Sometimes when I look at the shelves of books and bandée dessines (BDs or French graphic novels) in my new home, I smile to myself and thank the Lord for bring me to a man who loves the written word just as much as I do. In fact, I sometimes think that he likes reading more than I do having grown up surrounded by nothing but books and more books. Of course, our taste differs to some varying degree.
Nil has his books mostly in French, and prefers fictional books and graphic novels based on actual and realistic historical content/accounts over other things. Me? I am more of a jack of all trades – I have no favourites and my list of genres go from chicklit to biopics and even serious stuff like reference books on sociology, religion, philosophy and so forth. When it comes to graphic novels, I’m more of the X-Men kind although I find myself gravitating towards Nil’s taste of lately. It doesn’t mean he has started picking up my chicklit or romance novels.
Being in Switzerland has posed to be somewhat of a problem for the both of us. Like everything else, books in Switzerland can be quite expensive – the same title can cost anywhere from 2 to 10 euroes more here than if we were to buy it in France. Plus the choices of English books in a small town is somewhat dismal, to say the least. I think Kinokuniya, Borders and MPH back at home have left me spoilt for choice. Lets not get to knitting-related books, be it from English or Japanese publishers!
After scouting around the Internet and looking at recommendations, I had two options – to get books from Amazon.de which offers free shipping to Switzerland OR Bookdepository.co.uk which offers free worldwide shipping (note to Malaysians – this offer applies to you too!). I decided to go with Bookdepository since I don’t understand a word of German and neither does Nil. Plus we’ve never tried getting our books with this company before so why not? The currencies available are either in euro, pound or dollar so after doing the math and all, we discovered that the books were at least 2 euroes cheaper than actually going to France to buy them AND their range of English material was…wonderful, to say the least.
So two weeks after placing an order for The Baby Book by William Sears, The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, all three books arrived on separate days (yes, they ship base on availability) and in great condition. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy from them again although we’d have to use a credit card but yes, the free worldwide shipping was definitely a bonus.
Oh, in case you’re wondering, those are some second hand knitting magazines that I got from Lilian‘s destash. I still have problems deciding if I want to subscribe to Interweave Knits so I’ll probably just buy them as they came out each quarter. I know, I know…I shouldn’t need a lot of convincing but I do. Oops. XD