I haven't popped into Waterstones for a really long time so when I was visiting Shrewsbury this weekend, I
forced took Nick with me to do some book shopping. I picked up four books and thought I'd share them with you in case you need some new reading inspiration!
I went into the shop looking for another book but couldn't find it anywhere. Despite this, I managed to pick up some other titles I'd been lusting over for a while now.
First up is Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I remember being obsessed with the film adaptation of this book when it came out a few years ago and I think I went to see it about three times at the cinema. I've read some short stories by Gaiman and I recently read The Ocean at the End of the Lane and really liked it so wanted to pick up some more of his work to try out. Stardust is quite a short book so I think it will be a nice quick read for me. It's fairy-tale inspired so if you're into fantasy you might like this.
Another book I picked up after seeing the film is A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. I hate seeing films before books but I always want to read the books after I've seen the film... it's a vicious book-film circle, eh?! ;-) Again, I've read a few of Hornby's books before and I like his quirky British way of story telling. I liked the film adaptation of this but felt it lacked something so hopefully I'll be satisfied after the book.
How could I possibly resist this gorgeous version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland?! I've always wanted the hard back copy of this book with the pink flamingos on it (I cannot remember who published it but it's easy to find on Amazon if you search it) but when I saw that Vivienne Westwood had designed a cover I knew I had to have it instead. The book is beautifully designed and has an introduction by Vivienne Westwood which is quite an interesting read.
My last purchase is this cool Ready, Set, Novel! by Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant and Tavia Stewart-Streit. This was more of a joke purchase to be honest. I've always wanted to write my own novel (like every other literature graduate) but always been putting it off. This book, brought to you by the people behind NaNoWriMo, gives you easy exercises to get your thoughts noted down and help you create your own novel. I though it would be a fun way to start writing something that, to me, is a very daunting prospect.
I love book shopping and I could spend hours in a book shop. What books have you picked up recently?