Challenge Update # 12 – Week 1 of War & Pages + This Is What Happens When I Say I Won’t Buy Any Books

Greetings my divine, stupendous Bookbaggers!

Welcome to the first update for my new challenge War & Pages 😀 The challenge “officially” started last week but I was a tad lazy and didn’t get around to reading any pages until Sunday, so I’ve counted that Sunday as last week and from now on the weeks will be Monday—Sunday 🙂 war &  pages challenge badge On Sunday I had a nice leisurely day of reading and doing laundry (woooo! living the crazy young single life!) and made the following War & Pages progress:

Catch 22:

30 pages (3 chapters) exactly! (yay for whole numbers! :D)catch22

World War Z:

21 pages (or really 20 pages and 2 bits of pages since how the book is structured, “chapters” don’t always end on a new page)world-war-z-book-cover

Total:

51 pages

Yay! At least I made my quota for the first week 🙂 In other news, you know how when I announced my future challenges I said I was going to try not to buy any books over October/November? Well, I thought I should get myself use to that by curbing my book-buying desire from now until all the challenges are over. I even went to my favourite bookstore (which I seem to rave about all the time so its been upgraded from one-of-my-favourites to the currently undisputed favourite), Kaleido Books on Friday after work as a test and said to myself, and to my workmate, Scott, and even to the guy at Kaleido, that I wouldn’t buy any books that day! Yeah……..

Kaleido books purchases As I said to the guy at Kaleido, two of these are Graphic Novels, so they don’t count, and the two books are a children’s one and a humor/non-fiction so they don’t count either…but really, they do count. I’m going to stick to my guns though – all 4 have been added to the jar and will be in the draw until the 1st of October when Old Book October begins, then they will have to wait around collecting dust until the 1st of December, when New Book November finishes. In the meantime I will still try not to buy more books….and probably fail, but I will fail WITH HONOR!!!!!! 😀 Oh! And in case you can’t read all the details in my sub-par phone picture the books I bought are (clockwise from far left): Death: The High Cost of Living  by Neil Gaiman (writer), Chris Bachalo (penciller) and Mark Buckingham (inker),  which is a separate story arc featuring the character of Death from The Sandman Graphic Novels; The Curious Dictionary (Word Hunters # 1) by Nick Earls, and Terry Whidborne (art) which a friend recommended a while back because it’s so my kind of story :); FreakAngels #1 by Warren Ellis (writer) and Paul Duffield (artist) which looks pretty cool; and lastly, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell, which me and my friends already flipped through to giggle and shake our heads in book lover outrage 😛 I also swapped my comics that I had out from work so that others got a chance to borrow them. I returned House of Mystery: Room and Boredom (House of Mystery, Volume # 1) by Matthew Sturges and Bill Wilingham (writers), Jill Thompson (penciler), Luca Rossi (inker) and Todd Klein (letterer) which I’ve had out since the start of the Comic Companions challenge (because I’ve had it for so long I will re-borrow it for Old Book October if it’s still there) plus two I borrowed a while ago but forgot to share with you: burnoutBurnout by Rebecca Donner (writer) and Inaki Miranda (artist), and: silverfish Silverfish by  David Lapham. I then got out three more that I’d been making eyes at: East perth library borrows The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way (writer), Gabriel Bá (artist) and Dave Stewart (colourist);  Seekers into the Mystery #1 – The Little Man With The Knives (The Pilgrimage Of Lucas Hart Part One) by J.M. DeMatteis (writer) and Glenn Barr (artist); and, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (writer), Andrzej Klimowski (writer/adapter, artist) and Danusia Schejbal (writer/adapter, artist). As with my doesn’t-count purchases, these three will be part of the draw until the first of October and then will be put aside (probably also returned for others to enjoy) until December.

That’s it for now 🙂 Watch out for my next update and movements leading up to Old Book October but til then:

ARRRRRR! Avast ye book lubbers!

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Blind Date with a Book

A few weeks ago I had a unique book-buying experience – I bought a book without seeing the title, the author, the blurb, and most importantly the cover!

As I have said before, I am a constant breaker of the “don’t judge a book by its cover” rule. Cover art is an area which can make or break a book for me, and sometimes I worry that I’m missing excellent reads because of this superficiality.

