You know you live in the right city when they fill a convention centre full of cheap books twice a year. Brisbane’s Bookfest is a fundraiser of sorts for Lifeline, a crisis support and suicide prevention charity. Donated used books are piled on a few miles of tables in the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. The centre is divided into three sections: $1, $2.50, and “price as marked” (usually in the $5 range) depending on the quality of the books in question.
There are literally millions of books. It’s a bookworm’s dream. It’s her credit card’s worst nightmare.
My friend and I dropped $80 on 25 books–not bad, right?? This was a great bookfest for me too, because I found three books I have been thinking about reading for ages but never run across. Here is a list of the books I purchased–13, but some of them are for my husband. You’ll be seeing many of these reviewed on this blog over the next few months.
Books For Cal:
Born of Empire by Simon Brown
The Shadow of Ararat by Thomas Harlan
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
The Iron Tree by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
Books For Me:
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
Inda by Sherwood Smith
Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn (have been looking for this book for YEARS)
Which Witch and The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson (read, but my copies are in the US; want to reread)
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman (looking for this one for ages)
The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman
The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood (another one I’ve been looking for)
Set in Stone by Linda Newberry
Painting Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis
Have you been to Bookfest? What did your pile look like? Have you read any of the books on this list? What was your opinion on them? Let me know in the comments below!