Hello book lovers!
I was browsing through my blog, looking for ideas for a new blog post and realised that I haven’t done a book haul in months. My original plan was to do a March-April book haul similar to my January-February one, but due to stress and the fact that I really hadn’t bought any books in the past months, I decided against it. However, as of late there have been new additions to my library: some from flea markets, some sent for review and some that were found from my boyfriend’s bookshelves at his parents.
First are the two second hand books that I’ve acquired. The one on the left is the Finnish translation of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I actually bought this just a few days ago from a flea market and it cost me only a euro. Khaled Hosseini is a well know author also here in Finland and The Kite Runner is his debut novel. I’ve seen his other works in book shops and they have all received great reviews so I think it’s time that I also catch up on this. The book has also been adapted into screen and I believe my copy is the movie tie-in.
Next is another Finnish translation – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I’ve already mentioned this book on my April Reads and May Plans post, but just to recap, I got this book from a book swap event that I went to in April. I have never read anything by Oscar Wilde, which is a shame because I’ve heard that his books are wonderful. I was bit hesitant to pick the translated version because the brilliance in the use of language is sometimes lost in the translation process. However, I feel confident about this one because it is done by one of my favourite literary translators, Jaana Kapari-Jatta.
Sometime in April, I saw Quirk Books tweet that they were sending copies to book bloggers who were interested in reviewing Ian Doescher’s The Shakespeare’s Star Wars series. I naturally jumped at the opportunity because I’ve been wanting to read both The Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope as well as The Empire Striketh Back for ages, but alas, they have not reached my corner of the world. I sent an email to Quirk Books and they replied that they’d be happy to send these books to me in exchange for a review. The delivery of the books took over 3 weeks, but it does not matter since these books are simply gorgeous. I can’t wait to delve into these!
And last but not least, Ich bin kein Berliner – Ein Reiseführer für faule Touristen by Wladimir Kaminer. The title translates to I’m not a Berliner – a travel guide for lazy tourists and it was found from my boyfriend’s bookshelves when we visited his parents in the beginning of this month. The book is essentially a travel guide to Berlin, although not the typical kind. It is written by a writer and television presenter Wladimir Kaminer, who was born in USSR and moved to Berlin in 1990, and has thus seen how the city has developed since then. This book could not have had a better timing, as we are heading to Berlin later this month and could use some ideas on what to do and see there.
That was all for now. I might buy a book or two when in Berlin, but those will be included in the next haul. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them. Have a great weekend! x