Bliss must be shopping for books. While on a flying visit to Oxford today, I popped into my church of books (aka Borders) and bought some new items! Very satisfying. I was paid today, so what else could I do but go out and spend a chunk of money on books?
Here’s my list of purchases:
The Labyrinth of Solitude, Octavio Paz – this is a collection of essays by a Nobel prize-winning Mexican author on the people, character and culture of Mexico.
In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, Alice Walker – from the author of The Colour Purple, this is another collection of essays, this time on womanist prose. (I’ll be posting soon on feminism and womanism, but I think this book will be crucial to how I end up understanding womanism.)
Collected Stories, Gabriel Garcia Marquez – one of my favourite authors, but I haven’t read many of his shorter works (or indeed many short stories in general) so I’m looking forward to delving into these.
Thud!, Terry Pratchett – Pratchett, what can I say? I’ve been waiting for this in paperback for months!
The only thing I’m missing is some poetry. I did want some Maya Angelou and some of Alice Walker’s poems, but I felt I’d spent enough for one day. Also, I can find a lot online compared to most other African poets, so it isn’t urgent. I am going to go bask in the glow of my newly acquired literary treasures now, then collapse into bed!