Sunday, May 31, 2009


I've just been given a much delayed (but still appreciated) birthday gift in the form of a $25 coupon to The Evil Empire of Chapters. I won't go though my entire rant how how I hate to shop there (again), but free books are free books and I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. (No Shopaholic, I'm not calling you a horse)

I did make a solemn vow that I will NOT buy any more books prior to my departure, but again, free's free and besides, I'm not hanging onto that vouchers until I get back in 2 years!

So, I'm cordially soliciting advice from my readers on what book I should purchase. And why!


Jules said...

I suggest a guide book for one of the gazillion of places you want to visit. Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Prague, Russia - whatever takes your fancy for a place to go on vacation. (I assume you already have the guidebook for the UK/Scotland?)

Something useful, so that packing it and reading it in advance gives you something to look forward to.

Anonymous said...

anything set in Scotland.

Anonymous said...

oops, forgot my tag above...

Penquin Pal

CurlyGirlie said...

So many books - so little time! First, any literature things you may not have read - Thomas Hardy for example.
Orhan Pamuk has a book on Istanbul so you kill 2 birds with one stone.
Have you ever tried James Michener?
I'm currently reading a book set in world war II italy called a Kiss from Maddalena.
As you can see, this question has excited me, I can go on for a bit and I'm not even talking abt genres like chick lit since they don't interest u!

Timorous Beastie said...

You should buy Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Set in the Scottish highlands, and excellent tale of land and pride.

If you something lighter and still set in Scotland, Crow Road by Ian Banks.

If you want something you don't have to read at all, Shades of Grey by Oscar Mazarolli.

If it's poetry you want, Noise and Smoky Breath, which has illustrations by the Italian himself.

The Bride said...

I like the Scottish suggestion. Do NOT buy Thomas Hardy! (Curly what are you thinking?) Read him from the library if you must.

The Pixy Princess said...

@Jules - actually, I don't own a single travel book! Go figure! Also, I think Beans has already bought book/s on Israel. He's taking his role as organizer quite seriously!

@Beastie & PP - yes, I do believe that I'm also inclined towards something Scottish - so thanks for the suggestions!

@Bride - lol, I actually do own a much battered copy of the Mayor of Casterbridge which is my grandpa's all time favourite book!

@Curly - yes, chick lit is NOT me, but I have made note of you other suggestions for library reads in the near future.

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