I’ve made some bad decisions in my life, some minor, and some incredibly huge. Me deciding to go on a two day ‘book bender’ to London, alone and unsupervised, was somewhere in between minor and incredibly huge.
I took two days out last week in London, to see Waitress the musical (absolutely incredible, everyone needs to see it) and to book shop. London is easily one of my favourite places to book shop, there are some of my favourite shops there such as Foyles, Gay’s The Word and the London Review Bookshop.
This trip was a little bit of a spontaneous one. I did it alone, which i’ve never done in London before. It was eye opening to be in London alone and really taught me a lot about my self confidence!
Two wonderful days i spent trawling around every bookshop i could think of. I ended up making my first trips to Daunt Books and also Goldsbro, both are absolutely stunning bookshops that i cannot wait to return to very soon! I also spent a lot of time in Foyles (which i knew i would) and took a trip to Gay’s The Word, obviously. I picked up a good mix of books that i’d been excited about and wanted to pick up whilst i was there, and books that sounded interesting to me on the spot. I like to use my time in London to buy a mix of books i know and books i know very little about.
I did however go a little bit overboard. I didn’t expect to buy this many books, but considering i was enjoying myself very much whilst book shopping, it felt stupid to stop myself. Considering i was alone, feeling comfortable meant a lot to me, which obviously meant being in book shops! So i ended up picking up plenty of books to keep me going….
- Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
- Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau
- The Arsonist by Stephanie Oaks
- This Heart Of Mine by C. C. Hunter
- Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King
- Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
- Wild And Crooked by Leah Thomas
- The Disasters by M. K. England
- The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
- Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson
- All The Little Lights by Jamie McGuire
- Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
- Where I End And You Begin by Preston Norton
- Girls On The Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller
- We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra
- Drum Roll Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
- Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormshee
- Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars by Kai Cheng Thom
Those are all the books that i picked up in London. It’s plenty to keep me going for quite a while, and realistically two London book shopping trips in four months was NOT the best idea. I’m really happy with what i managed to pick up though and also all the bookshops i managed to support while i was there!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these recently or which you think i should start reading ASAP!