Monday, 26 January 2015

The Story Of How I Went into the Supermarket To Get Some Milk and Accidentally Came Out with a Book.

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It was a chilly January evening. Saturday night to be precise. Neither of us felt like cooking so naturally we ordered pizza. We over ordered. We ate a lot of pizza and solved the age-old question of whether one can ever have too much pizza. The answer is yes, yes you can.

We slipped into a pizza induced slumber only to awake eight hours later needing coffee but having no milk. A dilemma followed. To drink coffee with no milk or to throw on a giant coat over my pyjamas and hope no one notices that I'm wearing pyjamas in the supermarket. The thought of coffee without milk was too much to bear and I figured that because it was a Sunday no one would notice my baggy pyjama bottoms. They're more akin to jogging bottoms anyway. Maybe people would think I'd been for an early morning jog? ...Alas, it is painfully obvious that I do not jog.

I made it into the supermarket and to the milk, dodging small children having meltdowns in the sweets aisle & a very tired looking member of staff carrying several crates of cucumbers. I also did not wander into the crisp aisle where I probably would have bought all of the things. Crisps are a bit of a weakness and as I established earlier, I don't jog.

On the way to the till I was however distracted by the very large book aisle. I figured between successfully making it around the supermarket on a Sunday and having read 14 books so far this month I'd earned at least a look. But when you spot a copy of The Secret History for a mere three pounds and eighty-five pence, it just has to come home with you. It's the rules. It is now nestled on my to-be-read shelf where it's settling in very well.

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
"Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever."

Doesn't that just sound so delightfully pretentious? I haven't read anything by Donna Tartt before and although The Goldfinch is the novel I've heard the most about she's an author whose work I definitely want to read in order of publication. This copy is one of those books with incredibly thin pages so it looks a lot shorter than it is; hello over 600 pages! I'm not sure when I'll pick it up, but I'm very happy to have a copy on my shelf waiting for me.

Does the book aisle in the supermarket draw you in too? 

11 comments:

  1. :) the story made me smile. Such a cute way of telling us how you bought a book.
    I loved The Goldfinch, so The Secret History has been on my to-be-read list since!

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  2. I am ALWAYS drawn to the book aisle in the supermarket, because like you've demonstrated, it's so cheap! I really love how you write your blog posts too, I love the narrative element to it, it's really unique :) xx

    Sam | Samantha Betteridge

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  3. I'm always a bit suspicious of supermarket isle books. I enjoy me a bit of Terry Pratchett from time to time but I generally doubt I'm going to find a literary masterpiece amid the biographies and cookbooks. Occasionally you do find a gem nestled in there and I've heard amazing things about Donna Tartt so I'll be interested to see how you like it :)

    Bella . Tiny Red Ranger

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  4. Tesco is pretty good for books and they're almost half the price of the ones in the likes of Waterstones!

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  5. I LOVE The Secret History, it's such a good read. I'm hoping you'll love it! xxx

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  6. It's dangerous for me to go to the supermarket because of the book aisle... although I tend to come home with yet another cook book as they all just look so delicious sitting on the shelves! 14 books already - wow! Hope you do a review of some of them, I'm currently listening to The Luminaries which will keep me going for a while, then I'll be in need of inspiration! xo
    www.lovedbylaura.com

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  7. Oh, I do this every single time I go into supermarkets. I've been banned from venturing into them alone now - buying a new book every three days and saving for a deposit just don't work well together!
    Beth x
    www.thequietpeople.com

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  8. Oooh Jennie you'll love this it's fab! Read The goldfinch though seriously haha! Xxz

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  9. Oh isn't this an event that happens to every book reader.. haha. I go to grocery stores often and people always tell me to not "check out" the book section as it's almost guaranteed I'd get something too. It happens, who's to blame? :P
    That's a perfect choice too, so why not, right? Lovely copy.

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  10. I'm only impressed that you didn't buy more than one book, as that's me: In the book aisle of Sainsbury's with four books under my arm...! As for The Secret History it's a book I need to read too. I know a half dozen people who says it's their favoruite book of all-time so it's sure to be good! xx

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  11. You will love The Secret History. I liked it a lot more than The Goldfinch. :)
    It was a nice find. Supermarkets here (Romania) also have book aisles but they are usually much more expensive than in libraries and online.

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