The time has come to either buy another bookcase, a bigger house or be ruthless and part company with some books. I haven’t read anywhere near half of several hundred physical books and I’ve no idea of how many more are waiting on my kindle. Another few hundred, I’m sure. I never keep count for fear of a meltdown 😉 So, in 2020 I’m going to make a conscious effort to read more of my own books.
We’ve had a lovely week in Northumberland with friends. A visit to Barter Books is a must for me and, even though the others aren’t bookish, they were impressed. Having said that they didn’t want to stay and browse too long so I only added four books to my reading pile. I could spend a whole day and a fortune in there.
My Chronicle Book Box arrived this week (there are spoilers below if you’ve ordered one and not received it yet) This is a quarterly subscription box with a choice of science fiction/fantasy or crime/mystery. There are also one-off gift boxes available. This quarter’s box includes three recent releases and other bookish goodies.
The end of 2018 is approaching fast and it’s ‘favourite books of the year’ time again! I enjoy looking back at books I’ve read and audios I’ve listened to, although choosing ones for the list never gets any easier. So in no particular order, here are some of my favourites.
During a visit to Northumberland, I had to spend some (quite a lot of) time at Barter Books in Alnwick. Billed as one of the largest second hand bookshops in Europe, the leaflet includes a plan to navigate the huge space. Besides the hundreds of thousands of books of every conceivable genre, including antiquarian, there are comfortable seating and eating areas with real fires for cooler days and a dedicated children’s room. A book lovers’ paradise, housed in what used to be Alnwick’s grand railway station.
Another year and more of my favourite opening lines or paragraphs, be they evocative, compelling and/or dramatic, from books I’ve read, or am reading, during the past twelve months – not necessarily new ones. These are just some of those I could have listed so, in no particular order, here they are. Clicking on the book cover will take you to my review.