BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!
Okay, let’s see! How should I start? Hmmm
Calling all bookworms!
How many of you here are bookworms?
How many books on average do you read in a week, month or year?
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Well I used to read so many books in the past but for the last 5 years I have only found the time to read 2 or 3 books! Ahh I keep saying to myself that I don’t have the time anymore! I guess all I needed was a nudge in the right direction in finding the right book to read!
As it turned out, last Sunday a friend and I went to a second-hand book bazaar that was held in a coffee shop in Nicosia, Cyprus! I was actually shocked to hear of this type of event as I have never heard of such events taking place other than at school fairs here in Cyprus. I immediately told my friend I would love to go to the bazaar with her, who knows what you could find at these types of events.
We were both on a mission! She was aiming to find some of the children’s books she used to have growing up as a child so that she could read to her adorable baby boy, and I was on a mission to find a good book to read but to also double up as a prop for my blog!
The event was from 10am until 6pm, and therefore we both wanted to get there early and try and snatch up the good books! (Wink) Leaving early as 9am we actually got there as they were starting up. All the books lay on the tables and a few featured on a pallet bookshelf, it was very quaint and had a spring feel with all the flowers and plants! Yeahhh! We had arrived early and not so many people were there so we headed towards the books!
Scouring and scanning the books was so much fun! I was looking for novels; one written in English and another in Greek! But also having in mind to double up as props for my blog and Instagram photos! This was harder than I thought.
BOOKS BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS
Looking through the collection there were some really great books and some really old books too! Some were inscribed with messages from loved ones while others had clippings of old newspapers stashed away in the pages. There were books about the Cyprus war, old comic books (some even in their packaging), recipe books, books about herbs, cookbooks, novels, children’s books and even books on motorbikes and cars! There was a book for anything you could think of!
As we were scouring the place for what we were looking for we noticed that more and more people were coming and by the looks of it people were snatching up quite a few books! This made me realise that I should be looking more carefully at the books and if I liked it I should hold onto it before someone else took it!
ENGLISH WRITTEN BOOKS
Walking up and down at the tables I thought I would concentrate on finding an English written book first! As I was scouring the books there was one that caught my eye again and again! So I decided to read the blurb. To my amazement there was no blurb at the back but instead a quote from within the book was written and this got me interested even more! The quote was ‘He used to tell us stories when we were small, tales about the past. He said that if he didn’t go carefully about the castle, sometimes the distant hours forgot to hide…’
I then turned to see the title again! The title of the book was ‘The Distant Hours’ by Kate Morton and it was ‘The number one bestselling Author’. The colour and the image of the book along with the blurb had drawn me in! I flicked through a few pages to see if the language was readable and guess what! It was readable! YAY! I held onto this one as I also thought it would be great as a prop too! It was as is the book had chosen me instead of me choosing it!
GREEK WRITTEN BOOKS
Next onto a novel written in Greek! This was easier as there were so many more books available in Greek rather than the English ones. It didn’t take me long to find one! I chose this one from the blurb. It is about a guy who loses his memory and is actually married, but while he is without any of these memories of the past he falls in love with another woman. They one day is wife shows up. He finds out a little later that his marriage was in destroyed and that they were living as strangers! His mind could not remember anything but his heart did…
The Heart Remembers is the title translated to English.
Now with a blurb like that how could you pass up this book! A bit of mystery, romance and intrigue! This book is of a Greek author and the language used in the book was readable for me so I bought this one too. It does not double up as a prop but maybe I could work with it anyway!
So finding 2 books was a great achievement! An once I got home and started reading the book ‘The Distant Hours’ I was even more intrigued with what I was finding out! But let’s get back to the bazaar!
My friend actually found even more books than me. She found a comic book, an old book that was written like a play (which looked very interesting) and children’s book for her adorable son, an old magazine (which is my favourite of her choices) and also a novel that is more towards feminist ideals! She somehow found the most interesting books there were!
We then paid for our book and sat down to enjoy the wonderful weather and each other’s company. It was a very nice morning. We had found books and were having our frappe, talking and laughing and talking about work and in general our lives. We had a really great day out! Before we knew it, it was noon and so we left for home.
Finally at home I thought I would read a few chapters and see what ‘The Distant Hours’ was all about! Looking closer at the book I came to realise that the book was written by an Australian author and that the book was based in England in an area close by to some relatives of mine. I couldn’t help but wonder if I had been to this Castle or not. This was so interesting and it seemed like the book was drawing me in even more! Yet again another indication that the book had chosen me and not the other way around!
I read about 100 pages that day alone. I have not finished the book yet but I am reading it almost every day! All I can say is that it is really a great book as it keeps me in suspense. I will let you know my review on both books in a later stage, once I have read both.
Have you ever had an experience like this one with a book?
Would you buy second hand books?
What is your take on book bazaar events that take place?
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