[Books] A recent Cape Town bookstore excursion

A few weeks ago, a few friends, Tallulah, and I went book hunting in Cape Town. We managed to cover eight book shops in only a few hours, with each one being a treasure trove of goodies. There wasn’t a single store where something wasn’t purchased by the group.

While I didn’t purchase as many titles as the others due to budgetary restraints, I did pick up a few gems. Some of them were on my list and some of them were impulse buys. What can I say, I love books.

Without further ado (and in no real order) here are the titles I picked up:

First up is The Wheel of Time Book 1: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. I’ll confess that I know nothing about the series, but so many rave about it. I’ve seen books four to 14 everywhere I looked (including libraries), but never the first one. It was finally uncovered in the Willowbridge branch of Bargain Books. Now I need the tome to actually read this 800-page tome of fantasy.

Next is a combo not only written by Neil Gaiman, but both were found at the Bargain Books Factory Shop in Diep River. They are The Graveyard Book and Fortunately, the Milk. I just couldn’t resist these.

Some may call this one childish, but I love the series and Goosebumps HorrorLand Book 6: Who’s Your Mummy? is a fantastic addition. While the Goosebumps books are generally light reads, they’re also fun and well written. It’s always great seeing horror written for kids. I must admit that this entry was pretty dark and had a few elements I didn’t think would be in a children’s book. R.L. Stine is a fantastic author.

And finally, we have the only science fiction title in the lot: 2010: Odyssey Two. This gem is a sequel to the movie and book versions of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not only did I love it and consume it within three nights, but it cost me a whopping R5. That’s crazy. I already own 3001: The Final Odyssey, which I also picked up second hand. Now to try and find 2061: Odyssey Three.

Well, that’s it. I probably won’t pick up any more books for a while, but this was a good haul.

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