I have bought a few books over the last few days to get me through lockdown, hopefully they prove to be good.
Half A World Away by Mike Gayle
This is the book I ordered off Wyre Forest Books for their online book club.
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
This was on my wish list for quite a while so I used some of my Waterstones points to buy this and a jigsaw puzzle.
The Gates by Richard Pierce
I read and reviewed one of Richard Pierce’s books on my blog. It was one of the first books I reviewed on here, Pierce was lovely by sending me a free copy of his book with a very supportive letter encouraging my new blog. Very excited to read these short stories.
Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
I’ve been watching this on TV and really enjoying it so thought I would see what the book was like.
This was another Waterstones points purchase. I have been really enjoying jigsaws recently so hopefully this one will be good.
So that is my recent book haul. Please let me know if you have read any of these.
It has been ages since I have visited a new Waterstones and ticked another store off my list but finally I have managed one. This week has been half term so I visited my best friend and her husband and their new little boy who is currently 9 weeks old and extremely cute. This meant I had the opportunity to take the little Book Dragon to his first bookshop and buy him a nice book. He slept through the whole experience but I bought him a book and his parents also bought him some books. A very lucky little Dragon!
The book I chose to buy was Winnie the Pooh! I have a beautiful book of Winnie the Pooh that a work colleague of my mom’s bought me when I was little and she told my mom that no child should be without a copy of Winnie the Pooh so I followed her advice.
I did also treat myself to a book that has been on my wish list for quite some time. I also bought a Waterstones bag that I really liked the look of.
The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths
I really liked the Waterstones in Norwich. It was very nice and the cafe was excellent, one of the best soya hot chocolates I have ever tasted.
Well worth a visit for all Book Dragons.
The photo outside the store features my best friend who you will have spotted in another Waterstones picture and her husband and their little Book Dragon in his pram. Sadly it was raining at the time. Massive thank you to Lord Book Dragon for taking the picture.
To see the list so far of my Waterstones visits please click here
As promised here are my new books that I got over New Year when visiting Bath. We always visit my favourite bookshop Topping and Company because it always has some very special books and quite often signed editions. Plus when my poor husband is exhausted from following me around the bookshop and carrying the books I’ve already chosen they always offer him a mug of tea.
So here are the books I bought, I tried to be restrained so there are not as many books as I would usually go for.
Goodbye to All Cats by P. G. Woodhouse
Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year edited by Allie Esiri
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Drop me a comment if you have read any of these. I always love to hear your thoughts.
As promised here is my post showing my Christmas presents with a book theme. Thankfully, I had quite a few books and a very groovy book light that I love.
Here are the books I received:-
The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett
Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
The Everyday Poet: Poems to Live By edited by Deborah Alma
Be More Cat by Alison Davies
Then there is my amazing new light!
A lot of these books have been on my wish list for some time so I was really pleased to receive them. Drop me a comment with your thoughts.
So yesterday after spending a great deal of time reading and note taking for my Masters, I decided I would check out Amazon and see if they had any super cheap Christmas books. To be honest I do not usually buy books off Amazon unless it is for my Kindle but yesterday I felt like a treat.
So the list has grown again, I just hope the new books prove to be good. I have also read one of the books on the list and a review will be posted shortly.
A Very Murderous Christmas by various authors
The Night I Met Father Christmas by Ben Miller
Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye
A Very Country Christmas by Zara Stonely
A Literary Christmas: An Anthology
Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley
Please drop me a comment if you have any Christmas book recommendations, as I would love to add to the list.
I’ve been buying books again!
Only four books I promise.
Two of the books I got because I found them interesting and linked to my Masters and the other two are pretty and Christmas books so I just had to get them.
Here they are:-
Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye
A Literary Christmas: An Anthology
Ancient Rome by Virginia Campbell
Ancient Greece by David Michael Smith
I cannot wait to start reading them!
Well today is my first day of half term and I celebrated by having a lie in and a leisurely day. I had to run into our nearest town to run some errands and my husband suggested visiting Waterstones for a browse. Well a browse is something that never happens with me, it always ends in buying books. I was just going to buy Now You See Them by Elly Griffiths but my husband said that Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver looked good so I ended up buying another book because it was on buy one get one half price.
Not too much damage with just three books bought.
Now You See Them by Elly Griffiths
Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver
A Keeper by Graham Norton
Please drop me a comment if you have read any of these books. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Hello my fellow readers!
So on Sunday I had a birthday and of course I had a few books and one of these books I was very excited about as I had been dropping subtle hints to my husband for this book for quite a while.
So I had three books and one very pretty notebook.
The books were:-
The Greek Plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.
Marvel: Golden Age 1939-49 (Folio Society)
The Bartender’s Guide to Gin
Alice in Wonderland notebook
So the book I had been dropping many hints about was the Marvel Golden Age book by The Folio Society, I love all things Folio and when I saw this book I knew I wanted it and so the hints began. I was very happy that I had it for my birthday as I just love all things comic book and Marvel.
The Greek Plays has been on my wish list for a while so I was really pleased to also get this book for my birthday, hopefully it might help with my Masters.
My brother got me the gin book and so far I have tried two of the recipes and they have been excellent!
The notebook is very pretty but I haven’t decided yet what to use it for. I always like to plan what I will use a notebook for before using, as I do not want to ruin it by putting rubbish in it.
So that is my birthday book haul.
I thought I would share with you all the books I have bought so far in September because I have not updated you all on my purchases recently and the number is growing at an alarming rate. Two of the books were the damaged ones and I have just recently received the replacement copies.
Classical Archaeology Edited by Susan E. Alcock and Robin Osborne
Latin for Dummies by Clifford A. Hull, Steven R. Perkins and Tracy Barr
Handbook for Classical Research by David M. Schaps
Too Much To Know by Ann M. Blair
Collins Latin Dictionary and Grammer
Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis by J. K. Rowling
The Poems of Catullus by Gaius Valerius Catullus
Andromache, Hecuba, Trojan Women by Euripides
On Chapel Sands: My Mother and other Missing Persons by Laura Cumming
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
As you can see a lot of books so far this month. Most of these are either for my new challenge or my new course starting next month, you can probably guess which ones I have bought for fun reading.
Please drop me a comment if you have read any of these.
Now I am sure my little rant that I am about to have a lot of my fellow Book Dragons will agree with.
I have been waiting for a very large order of books to arrive for the course I am starting in October and today it finally arrived. Needless to say I was very excited when two big boxes arrived. However, that excitement went to disappointment very quickly when I realised two of my books were badly damaged. The one book has many pages with chunks missing out of them and the other book is stained on every single page.
Now I have sent an email to the company with pictures and sadly I have not had a response today, hopefully tomorrow. I did not ring because they recommended emailing due to a waiting time of approximately 20 minutes on the phone.
The thing I was most annoyed about was that both these books had clearly not been checked at all by the person who packed the box and both books especially the stained one are very much in the face, wrong! I have had this happen before and it really upsets me that people do not check the books and instead of a box full of lovely, exciting books you have a box of disappointment.
Anyway that is my little rant.
Please let me know in the comment section if you have had any book delivery disasters.