Yesterday I went to our local market, which is not the usual kind: this market is for tourists mainly, so instead of food there’s clothes, fake handbags, over-priced jewellery – and books! The books are sold by the only animal shelter on the island (I live on the Canary Islands if you didn’t know), so all the money they make goes into maintaining it and helping the animals. I don’t know about the other islands, but on Lanzarote, which is where I live, we have a huge problem with abandoned animals. It’s full of hungry cats and dogs, and the animal shelter is actually not government-funded, so they need all the donations they can get.
Most of the books they sell are in English thankfully, because they’re mainly donated by British tourists. Since they’re sold as a sort of charity-thing they’re all super cheap as well – one book is 2€, two books is 5€ and five books is 10€. I bought six, so I spent a total of 12€. Honestly, for six books that’s nothing. I’ve also always been really lucky with this shelter in the past. All the books I’ve bought there I’ve loved.
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
This is the story of a man and his cat. The cat is named Bob. I don’t need to know more, I’m SOLD. This book had been on my wishlist for some time but it was always kind of expensive and just didn’t seem worth it – so when I found it on the market I just had to buy it.
Genre: biography, non-fiction
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
This is the first book in the His Dark Materials series, which I’ve wanted to read for a really long time. Jen Campbell, my favourite Booktuber, absolutely adores these books and can’t stop talking about them.
Fun fact: when I picked this up at the market, an English girl walked up to me and asked if I had seen any other Philip Pullman books – she owned the first and third and needed the second one in the trilogy. I don’t know why but that made me really happy.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
This is the first book in a kind of dark fantasy/paranormal/supernatural series. It says on the back that Twilight lovers would really like it, and I LOVE the Twilight books (leave me alone okay). A friend of mine back in high school (or the equivalent of that in Spain) read these books and talked about them all the time – and then they apparently turned them into movies or something and she freaked out. So yeah, consider this a tribute to that friendship.
Genre: dark fantasy
The Resurrectionist by James Bradley
When I was browsing the books on the market, something about this one grabbed my attention and I read the synopsis. It’s supposed to be a modern Gothic novel set in London in 1826. I love books set in London and I love nineteenth-century England. So this sounded like it would be right up my street. Unfortunately I just looked it up on Goodreads and it has TERRIBLE reviews. The average rating 2.80, which is the lowest I’ve ever seen. I don’t know why I find this so funny. I will definitely still read it, and who knows, maybe I end up liking it.
Genre: historical fiction, gothic
The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue
After I read Room and absolutely loved it I decided that I want to read everything by Emma Donoghue. So when I saw this on the market, of course I had to pick it up. It’s apparently lesbian themed historical fiction (that’s all I need to know to be honest) based on a divorce court case from 1864. It sounds really fascinating, and I’m really looking forward to reading it.
Genre: historical fiction, LGBT
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
I’m a prospective English Literature student, so I will probably have to read this at some point. Might as well do that now. To be completely honest with you, I am terrified of this. It’s not only a classic, but it’s romance. Or at least that’s what Goodreads says. I can’t stand romance novels, and I think classics are always kind of hit-or-miss. Have any of you guys read this? If yes, please tell me I won’t die reading it.
Genre: classic, romance
Have you guys read any of these books? Let me know!
‘Till next time and happy reading!