Posts Tagged ‘Shopping’

It’s that time of year when you start thinking about gifts for Christmas. I have been doing some research and come up with some rather cool ideas for gifts for anyone who likes all things to do with books! Or even just a sneaky little gift for yourself… i won’t judge you! :D Just click the pictures to be taken to the original website for these gifts! For foodie types perhaps this will tickle your fancy:

“Recipe for Murder: Frightfully Good Food Inspired by Fiction” by Esterelle Payany (via The Literary Gift Company)

A recipe book full of meals based on literary ones! For those of you who like a drink:

“Tequila Mockingbird – Cocktails with a Literary Twist” by Tim Federle (via The Literary Gift Company)

This witty-titled book has some equally amusingly named cocktails inside it, from “A Cocktail of Two Cities” to “Bridget Jones’ Daiquiri” and so on! They sound quite good, but i’m not an expert! Of course, if you’re more of a tea and coffee sort of person, you could always try drinking your preferred tipple out of one of these grammatically correct mugs:

Grammar Grumble Mugs (via The Literary Gift Company)

If you’re like me and find these common grammar errors annoying, then this will appease you! Or you could be mean and give one to someone guilty of such grammatical crimes and teach them the correct usage! If you’re like me and love words and the English Language, then you’ll love these books:

Mark Forsyth’s Gemel Edition: A Box Set Containing the Etymologicon and the Horologicon (via Amazon)

I own both these books and i’m fascinated by the weird and wonderful words which the English language has created and forgotten! If you want something really special, check out The Folio Society’s beautifully bound books, such as:

“Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery (via The Folio Society)

They do more than just fiction books, so there’s something beautiful for everyone! See their full collection here: http://www.foliosociety.com/shop If you are into something a bit more history- and art-related, maybe have a look at this book:

“The Library: A World History” by James W.P. Campbell and Will Pryce (via Amazon)

This book has some lovely photographs of libraries and tells you all about the history of them. If you’re the sort of person who happily shares their books with friends and family, maybe you need this:

Personal Library Kit (via Present Indicative)

This cute little set is perfect for logging your books and keeping track of the books you’ve lent out to people! Maybe one for those who are a little bit possessive about their books! Maybe you don’t want a gift, and just fancy a trip somewhere. How about visiting the brand new Library of Birmingham?! It is a beautiful piece of architecture and houses many floors of books!

The Library of Birmingham (via their official website)

It might look a bit like it’s wrapped in chicken wire but it is really modern and beautiful inside! It’s also worth a visit just for the views from the top! Or you might want to visit Waterstones Piccadilly, Europe’s largest bookshop with eight floors, six of which are devoted to books!

Waterstones Piccadilly, London (via their official website)

You could browse their many books, go to one of their many events, or just have a drink in the cafe or their 5th View bar!  The shop is open til 10pm most nights which is amazing and meant i was in there for hours in the evening i visited back in April! For information see: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/navigate.do?pPageID=200003 If you’re a big fan of books and especially using your local bookshop, then maybe you would like to buy a “Books Are My Bag” tote bag:

BAMB tote bag (via the official BAMB website)

Buy your bag now and support the cause!

If you like typography, you might like these lovely mugs:

Typo Collection Mug – Letter L – Typo (via Made In Design)

Or maybe something a little more festive:

Wood Typography Vintage Style Christmas Sign by NOSY ROSIE DESIGNS (via Not On The High Street)

And last but not least, if you’re a bit sick of “Fifty Shades of Grey” and have a immature sense of humour then maybe you would like this:

50 Shades Of Brown Loo Roll (via Amazon)

I am, of course, joking about this! It’s probably not worth buying but looks highly amusing! The things they come up with…. And on that bombshell, we come to the end of my list of bookish goodies! Maybe you have found something suitable or maybe you just had a laugh at the amount of bookish gifts available, but i hope you enjoyed this blog post!

I have just finished reading “I Heart Hollywood” by Lindsey Kelk, the second in her “I Heart” series.

“I Heart Hollywood” by Lindsey Kelk (via Goodreads)

The blurb reads:

“Celebs, sunshine and beautiful boys…enough to lead a girl astray? Angela Clark can’t believe her luck! she’s an English girl living in New York with a dream job at hip magazine The Look and a sexy boyfriend. Her latest assignment takes her to Hollywood to interview hot actor and fellow Brit James Jacobs.Thrown in at the deep end she heads west with best friend Jenny dreaming of Rodeo Drive and Malibu beach. Soon Angela discovers that celebrity life in Hollywood is not all glamour, gloss and sunshine. Despite his lady-killer reputation, the only person who seems genuine is James. Then a paparazzi snaps them in an uncompromising position and suddenly Angela is thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons! Can she convince all those close to her — especially her boss and her boyfriend — not to believe everything they read? And will Hollywood ever win Angela’s heart?”

I’m not a huge fan of this sort of book usually, but i read the first book in the series and wanted to find out what happened to Angela next.

British Angela has settled in New York, with a great job, a rock star boyfriend Alex and her best friend Jenny. She adores New York and can’t imagine being anywhere else, even when the harsh winter weather takes its toll.

When she is offered the chance to interview a famous actor, she and Jenny hop on a plane to Hollywood. Angela is thrilled by the unseasonably hot and sunny weather in Hollywood, but she doesn’t enjoy Hollywood as much as she thought she would, especially with leaving Alex back in New York.

The actor James Jacob seems like a nice guy but when the paparazzi catch them in bad position, Angela has to work to convince everyone that nothing actually happened between her and James. She fights with Jenny, meets James’ overbearing personal assistant, and has to fend off the paparazzi and James’ mad fans. And to top it off, Alex isn’t happy with the photos of her and James splashed all over the internet.

I feel sorry for Angela because she really does manage to screw up things for herself royally, but things turn out ok in the end with one very unexpected discovery causing all hell to break loose and of course she is right in the middle of it, faced with losing her boyfriend, her best friend, her job, and her visa.

What’s really sweet is that she loves Alex but doesn’t want to tell him first because she is nervous in case he doesn’t say it back. She can’t get hold of him very much during her trip to convince him that nothing happened between her and James, and she fights against her attraction to James due to her feelings for Alex.

Angela realizes that Hollywood just isn’t a patch on New York and after everything that happens she just wants to get back to the place where her heart belongs. Even the shopping experience in LA isn’t quite as good as New York, although having a famous and rich actor to buy you expensive things is always a plus!

I give this book 7/10 because it is an easy read, quite entertaining and funny. It’s the sort of thing to read when you need a break from books which need more attention!

While i was in London at the London Book Fair this month, i also did a load of sightseeing in the city as we went for a few extra days.

We did all the usual hotspots, such as Big Ben, the Shard, and Trafalgar Square, but we also had a list of bookshops to visit as well!

Our main choices were Foyles and Waterstones Piccadilly! I think we spent about 5 hours in these shops in total, all in one night! I really love that these shops are open so late, especially with Waterstones Piccadilly being open until about 9pm and having 5 floors of books! We were in book Heaven!

I came out of Foyles with:

The Horologicon - Mark Forsyth

The Horologicon – Mark Forsyth

And i came out of Waterstones Piccadilly with:

2013-04-17 00.07.50“Moranthology” by Caitlin Moran, “Is It Just Me?” by Miranda Hart, “Warm Bodies” by Isaac Marion, and “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky.

Got most of them on special offer so only spent about £30 on all 5, which is good considering 3 of them are hardbacks!

So, i have got lots to reading through in May!