Last Tuesday, I had two very important jobs to do. The first was to make sure I got on to my aeroplane home on time (I was on holiday in Melbourne, as those who follow my Instagram may have seen by the copious amounts of food pics). The second was perhaps not as vitally important, but it was to me. You see, Tuesday was the 12th August which had long ago been written into my diary, iPhone and brain. What did I need to do that was so special?
Well, I had to buy this book.
I know Haruki Murakami is not everyone’s cup of tea (in fact, several of my friends tease me for reading ‘weird books’) but I really wanted to get my hands on the book ASAP. Not necessarily to read straightaway (I still haven’t read it and probably won’t for another couple of weeks), but I wanted it to be a special memory of my holiday. I’d planned things in advance – I knew which bookshops I could get to within the time period between the stores opening and having to leave for the airport. I’d considered waiting to buy the book at the airport (because they get all the new releases straightaway, don’t they?). I also knew I could just have bought and downloaded the eBook, but I wanted it to be special.
In the end, I went to the bookshop that opened the earliest and bought the book before securing it in my case and flying across Australia. (The airport thing – not a good idea for Murakami. Didn’t see it in the three Melbourne stores I visited and the Perth store. It was interesting the different books the shops stocked and listed as bestsellers on each side of the Nullarbor. But that’s a story for another day). I haven’t even removed the stickers from the inside cover yet, only read the inside covers and set it aside. It’s enough to know that I have this book and that I can read it any time I want.
I was wondering if anyone else is like that with certain books – do you have to have a book on its publication day? Do you go to the lengths that I did, planning your day around its purchase? Or are you happy to pick up the book when you’re next in town? Or pre-order and have sent to your ereader/home address? Or just wait until your number comes up at the library? I would generally say I’m not one to rush out and buy the book ASAP, but for some authors I will. These include Murakami, Rachael Johns, Graeme Simsion and Penny Vincenzi. Who are your ‘rush out and read’ authors?