I have a dream.
I want to do my PhD.
Yes, I am writing this post instead of writing my thesis to get me there, but hear me out.
I’m deciding which writers I’d like to work on, and to do this…. I need to read their books. Unfortunately for me, they don’t have the kind of saturation levels as Grey does right now… in fact, half of the time, they’re nigh on impossible to find in a bookstore. My best bets are second hand bookshops and online, which is exactly where I found the books I bought!
A few weeks ago, I went to this amazing bookshop in the Blue Mountains called Mr Pickwick’s and grabbed two Virago Modern Classics for an amazingly cheap price (I think it was $12 AUD, which is great for this sort of stuff!). There, I got:
The Roaring Nineties by Katherine Susannah Pritchard
Saraband by Elliot Bliss
Then I went a bit mental on The Book Depository and grabbed a whooooole lot of books…
The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
A Literature of Their Own by Elaine Showalter
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
High Rising by Angela Thirkell
Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (for a student)
Orkney by Amy Sackville
Then, I went to another amazing bookshop in the Blue Mountains, called Lamdha Books, that specialises in second hand literature, poetry, arts and the humanities… so basically my heaven. The gentleman at the counter actually knew who my beloved H.D. was! I was super impressed. I also found some books I’d been looking for for a while, and actually saved over $45 from buying them there. My boyfriend also bought The Exegesis of Phillip K. Dick for only $25, which is an absolutely fantastic price. I really recommend this shop if you’re ever in the Blue Mountains area of NSW, as it has such a great selection of fiction- Australian and translated fiction included. It also had a great poetry selection and not a copy of Twilight in sight!
From there, I grabbed and hugged close to my heaving bosom:
The Rainbow by D.H Lawrence
Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys
Quartet by Jean Rhys
Kirsty, in all her writhing wisdom, mentioned a little site called Awesome Books. It was a terrible thing to do and I instantly regretted it, because my very first order is for a whopping EIGHTEEN BOOKS. Eighteen! What the hell happened, you say!?
Rebecca West, Anais Nin, Jean Rhys and H.D. happened. Never underestimate their ability to make me do terrible things.
They’ve been turning up in dribs and drabs over time, but some of the covers have been a surprise, to say the least! The New Meaning of Treason by Rebecca West appeared, and when I opened it I started giggling- it has a dirty great swastika on the front cover! Whose idea was that?! Let’s just say, I’m not going to be going about reading that one on public transport, lest people think I’m a raging neo-Nazi.
I don’t have them all photographed, but let’s just say… there was a lot. They breed. It’s done. I’ve already read some, so its not all terrible behaviour!