Last Wednesday, I headed to London for a lil’ day trip. I somehow managed to land an interview for the Curtis Brown Books internship. It’s safe to say that the interview went terribly, so I treated myself to some books n that. Any excuse, really…
London was an OK place.
I’ve always been a little sad about having to one day move there. All the jobs I want are London-centric. I knew I’d have to up my life and start all over again there. I was always a little despondent about it, though. I’ve only been to London twice and I never really got to explore the place. It was hop on coach, hop off, and then hop back on again.
Wednesday was the first day in London that I actually got a feel for the place. I don’t feel too scared about moving there now – well, one day. I’m actually quite looking forward to it. It’s so big, and there’s so much to do. I mainly spent my time in two different Waterstones, but I did head to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Brontë paintings!
Anyway, long story short, I felt awful after the interview. I haven’t found out whether I got the internship yet, but I just know I haven’t. It didn’t go well. I clammed up and I was uming and arring a lot. I decided to treat myself to make it all better. So, yeh, let’s discuss the things I picked up.
Firstly, and non-bookishly related, I got two lovely clothing pieces from Fatface. I’ve never shopped there before, but I got to Euston about an hour before my train, which then got delayed anyway, so I spent some time browsing. I found the perfect thick, knitted sweater to take to Poland with me next week. It’s a purple/blue/greyish colour with a high turtleneck, which is all I wear. I love it. Next, I got the prettiest floral swishy pants that cost me forty-two quid (so dear, oh my god). I can’t wait to wear them when it gets a lil warmer.
So, the books. First I picked up Tom Jones by Henry Fielding in the Penguin English Library edition. You can’t actually buy this new anymore, and it can be quite expensive to buy secondhand, so when I saw it sitting on the shelves in the National Portrait Gallery for £5.99 I just had to get it. I don’t really know what it’s about, except that it’s a story of lust and promiscuity. I probably won’t get to it any time soon, but I’m happy to add it to my growing collection of PELs.
In Waterstones near Euston Station, I found a classic Penguin Books edition of Jane Eyre. I’ve been on the lookout for one of these for ages, but the only place that sells them in Liverpool never seems to stock Jane Eyre. I couldn’t leave without buying it, so I did. I now finally own my own Penguin Books edition of my favourite book ever. And it only cost me a fiver!
On a complete whim, I decided to pick up Dante’s Inferno. I’ve heard about this poem before. It inspired the best scene from Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, where the seven deadly sins visit Faustus. It’s so chaotic, I love it. But ever since I read that play, I’ve been wanting to try the original text. It follows a man and his journey through hell, which is split into seven sections. I’m sure I’m gonna be in a for a treat. I think I’ll get to this in summer!
Finally, I got Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris. There’s a readalong happening on YouTube for all of Sanderson’s books, and this is the first one out. I’ve been wanting to read him for quite a while, and, although I won’t directly be taking part in the readalong, it has inspired me to finally start reading him. It’s quite hard to sum up this book, so, from what I can gather, it’s about magic and demigods. I’m going into this completely blind, so I hope I can keep up!
I also picked up the cutest tote bag of the Bloomsbury Group! I love tote bags – I have far too many, and I can’t help but buy a new one every time I see one. I haven’t read too much from the Bloomsbury Group – as I don’t really like modernism – but I want to give Woolf another go at some point. It was too cute not to buy, even though it was expensive!
What’s your most recent bookish buy?
Thanks for reading, Lauren X