Monday, March 30, 2015

" My love ♥ for books and Agatha Christie "

It's no secret when I tell you that next to traveling, I love to read, but who doesn't right?
I'd rather spend my weekend afternoon with a good book, a cup of Jasmine and sit on my favorite spot.
There... I'm sold.

Although lately, I have been neglecting this habit and instead, have been watching
back-to-back Italian/Spanish tv series instead. *another love of mine.^-^

Still, finding a great read and can't put it down novel can be challenging.
If the book's just plain inane and boring.
The next thing you know, you're either putting the book aside or placing it back on the shelf.

Among my favorite writers that I never get tired of reading was Agatha Christie's.
I think I have collected all of the books that she's written and watched all of the ITV series as well.
Between Ms. Marple and Hercule Poirot though, I chose the latter.
The little grey cells and his moustache never ceases to amaze me, ~ n'est-ce pas?

David Suchet as Hercule Poirot
courtesy of Pinterest

But this post isn't about a book review.
I'm getting to the point, I promise.


While most of us keeps magnets or figurines as souvenirs from our trips.
Me, I collect books and magazines.
I like the crunchy smell of a paperback or a newly printed magazine,
or sometimes even the musky smell of an old book. *addict-much*

I am always drawn inside quaint book shops and news stands.
I could spend quite sometime leafing a few pages and browsing each section, even if language is a barrier.
And so my baggage allowance is always an issue, expect to find more than two mags and
a handful of books inside my luggage. ^-^


Livres are in french as Books are in english.
Spotted along the 5th arrondissement.
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Gibert Jeune and Gibert Joseph bookstores seems to be everywhere in Paris.
You shouldn't miss it if you're a book aficionado.
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Right outside the store of Gibert Joseph, I noticed a crowd gathering, where I first thought was a small Christmas Market of some sort.
To my surprise, It was anything but books! Paperback novels to be exact and a few coffee table books, Manga comics and travel books as well.
That immediately brought a smile to my face, luckily we were still early, because when we went back there during the evening, the place was packed.

Paperbacks for as low as .50 cents euro and with a wide range of good titles.

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Some of the books that we bought and I haven't even shown you the other half yet. ^0^
and mind you, I was already in my "tipid" (thrift) mode and worried as to how am I going to fit them all inside my luggage.

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Now this one was from another bookstore, also near the Latin Quarter area, I forgot the name of it and can't seem to find them on my file.
This particular bookshop only sells BD (: Bande dessinée ) comics and was so happy when I finally found Penelope Jolicoeur's books.
I stumbled her blog some years ago and have been following her until recently.
I love her drama, the sketches, the sort of sex-and-the-city inspired dialogues, and her wandering adventures.
- Here's the link - if you like quirky and funny comic strips.

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The minute our train landed at Santa Maria Novella Station.
I was already looking at the nearest Newspaper stand.
Books like Idelfonso Falcones, Breakfast at Tiffany, Jeffrey Deaver, Stephen King and more are quickly translated.
In stark contrast to what we have here, where only a few mainstream newspapers and a few tabloids are available.
In other countries, books and magazine stands have a wide, wide, wide range of choices, I meant to emphasize the word "wide".

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and yes, we bought a few mimeograph comics as well. I think they were between 3-5 euros.
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National Geographic with a compliment 12 month calendar for only 4 euros.
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But this cart stand got my attention. It was silently parked in front of the church, along with the souvenir stands.
It would've been easily snob by any passerby except for me. ^0^

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The book vendor was so lazy to even tell me how much these comics were.
I think if I stole a book from his stand he wouldn't even notice!
They were One euro each by the way, The old Linus edition comics.
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Madrid was my magazine hubbub, to say that I hoarded their December editions was an understatement.
It was a feast browsing through any magazine stand because the glitzy and girly mags have lots of freebies. ^0^

This is Casa del Libro - one of the major bookstores in the market.

