Saturday, 18th May 2019

Pages read: 110

The idea to start the diary of a reader was inspired in part by one of my current reads "The Diary of a bookseller " by Shaun Nutshell and a journal assessment I just finished for my English class. I thought it might be fun to do a little entry every now and then, when I do something particularly bookish.

Today I had to go vote in the federal election,  so I went into the city. Seeing as I was there I decided to pop into the library for some undistracted time to finish the aforementioned journey assessment.  After that, I headed to my favourite second-hand bookstore. I hadn't been for a while and they had a lot of new stock, I ended up getting six books, three of them copies of Alice in Wonderland related.  There was a really pretty edition of Alice that I didn't end up getting,  it was just too big height wise and with all my other books I doubted my ability to manage it on the bus. The other books I got at this particular bookstore were Howl’’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Perks of Being A Wallflower (which I’ve read multiple times and loved, but I didn’t own a copy) by Stephen Chbosky and a bind of the Adventures of the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton.

I decided to go to a second, second-hand bookshop in the city,  this one doubles as a cafe.  I got a hot chocolate and a black bean chipotle and cheese toasty,  which was so yum.  I also picked up three more books; Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Miss Peregrine’’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (both which I’ve already read and enjoyed but didn’t own copies of) and The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen, which I’d never heard of but sounded interesting.

I was going to go to a third, second-hand bookstore,  however halfway there I remembered they closed at 1 pm on Saturday,  at that point, it was 12:56 pm, so I decided to go to the nearest bus stop and go home.

Once I found the bus stop I was looking on the app to see what bus I needed to catch, how long it was going to be and to double check I was on the right side of the road. I was just casually standing on the path.  There is a bus coming up and I realise it is not the one I need, so I go to step back and the other guy at the stop stands up to signal the bus so he can get it. And he looks at me and goes "There's no need to be scared, never be scared. " I just nod and say "right."  This guy smells like beer,  vomit and cigarettes,  and he clearly has forgotten about brushing his teeth for a long time.  Then to make it a weirder encounter he laughs maniacally as he gets on the bus and waves at me as the bus leaves. It was very strange.

I had a little bit more to do on my assessment and then I got to read till bed,  pausing briefly for dinner.