Wow, the last mailbox for November! Thank you to Crystal at I totally paused! for being the Mailbox Monday host this month. Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia as a way of sharing your new books and having fun at the same time.
As promised, these are the books from my recent holiday to Melbourne. As there are lots of great bookshops in Melbourne, it was only fair that I visited several of them!
First stop was Hill of Content bookshop on Bourke St, a beautifully presented store with lots of treasures. There, I picked up one of the books I’d seen on their Instagram feed –Her Brilliant Career by Rachel Cooke (I still haven’t seen this book elsewhere). I love browsing bargain sections and The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine looked like a fun read.
Next stop up the Bourke St hill was the Paperback Bookshop, a tiny store filled (and I mean filled) with books. My eyes locked with The Thirties by Juliet Gardiner, a hefty paperback filled with non-fiction about the 1930s.
Reader’s Feast is a shop I made several trips to. Now situated on Collins St (up another hill) in the beautiful Georges building, they have a wonderful array of books on myriads of subjects. Plus, all the staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. Melting the Snow on Hester Street by Daisy Waugh looks at the stock market crash of 1929 and turbulent times in earlier New York. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom is about an Irish orphan living on a Southern plantation. The Subterranean Railway by Christian Wolmar fulfils my need to read more and more about the London Underground. Honour by Elif Shafak is set in Turkey and 1970s London. Call Nurse Millie by Jean Fullerton is a fiction book that will appeal to fans of Call the Midwife (i.e. me). Finally, not only does Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter have a beautiful cover, everyone in store loved it.
Dymocks on Collins St is a very large store, packed with a huge variety of books. I decided on Park Lane by Frances Osborne, a historical novel about service and Suffragettes – it’s been on my wish list for ages and the price was nice too.
I also went to Chadstone Shopping Centre, an enormous mall in the suburbs. There was one of those discount bookstores there and I came away with a few books (would have been more if I wasn’t hungry and didn’t have to lug them across the country). Marjorie Celona’s Y is about a girl abandoned as a newborn at the YMCA. With All My Love by Patricia Scanlan uncovers a family secret. Yesterday’s Sun by Amanda Brooke looks at a difficult choice: yours or your child’s? Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld is about twins, one who causes an uproar.
Finally, my last stop was Readings Carlton, where I found the funny and gorgeously illustrated The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington. Just the thing to read on the way home!
All these just managed to fit in my suitcase! Do you like to peruse bookshops when you’re on holiday?