A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to have a weekend away with some girl friends. We had a lovely time, and one of the highlights was a visit to a real bookshop, some time to browse, and an opportunity to treat myself to some real, actual books!
It has been ages since I bought myself any books, these days it feels a bit extravagent. I do love my Kindle, and I do buy and download e-books (although free ones whenever I can!), but there is definitely something different about reading a real, paper book. We have decided that we are going to form a relaxed book group, where we each read the same book and then meet up to discuss it. We spent ages browsing for our first book and we chose The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. I remember reading his book Cloud Atlas a few years back and enjoying it. I've made a start on it already and I'm enjoying it very much!
The books were Buy One Get One Half Price so it seemed a shame not to take advantage of the offer. I'd eyed up The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton a few weeks before and it looked like a good read, so we decided to go with that as a second book. They are both lovely thick books with a nice cover, and although you shouldn't of course judge a book by its cover it is hard not to!
Finally I managed to accumulate some credit on Amazon in the Kindle store so I was able to download The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris for free. I've always enjoyed Joanne Harris's books, I think that I've read them all, and so I'm confident that it will be a good read.
We are off on holiday shortly and as we are going with family I'm hoping that I might get the opportunity to actually sit down and read by myself for a bit, that would be lovely!
Have you read any of these? What have you been reading this summer?