a Very Bookish Trip
Whilst a lecture, a friend and I decided that it was a great idea to visit a lot of bookstores together. We decided to actually plan this after our exams. We made a list of the bookstores we wanted to visit and actually went there. We told ourselves that we could buy one or two books per shop. But these two book addicts bought way more books of course. We made it a two-day trip, and I wanted to tell you which shops we visited and which books I bought there. I hope I am gonna get this right, cause I bought so many books and I am not a hundred percent sure where I bought some books. On day one we went to Rotterdam and Maastricht, the second day we went to four bookstores in Amsterdam.
Coolsingel 129, Rotterdam
At first, we went to this amazing bookstore in Rotterdam. This is the bookstore where I usually get my books. It felt like coming home! We walked into the store and first browsed through the English literature. We basically told each other the entire time: 'Oh I want to read this book, and this one, and this one too.' and 'I have this one, you can borrow it'. From the English Literature department, I decided to buy Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Then we went on and had a look at other departments. I decided not to buy books but did actually add them to my To Be Read list on Goodreads. We had a look at the sales, and there I found this beautiful edition of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, which I have been wanting to read for quite a while. That book was, of course, bought too. After two hours we decided it was time to go to Maastricht, we paid for our books, got lunch and caught our train.
Dominicanerkerkstraat 1, Maastricht
This bookstore is probably one of my favorites. It takes quite a while to get there by train but it was so worth it. This bookstore is in an actual church. I had been here before when I was little but I couldn't really remember the experience, so it was amazing to go back and have this experience. As soon as I walked into the store/church, I was amazed by how beautiful it looked! They have a big variety of English and Dutch books, which is amazing because I tend to have a preference for English books, but sometimes I find a hidden gem between the Dutch books. The first book I decided to buy here was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. This book was already on my TBR list on Goodreads but I hadn't bought it yet. I also had seen it at the previous bookstore, but I just wasn't sure (weird, cause three hours later I decided to buy it still!). After that, I bought a book I just couldn't wait to get. That book is Call me by your name by André Aciman. I haven't watched this movie just because I want to read the book first.
Kalverstraat 152, Amsterdam
This was like a dream come true. I always wanted to go here but never did. If you love to read books in English, this is the place to be. We arrived when the store just opened, which was amazing because this meant it wasn't really busy. If I would have had an unlimited budget I probably would have bought everything. In the English Literature section, I found Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré. I read The Night Manager by this author and it was amazing, and since then I have been wanting to read another book by him. I was looking around in the Crime section when my friend spotted a book I was just talking about to her. I had watched The Alienist on Netflix and had absolutely loved it when I found out it was based on a book! So I decided to buy The Alienist by Caleb Carr. The History section in Waterstones was astonishing and I could have bought a lot more books if I hadn't thought of my budget.
Kloveniersburgwal 58, Amsterdam
Book Exchange is a bookstore which only sells second hand English books (and they have a tiny. but like really tiny, collection of French and German books)! Every inch of this store is filled with books and they were so cheap! Here is where the addict in me took over and it all went wrong. From this moment on it, all went downhill for my wallet. First I found Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. I had been searching for this one for quite a while but just couldn't find it. Here I got it for €5, which is a great price. After that, I found Dracula by Bram Stoker, also a book that has been on my TBR list for a while! This book only cost me €5 as well. I also found Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh (€4,50) and A little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (€7,50). I had a look at the little shelf with German books because I recently decided I wanted to try and keep up my German. I found a book that I actually had to read at school. So I decided to buy Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka for only €4.
Spui 14-16, Amsterdam
This bookstore was great but I just couldn't find a lot of books here that I really wanted to buy. It was one of my least favorite bookstores actually. I loved their history section though and in their fiction section, I found a book called Diary of a Murderer by Kim Young-Ha. It really grabbed my attention and that was actually the only book I got there.
The American Book Centre
Spui 12, Amsterdam
Yes, another bookstore with English books! As a student, you get a 10% discount here. I think that was quite problematic because it made me buy more books, but it was also a good excuse. The first book I picked up and didn't let go was The talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. After that, I found a book by Oscar Wilde and I am starting to like his writing more and more. So The Portrait of Mr. W.H. found it's way to my bookcase. After that, I found a book that wasn't on my TBR list and I hadn't read anything else by this writer, but Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch sounded just really interesting. And the last book I bought on this trip was Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.
This was two days of intense book shopping and adding books to my TBR pile in my bookcase, but you know what? That's okay because my goal is to read 20 books at least in 2020.