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And a movie poster calendar featuring Federico Fellini's - La Dolce Vita plus a free DVD western dubbed films.
Both of my dad's favorite as he likes collecting them.
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and here's what we bought.: ^0^
The Tricot Facile that teaches one the basics of knitting. It was on sale for only 1 one euro!
It was also where my sister first learned how to knit and up to now still does, thanks to this.
Sadly, when we tried to contact them, their main market was in Spain only.

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and because I love Poirot, I couldn't pass this magazine without buying the free re-printed edition of Agatha.
For only 3.95 euros.
I chose Lord Edgware dies, one of my fave books.
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But this unique store got my attention.
It's called : A different life bookstore along the Chueca area in Madrid.
Why, you might ask?

This poster said: los libros infantiles sobre sexual e igualidad = children's books about sexual and equality
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Well, Because, it is literally different!
It is a bookstore where you can find inspired Gay and Lesbian theme novels, magz, dvd's and such.
What a great alternative!
But we didn't went inside though,
And here I am thinking, if that bookstore were to open a branch here, exactly of the same kind.
I doubt it if the Catholic heads won't react to that. ^-^
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And here we were at the heart of Rome, already too beat to walk back to our hotel,
our stomachs were already rumbling and then out of the blue, we saw a small flea market stand, almost oblivious again to passerby.

along Piazza Benedetto Cairoli : ROMA
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But my eyes were already glinting when I saw these hard cover Agatha Christie's edition and in Italiano!
Oh my freakin! I was silently shouting Hallelujah inside, and If only I could buy them all... I really would.
They were 10 euros each, a collection of stories from these detectives.
Based from the smell, it was already dated and probably a bit moist from the changing weather.
I don't mind though, and I still regret why I wasn't that impulsive.

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I did promise myself that *if ever* I have the chance to visit any Italian country again.
I am SURE to buy at least one home. definitely! ^0^
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On my recent trip to Turin,
with no exact whereabouts and destination,
We found ourselves right along this alleyway and this bookstore called : L'asino d'oro - Libri scolastici
As usual, I was casually looking at the window display and this one caught my eye!
This time, I know I had to ask the owner inside, with my crappy Italian phrase and please Signor.
The owner charged me for 5 euros.
Yup, It was a bit pricey for an old 2nd hand book.
But how can you argue with The Mystery in the Blue Train?! ^0^

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Here were some of the hefty books as well... find anything you like?
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Raconti di Padre Brown - Father Brown series from GK Chesterton.
The owner checked a few pages front and back, I guess to check the book's condition.
It was 15 euros, and again, my dilemma with the suitcase thingy.
Thanks to BBC detective dramas, I'm learning a lot. ^0^
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and more from Pier Pasolini's Autobiography...
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So there you go, just one super long post about my love for books. ^0^
till my next post...

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  1. Oh what a delight to be able to visit bookstores in your travels. I don't think I've ever been in one in any of my trips. I love travelling, books and jasmin is my fave tea. We have a lot of things in common it seems, although I've never read an Agatha Christie.

    1. ^0^ bookshops are always in my to-do list. I like teas in general, can't believe you like it too.!
      well, i hope you try reading one of her books sometime.

  2. I've only watched the Agatha Christie series on PBS, but I'm going to start reading the books now that I've seen your collection.

    I mean, holy macaroons (I mean that in a good way!), where do you fit all those books in your luggage? I do buy books when I'm traveling but I limit myself to one or two. I love the Asterix and Obelix or the Le Petit Prince series and I buy them in different languages. I think comic books are easier to read and I love looking at the illustrations. Great finds and I'd certainly try to find those bookstores when I'm in Paris (hoping this year will push through).

    1. haha! holy macaroons it is. the luggage thingy is always a bit of a challenge. ^0^
      i love comics also, ^-^ yes, the sketches do add an interesting touch to it.
      I hope to see your posts about your Europe trip, and yes,! i'm positive it will push through.


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