I’m usually too cheap to buy new release books but today I went to actual brick and mortar stores and bought three brand new books:
First was the fifth of Australian author Kerry Greenwood’s Corinna Chapman novels. It’s called Forbidden Fruit and I anticipate another funny, well-told yarn with more than a dash of social commentary. I know I am not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I do love the look of this series (they’re glossy and colourful and just delicious to look at).
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Next was an autographed copy of Kathryn Fox’s latest novel, Blood Born. Apparently Kathryn was in town last week (who knew?) and stopped by the store to sign a few copies so I just had to buy one.
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Last, but by no means least, was the third and final book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest which I am going to start reading in the next couple of hours (I am torn between itching to begin and being sad at the thought that the Millennium story will, for me, be over all too soon).
The haul (none of which are hardbacks and two of which were ‘on special’) cost me $71 in Aussie dollars which on today’s exchange rate is equal to about $62US or ₤39 or €42. While I am happy with my new acquisitions, is it any wonder most of the voracious Australian readers I know use overseas websites for a majority of their book shopping?