That’s why when I saw a picture advertising a new Blind Date with a Book promotion at one of my favorite bookstores, Kaleido Books, I thought I should give it a go 🙂

Thanks to the admin on Kaleido Books' Facebook page for letting me use this image - go check them out and give them likes if you like your bookstores funky, creative and manned by awesomely friendly staff :)

Thanks to the admin on Kaleido Books’ Facebook page for letting me use this image – go check them out and give them likes if you like your bookstores funky, creative and manned by awesomely friendly staff 🙂

As I am forgetful, sort of lazy and prone to procrastination (endearingly so I hope :)) I likely would’ve missed out on the promotion if I hadn’t seen another Facebook post reminding people to come in because it was the last day and there was only a few books left. I went in that day after work and faced my options with the typical mix of feelings encountered on a blind date – excitement, trepidation, and lack of control. What greeted me was a few lonely singles sitting patiently on the display table, clad in plain brown paper or newspaper, with a few choice keywords on their front, and just the price and a purchase code of some kind on the back.

My biggest fear was that I would pick a book with tantalising keywords only to find out I had already read it, or even worse, I already owned it since I have so many books (ahem….possibly too many but at least it’s a relatively healthy addiction) so my first thought was to get something that sounded up my alley, yet somehow also different from what I normally buy.

Then I saw this intriguing number:

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I thought to myself “I like weird books, I like funny books, and I don’t buy (or read) many true books. This could be my perfect match!”

Before I could talk myself out of it I took my Blind Date up to the counter, ready to jump head-first into judgement free book discovery and waited with bated breath as the helpful Kaleido guy rang up my purchases (I also bought a Graphic Novel :P)

I became even more intrigued when after looking up it’s mysterious purchase number he chuckled to himself and said “You’ll like this one!”

I stood there thinking “Oh gosh I hope so. What if I somehow do own it? What if it’s about a topic that may be weird, true and funny, but that totally doesn’t appeal to me? What if we can’t make it work!”

To further keep me in suspense my Kaleido match-maker took a black pen (as his trusty Sharpie had gone walkabout) and obscured the book’s details on my receipt

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With my enigmatic blind date snugly tucked in my bag I left Kaleido Books and mere minutes and metres later I tentatively  opened the plain, brown paper to reveal my mystery book:

Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

A book about the various uses of dead bodies!

Weird? Oh yeah!

True? Yes, indeedy!

Funny? I can only imagine!

A perfect match for me? Absolutely! 🙂

I had heard of Blind Date with a Book promotions before, either in bookstores or in libraries as part of Library Lover’s Day, and thought it was a cracking idea but I had never encountered it myself. I’m so glad that I took the plunge and discovered a book I probably wouldn’t have looked twice at otherwise.

I say hurrah to Kaleido Books for choosing to do this promotion and I hope it will become a semi-regular occurrence! 😀

May all your blind dates (book and otherwise) be perfect matches 🙂

Challenge Update # 11 – A Couple of Comic Weekends, Many a Book Purchase, and a Rigging of the Draw!

Salutations oh resplendent, long-suffering Bookbaggers!

Once again it has been almost two weeks since my last update with nothing to satiate your thirst for book ramblings! And I don’t even have the excuse that nothing happened challenge-wise or book-wise because quite a bit did! Lets just say that I’ve been busy with ho-hum day-to-day stuff and get on with the update, shall we?

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The weekend after my last update I did indeed begin my preemptive picks and Sunday was almost exclusively spent reading the two Comic Companions:

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Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll , Lewis Helfand (writer/adapter) and Rajesh Nagulakonda (artist) was a lovely little graphic adaptation of one of my biggest literary loves – Alice in Wonderland and anything Alice related (more on that later ;)). It is part of the Campfire Classics comic series for children which means that on the one hand it was quite simplified and aimed at young minds, but on the other hand it was gloriously bright and colourful. Ultimately I enjoyed it because it was so close to the original (while the visuals were like the Disney film) and it was a great way to introduce kids to a classic. I also liked that there was a little two-page spread at the back about Mythological creatures 🙂

