I think there is something very impersonal and way to commercial about bookstores such as Waterstones and Easons, I just don’t like how they are laid out.
I recently went on a weekend break to Londonderry for my boyfriends birthday and while we were sightseeing I found this little place called the craft village! It was the most beautiful and quaint little place I’ve ever seen! Inside it, wouldn’t you know, was a cute second hand independent book shop. It was ADORABLE!
The Foyle Books, located in the very right hand corner of the picture above, was how I in every way pictured a proper bookshop. They had floor to ceiling bookshelves, and stacks upon stacks of books! There was genuinely very little room to move!
Foyle books specializes in historical novels and non-fiction all about the history and founding of Londonderry and Ulster! So pretty much the history of my country as a whole. Although they did have a fair share of fiction, YA, graphic novels, plays and poetry, and this place was tiny so I’m sure you can imagine how packed it was!
Scott and I spent about 45 minutes browsing around this little tiny book shop and by the end of it the two of use were lying on the floor flicking through books. I managed to come out with 2 novels and a graphic novel.
Harry Potter and The half blood prince by J K Rowling. (because I couldn’t bare to leave it there)
1Q84 books one and two by Haruki Murakami
Rat Queens Volume 1 by Kurtis J Wiebe
So this was basically just my idea of the perfect sanctuary, lots and lots of cheap books! Do not get me wrong thought they were by no means in horrible condition which just shows you how much care that wee shopkeeper takes in his work.
I’m going to make a point now of visiting small independent book shops and I think you should to! It’s such a different experience than going to the likes of waterstones!
(P.s I love waterstones it’s very very convenient! But there’s just somthing about a small bookshop)
Do you know of any small bookshops? What do you prefer a big chain shop or a small shop?
Happy reading everyone,