Wednesday, 28 May 2014

My tiny bookshop

One of the huge benefits to living where I do is that the library is a mere five minutes walk away.  One of the downfalls to this is that I completely ignore the books on my own shelves.  While I rarely buy books these days, if I see one I like the look of when I'm out and about (and it's super cheap) I'll pick it up anyway.  I've been using the library more often lately since I have a couple of hours each day on the train to read, but it means the books I actually own get pushed to the side.  My brain seems to realise that there's no time limit on when I have to read these books so I never get around to them!  Now, it's time to make a start.

One of my favourite books is I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, so when I saw It Ends with Revelations in The Works for £1, I snapped it up.  I have no idea what it'll be like but it looks like a quick read anyway.  Jurassic Park I've had for aaaages - I bought it purely because I love the film and was curious about how all the action would work in book form (or indeed if there was really that much excitement or if it was all added for the screen).  Alys Always was recommended on a podcast I was listening to at work and it seems like another quick read - my favourite thing after some of the bigger books I've been reading lately! (I'm reading Emma by Jane Austen at the moment and it's taking longer than a Game of Thrones book, how?!)  And the Mr Selfridge one I found in a charity shop in Aberfeldy, which I bought because again, I want to see how true to the book/life the TV show was.

Has anyone read these?  Are they worth the time?!

:)

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  1. I don't think I've read that particular Dodie Smith but I got one with Moon in the title (can't remember the full name!) from the Works too and absolutely loved it. On that basis, I reckon you'll enjoy it!

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    1. Actually I think I remember reading about that one on your blog, I'll need to order it after my pile disappears!

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  2. I haven't read this Dodie Smith book, but love I Capture the Castle - such a lovely book.

    I'd love to find out more about the Mr Selfridge book as love the show!

    Beccy // Bluebell & Bumpkin

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    1. Yeah I've heard it was a bit different In real life, looking forward to getting some real info! :)

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  3. I've read Alys, Always. I couldn't decide about it. It's clever and well written but I didn't particularly like any of the characters so found it hard to care what happened to them. Let me know what you make of it!

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    1. I think that was mentioned in the review actually, I'm reading it now so shall see how I get on with it... not really convinced so far

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  4. I have pretty much the same problem. There are two libraries on my regular errands route.

    So now, if we take a trip, I take from my pile and then leave them behind for someone on holiday to enjoy. The pile is going down very slowly.

    Second hand and thrift stores are my downfall though. When we were in Spain earlier this year I found a book that I've been looking for, for around 25 years, so had to buy it and bring it home.

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    1. Wow I think a search that long is justified in purchasing it! I do that too with most books, pass them on as soon as I'm done, it's rare I read anything twice these days :)

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  5. I have the same problem, I did start to work through the bookcase when I was on jury duty earlier in the year but my school run is right past the library so it is too tempting :)

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    1. I know, I'm all 'free books! I want them all!' Darn.

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  6. I have a similar problem I just can't walk past a book shop without having a nosey, even though currently I have very little time to read and a massive pile ready and waiting. I read Jurassic park years ago and remember it being very good, but I might be a bit biased as I love anything with dinosaurs!

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  7. Same, the charity shops near me are so cheap too, bit dangerous! Ooh good, I'll need to get onto it :)

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  8. Gosh, I have to admit I've not been to my local library for ages now, I used to visit every week but I've been a bit hopeless lately - have had so many new books arriving through the letterbox that I can hardly keep up!

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    1. I seem to do that, go thru stages of using and ignoring the library, it's easy to take for granted. At least you've got a steady supply anyway!

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  9. Aaah I Capture the Castle is a lovely lovely book.

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    1. And the movie version wasn't too painful either, that always helps ;)

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  10. I Capture The Castle is one of my favourite books ever, but I haven't read anything else by Dodie Smith so I would be very interested to know what you think of this one.

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    1. I'm on to it now, will post up reviews I think, nothings happening so far tho...

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