Since Alice in Wonderland was so short and simplified I was finished within about 45 minutes and started the second, much thicker Comic Companion:

BookofHumanInsects

The Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka was pretty much the polar opposite of Alice. For one it was much longer (364 pages to Alice’s mere 72) and occupied me for the rest of the day, breaking only for food and the call of nature. Secondly it was MUCH more adult than Alice (and more adult than Tezuka’s most famous works – Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion) being a sort-of noir style story (except set in 1970s Japan) filled with violence, murder, schemes and sex scenes. It was a gripping read, if a little bizarre in parts, and a great way to spend a lazy Sunday 🙂

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I also have been reading my preemptive picks quite a bit, especially House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

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From the Sunday I started it until the following Sunday when I finished I read a couple of chapters almost every day (I think I only skipped Friday and Saturday and that was because I was busy with other fun – more on that later also!) and if I didn’t have work and other commitments I probably would’ve read it 24/7. Because I loved the two previous books, Howl’s Moving Castle, and The Castle in the Air, and because I had borrowed and re-borrowed House of Many Ways from the library so many times I was itching to get into it and it definitely didn’t disappoint. It was charming, magical, funny, exciting and overall just ace – it may even be my favorite of the whole trilogy 🙂 Stay tuned for a Micro Review of it in the far-off future (as I have a ridiculous back-log of them to do >_< )

Now, to the flurry of activity which was this last weekend!

On Friday night myself, Sarah (aka the Official Drawer of Books out of the Jar) and our other friends Nay, and Amber, had tickets to see Wil Anderson‘s comedy show, Goodwil. Since it was at the Riverside Theatre in the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, located in the heart of town, we had plans to meet up there after work, do a little shop, have dinner and then go to the show. This worked perfectly for me as I work nearby in East Perth on Fridays, and just have to take the train one stop in, plus one of my favourite bookstores Kaleido Books is right there on the station and I had put a hold on a gorgeous book (via their Facebook page – oooo la-de-dah-tech-savvy!) a few days previously.

So, I went in with my workmate, Scott, to have a bit of a browse and pick up my lovely new purchase (drum roll please!):

Omigod Isn't it pretty?!

Omigod Isn’t it pretty?!

Gosh. Even looking at that sub-par pic of it makes my heart all fluttery! As most of my regular Bookbaggers know I am a huge fan of all things Alice, so when I saw this on Kaleido’s Facebook page amoungst a new lot of bound classics, I coveted it mightily and said so! However, since they looked so beautiful I was sure I was looking at 50-100 bucks a piece, a price I possibly still would’ve been tempted by, but one that would’ve made future me, and my bank balance, a little unhappy. So when another Facebook follower put a hold on a different volume, and the helpful admin told her they were only $35 I jumped it right away and reserved my Lewis Carroll 😀

As I was so close to town I was there a fair while before the others, so once I’d had a quick peruse and then claimed my coveted prize, I thought perusing for a bit longer wouldn’t hurt. I should’ve known really. It’s like an alcoholic saying “Oh it wouldn’t hurt just staying at the pub for another hour or two. I don’t need to buy any more beers”. Luckily I came out with only two more books, and considering what they are, and the fact that they were pretty cheap I don’t think I did much damage….despite the fact that I don’t have anywhere to put them until I get a new bookshelf -_-

stephen king buys

Those are of course Carrie and The Shining by Stephen King, neither of which I’ve read (pause for gasps). In facts (ready pause for further gasps) I have never read a single Stephen King novel. This little confession is a surprise, even to myself, as I’m quite fond of horror and otherwise spooky novels and it has been something I’ve wanted to rectify for a while. Luckily I had the combined recommendations of Scott and a Kaleido staff member paired with a Stephen King display for the upcoming sequel to The Shining working in my favour and I’m quite happy with my two introductions to the mind of King 🙂

The fun and book-buying bender continued into Saturday with a special event at one of my other favourite bookstores, Planet Books

Planet Day

Cheers to the admin at the Planet Books Facebook page for letting me use this great banner – If you’re a fellow Perthite or planning to visit check out their page and give it some likes 🙂 And even if you’ll never visit the physical store the page is worth a look for it’s excellent book-nerd pictures and posts

