Dark Line
Pam Jenoff – Diplomat’s Wife
Jesse Kellerman – Trouble
Penelope Lively – Moon Tiger
Robert Ludlum – The Bancroft Strategy
Val McDermid – The Mermaids Singing
Iris Murdoch – The Sea, The Sea
Orhan Pamuk – My Name is Red
Ann Patchett – Bel Canto
Chris Ryan – Greed; Land of Fire
Lisa Scottoline – Daddy’s Girl
Alice Sebold – The Almost Moon
William Thackeray – Vanity Fair (seen the movie, wanted the book)
Edith Wharton – The Age of Innocence (have seen this reviewed everywhere recently)