I’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:”
Camden Town is a great place to visit. It’s vibrant and busy and packed full of interesting cuisines and shops, and vintage clothes. It has everything you could want, including a Waterstones. I’ve been in a few times, just to admire the books. In the fiction section downstairs you can heard the distant rumble of the Tubes racing by, and it’s a quiet refuge from the bustle if you’re not a huge fan of crowds. I went in last week to buy my soon to be brother-in-law David Rodigan’s autobiography for his birthday, because I’m one of those pushy bookworms that tries to sneak literature into most celebrations, and I couldn’t help buying something for myself as well. Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Camden”
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.
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?
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”
Please don’t judge me, and if you are judging me then know that it was only partly my fault and that I didn’t buy all these books at once. Some of them were given to me and I couldn’t say no, others I bought as a treat because I finished a publishing work placement, and buying books seemed like an appropriate way of celebrating a week well spent. Many of these books have been on my TBR list for ages, and now that my dissertation is almost done, I’m getting ready to get into all the books I haven’t let myself read while working. There’s quite a tower of them… Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Summer Spending”
I think we all know the drill by now. When it comes to books, I can’t be stopped. It’s like unleashing a moth in a room filled with bright lights. My bank account might be singed but I still can’t help myself. I went online to specifically buy Joe Dunthorne’s Submarine and some other books for my uni work (it doesn’t count if it’s educational) and then once I’d ordered them, I realised I’d bought everything but Submarine. So I had to do another order and I got free delivery if I spent £10, so really it’s Amazon’s marketing team that are to blame. Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Book Bundle”