Since we had stayed up until 4am the night (morning?) before, Sarah and I weren’t up to the whole day, but we went down in the evening (and dragged along my mum with promises of books and records that she too would love) and both came back with 3 books (plus stuff for loved ones). These are my very exciting purchases :D:

Planet Day buys

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by  Neil Gaiman (which I have been super excited to read even before it came out, and may skip the queue :P); A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (which I have been bursting to read for ages also because A. SO MANY people have recommended it to me, B. SO MANY people are surprised I haven’t read the series, C. I can’t believe I haven’t read the series since I enjoy epic fantasy, and D. I watched series 1 and 2 of the show recently and OH. My God!) ; and White Cat by Holly Black (which has been floating around many a book blog that I follow, gathering my interest).

Then to top off my exciting weekend I got Sarah to choose me a new book + Comic Companion as I was near the end of House of Many Ways and was almost certain I would finish it on Sunday.

Now, this is where I get to a bit of a confession….I may or may not have had a niggling urge to read a certain book which was not on my Library pile (which since House of Many Ways was a library book this was the rightful pile I should’ve chosen from)…. also this certain book may or may not have been one that Sarah was also dying to read….and I may or may not have added a new slip to the draw with the name of this certain book inscribed on it….and I may or may not have made the slip conspicuously smaller than the others….and I may or may not have indicated to Official Drawer Sarah that while she could pick any purple (my books), blue (library books) or red (borrowed books) slip from the jar, if she was so inclined there was a smaller purple slip that may take her fancy.

In short, we rigged the draw:

That slip isn't suspiciously tiny at all your honour!

That slip isn’t suspiciously tiny at all your honour!

I just couldn’t resist starting the last Downside Ghosts book by Stacia Kaneand now that I’m 5 chapters in I’m glad I rigged it (And I would’ve gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for you meddling kids!).

Since a new book was picked (albeit by sneaky means) I also asked Sarah to pick a green slip (comics/graphic novels) for a Comic Companion, but before I did so I altered the draw again (*GASP* this operation is rife with corruption!).  I did this because I have a growing number of comics and graphic novels waiting to be read, some with more of a deadline (ones borrowed for my work library and borrowed from my workmate, Scott) so I removed all the slips for ones I’ve bought leaving just the 4 I have out from the library and 1 that Scott lent me on Thursday. Out of this smaller pool Sarah picked:

ball peen hammer - jar o' books

Ball Peen Hammer by Adam Rapp  (author) and George O’Connor (artist) which is a comic I borrowed from the East Perth branch of my work a while back after returning other ones. I thought it sounded like a interesting, gritty, post-apocalyptic story and when I read it this Sunday it was definitely all that…plus a tad depressing, but the interactions between the characters and the vivid, and fitting visuals made it a good read. After I had finished (it only took me about an hour) I was a little depressed and also had a wee bit of guilt over the rigging, so I thought to appease my order and rule loving mind I would pick a book from the library set of slips in readiness for when I finish a book, and another Comic Companion out of the culled pool just for the heck of it.

My preemptive library pick was (a pretty damn exciting one actually!!):

neverwhere - jar o' books

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman 😀 and for the Comic Companion:

Star Trek Next Gen Hive - jar o' books

Star Trek TNG: Hive by Brannon Braga (story) and Joe Corroney (art) which was kindly lent to me last Thursday by Scott 🙂 I also read this on Sunday, over an hour or so and it was crazy intense! The story was pretty darn epic, especially as I’m a bit of a newbie Star Trek fan (especially Next Gen….and Voyager‘s good too….ooo and I’ve been enjoying Deep Space Nine also) and the art was bloody brilliant!

Well that’s it for now (phew!). Sorry for the extra long update – the next one will hopefully be a bit briefer. I have a few things raring to go up soon including a new Adventures in Etymology, a new Collective Nounitude, a new Micro Reviews from Planet Procratination (sorry it’s been ages with this one – the story is hard to keep brief O.O), plus news on future challenges, Notable Quotables, and another adventure at Kaleido 🙂

Until then:

May the books be ever in your favor!

