I'm sure you're all thinking, "I'm sure it's big but really, how big could it be?" Well I'm glad you thought such a specific question. There are three sections, high quality, priced and unpriced and each section is at least the size of a basketball court. The unpriced section is about 2.5 times that. Yeah, there are a lot of books. A LOT.
When you walk down the aisles of books you can see a real pattern of what was popular the year or two before. This year? Tonnes of Twilight. Like 80-90 copies - at least. Also, I'm hoping it was a joke by a browser and not an actual choice of the organisers but the majority of copies of Twilight were not in kids or fiction. They were in the literature/classics section. Disturbing.
We were a little more conservative with our purchases this year, mainly because we still have 85% of last year's purchases unread but also because there was a bit of a drought of our usual buys. We normally come home with 3-5 Stephen King books but this year they were in short supply. Weird. But anyway, here our new books are, in all their awesome bookish glory.
Rose Madder - Stephen King
Koko - Peter Straub
Koko - Peter Straub
Red Dwarf: Backwards - Rob Grant
Weapons of choice - John Birmingham
Without Warning - John Birmingham
After America - John Birmingham
The Dark Half - Stephen King
A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
About A Boy - Nick Hornby
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Son of Rosemary - Ira Levin
The Passage - Justin Cronin
Aaaaaaand, perhaps most exciting for all I made this little purchase.
When I left home I was Harry Potter-less, since apparently it was important that my sisters had copies to read and since mum bought them they'd stay in Cairns. Whatever, didn't make sense to me either. Anyway, I treated myself to a boxed set of the books a couple of years ago, but the adult's editions were the only ones that came with the final book included, and I hate mismatched sets so they're the ones I bought. It always made me sad not to have the colourful children's covers I grew up with, so what the heck, now I have TWO sets of HP. Twice the fun!!
And I found this nifty edition of The Chamber of Secrets which I haven't seen in stores before.
In other news, it was Tom's birthday yesterday and I made him this cake. I'm pretty proud of the awesomeness I produced so I hope you don't mind my shameless self promotion/bragging.