Waterstones Challenge: Merry Hill

This week on the 7th February I visited my fourth Waterstones off the list, Merry Hill. It has been a while since I have visited the Waterstones at Merry Hill and I had forgotten how small the store is. Small in a good way, as sometimes I get overwhelmed by massive bookstores and just do not know where to look.

It was a really nice atmosphere in the store and quiet, which I love because you do not have to rush or fight through people to have a good browse. As usual the books were laid out perfectly and so I managed to find some good books to buy.

Here are the books I bought and I used my special book buying bag that I got for Chistmas off my sister-in-law.

 

The books I bought are as follows:-

The Man with No Face by Peter May

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This edition I got is actually signed by the author and as he is a favourite of mine I just could not resist buying it. That is my excuse and I am sticking to it anyway.

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

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Have been waiting for this to come out for a while now, I was very excited to buy it.

Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott

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This is actually my husband’s choice and I bought it for him but would also like to read it when he has finished it. It looks very intriguing and different to what I usually read.

Dog Stories Everyman’s Pocket Classics

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I love the Everyman books, I just think they look so pretty. We have the cat version of this book and I thought it was high time we had the dog one.

Anyway this was my book haul, I think it is a good haul and can not wait to start reading them.

On to planning my next Waterstones adventure.

Lady Book Dragon.

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Waterstones Challenge: Telford

This week I managed to tick off another Waterstones store, three down, loads to go.

Telford is a lovely store, a little bit small but packed full of books. There were lots of tables with exciting offers as well, which is always good. I went in the evening and the store was quiet so I could have a good look at all the books in peace.

I kept to the rules, here is the picture of myself stood infront of the store.

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And here are the books I bought whilst there:-

Red Queen by Christina Henry

Alice by Christina Henry

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For an added extra I have a picture of the top of the receipt.

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I have updated the list accordingly and I am planning my next adventure.

Lady Book Dragon

 

Waterstones Challenge

Hello!

How was everyone’s weekend? I hope you all managed to get lots of reading in.

Some of you might have noticed an added page on my blog called Waterstones Challenge, this page has every place that a Waterstones store is located. I got the list off their website and I plan on trying to visit and buy a book from every one of them. I will check their website once a month to make sure the list of stores is up to date and adapt my list accordingly.

I got the idea off my sister and her partner, they have been doing the same kind of thing for the past few years with JD Weatherspoon pubs. I love visiting book shops of any kind especially independent ones. However, the ones I really love are Waterstones, they are always so well organised and welcoming and I do love their loyalty card, plus you can find one in most places and I believe a holiday is not a holiday without a good book buying binge. Whilst on holiday in Bath I had a silly thought about trying to visit every Waterstones on the planet and that silly thought has stayed with me and developed and so I have decided to try to accomplish it.

The rules are:-

No Waterstones can be ticked off the list without:-

  • A photo of the store
  • A book bought from the store

I had to make sure I actually got some books as well, I am after all a book hoarding dragon.

Two have been ticked off the list already, Bath and Shrewsbury and I hope to get visiting as many as I can as soon as I can.

Wish me luck!

Lady Book Dragon

 

Book Haul

Yes, I have bought more books! After my massive book buying binge at New Year I did promise myself no more books till February. I lasted 10 days, to be honest I’m surprised I lasted this long.

Yesterday I ordered four books from Amazon which I do not usually do but I just went a bit crazy and bought the four books based on the Star Trek Discovery series and they arrived today. Also today was my day off and my husband and myself went for a little trip to Shrewsbury and I visited the Waterstones store there and my husband very kindly bought me three books.

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The books I got were:-

Star Trek Discovery: Desperate Hours by David Mack

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Star Trek Discovery: Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward

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Star Trek Discovery: Fear Itself by James Swallow

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Star Trek Discovery: The Way to the Stars by Una McCormack

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These four books I got because I have recently been watching the Star Trek Discovery series on DVD and I have really enjoyed the storylines and was intrigued with the prospect of reading the books based on the series.

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

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Very intrigued by this book. It is about Dragons what is there not to like?

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

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Another book I chose because I was extremely intrigued by the story. Fingers crossed it is a good read.

The Prime of Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

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This is a book I really should of read but sadly have not so thought I had better correct this.

I’m very pleased with my book haul and can not wait to read them. I would love to hear if any of you have read these books and your thoughts. Please feel free to drop me a comment.

Lady Book Dragon

Book Haul

First book haul of 2019 and it is a big one.

For New Year my husband and myself spent a few days in our favourite place, Bath. Bath truly is my happy place. I always go a bit Jane Austen crazy when in Bath. I know Austen was not very keen on Bath but the fact that she lived here is just amazing.

Anyway I went to two book shops yesterday. First Waterstones and then Topping and Company.

