Updated on August 23, 2016
So yesterday was my birthday, and after convincing myself to take the day off and – for goodness’ sake – not to worry about all the other things I should be doing, I had a lovely day filled with my favourite things ever: books!
I spent the afternoon at a place called Bookbarn International, an enormous secondhand bookshop warehouse just south of Bristol, where they have coffee and cake and over a million books! It was great, and it looks like this:
While I was there I picked up a few books. Fortunately everything costs £1, so I paid for all of these with the change I already had in my purse. I got a couple of short story collections, a non-fiction book about a man who sold books when Afghanistan was under restrictive Taliban rule, a book about the true story that inspired Moby Dick, and a classic Japanese novel.
I also received several books as presents! I’m very grateful that my family and boyfriend gave me three books that came highly recommended through BookTube, including Michel Faber’s collection of love poems dedicated to his sadly deceased wife, Eva.
There were some more lighthearted books as well, including a Game of Thrones colouring book, a book about unusual libraries around the world, and a graphic novel version of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights.
And finally, gifts for a bookworm don’t always have to be books. My family got me this awesome surprise selection of goodies from the Literary Gift Company, including a tote bag, library socks and a library t-shirt!
I had such a lovely birthday, and I’m so thankful for all the lovely bookish gifts I received. Hopefully this has inspired you to add a few things to your wishlist. Happy reading!