It's fun going on a shopping spree. It's especially fun going on a shopping spree at a book festival - it's Paradise!! (yes, first experience, please forgive...).
So, when Patricia told me of the Book Festival in Leuven, I knew I would have a great time. Quite close to home, plenty of space for whatever one can imagine about books. I was prepared however: I had one sturdy bag with me for any heavy coffee-table books, and a couple of linen bags for the rest.
I can only recommend this experience. The vastness that is a book festival and the variety of books - not to mention the prices, which are really very low - make it worth the while getting up early in the morning and setting out for the excursion. The excellent organisation as well of such an endeavour means that there is a book trolley at my disposal and plenty of space to walk around at ease and browse the titles. And that's how I got my first loot! Very good experience, to be repeated as soon as possible!
For literary purposes, I got Ian Rankin's Watchman, Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and Maggie O'Farrell's The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. For my other interests, I got a book on Indian Cooking and Nicky Epstein's Signature Scarves - Dazzling designs to knit.