I was late for the July and August SPCA booksale so my mother thought to remedy that by waking me up at 7AM. On a Saturday! I don’t know if she’s aware of the fact that I often work Saturdays and my days off are sacred. Anyway we got to the booksale at about 9AM (which is good since that’s when Bargain Books opens). After a quick browse, I came up with an armful of books as well as a collection of kids magazines such as “Sabrina’s Secrets” and “Make it Groovy” . My inner kid was overjoyed since I loved Sabrina’s Secrets but never had more than one issue since I subscribed (should the correct phrase be “my parents subscribed” since I was only ten at the time?) to Make it Groovy. Eventually that subscription was cancelled (Damn recession) and I was left a sad child. But not anymore *cackles evilly* I am an independent woman and I will have these kids magazines. The guy at the SPCA asked me if I finished the books I bought last month. I admitted that I didn’t read as much as I bought each month and he laughed. (I’m going to get to them one day okay!)
Obviously after this I visited Bargain Books. I knew I wanted Melissa Delport’s “Legacy” series but things didn’t actually go as planned. There was small hiccup where “A Million Worlds with You” didn’t scan as part of the 3 books for R150 deal. I don’t think I have ever visited Bargain Books and not had an issue at the till. The manager had to be called to fix this and she greeted me warmly before asking if I had finished my last batch of books from their store. I swear I felt so attacked. I laughed and admitted that I hadn’t and she said she thought as much since I had visited the store a few weeks ago. This is what freaks me out- I cannot remember visiting Bargain Books in the past month. Either I have a doppelganger or I’m going book-shopping before blacking out.
Before leaving the Crescent I popped into Waltons to check their colouring pencils and I also quickly looked at the SPCA books again. Fun fact- they have more than just books. I found some DVDs.
After this the only bookish thing I had left to do was use my Exclusive Books voucher. I knew that I wanted to buy “And I Darken”. Unfortunately there were no copies at the store so I ended up coming home with Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas. I also caught a quick glimpse of Somizi who was visiting the store. Sadly there were too many people for me to take a pic but I was thrilled nonetheless.
I came home totally exhausted but so happy. I got a great haul of books and other items and I loved it!
There’s been a strike at my university so the vice-chancellor brought our mid-semester break forward. This doesn’t work out to my advantage since I still have work to do for my classes. Usually my mid-semester break is spent catching up on reading but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen anytime soon. It is for that reason that my September TBR is a mix of books for college and some really amazing Netgalley reads that I can’t wait to start.
Assigned Readings for Class:
1) A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiongo: this is the last book for my previous English module. I actually missed out on the classes on this section because the strike was violent so I didn’t go to campus.
2) English Handbook: I’m going to be honest with you guys…I’m probably not going to read this until just before exams. Reading the articles based on the books we’ve studied in class is my way of preparing for exams.
3) A Grain of Wheat Study Guide: I found this in the library and I’m in awe. I’ve never found a study guide for any of my college books so this is so fascinating to me. I’m still undecided as to whether I will be reading this now or in preparation for exams.
1) Rise of the Chosen by Anna Kopp: I’ve heard really great things about this book so I can’t wait to start it. Preferably before the book releases.
2) Immortal Writers by Jill Bowers: I was actually reading this before university closed and it was so fun. The Immortal Writers are writers who are so talented that their characters COME TO LIFE! How exciting is that? I get giddy imagining what if that could really happen.
3) The Pleasure of the Rose by Jane Bonander: I’ve never read anything by Bonander before but I love historical romance so I was really excited to read this.(I say “was” because this was a while back and I can no longer remember what the book is about. I do know that I really liked the plot though).
4) Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin: I love love love Holly Martin’s writing. Her characters are always so colourful and lively and her writing is very entertaining. I can’t wait to start reading this book.
I hate hate hate my local library (we’ll get into that some other time). However when I visited them to get a copy of A Grain of Wheat, I ended up with the books pictured above. Am I going to finish them all? Probably not. But I’d love to try.
What books are on your TBR for the month?
Got this amazing selection of books from a second-hand book-stall. What makes this is a pretty big deal is that the “second-hand stall” was held by the SPCA. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it here but the SPCA put my dog down two years ago and it still upsets me.
For years I supported the SPCA and it pissed me off when I took my dog to them and their version of help was to tell us to put her down. I was even more upset when I came across stories from people who said that the SPCA told them to put their dogs down. They took their dogs to their local vet and the dogs got better with time. So yeah I was incredibly hurt. Going to the SPCA booksale hurt me because there was once a time when I was the one who donated stuff for the SPCA to sell.
I pretended like I didn’t know where the proceeds from the book sale went. This worked really well for me as you can see in the picture above. However once we paid (the books were over R300) the lady selling the books thanked us for “supporting their cause”.
I spent the afternoon and the night afterwards crying. I didn’t know who or how many pets my money would save but I did know that it certainly wouldn’t be enough. Someone somewhere would still lose a pet. And that hurt like hell.
I’m hoping to make my visits to the SPCA booksale a regular thing. It’s a good way for me to get new books and maybe move past my SPCA issues.