Haul | Avid Reader Bookshop and Cafe

I’m normally too far away from Brisbane’s West End to visit Avid Reader, but this particular day I was down that way buying frames at the optometrist.  I was lured into the bookshop by 1. their advertised sale and 2. the need to buy a book on my university set text list.  It was too good an opportunity to miss.  Here’s what I got!

Complete Prose by Woody Allen

417GW7EVDXL._SX294_BO1,204,203,200_This collection contains fifty-two pieces by famous film director, Woody Allen.  People seem to either love him or hate him, but you can always find me in the Woody Allen adoration camp.  I’ve enjoyed his uniquely neurotic humour ever since I first watched Annie Hall.  

Short story collections are easy reading.  Complete Prose is almost 500 pages long, but a single story will only take me a short sitting to read.  This makes them perfect for relaxing before bed or as a pick-me-up first thing in the morning before getting ready for the day.  I’ve read Woody Allen’s writing before, and I can confidently expect to be laughing out loud at this book.  I’m very chuffed to have got it for only $9.95 in Avid Reader’s sell out sale!

Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas

barracuda-book-coverYou might remember that I talked about Barracuda previously on my blog.  You can read that review here.  I ended up having to buy my own copy for my university unit about Australian writing.

This is a hefty-sized book, but it’s very readable and fast-paced.  I know I’ll enjoy analysing it more deeply for uni.  It has smart techniques and complex characters and themes that will be engaging to talk about in my research essay.

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

9781847088420Disclaimer: I didn’t actually buy this book from Avid Reader.  I met my friend at the bookshop and she leant me her own copy of this book, insisting that it would be right up my ally.  I couldn’t resist sharing it with you in this post.

The Empathy Exams is a collection of personal essays.  Through various scenarios, Leslie Jamison challenges the how, what, when, where, why of empathy.  I am so excited to read this.  Empathy is a quality that I’m deeply interested in and committed to, and I can’t wait for this book to challenge and teach me.

Back cover reviews describe The Empathy Exams as “fiercely, prodigiously brave” and “a work of tremendous pleasure and tremendous pain”.  I am hooked.  Expect a review when I finish reading!

So that’s all I got!  I sheltered my brown paper bag from the driving rain and got them safely (and drily) home.  What about you?  Have you bought any exciting new books recently?  Do you have a favourite bookstore to share?  

Don’t forget to check out Avid Reader’s website here or ‘like’ their Facebook page here to keep track of the exciting things happening in store. 

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