So: Borders is really and truly closing down with the few exceptions of some stores in the main city centres across the country. The one closest to me is/was at a shopping centre. With its forthcoming closure (merely days, I think) and with the closure of its sister store, another chain called Angus and Robertson, I realised that it left me without a close bookstore. The closest bookstore, any bookstore, be it chain or independent, would be either in the city or along my favourite shopping strip, Brunswick St, filled with eclectic bookstores and the best vegetarian eatery in the world. Despite the failures of Borders, I am quite sad that I won’t be able to pop in somewhere bookish to escape from the shopping crowds for awhile. Now, the only bookish place will be at large chain stores like Target and Big W.
At the moment, Borders is having a massive closing down sale. Everything MUST go and they truly mean it. Everything including shop fittings, shelves and furniture! Even wall decor are for sale. The stock was slow to receive a reduction. Even at 40% off the original price, their items were still so much more expensive than most places which is ridiculous. But over the last few weeks, it’s become 50 – 60% off and there had been some really good stock. I guess they’re really digging out the corners of the storeroom. So, while I’m sad that Borders is going, I’m pretty happy with my massive book splurge especially since I didn’t get a chance to go Book Town this year.
Presenting my book loot and also a some great bargains I found at the fabulous Brunswick St Bookstore.
From left to right, up and down:
- Crimes Against Humanity – Geoffrey Robertson
- The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea – Randolph Stow (highly recommended by Reading Matters – twice)
- Death in Venice and other stories – Thomas Mann
- Sadopaideia – Annoymous
- Austerlitz – W. G. Sebald
- Call Me By Your Name – Andre Aciman (I’ve been wanting to read this since A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook reviewed this and I found it by chance! On sale!).
- The Beautiful and the Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald. I haven’t had the most luck with Fitzgerald but this edition is simply gorgeous.
- The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle. I still haven’t read much Sherlock.
- All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque. I won this awhile back from Reading Matters for World Book Night and I received it yesterday!
- Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
- The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang Goethe.
- She – H. Rider Haggard
- Middlemarch – George Eliot
- The White Castle – Orhan Pamuk
- Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
- Philosophy in the Boudoir – Marquis de Sade
- The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvoir. It’s the new translation and I got it for a measly price of $12.95. Whoa!
So that’s my loot. I don’t think I would mind being locked in my room for a few months.