Technically there are better photos,but I find myself drawn to this one for unknown reasons.
As the title suggests,this book-haul is strikingly unusual,as it lacks coherence.Two Batman comics,one collection of short stories by unknown authors,and a Folio edition of the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm,with the illustrations of Arthur Rackham!
Here are some brief reasons why I bought the books:
1.Haruki Murakami: Birthday Stories
For quite a while now,I planned on reading short stories,but I kept putting them off,as I was all the time occupied with a book .Now that I’m taking a small break from novels,I’ve decided to finally purchase this little collection of short stories revolving around birthdays and selected by Haruki Murakami himself.In fact,this book caught my eye while I was looking for Murakami’s other works.Needless to say,the cover is another reason why I was so attracted to it.I have so far read six stories and their idiosyncrasies,subtlety and originality have touched me very deeply.If you want to be surprised and read something something very delicate,then give this book a go! Just note that as opposed to what the title suggests,only one story is from Murakami,the rest having been written by various unknown but hugely talented authors.
2.Batman: Year One & The Man who Laughs
Although I’ve been a huge Batman fan since I was a kid,I have never read any of the comics,simply because they are not sold in my country.However,seeing many bloggers regularly buying the comics made me realise that I could now order them from the bookdepository.My only fear was that they might be damaged,but in the end,I was relieved with their near-perfect condition,and their quality exceeded my expectations: I didn’t expect the DC paperbacks to feel like real comics.And why did I buy these two Batman titles out of the countless others? Well,according to a list,it would be better to start with these two.
3.The Grimm’s Fairy Tales,Folio Society edition.(Arthur Rackham illustrations)
Classics and short stories aside,I am very fond of fairy tales and children literature.The Folio Society has published three collections of fairy tales from three mythical authors,namely Hans Andersen,the Grimm Brothers and Charles Perrault.Strikingly each of these respectively comprises the illustrations of three renown artists of the 20th century: William Heath Robinson,Arthur Rackham,and Edmund Dulac.I’ve been eyeing those three collections since last year,and because they are quite expensive,have also been waiting for them to be discounted.In March,the Grimm’s Fairy Tales was discounted for 15% only,but this temporary drop in price was only an excuse for me to finally buy it!