Lifestyle | I ♥ Bookshops

Three things I love about Edinburgh; the charity shops, the museums and the bookshops! Is it strange to get so excited by a shop full of over priced books? Well it’s my idea of heaven! I love the smell of new books, the cover art, the illustrations, the ideas and of course, the carefully crafted words inside. I am completely kindle-phobic by the way, I’m sorry, yes it’s more convenient but nothings quite the same as the feel of paper between your fingertips. A kindle, in my opinion, is completely soulless. Even though I currently have Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, Wild: A journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl StrayedThe Godfather by Mario Puzo and the entire Harry Potter collection piled high by my bed waiting to be read this didn’t stop me from spending hours browsing the tightly packed shelves searching for further inspiration.

I could lose myself for hours picking up, putting down, opening and admiring the three floors of books in Waterstones yesterday afternoon. It’s safe to say it was a very cheap day out as I only made one tiny purchase – I’m very easily amused these days! I have a little wishlist of items that caught my eye; Love & Treasure by Ayelet Waldman, Paris Street Style: Shoes by Isabelle Thomas, Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson (Penguin Classic) Hardback edition, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carol (Penguin Classic) Hardback edition and William Shakespears’ Star Wars by Ian Doesscher. I also picked up a little vegetarian recipe book which I love and can’t wait to share with you in my All You Need are Books and Tea series shortly.

So being immersed in all these lovely books all day began to get me thinking…

What’s my favorite book?

Easy – The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I read it first in 5th year almost 10 years a ago and just recently re-read it. It’s a beautifully written tale about a man who uncontrollably travels through time due to a genetic disorder, and his wife who is always left behind. Clare and Henry first meet when she is 6 and he is 35, but marry when she is 22 and he is 30; their heartbreaking love story is woven throughout time and is written from both perspectives – “It’s hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is,wondering if he’s okay. It’s hard to be the one who stays.” and “I hate to be where she is not, when she is not. And yet, I am always going, and she cannot follow” – both breathtaking and heartbreaking.

Favourite fictional character?
Elizabeth Bennett, from Pride and Prejudice. Although this article in The Independent is an interesting read as it features so many I had forgotten about and previously loved.

My favourite series of books?
Without a doubt the Harry Potter series! Read and join in with part one of the Potter Tag here! But beware it contains spoilers. 

My favourite childhood book?
Anything Enid Blyton related, The Babysitters Club, The Sabrina the Teenage Witch collection and the Sweet Valley High series.

My favourite place to read?
On the train, in the bath or in a cafe with a caramel latte and a huge slice of cake.

My favourite book of last year?
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. “A story about Don Tillman, an Australian born genetics professor, whose world is carefully scheduled through Standardized Meal Plans and excessive watch checking. The Rosie Project is written from Don’s perspective and because of this we can delve into his wonderful mind, share his most intimate thoughts and try to make sense of his unique way of viewing the world. His day revolves around avoiding eye contact, bodily touch and meaningless interaction with those around him. He is incredibly intelligent, gifted and honest, he is also incredibly isolated by his own idiosyncrasys – making him endearing and entirely lovable.” To read my full review click here.

Most surprising read?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Honestly I had been put off reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, due to it’s highly publicised film and large ‘young adult’ following. I thought the trailer looked a bit soppy and predictable – like Twilight meets My Sister’s Keeper? I couldn’t have been more wrong. Yes, Hazel and Augustus’s story is ultimately heartbreaking and yes, fundamentally this is a teenage love story at heart, however the book is also incredibly smart, thought provoking and touching – and not to mention really funny! To read my full review click here.

I truly love the smell of paper and coffee when entering a bookshop. I want to read, collect and touch absolutely everything. If any fellow bookworms would like to share their answers to the question above I would love to read them! I’m always on the look out for new titles and authors to fall in love with. Don’t forget to leave a comment below and follow The Beautiful Bluebird on Bloglovin

Happy Reading!