I'm home! My interview took not even ten minutes. The hotel was very clean and classy but the room was tiny considering it's for two adults and a child usually (we of course had the cost adjusted for three adults), and man how expensive is food?! This afternoon while waiting for our cab home were each had a cup of tea and that cost £7.50 for three. You do the math!
On the bright side, Ipswich turned out to be a goldmine for books, charity-shop-wise. The Oxfam shop especially was a branch dedicated only to books and I found three books in there for £11 altogether.
I had happened to be thinking about reading more Guy Gavriel Kay books but was having trouble really finding much through amazon (for example). I found THREE different books by him altogether in the charity shops, and one of them looks practically brand new and was selling in Waterstone's for £9.99 which I know because I had picked it up earlier to look at it. It was labeled £2 but they were doing "all books £1" in the charity shop I got it from. Could I have gotten more of a coincidental bargain? XD I love charity shops for the sheer randomness of what you find.
So, I got:
Forest Mage, Robin Hobb - I wasn't enthused about this series after pre-ordering the first volume years ago when it came out and not really wanting to continue the rest, but this volume I bought is hardback, only cost me £5 instead of the £18+ it was marketed at, and she still wrote my favourite books so it's kind of nice to own everything she's written, especially since I never finished the series. It wasn't abysmal, it just wasn't what I had been expecting from her. I'll give it a chance).
The Wilding, C.S Friedman - Even since I randomly gave 'In Conquest Born' a chance and really enjoyed it I had been intending to read this one, and had little luck getting hold of it. I'm talking years of intending to get it and searching. The chances of finding it were amazing.
The Summer Tree, Guy Gavriel Kay - See above! I had happened to pick up this in Waterstone's, being one of the authors they carried something by, which I didn't already own. I wasn't looking for anything in particular by him, just more than what I'd already read (The Lions of Al-Rassan and Sailing to Sarantium). But I wasn't going to just shell out £10 like that. With good reason :D)
A Song for Arbonne, Guy Gavriel Kay - £1.50. They also had Assassin's Apprentice for £1.25 but I figured just because you love a series that's no reason to collect it all over again now that they've re-issued them with new covers you don't even like ;)
Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay - £2.99 in Oxfam. One of the more expensive books, but when you buy used from amazon they start at £2.75 just for postage, even if they charge you 1p for the actual book it's close enough that I might as well just buy and have the book in hand.
The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks and The Elfstones of Shannara, Terry Brooks - A girl from work bought me a set of three books from the Shannara universe and they weren't horrific so I thought I'd give some others a go. Any fantasy book I don't throw across the room in disgust or despair these days I'll read more of just for something to read!
Apart from that I bought a couple more pairs of long shorts for the eventual holiday from Peacocks and a new pair of earrings that are hoops made to look like the teeth of zips with a zip on them and a small portion of zip open. They're more awesome than I can explain ;) Oh and also three ceramic owl magnets from evolution. I love owls and I don't even know why!