Saturday, 28 September 2013

B is for...

Books! 

Look, I know I've talked about my love of books before, but I just couldn't let this one slide. As a publishing student, I feel like it's my duty to talk about books as much as humanely possible. I have just recently created a Goodreads account, mainly because I didn't even know it existed before, so if you have one, please add me to it!

I'm currently reading The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, and so far I am enjoying it. It's quite interesting as it was originally published in french, so obviously, I have the translated version. Another interesting point is that it has two narrators, so they have their own font style. At first I thought it might get a bit gimmicky, but it hasn't, so that's a plus.

A uni friend recommended it to me, and I'm really glad I gave it a chance. I love book recommendations, but I hate giving them. Does anyone else get like that? I read The Hundred Year Old Man... because I read the review on Becky's blog, yet I feel like if I recommended something and people didn't love it, that I'd have let them down. This is more than likely why I won't be on the publishing board in a future job role, as I'd end up loving them all and wanting to publish everything!

I love buying books, I find it really hard to not go into a bookstore whenever I visit town. Sadly, the local independent bookstore near us had to close recently, so we only have a WH Smiths to hand. Not even a Waterstones! I musn't grumble, mind, as I like a paperback as much as the next guy. I am so, so against buying books from Amazon if I can help it, simply because I really dislike their work ethnic. This is why I am supporting the Books Are My Bag campaign. I won't go into it too much, just incase books really aren't your bag, but it was set up to raise awareness of all those lovely bookshops your towns, villages and cities should have. One of the funniest accounts on twitter is the Big Green Bookshop, which isn't even my local bookshop anymore, but I still stalk their online store and make a mental note to visit them whenever I can get to London. If you're ever in the Wood Green area, you must give them a visit, they really are a lovely bunch!

Dylan has a huge love for books, which is something I am so proud of. I'm glad that he enjoys watching Disney movies and his favourite film of all time is Despicable Me, but it just doesn't compare to the feeling I get from seeing him pick out a book, open it up at a random page and start babbling away to himself, nodding along to his own little story. I went to bed early on Monday (or was it Tuesday?) due to my awful earache, and overheard Joe reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit to Dylan, and it really made me melt. The book that started my love for books, now being read to my little boy. It's amazing, really. 

You all love books too, right? 

Chelsea xo

2 comments

  1. I sometimes like books, I love the idea of them, but I find it so hard to find one that I like! This http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/ website suggests what you should read after a book you enjoy - it's not bad so worth a look! Hope you're having a good weekend! Alice x

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    1. Oh thanks for the heads up, that sounds like a really good idea! I wonder what it will suggest for me... xx

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