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Recently, I went on holiday in England. It was my fourth time in London, so I was able to visit the more obscure places and take my time walking around the city without any rush.

Normally, I am against buying a big amount of books during a short period of time but, as books in England are generally cheaper, I decided to hide away my morals for a few days and purchase all of the books my heart wanted.

I will talk about the books I bought in the order I got them.

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โžต Nonsense - Edward Lear

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โœŽ Word On Water

The first bookstore I went in, just after visiting Platform 9 3/4, is called Word On Water. It's a small independent book store situated near King's Cross. The store is run by a kind peculiar-looking man and is literally in a boat.
I did know what I wanted to buy (of course my book wish list is always a thousand kilometres long) but I decided to ask the owner what was his favourite book.

He ended up showing me two books: this one, which is a small children's poetry book with really funny poems, and the next book I am going to talk about. He recited his favourite poem and I ended up purchasing both his favourite poetry book and his favourite novel.

I have read this small book, and I found it really cute and funny. The poems are obviously written for children, but for someone like me, who loves plays on words and the English language in general, it was quite interesting.

my rating for this book: 4/5
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โžต As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner

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โœŽ Word On Water

The kind peculiar-looking man's favourite novel is As I Lay Dying. He told me right away that the author uses a similar style to Virginia Woolf's, which I am not a big fan of, but what made me decide buying it was the fact that he too does not particularly like Woolf's books. He said that, even though he would not consider this genere his cup of tea, he loved this book.

I definitely am interested in reading it and I will get to it as soon as I can.

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โžต The Man from St. Petersburg and Eye of the Needle - Ken Follett

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โœŽ some second hand bookstore in Soho

I am a huge fan of Ken Follett. I think that his books are extraordinary and, when I saw these two books sold for two pounds each, I could not not buy them. I had already read Eye of the Needle in Italian, but I've always wanted to reread it in its true form.
While I was in London, I read The Man from St. Petersburg fully in the time I was in the underground.

Overall, I love a good historical novel and Follett never disappoints me. While I think that an author who only writes one genere will never express their full potential, I absolutely love all of the little subgeneres Follett implements in his works.

my rating for Eye of the Needle: 3.5/5
my rating for The Man from St. Petersburg: 4/5
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โžต The Darker Arts - Oscar De Muriel

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โœŽ Hatchards

I have to admit that I bought this book purely because of the cover and because it is a signed copy. I visited this bookstore called Hatchards where even the Queen buys books. I was looking for a book a friend of mine recommended but I did not find it. As this store sells plenty of signed copies of so so many books, I picked out one of the many novels that seemed interesting.

The Darker Arts is the fifth book in a series, which I did not know when I bought it, that follows two detectives. I hope that every novel is its own mystery and that they are not all intertwined because, if that is the case, I fear I will understand nothing.

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โžต The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

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โœŽ Hurlingham Books

On my last day in London, I decided to go to this really really pretty bookstore called Hurlingham Books. Unfortunately, the actual bookstore was closed because the owner often just goes away without updating the opening hours on google. Yet, outside, there were two small shelves full of one pound books. I picked out the only one I was interested in and left the money in the store with a note by sliding it in from the hole for the letters.

I hope the owner did not get mad haha.

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โžต Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

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โœŽ The Notting Hill Book Shop

My parents really like the movie "Notting Hill". When we visited that neighbourhood and Portobello Road, where the film's bookstore is. There, I bought a classic. Weirdly enough, I have never read it and one of my goals as a reader is reading more classics.

The cover of this book is stunning, and I hope that the story is too.

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Hi! My name is Caleb and I am an Italian teen who loves
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my family and attend high-school. Someday I would like
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