(This is an old post I’ve moved over from a blog I used to have. I wanted to get rid of the blog but save some of the posts. The original was posted on 26/08/2009.)
Waterstones is pure evil. I should never set foot in that shop if I know what’s good for me. But does it stop me? Of course not.
For a book lover the library is a fantastic place, as is the second hand bookstore but for me the new bookstore is the best place. I can’t help it, I’m a snob when it comes to my books. Obviously not all of mine are in perfect condition, particularly as I prefer paperbacks which 99% of the time get slight creases in the spine as soon as you open them, but I can’t help but prefer that perfectly new, unspoilt book over the clearly loved, slightly dog-eared one.
Today I made the mistake of popping in to get something to read while in France. I already have 3 books to read that I’ve borrowed from a friend but I know for a fact that won’t be enough. I took 3 books last year for 2 weeks (admittedly Discworld novels that I know like the back of my hand) and ended up reading them each twice and still running out of literature. So I decided that for the 3 weeks I would definately need more than 3 books, even though I haven’t read these before.
I started out well, looking at the travel books to see if there was anything about the area I’m going to. Due to the fact it’s not in a tourist area though, there were books for all the different provinces surrounding us, but none for the Correze. So I headed downstairs to my favourite section which is also my weakness: Science Fiction and Horror. Big mistake. As always I went to look at Terry Pratchett first. I don’t really know why I bother; I have all his books but sometimes they bring out little spin offs such as ‘Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook’ which I like to have. But nothing new this time. So I headed round the corner to look at Anne Rice. I would love to read the entire Vampire Chronicles but I keep forgetting which I own so although I was tempted by a couple, I decided to only get them if I saw nothing else. ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ also tempted me but for £19 I was a little put off. Then I saw it.
The Stephen King section. The man is a genius of some kind. I was picking up all the books of his that I don’t own (they had about 8 there) and was very tempted by them all. Since they were all £8 and not in the 3 for 2 deal though I had to resist. One was his biography so I can happily leave that alone, though I’d love to read it at some point. Another was 5 of his stories in one that have been made into films but after seeing two of those were there in full I decided to put that one back. Another was one advertised in the back of the book I just finished reading, ‘Duma Key’ so I picked that one up and then there was ‘The Shining’, one I’ve wanted to read for a long time, mainly to prove to me that it is good (I absolutely hate the film, other than to laugh at the terrible acting). They also had ‘Carrie’ which I know is one of his more famous ones but it was still £8 and about a third of the size of all the others.
So I ended up spending £40 on 5 of his books and could very easily have spent more. I got ‘The Shining’, ‘Lisey’s Story’, ‘Insomnia’, ‘Everything’s Eventual (1408)’, and ‘The Dead Zone’. I will force myself to read the 3 that I borrowed first though! Damn you Waterstones, and I only got £1.21 on my points card from all that!