Ever since I had to part with some books when I moved to Australia (remember?!), I have tried to control myself and not buy so many books as I used to.
I have started using Kindle and I must confess that it is most practical and I actually really like it. It is not the same, and it will never replace my passion for books as a physical object!, but it is definitely a great way to carry books in your purse, purchase books for a cheaper price and having lots of new books without having to worry about reorganising your bookshelves. Not mention how convenient it is when you’re travelling.
However, I still love visiting bookstores! I love browsing through the aisles, opening books, smelling their pages, reading random passages. I love to get a feel for the bestsellers and the ones chosen to be on the spotlight. I love browsing through the stationery shelves, usually close to the tills, and check out the bookmarks, the notebooks, the pens, etc.
There are a few bookstores around Brisbane that have a coffee bar and these are quite appealing. Combining coffee and books can never be wrong! But there is also a chain of bookstores that I really like: Dymocks. These are usually big stores where you can get lost for hours. They have a great travel section and every time I visit their stores I always end up bringing something home. I have found some great books: walks around Brisbane, “foodies guide” for Brisbane, nature walks around Australia, and some others that have proved very useful when discovering a new city and country.
I have refrained from buying novels or fiction though, and have been getting e-books instead.
When my mother-in-law came to visit over the Christmas period she did bring some new books from Portuguese authors, that are not available at the Kindle Store or in any other bookstore in Australia for that matter, and it make me very happy 😀 I have now read them all and even though I have been reading on my Kindle I can feel “the itch” again. I will surely be paying Dymocks a visit in the near future!