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August Book Haul – Welcome to the Grishaverse

Hey guys,

So you might be aware that I recently changed job from the fast paced and should destroying world of the catering industry for a more chilled desk job in a dentist. It’s a pretty good life but we aren’t going to go into that. There is a point behind me mentioning this actually. The way my previous jobs bonus scheme worked was as a point system, your store was awarded points based on performance and you could then go on to spend the points on cool stuff. I was saving my points and when it came to me leaving the company I decided I should use my points instead of losing them.

Naturally, I loaded them all into a National Book Token card to spend in a bookshop.

It did not disappoint.

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Bookshops – A dwindling necessity

Hey guys,

So I find myself with a free bit of time for once and I thought this is something I would talk about.

If you’re like me and you find nothing more comforting than physical books, browsing in bookshops and libraries and spending as much time as is humanly possible surrounded by shelves overflowing (but well organised!) books, then you will understand that online giants like Amazon are killing our beloved bookshops. Of course, it is understandable why people prefer to buy books from places such as Amazon, it’s usually always cheaper to buy books and easier to find box sets and, let’s face it, sometimes you just don’t want to interact with people. And that’s great because Amazon and ebooks and audiobooks give us access to literature literally anywhere in the world, the world needs more books, but it impacts the bookshops, our high street stores, and worst of all, our libraries.

Growing up in Scotland, I’ve become accustomed to Waterstones being only of the biggest chain bookshops that are readily available in all major cities, with just a few standalone stores. Where I can, I will always buy my books from there and I tend to take any excuse to go into my nearest Waterstones to buy them, rather than online. (Except they have started to refurbish Waterstones stores and make them all fancy and modern and it makes me quite sad. It’s not quite so cosy there anymore). Continue reading “Bookshops – A dwindling necessity”