This will be my last post about my adventures in Ireland. Across from our hotel in Dublin was Chapters, a bookstore I had actually already heard about from those who had previously gone on the Ireland trip in glowing terms. While I didn’t have a chance to go during our first days in Dublin, I managed to hit it up—twice—during our final weekend in Dublin. And let me tell you, I could spend hours in there.
Chapters is the largest independent bookstore in Ireland—luckily for me, as I’d just made my New’s Year resolution to only buy independent or used this year. It’s two stories and quite deep; I barely noticed a gentleman being escorted out by police on my first visit. (Luckily, my friend was much more observant.) New and sale books are displayed attractively on tables on the first floor, and used books take up the second floor. On my first visit, I didn’t have much time, as we had to meet the tour group to go see Little Women, but on my second visit, I spent at least two hours, drooling over books and notebooks.
On the first floor, I was very taken by these Vintage reissues. To celebrate the publishing house’s twenty-first birthday, Vintage has released twenty-one of its titles in gloriously colorful editions, complete with matching sprayed edges. I was sorely tempted by The Handmaid’s Tale, but the eight euro price tag, especially as my funds dwindled, held me back. But they’re so incredibly gorgeous!
And then I died laughing when I went to go check on editions of Sherlock Holmes. Look, I like tie-in book covers as much as the next woman—I collect US editions of The Lord of the Rings, for Pete’s sake, and don’t think I don’t want a copy of The Three Musketeers with Orlando Bloom smarming at me. (I have a one sheet for the movie over my desk. The Duke of Buckingham is my life coach, what can I say?) But putting the modern trappings of Sherlock on The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and A Study in Scarlet makes me giggle. To be fair, both covers do try to hide the modern clothes by using shots with them in coats and jackets, but I’m still unsure why they colored in Sherlock’s scarf differently on both editions. Well, to each their own, I suppose. (I did, however, appreciate the numbered Penguin editions, and will probably purchase those when I’m incredibly rich and can buy every book ever.)
I naturally sought out the Tolkien shelf as soon as I hit the second floor. While I didn’t get a photo of it, there was a brilliant bargain pile that started near the stairs and wound around the wall. It was neatly stacked, but easy to access, and I just loved the idea of wading through books. I also found a making of the movie Eragon book, which I probably should have bought, for kicks and giggles, as it’s one of my favorite bad movies. (I do, however, now own an Eragon poster. God bless thrift stores.) And I think that’s really the best part of Chapters; the thrill of the hunt, and just being able to pick through a great selection of books. If you’re ever in Dublin, definitely pay Chapters a visit.
This is my haul from Chapters—new copies of The Little Stranger and Indiscretion (which I’m very excited about, since I loved Passion), a used copy of Nights at the Circus, and an adorable notebook from Spank Publishing. I have such a hard time finding cute and tiny ring-bound notebooks that I had to get it, even if it has London on it rather than anything else. I will be buying more.
Well, Valentine’s Day week has yielded up plenty of candy—so much, in fact, that I’ve kind of lost my appetite. I’m interviewing prospective students today and finishing up some writing projects for class. I finished The Starboard Sea, Batwoman: Elegy, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.
Tor/Forge is giving away David Weber’s Safehold series until March 9th; you have to sign up for their newsletter. The Baen Free Library is full of free downloads, including The Shadow of the Lion and On Basilisk Station. Night Shade Books is offering Butcher Bird and Grey as free downloads at the moment. Vertigo Comics is offering free downloads of the first issue of several series, including Fables, The Unwritten, and Y: The Last Man. (And you will go download The Unwritten.) Small Beer Press offers several of their books as free downloads, including Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners. If I’ve missed your giveaway or freebie, drop me a line!
Have you encountered great bookstores while traveling?