With the Aussie dollar going gangbusters against the greenback, I’m one of the many that have taken advantage of its buying power and shopped online. Not for clothes or shoes, since I still prefer to try my clothes on, but for books. For some reason that I’m not prepared to delve into at this moment, books are hideously more expensive in Australia than in the US or UK. As a bibliophile, it becomes an expensive hobby so I tend to buy from Amazon or The Book Depository. Even with the shipping, it always works out cheaper and with The Book Depository’s free shipping to most countries, I save a lot of money.
The only exception to this overseas spending spree is that I always buy local when the book is by an Australian author. I want to offer them my support and I’m sure their royalties get diluted somewhere along the line if I purchase from overseas.
So I thought I’d share my most recent buys as I’m pretty excited with this batch. There’s nothing like opening a box full of new books. Who knows, you might rediscover an old favourite or find a new one.
Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie
I’ve always admired Chanel and how she epitomised style and class. When I came across this book at my local library I borrowed it and absolutely loved it. It’s the only biography about her that I’ve read so I’m not in a position to compare it with others but it’s pretty comprehensive.
It’s also one of those pretty books that looks good on a bookshelf.
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
I’ve been a huge fan of Terry Pratchett since I was at university over 10 years ago. His understanding of human nature is impressive and gives us a look at both our achievements and shortcomings from a different perspective. This latest novel is the fourth and last instalment of the Tiffany Aching series about a young witch learning her craft. And because this is a Pratchett book, it also has underlying messages about prejudice, feminism, domestic violence and vilification. It seems a little darker than the previous 3 novels but that’s always been the beauty of Terry Pratchett’s books. Regardless of their intended age group, it never talks down or patronises the reader allowing all ages to enjoy them.
By the way, I bought the hardback from Amazon for $8.97US. Dymocks had them selling for $49.95AUD.
For someone who is surrounded by numbers all day, I do have a creative side. I love making things as seen here. Yes, they’re all made by me. So with Christmas coming up, and with a recent attempt at being more eco friendly, I thought I’d try my hand at making my own paper. I don’t know exactly when I’ll find time at the moment to actually do the projects, but the intention is there.
Horton Hears a Who! (Dr. Seuss Classics) by Dr Seuss
This is an old favourite of mine and even my husband who hasn’t touched a book in his adult life read and loved this book when he was young. Now that our son can read on his own, I want to instil in him a love of reading so I’m building up his book collection too. He can now read Green Eggs and Ham all by himself and he’s almost there with The Cat and the Hat. Horton is the next in line.
Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle) by Christopher Paolini
I loved Eragon and Eldest but haven’t had the chance to read Book 3. I’m a big fan of Fantasy novels and I must admit, Christopher Paolini did a great job with this series (he wrote Eragon at 15!).
I thought this was meant to be the last in the series but it seems Paolini has decided to write a fourth, which means no closure here. I have no idea what happens in this one yet so please, no spoilers!
The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself by John Jantsch
I try and include a business book in each batch and since I love John Jantsch’s Duct Tape Marketing, I thought I’d see if I get as much value out of this one.
I’m going to get some early Christmas presents and order another set of books so I’d love to hear everyone’s reading list for some inspiration. What are you reading this upcoming holiday season or what’s one of your favourites?