Hey guys, it’s been a while…I totally let the festive period run away with me and, sadly, my blog has been neglected. However, I’m back and ready to rumble. For this Thursday’s post, I thought I’d show you the books I bought while browsing some charity shops in Edinburgh this week. Charity shops are my favourite place to pick up books – amazing prices, money going to a good cause and sometimes there are cute inscriptions inside. People often think you only get really old books in charity shops but a lot of readers actually hand their books in as soon as they finish them so you can often find shiny new ones at a fraction of the price. Now, I titled this post “mini haul” and it is very, very mini but it’s a haul all the same…
How To Stop Time by Matt Haig
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life.
Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom must not do is fall in love.
I’ve heard so many good things about Matt Haig, particularly his book, Reasons To Stay Alive. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to try any of his work yet so when I saw this for 99p, I had to pick it up. The concept of someone who cannot age has been done before in different ways but to different levels of effectiveness. I’m excited to see how Haig tackles it and what lessons he has to teach us about life and ageing. I will be writing a review on this one and hopefully posting it within the next couple of weeks.
Reader, I Married Him edited by Tracey Chevalier
The twenty-one stories in Reader, I Married Him – one of the most celebrated lines in fiction – are inspired by Jane Eyre and shaped by its perennially fascinating themes of love, compromise and self-determination.
A bohemian wedding party takes an unexpected turn for the bride and her daughter; a family trip to a Texan waterpark prompts a life-changing decision; Grace Poole defends Bertha Mason and calls the general opinion of Jane Eyre into question. Mr Rochester reveals a long-kept secret in “Reader, She Married Me”, and “The Mirror” boldly imagines Jane’s married life after the novel ends. A new mother encounters an old lover after her daily swim and inexplicably lies to him, and a fitness instructor teaches teenage boys how to handle a pit bull terrier by telling them Jane Eyre’s story.
Edited by Tracy Chevalier, and commissioned specifically for Charlotte Brontë’s bicentenary year in 2016, this collection brings together some of the finest and most creative voices in fiction today, to celebrate and salute the strength and lasting relevance of a game-changing novel and its beloved narrator.
Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre was my favourite of all the books I studied during my English Literature degree. I love Brontë’s writing and the feminist approach she takes, which was very forward-thinking for her era. Therefore, when I saw a collection of short stories inspired by the novel and for only £1, there was only one thing for it. I’m particularly excited to read the stories that are adaptations of the tale. Wide Sargasso Sea is one of my favourite books due to the way it criticised Brontë’s novel and its treatment of Bertha Mason – the most problematic part of Jane Eyre. With writers like Emma Donoghue and Audrey Niffenegger contributing to this collection, it promises to be a good read. Again, I hope to write a review of this since I am so invested in the story and ready to analyse.
So there you have it – my mini charity shop haul! Have you read either of these books? What were your thoughts? Do you buy books from charity shops? Let me know in the comments below!