Recently i took a trip to Belgium with one of my friends, which was a whole lot of fun but incredibly busy. We chose to stay in Brussels but travel to Bruges and Antwerp while we were there, to see a little more of the country. I absolutely adored it there, and there will be another post up about my book shopping experience and a little more about travelling soon!
For now, you’ll have to have the books that i got while i was away. As most of Belgium speak English, there were a lot of English translated books in the shops, as well as a completely English bookshop that i found, it turned out to be one of my new favourite places to book shop.
I didn’t have a plan for anything that i wanted to pick up in Belgium, even with a Waterstones it’s difficult to plan what to buy. One thing i enjoy about being abroad is seeing the U.S. imports they have, that i’ve not seen in the U.K. So i do mainly try and pick up some imports if i can.
This time, i ended up picking up far more than i expected to, and wanted to carry on the walk back to the train station if i’m honest, but there were a few of these books that i just couldn’t leave behind. I ended up with seven books from many different stores, here’s what i picked up:
- Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
- Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
- Therapy by Stephen Grosz
- How It Feels To Float by Helena Fox
- Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum
- Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
- These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
I picked up a few that i have no idea about, such as How It Feels To Float and Hope and Other Punch Lines. For once i just went in to a book store and picked out what i felt sounded good, and that rarely happens for me anymore. I’ve had my eye on the U.S. edition of Whichwood for a while and they had it in one store! And Convenience Store Woman was something that’s been constantly recommended to me and i’d never seen the lovely pink cover before, so decided to pick it up.
I think i might take a short break from my YALC TBR to read one of these books, which do you think i should read first? Have you read any of them? Let me know in the comments!
Keep your eyes out for my bookshop tour of Belgium up soon!