3 May 2015

I Heart Bookstore Journeys!

Fun date idea (romantic or platonic): Take me to the bookstore!

Yesterday I kicked off the weekend -- and the month of May -- with a trip to my local bookstore. My original reason for going was to buy a copy of Paper Towns for my boyfriend, who hasn't yet read it but wants to before the film's release. But, you know the struggle . . . It's impossible to leave a bookstore without more than one book.

Solution: I bought three (and got another for free!).

I would call this a book haul but I feel as though four books are too few to qualify as a "book haul" . . . ? Whatever -- I'm still tagging this post as a book haul.

I won't describe Paper Towns in this post because I've read it already (and I'm sure many of you have as well). Without further ado, allow me to introduce you to the three new books I got yesterday:

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks

Truth be told, I've had my eye on this book for a while. I'm glad to have finally read it.

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There are few key reasons why this story appeals to me. First, it's pretty short in length -- my copy is 213 pages, and I actually already finished it after four hours of reading it in one sitting. It's renowned as somewhat of a must-read for adolescents. Also, it's written in a diary format, which helps the story to move along quickly.

I must admit that I like the prospect of having an "anonymous" author. And although Beatrice Sparks was revealed to be the writer decades ago, I find it amusing and creative that she went to a great extent in her story (through fake editors' notes and epilogues, etc.) to make it seem as though the diary belonged to a real girl. I believed it until finishing the book, at which time I took a leisurely online stroll through its Wikipedia article. (That works wonders sometimes.)

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

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Markus Zusak is my lord and saviour, basically. (Slight exaggeration.) I loved, loved, loved The Book Thief and can't even imagine the literary world without such awesome contributions like that novel. So, I felt little hesitation and plenty of motivation to read Zusak's other works.

Published in other countries as The Messenger, this book has been on my waiting list for two years, ever since I read The Book Thief, but I've been concentrating on other novels in between that time. A couple of my friends have read it, which only fuelled my desire to read it.

I'm only seven pages in and can't provide a bite-sized book review for it, unfortunately. But I would certainly recommend anything Zusak-ish to my readers, so check it out!

The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith

Before yesterday, I had never heard of this novel nor its author. Some aspects of this book caught my attention, however.
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This is the book that I received for free! A publisher had sent my local bookstore a surplus amount of books (this was one of them), so the bookstore had placed all of the extra books in a pretty little basket and left it sitting on the checkout counter, at no cost to keep. (Publishers should make mistakes like this one more often, in my humble opinion.)

The novel seems to be an easily tolerable length -- around 250 pages. The summary on the back cover is what really appealed to me, as the plot apparently incorporates aspects of Edinburgh and crime and mystery and . . . wow. (In case you don't yet know, I'm quite a fan of Scotland -- I'd like to attend university there.)

So, I haven't read it yet. But I will! And in the meantime, I'm pressing my nose into other books and am finally, finally getting more time to read for leisure, what with summer approaching. Hooray!

Which books are you reading right now? Tell me in a comment!


  1. I really want to read I Am The Messenger! It looks so interesting. Paper Towns is such a good book as well, I hope your boyfriend enjoys it!

    1. Hi! I've hardly read any of I Am the Messenger, but I think it's good so far and it seems promising. And I agree -- I love Paper Towns too! It was the very first John Green book I read. Thanks for commenting!


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