Browsing, buying

Today and tomorrow there’s a large Christmas market in the atrium of the building where I work, organised by Femmes d’Europe. There are stalls selling food items and handicrafts from various countries, but the highlight for me is always the secondhand book sale.

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Now there are any number of bookshops in town where I can go and buy whatever I want, but it’s still a lot more fun to browse through boxes of paperbacks for one Euro each, never knowing what you might find. I exercise a lot more restraint these days, fully aware of the limitations on the amount of time I have to actually read the stuff I buy, so in the end I settled for four for myself, and five for the kids.

My eldest daughter is going through a major Jacqueline Wilson stage at the moment, and both she and her sister love the Geronimo Stilton books too.

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Further along there was a stall selling children’s toys and games. You know the kind of thing: wooden blocks, toy cars, DVD box sets of The Killing…

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And it’s all for charity!

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