Brisbane Bookfest Haul: January 2014

25 Jan

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!


One Response to “Brisbane Bookfest Haul: January 2014”

  1. apprenticenevermaster February 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    I have read Inda, Summers at Castle Auburn and The Shakespeare Stealer. You’re in for a real treat.

    Inda is a very complex world, which is a great deal of fun to spend time in, though it was more of a mental exercise for me than emotional. Definitely one that I would suggest for writers who like to create their own worlds, though I will admit that I never finished the series.

    Summers at Castle Auburn is written with Sharon Shinn’s usual elegance and sense of humor. I loved it, right up until the last fifteen pages, when my own moral compass made me want to throw the book up against the wall. I’d love to hear what you think of the ending.

    The Shakespeare Stealer is by far my favorite of the three, and has been for a long time. My father read it, and its sequel, aloud when I was a kid, and I fell in love with it. It’s also probably the beginning of my love affair with Shakespeare.

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