At Waterstones I bought 8 books, these are:-

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne

I got this book because the hotel we are staying at has a copy and I started reading it and I’m really enjoying it but doubted that I would finish it before I went home.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ashamed to say I’ve never read it so I thought it was high time I corrected this fault.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I want to read this but I’m also nervous about reading it as I find Plath’s poetry a little depressing.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Love the film so decided to read the book. Hopefully it does not disappoint.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

I ordered a copy of this a couple of years ago from Folio Society and got Gentlemen Prefer Blondes instead. Hopefully this book does not turn out to be as disastrous as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes turned out to be.

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Not something I would usually read but to be honest I liked the look of the cover and thought it might be interesting.

Mythos by Stephen Fry

Looking forward to this as I do enjoy the Greek myths.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Another classic I have not read.

The Topping and Company book haul is as follows:-

Emma by Jane Austen

I already have a very worn paperback of Emma but I am collecting the Everyman’s Library series and this is the first Austen I have bought from the series.

Queen Mary The Official Biography by James Pope – Hennessy

I saw this and was intrigued, again not something I would generally read but I want to give it a try. Another reason was that I saw some of Queen Mary’s dresses at the Bath Fashion Museum.

The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young

Seriously, who does not want to read a book about cows?

Monty Python at Work by Michael Palin

This book is signed by Michael Palin and was the main reason I got it. I do love Monty Python as well so I’m hoping it will be a good read.

What If? by Randall Munroe

I mainly bought this for my husband but I must admit I want to read it as well. You can not beat a little bit of craziness in the world.

Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman

I’m trying to read all of Neil Gaiman’s books and this is next on the list.

The Little Drummer Girl by John Le Carre

My mother in law recommended this book to me and I’ve been meaning to get it for a while.

The last book is a special one, as I have mentioned before I collect Tolkien books and so I bought a hardback illustrated The Lord of the Rings. The illustrations are done by Alan Lee and the copy is signed by Alan Lee.

So here is my massive book haul. I can not wait to get reading them all.

Please drop me comment if you have read any of these books. I would love to hear your opinions on them. Thank you.

Lady Book Dragon.

New Books!

Hello my wonderful readers.

So yesterday I made a real effort and read quite a lot of my current Christmas read but then I got distracted by teaching, Christmas lights, Costa and decorating our Christmas tree. I have almost finished Christmas at the Beach Hut though and so far I adore it. I love it so much, I bought my best friend a copy to read over the Christmas period and my mom is going to borrow mine when I am finished. I really hope the ending is good now, otherwise I will be disappointed and so will the people I have recommended it to. In hindsight I should have waited till I finished the book before I went around telling people to read it but I am so excited about it that I just could not help myself. Does anybody else get this feeling about a book?

I have finally finished my Christmas present buying and have bought quite a lot of books for people. However, I also have a confession, I also bought myself some new books. I just could not stop myself. I only bought two purely because my bank balance could not cope with anymore hits. So here are my new books:-

Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin

Firestorm is very excited about this book as you can see in the picture below. I must admit I agree with him. I have read all of the A Song of Ice and Fire series so far and I am extremely impatient for the next book The Winds of Winter. I am also slightly annoyed with this new book Fire and Blood because I can not help but think Martin, could have spent his time finishing The Winds of Winter but I will not let that put me off from reading and hopefully enjoying Fire and Blood.

I’ll Keep you Safe by Peter May

Is the second book I bought. I read The Blackhouse by Peter May this year, it was a free book with Apple Books and I read it on my phone. It was shortly after reading a whole book on my iPhone that I decided a Kindle was probably a good idea, mainly for my poor eyes. I loved his style of writing and was instantly hooked, so when I saw this book for half price on the Waterstones I put it in my basket.

So here are my new books, all ready for me to start reading in 2019. It is certainly looking like a good year for reading.

I would love to hear what you think of my new books or even if you have any book plans for 2019.

Lady Book Dragon.

Christmas Reading continued

Greetings readers!

How is everyone’s run up to Christmas going so far?

Well I did promise that I would probably add to the Christmas reading list and I have. I have added three new books.

1. Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

This book was half price at Waterstones and as usual I could not resist.

2. Winnie the Pooh Gloom and Doom for Pessimists by A.A Milne

3. The Snowman: a new story inspired by the original tale by Raymond Briggs by Michael Morpurgo

These last two I bought today whilst out shopping in the supermarket. To be honest we went in to look at the Christmas decorations and I spotted The Snowman and picked it up. The Winnie the Pooh book was quite simply because it had Eeyore on the front and he is and will always be, my favourite Winnie the Pooh character. One day I will show you all just how many Eeyore’s I own.

Anyway that is my updated list! Please let me know your thoughts if you have read any of them.

Oh and we decorated our new Christmas tree today as well.

Happy reading.

Lady Book Dragon.