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Challenges Update # 10 – a Preemptive Pick

Hello again my highly esteemed Bookbaggers!

Last weekend I was getting deliciously close to the end of two books – one which I had been reading for ages (since January O.O) and one that I only started a few weeks ago – and while I could’ve been patient and waited until I was done before picking new reads from the Jar O’ Books, me and patience have never been close and my semi-official jar chooser, Sarah, was over so I thought why not pick preemptively and see what was in store for my reading future 🙂 As it turns out a lack of patience was a virtue in this instance because Sarah picked a few really exciting books and graphic novels which made reading the final chapters of the two books that much sweeter.

Behold:

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My most close-to-finished read of the two was the one I had been reading virtually all year, and also happened to be one borrowed from Sarah:

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Kraken by China Miéville; and close in second was a book from the library:

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The Obsidian Dagger by Catherine Webb, so I asked Sarah to pick a red slip (books borrowed from friends….but mostly from her), a blue slip (library books of which I had seven more out O.O) and two green slips (graphic novels) to be Comic Companions.

She picked the two green slips first which were both Graphic Novels I had purchased a while ago from one of my favourite bookstores, Kaleido Books:

Alice in wonderland + the book of human insects - Jar O' Books

Sorry for the slightly shit-tastic photo – I killed my camera shortly after it returned from a prosperous European journey with Sarah (as you do when you’re as clumsy as me) and had to take it with my phone

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll , Lewis Helfand (writer/adapter) and Rajesh Nagulakonda (artist) and The Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka 😀

For the blue slip she picked:

House of many ways - Jar O' Books

Still not that clear, but wait til you see the next one O.O

House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones which is the third and last book in the Howl’s Castle series and a book that I have borrowed and re-borrowed an embarrassing number of times without getting to,

and for the red slip she picked:

Wow. That's probably the worst of the lot - and this was the "good" one out of the few I took O.O you get the idea tho...right? Book. Red slip with scribbled info on it. All good if a bit blurry....ok a lot blurry....

Wow. That’s definitely the worst of the lot – and this was the “good” one out of the few I took O.O you get the idea tho…right? Book. Red slip with scribbled info on it. All good if a bit blurry….ok a lot blurry….maybe when (if) I revive my camera (or more likely replace it) I’ll re-take it 🙂

Heartless by Gail Carriger, book 4 in the Parasol Protectorate series which I have been loving this year 🙂 making this my favourite of the picks!

I finished Kraken (which was absolutely brilliant in a bizarre-ow-my-brain sort of way) and The Obsidian Dagger (which was a rollicking, crazy, Victorian adventure which had my eyes glued to the page and giggles erupt from my mouth without warning) earlier in the week but I have yet to start my preemptive picks due to boring work busyness. I will probably begin them this weekend though so stay turned for more challenge updates as well as other regular features which spill forth from my twisted, but hopefully lovable mind 😛

Until then:

May your bookbags overflowith!

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Challenges Update #3 + a kaleidoscope of new comics (and books)!

Soooooooooooo….. its been a while since my last challenge update…because I haven’t really been actively challenging :/

I didn’t bother posting an update last week because I had nothing to report – I haven’t finished any books, so I haven’t started any new ones, complete with Comic Companion, and I have been really slack with the Poe challenge…

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As I suspected the weekend of comedy shows was not conducive to some casual reading – my entire weekend was made up of social happenings before and after the shows and the seeing of the shows themselves, which if you’re interested were Justin Hamilton’s Perth International Comedy Festival (PICF) show on Friday the 3rd, and then on Saturday the 4th Adam Hill’s show, Happyism which were both absolutely hilarious, if very, very different (Justin Hamilton was in a small room, very intimate and casual, and Adam Hills was in a theatre of 2000 people with a sigh language interpreter and choir!).

