Book Haul of Hopes and Dreams

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:

2015-07-09 23.23.20The Journals of Anais Nin Vol. 1

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!


15 thoughts on “Book Haul of Hopes and Dreams

    • I’m sorry!!!! Ohhhh just blame Kirsty, it’s all her fault! She told me and I told you and now she’s ruined both of us and I hope she’s happy!

  1. Lovely! Awesome are, well, awesome as long as you aren’t too picky about quality. I’ve had many wonderful parcels from them….. 🙂

    • Quality isn’t my main drama when I’m buying used books anyway, as long as it’s not totally falling to bits! They were really good about refunding the swastika covered book since it wasn’t as described 🙂 I actually bought a second hand copy of a play for work today that was really water damaged and still got it… $2 instead of $20 for a new copy makes crunchy pages bearable!

  2. What a great haul! I wish you the best of luck with your Ph.D dream! ❤

    Awesome Books can be pretty tricky with their covers.. I ordered The Handmaid's Tale from them because they showed a particular edition I had been looking for, but they ended up sending me a really old and ugly hardback edition of it..

    • Thank you!! ❤
      Im so excited about getting into it all… just got to keep myself from buying more books now! I'm dreadful. But I did buy a new bookshelf… so it needs to be filled…

      Oh yuck! I saw the most awful edition of The Handmaid's Tale in a second hand bookshop the other day. I rather like dodgy old covers for their hilarity value, but a swastika was a bit far. To be fair, they gave me a refund with no fuss because it wasn't as described. Hope you have better luck next time!

    • Thank you! I’m pretty sure it’s getting beyond “personal” library now… I’d just about be able to open a proper one with all the books I own!

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