I love the Lifeline Bookfair. A whole giant building just rolling with tables of awesome old books. Just getting to roam and browse and scope out covers and enjoy it all is a beautiful afternoon to behold.
This year I did the Saturday lunch run, so Friday peeps had already pecked the comic section dry, which was a shame, but I managed to snag CITY OF GLASS, which I’m keen to get into. I also got this LIFE IN FIVE SECONDS book which takes a story, or sometimes a concept, and lays it out in a handful of stick figure flow charts. Genius, and I can’t wait to read them all, but also would love to teach this kind of business. Here’s a good one, can you work out what it is?
I was talking to my mate I went with about Corey J. White, and how I dug KILLING GRAVITY, and wanted to get the next 2 books, and then the second book appeared. But then so did the first, so my mate snagged that. Absolutely beautiful bookfair synergy.
I got Mieville’s EMBASSYTOWN because I enjoyed THE CITY & THE CITY, and because these covers are gorgeous. Whereas I got SENSE AND SENSIBILITY AND SEA MONSTERS because I genuinely enjoyed PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES and this was $1 so I had to know if it’d hold up [which I’m certain it won’t, but I’ll still get my money’s worth].
The rest were all cheap choices based on covers. Have a look. I could spend an hour just looking through what books people buy and enjoying the experience just as much that way, too. Where’s my bookfair haul insta feed at?
Note: these books are still sitting out in my office, on display, and they bring me joy every time I walk in and see them.