During the week I did intend to read some stories to catch up, but I’m usually too tired after work and I just want to veg out in front of the TV, eat dinner and go to bed, so my good intentions fell by the wayside 😦 These wasted good intentions  carried on into the weekend as my best friend, Sarah, moved around the corner from me (:D!!!) so I was distracted by the exciting tour of the new house, conveniently located catch-ups, and helping her build a snazzy new bed. Up until yesterday I was convinced I would somehow still complete the challenge before the horrifying One-Year-Since-I-Started-This-Book date, but guess what today is? That’s right, the 14th of May….. Happy Anniversary Tales of Mystery and Imagination -.- 

Anyway, since I still want to challenge myself, and as I’ve established before I enjoy repeated numbers, why not extend the challenge until it hits the 1 year, 1 month and 1 day mark? This would mean that the challenge would go until the 15th of June, or 5 more weeks which works perfectly with the amount of stories I have left too because I have 15 to go so I only need to read 3 a week and I’m done!

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On the Comic Companions front I haven’t fared much better, because as I said I haven’t finished or started anything.

But!

I have acquired quite a few new graphic novels that can be read as part of the challenge.

Firstly I have borrowed a few from the East Perth campus of my college, where I work on Thursdays and Fridays:

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Lots of great Graphic Novels have been donated by my workmate, Scott, so I may borrow some more in the near future 😀

They are: The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity (The Unwritten, Volume # 1) by Mike Carey (writer), Peter Gross (artist), Chris Chuckry and Jeanne McGee (colourists) and Todd Klein (letterer); White Tiger: A Hero’s Compulsion (White Tiger, Issue # 1) by Tamora Pierce  and Timothy Liebe (writers) and Philippe Briones (penciler); House of Mystery: Room and Boredom (House of Mystery, Volume # 1) by Matthew Sturges and Bill Wilingham (writers), Jill Thompson (penciler), Luca Rossi (inker) and Todd Klein (letterer); and Nevermore by Edgar Allan Poe (because its an adaptation of some of his short stories), Ian EdgintonJamie DelanoJohn Reppion, and Leah Moore (writers) and D’IsraeliJames (Jim) FletcherJohn McCreaShane Oakley and Steve Pugh (artists)

I also borrowed two graphic novels off my workmate at East Perth, Scott:

Batman + Buffy = :D

Batman + Buffy = 😀

Batman: The Killing Joke: The Deluxe Edition by Alan Moore (writer), Brian Bolland (artist, colorist, writer), Ellie De Ville and Richard Starkings (letterers); and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Origin by Dan Brereton and Christopher Golden (writers), Joe Bennett (penciler) , Rick Ketcham (inker), Guy MajorJeromy Cox (colourists), and Ken Bruzenak (letterer).

And Scott kindly picked me up a few comics from Free Comic Book Day which was on the weekend of all the comedy:

Two of them have a different comic on each side, so I've placed the two pics side by side to show all the covers

Two of them have a different comic on each side, so I’ve placed the two pics side by side to show all the covers – sorry for the weird glare and change in light :/

Star Wars: Captain Midnight/Avatar: The Last Airbender ; Mouse Guard /Rust flip book ; and Molly Danger/Princeless

Then on Friday night while looking for a Mother’s Day present for my mum I had a mini shopping spree at one of my new favourite bookstores, Kaleido Books 

Kaleido buys

 

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollLewis Helfand (writer/adapter) and Rajesh Nagulakonda (artist); The Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka (writer, artist and cover designer – go Mr Tezuka!); The Beatles Graphic by Hervé Bourhis (writer, artist and cover designer – again, go Mr Bourhis!); and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (another classic I’ve never read)

And lastly, I bought a quartet of books at the end of my holidays when me and mum went op-shop trawling that I forgot to share with you:

Op-shop buys

 

Past The Shallows by Favel ParrettThe Winter Queen by Boris AkuninThe Highest Tide by Jim Lynch; and the Calvin and Hobbes book, Scientific Progress Goes “Boink” by Bill Watterson 😀 

So, I have PLENTY of comics to read for my challenge, as well as more books that I don’t have room for…..and like any true book addict instead of culling my collection, or heaven’s forbid, stopping my endless purchasing of new and used books (*GASP* *dramatic Victorian lady swoon*) I will eventually buy a new bookshelf that I can fill with even more! (*cue maniacal laughter and crazed grin*)

That’s it for now my booktastic Bookbaggers! Stay tuned for updates as they occur + the usual junk and I bid you all:

Happy Reading!