BOOKISH FINDS: Moomins and more

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I mentioned in my January wrap-up post that I had been to the Tove Jansson exhibition and picked up some pretty great things, but I felt like the experience deserved a post of it’s own so here it is. Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Moomins and more”


BOOKISH FINDS: New Year, New Books

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I had Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale for Christmas and Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, both beautifully crafted books with strong feminist vibes, but I decided to use the holidays to really relax, so I didn’t photograph them and I’ve left them at home while I continue to work in the big city. I’ll try and photograph them at some point, but I have some other books to share as well. Technically, I didn’t buy them all in 2018, but well we’ll twist the rules a little just this once.  Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: New Year, New Books”

BOOKISH FINDS: The Charity Shelf

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One of the things I love about my internship is that I’m constantly surrounded by books. There are shelves everywhere I look, and on those shelves are stories that I would really love to read. The other thing is that I’m surrounded by people who love books and are generous with them too. We have a charity shelf in the lobby of the building where people leave books once they’ve finished them for other people to enjoy. It’s a great system, and I’ve picked up some books I’ve wanted to read in for a while:


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DSC_0943I’ve been trying not to buy books and failing miserably recently. I’m only in London for a few months, so accumulating a book fortress is going to make for interesting moving, but it doesn’t count if you get given books. And I was given books. So it doesn’t count.

They’ve all got great covers. Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS:”

BOOKISH FINDS: Surprise Mail

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There’s nothing better than a bookish surprise, and I had one just before I left Liverpool. My last ever parcel in that house (I’m trying not to be overly emotional about these things, but I got a bit teary when I realised I’d done my last ever clothes wash in the house, don’t ask), but it definitely put a smile on my face after what was a excited but sad week.

My lovely friend sent me my birthday present and it was every book-lovers dream. She got me Ali Smith’s Autumn, which I have been wanting to read for a while, particularly when the Waterstones autumn displays have been trying to tempt me into buying it. It’s like she read my mind. Not only that she got me some lovely little bookish pins and a Moomin calendar. If anyone knows me, they will know how much I love the Moomins (Exhibit A, the soft toy in this picture). I haven’t set out to collect Moomins, but now that I have some pyjamas, cups, a decanter, a make-up bag and a soft toy, I think it’s hard for me to deny that I have a slight obsession.

They were the perfect presents.

BOOKISH FINDS: Birthday Books

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It’s my birthday! I’m turning 24 today, and to celebrate I decided to invest in some extra special books. It’s something I started doing last year, and I wanted to keep it going because for me there’s nothing better than a book on your birthday, or maybe three.

I’ve had my eye on these beautiful Austen books for ages. Since I first read Emma as a teenager, Jane Austen has been my all time favourite author. I loved her wit, her warmth and her strong characters. For me, there’s no one like Austen, and these books seemed liked the perfect present to myself.


Despite being a huge Austen fan, I only actually own a Clothbound Classic copy of Persuasion and a Vintage Classic Pride & Prejudice, so it’s nice to finally have some copies to call my own. I’m thinking I might have to complete the set very soon.

What’s your favourite way to celebrate your birthday? Do you buy birthday books too?

BOOKISH FINDS: Spontaneous Spree

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Sometimes, when I’m disappointed or in need of cheering up I go out to a book shop, and pick up some brand new books. I often pick up my next reads from charity shops or libraries, but there is nothing like coming home with a new book every now and again. It works every time. That being said, sometimes I buy new books when I’m not in need of cheering up and just because I want to. Both are entirely legitimate reasons. Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Spontaneous Spree”