Last week I came back from my vacation, the weather was not perfect, but I managed to really relax and read a lot (I’m now reading book #19 of #20booksofsummer). Once my brain rested a bit, it also got hungry for buying new books and, as you all know, I am still trying to stick to my book buying ban, but a rested mind is also a creative mind. Together with my mother we came up with a book laundering scheme – a way for me to buy new books once in a while without breaking the ban. It is very simple, I go to the bookshop, pick books I think will be good and buy them for my mother as a gift. This way I can borrow them from her and read them legally. Simple, smart and everyone is happy.
Below you can see what the book laundering scheme yielded so far, I will try not to use it too often, as I still want my TBR to go down, but it’s good to have options. I already finished three of those books, so I’m not doing badly. Kate Atkinson books caused me to break another one of my resolutions – that is to read literature in its original language where possible, but I just couldn’t resist.
- Bibliotekarki – Teresa Monika Rudzka – I thought it would be a light summer read with sparkling humour, but it was really, really bad, good that it’s not translated and never will be
- Dusza Światowa – Dorota Masłowska, Agnieszka Drotkiewicz – When she was nineteen years old Masłowska wrote Snow White and Russian Red and became a literary sensation in Poland, this book is an interview with her ten years and few books later. As Masłowska is from my generation I was interested what she had to say and I was not disappointed.
- In Her Absence – Antonio Muñoz Molina – I really wanted to buy Winter in Lisbon, because that’s where I’ll spend part of my vacation in September, but it was not available, so I ended up with this one. I hope it’s good.
- Case Histories – Kate Atkinson – those two are pure chance, the first and second part of Jackson Brody series, both discounted, so I took them, only to find I already have the third book in the series too, so by a lucky coincidence I can now read the series in proper order, actually I’m already done with the first installment and I liked it a lot.
- One Good Turn – Kate Atkinson
Did you buy any books recently? Do you have any creative ideas to cheat the system? Please share!