Visit To Bookbarn: A Mostly Penguins Book Haul

Just when you thought Alice bought too many books from her experiences in Hay the previous week for her 19th birthday, along come six new purchases! *faints* Believe me, book buying bans never work. What appeals to me about Penguins is that a few I found today, I honestly have no idea what the plotline is about or other people’s thoughts on them. So, I’m feeling excited and nervous to read them. So, let’s get started and explain why I picked up these books:

First is Flowers In The Attic by Virginia Andrews. This review (when I’ve read it) most likely will be posted on my other blog (Married To Books Reviews and Blog) because this isn’t a classics or a Penguin book. After no luck finding it in Hay, my Mum found a copy just as I was about to leave Bookbarn and pay for the stack of books I already had on my hand. All I know about the book is that it involves four children who live alone in an attic after their father dies and their mother keeps them in the attic after promising them an inheritance. I’ve heard very mixed reviews on this book so I plan to tread carefully with reading it.

Next is Penguin book number 1344, Where Angels Fear To Tread by E.M Forster. At the time of writing this post, I’m literally about to start reading A Room With A View written by the same author. My Mum said that she studied this book back when she was at sixth form but I have zero idea what it is about.

I also found my first ever Penguin Green! It’s number 2321, The Merry Hippo by Elspeth Huxley. All I know from just flicking through the book is that the location where this is set is in Africa and obviously someone dies. But I don’t know who ๐Ÿ˜›

(Internal commentary by Alice- Must read more on the book before I blog about it).

Moving on…

I acquired Men At Arms by Evelyn Waugh. This is the first book in a trilogy about a guy called Guy (You read that right) who goes to war under the Royal Corps of Halberdiers. Evelyn also wrote Brideshead Revisited which currently I haven’t read. Let me know if I should read it!

Book five is volume one of short stories by F.Scott Fitzgerald who wrote The Great Gatsby called The Diamond As Big As The Ritz. I don’t know about you readers but I absolutely love reading short stories! I did purchase in Hay some other short story collections but this one caught my we immediately.

The final book in this haul is Around The World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne which I read aged nine. I also have watched the film version with Pierce Brosnan in. Thanks to my Dad who found this lovely edition for me since I used to own a copy of this book but it was not the best condition so decided to donate it, now I have a copy again!

That concludes my book haul! All of these books were purchased at Bookbarn International which is based in SW England and is England’s largest used Book Warehouse. I started buying and reading books there aged five and now at nineteen, I’m still finding a stack of books each time even though I have no shelf space to store them all on. I love the range of Penguins that they have scattered around. Definitely worth a visit!

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  1. I love Bookbarn! Apart from the HUGE array of books, I love finding the old ones which used to be schoolbooks and still have the students’ names in the front. I wonder if my old copy of Animal Farm, which was our set text in year 7, is still there somewhere … I know I’ve read Flowers in the Attic, but I can’t remember much about it, so it will be interesting to read your view. I’m loving this new part of your blog, by the way. Confirms that you are a woman after my own heart, but then I always knew that to be the case! Happy book hunting and reading. xx

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      1. would you like me to share it on my WordPress blog? I could write a bit about how you’ve always wanted to be a writer, plus a bit about how reading and re-reading the classics is a good thing to do. Don’t know if I get much of an audience either, but that’s probably because I’ve not been inspired to write anything for ages. You could be my inspiration!! x

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  2. PS I wonder if they have any Hemingways. I did For Whom and Bell Tolls for ‘A’ level, which killed it stone dead for me – all that deep analysis and notetaking, when I just wanted to read the bloomin’ thing. Must revisit, I think.

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  3. Okay so, I’m an English graduate so have gotten a little sick of the classics but your post has really made me want to go back and re-read everything I own ๐Ÿ˜› I’ve gotta recommend Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man if you’re interested in ready more short stories. It’s not a classic but it’s really fantastic. x

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  4. We have a couple similar bookstores nearby that I choose not to go in right now, because we have way to many books that have not been read yet. Until I start catching up I do not plan on buying to many more. I definitely like short stories. I find them easier to get through since I am typically more of a ‘Self-Help’ or ‘Do It Yourself’ type book person. Will have to check out The Diamond As Big As The Ritz. That has me intrigued. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. I haven’t read any of these but I have this morbid curiosity about Flowers in the Attic. I know I wouldn’t like it thanks to the subject matter but I’ve heard so much about it I kind of want to form my own opinion. I feel like this about Lolita, too, and I still have yet to read that as it kind of intimidates me haha.

    Charlotte @ Bookmarks and Blogging

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