So I headed over to Chapters bookstore on Parnell Street yesterday as I do most weeks. I had a vague idea of what I was looking for this time for once. I’m really enjoying my collection of Alastair Cooke’s Letters From America from the 1970s so I thought I’d try and scout another decent second hand copy of a different decade.
I should point out here that I love old books more than new. If I can get something from the 40s to the 70s I usually will take it over a new or recent edition of the same book. They have character and history and I like that.
Usually when I head in there I go to see if there are any newly arrived old 60s editions of Fleming Bond books (my current figary) and I scope out the sci-fi for some Harlan Ellison (because he’s almost impossible to find new) before wandering and eventually finishing in the Media/Movies/TV/Biography section.
So, today I was looking for one specific thing. Still, when I arrived I saw there was a big sale on and I’m just a boy who can’t say no…
15 mins later I’m at the till downstairs before I’ve even made it upstairs to the second hand department and I’m handing over 50 quid. 50 quid I don’t have and hadn’t planned on spending.
This happens frequently when it comes to books.
Still, for my troubles I ended up with:
All of which I think I’ll read. After my recent Watchmen experience I also got:
I’m an old school comic book geek, if a little lapsed, as I’ve said before and I own 4 original first printings of the 4 issues of this. However they’re sealed in plastic bags and cardboard boxes and haven’t seen the light of day in years as I’m hoping they’ll be my retirement fund some day(!)
I finished with a new calendar for a new year: