I bought three new books from my local independent bookstore. (Curbside, contactless pick-up!) Did I need new books? No, I did not. Did I need newer editions of three of the Austens? No. But in my bid to support and shop local (so I keep telling myself) I thought I’d treat myself to these new editions.
I bought the annotated Northanger Abbey. I loved this story and I wanted to better appreciate and understand the background, the fashion and the era. Also, it contains maps, illustrations, literary comments, analysis and more. I want to reread this novel so I can fully enjoy the annotations and illustrations for my own education before rewatching the 2007 film. If I enjoy reading it as much as I think I will, I’ll buy an annotated version of my favorite Jane Austen novel, Persuasion.
I recently finished Emma. While she is not my favorite heroine (not even in the top three, I’m afraid), I couldn’t resist this gorgeous Penguin Classics edition for my library.
Last but not least, I also treated myself to the Penguin Classics edition of Mansfield Park. This is the only full-length Jane Austen novel I haven’t read yet.
One of the first things I do when I arrive in a new city (after getting over the jet leg and having a good cup of tea, that is) is go on the hunt for bookshops. And I did just that in Prague when I paid a visit to Shakespeare & Sons.
Shakespeare & Sons is a very charming bookshop in the Mala Strana district. It was an easy and scenic walk from the historic square.
The two floors with an abundant selection of books in English made my heart sing! I came out of the bookshop with two special books.
Czech Fairtyales is beautifully illustrated and filled with stories that are just as beautiful to read. I think it’s a children’s book, but if you love reading fairy tales you’ll enjoy this book very much.
I also found a rare copy of A Mountain of Gems – Fairy Tales of the Peoples of the Soviet Land on top of a stack of books in a corner. (This is why I love, love, love independent bookshops.)
I’ve been enjoying reading the various fairy tales in this book. It’s a very touching read because children are children no matter where you go and no matter the politics.