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January Books and The Tragedy of a Girl LIving In Greece


Willow by Julia Hoban
The Agency 2: The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett
A Clique Novel: The Pretty Commitee Strikes Back by Lisi Harisson
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Infinity by Sarah Dessen
The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern
Rocky Mountain Match by Pamela Nissen

These are all the books I have bought this month and I will really try not to buy any more. The usual challenge of a booklover, I want more books but they cost money... Please let me know if you jave read any of these and whether you liked them or not, or if you would like to read a review of a book.

As some of you know, I live in Greece.
What none of you know is that it's not entirely impossible to find books in english here, but it is extremely difficult. Some, that are U.K. releases can be found in a certain bookstore  even before they are available in Amazon.com. But only a few.
The majority of books talked about in book blogs, book vlogs, book magazines, book ads and any other form of book communication, never reaches the english fiction section of a Greek bookstore. (There are no more than five bookstores with an english fiction section in Athens)
So, I have to order them via amazon.com (and wait for at least two weeks), or from CBD if the books are christian fiction (and then wait for a bit more than a month).
Alternatively, I order them via ebay, if they are available there and I don't mind if they are used or even in really poor condition, as long as I don't have to pay an astronomical shipping fee. There is a chance that I might receive a book in a week, if the seller is in Europe. However, that is not always the case. 
For intsance, I received the book Rocky Mountain Match, pictured above, yesterday. I was surprised and glad and furious. You see, I had ordered it back in September. 

Much as I love reading and blogging in English, I also love my country and the fact that I am Greek. I also like the fact that in this way I have learnt to appreciate every single english book I hold in my hands and will never, I think, be prone to the disgusting (at least to me) way of  thinking of some so-called booklovers, who don't want their books to have a tiny bent anywhere on their person.
But sometimes I am jealous of other readers who have all the new and older books at their disposal and I wanted to share my thoughts. 
Admittedly I now feel much better.  

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3 comments:

Truly Bookish said...

Wow, I never really thought about what it's like to try to get English language books in a country whose language is not English. I have zero budget for books, so I understand where you are coming from with buying them. Almost everything I read is from the public library which is not an option for you either. Have you tried registering with NetGalley? As a blogger, you are able to review books for publishers. It does not solve your problem but does give you access to more titles.
NC
Truly Bookish

Life and all it's beauty said...

It must be a great feeling to appreciate the English books you have! I wish I could feel 100% that way, maybe I should start appreciating them more now. This is because I live in Canada, and every bookstore has new/old English books. But books can truly take you through a magical world beyond what we live currently! I have recently planned on reading Beastly! The synopsis sounds great :) Please do post a review on it! Oh, and by the way Greece would be one of the top countries that I would choose for my vacation spot! haha it looks simply beautiful!

alexandra george said...

Truly, thanks so much for the advice, I had not heard of netgalley, but I will research it.
Life and all, Greece is indeed the most beautiful country in my opinion :) you should definitely visit here.
thanks for commenting you guys, you both made my day.

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