Monday, July 16, 2007

I Did Some Damage at Borders This Weekend

I got away to Borders this weekend. I love this Borders. It's on Charing Cross Road, which is the "book street" in London. Foyles, one of the largest and oldest bookshops in Europe, is across the street from Borders, so I always make a stop over there as well. Foyles has a unique and fun history and is a really quirky place. Go to this site to see more.

Anyway, I got several books at Borders as they were having one of their famous "buy one, get one half off" sales. I found several that had been on my list, so I was excited to get some good bargains.

Here's what I ended up with:

*The London Orbital by Iain Sinclair
*Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir (Now I can take it off my "I Want" list!)
*Dissolution by C.J. Sansom
*Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour by Kate Fox
*Creating Keepsakes July issue, which incidentally, I can usually only find at Borders, and each time I get it, it has a little yellow sticker on it that says, "U.S. Import". Funny how you take little things like your favorite magazines for granted.

All of these books will go into my Armchair Traveler Reading Challenge pile. I'm currently reading Sarum by Edward Rutherford for the challenge and have gotten stuck in the chapter on the Roman occupation. I need to trudge through, however, as the first few chapters were very engaging, and I hope that will continue. It's interesting to see how Rutherford takes the Salisbury Plain and weaves it into the stories of generations of families, or at least people groups, for thousands of years.

I'll continue to keep you posted as to my Sarum progress and also as to my progress on the Armchair Traveler Reading Challenge as well.


beth said...

Okay, your books all sound far too "smart" for me. However, Foyles looks like it could be a fascinating place to visit. How fun! Good for you that you got away for a little while. I'm sure you needed that.

Lesley said...

Oh, I'm so jealous that you get to go book shopping on Charing Cross Road! Glad you had such a worthwhile trip. :)

I've read a few of Rutherford's books - definitely stick with Sarum. And you might want to give London a try, too!