What do you do when you are back from a week-long trip on the last day of a gorgeous book fair in your city, you are tired to the bones, you need a good sleep, the plumber is banging away hard and repairing the leak in your bathroom, the better half gets extremely busy in this and that, there is loads of washing and cleaning up to be done, the house is in a mess, and you are dreading going to work the next day?
A) You just ignore everything and go to sleep
B) You just ignore everything and go to the book fair, alone
C) You set about completing the household chores, and forget about the book fair
Well, that was my situation when we returned from Kerala last Sunday. I learnt that it was the last day of the Bangalore Book Festival 2010.
What do you think I would have done? No prizes for guessing the correct answer! I was darn tempted to follow A). But I didn’t. I did what a true bibliophile does, and followed option B). I went ahead and visited the book fair – after all, I loved it last year, and it was a once-in-a-year opportunity. And I really, honestly, sincerely didn’t regret my decision. The book fair was every bit worth the trouble I took. 🙂
I did pick up some good bargains this year as well. These are the books that I got:
Alphabet Weekends by Elizabeth Noble
Summary from Elizabeth Noble’s site:
Natalie and Tom have been best friends forever, but Tom wants them to be much more. When Natalie’s longtime boyfriend walks out on her just when she thinks he’s going to propose, Tom offers her a different and wildly romantic proposition. He suggests that they spend twenty-six weekends together, indulging in twenty-six different activities from A to Z, and at the end of that time Tom’s convinced they’ll be madly in love. Natalie, however, is not so sure.
I quite liked Elizabeth Noble’s Things I Want My Daughters To Know, and wanted to read more by her. When I saw Alphabet Weekends priced very cheap, of course, I couldn’t resist.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Summary from Randhomhouse.com:
This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith’s widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.” Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.
I had read a lot about Alexander McCall Smith books, and wanted to try them out. I saw a reasonably priced copy at the book fair, and knew my chance had come.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Summary from Amazon.com:
Matilda is an extraordinarily gifted four-year-old whose parents are a crass, dishonest, used-car dealer and a self-centered, blowsy bingo addict, regard her as “nothing more than a scab.” Life with her beastly parents is bearable only because Matilda teaches herself to read, finds the public library, and discovers literature. Also, Matilda loves using her lively intelligence to perpetrate daring acts of revenge on her father. This pastime she further develops when she enrolls in Crunchem Hall Primary School, whose headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is “a fierce tyrannical monster . . . .”
A little girl who learns about literature for the first time ever, who fights against the injustices perpetrated against her, and Roald Dahl’s writing. Of course, I had to pick up this book, especially when it was so beautifully priced!
That’s about my exploits at the book fair this year. I do look forward to some lovely hours of reading. 🙂
What about you? Did you make it to the fair or not? What did you pick up? I’d love to know!