Book Haul & London Bookshop Faves | Booksandquills.


Hi, this is not quite my April book haul as you might’ve seen on Twitter and Instagram stories I went on a London book shop crawl recently with some booktubers and book bloggers and in the beginning I was quite good I didn’t buy that many books but by the time we hit the second half of the book shop crawl We had been chatting about so many different books and what always happens is that we’ll just Recommend each other a ton of books. Which is bad for your wallet, but good for your book collection I asked you on Twitter if you wanted to see a little separate book all of the books I bought specifically on that day so here we are And of course for all of these I will also mention the specific Bookshops that I bought them at. I’m going to do it in the order that I bought them so the first one I bought as a London review Bookshop Which is this lovely bookshop sort of between Holborn and Tottenham Court Road near the British Museum They have really really lovely displays I think it’s a really easy shop for browsing especially for the fiction section which is upstairs It is probably one of my favorite book shops in London And I feel like whenever there’s any kind of book related meet up that is a bookshop that we always hit so the book I bought there is The Sell Out by Paul Beatty this was the winner of the Man Booker prize of 2016 I’ve been meaning to buy it for quite a long time and one of the first things that I noticed on one of the tables So it’s the one I decided to pick up there! The description sounds really interesting Basically says that the narrator who sell out spent his childhood as the subject of his father’s racially charged psychological studies He’s told that his father’s work will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes But when his father is killed in a drive-by shooting He discovers there never was a memoir all that’s left is a bill for a drive through funeral So that’s book number one! Next up was Persephone This is a gorgeous bookshop where basically almost all of the books inside are gray, and they have this beautiful Sort of wallpaper pattern on the inside. They each come with individual bookmarks. They reprint forgotten 20th Century’ novels, short stories, cookery books and memoirs by mostly female writers This is a bookshelf is absolute joy to be in. The people that work there are always lovely, it looks gorgeous on the outside as well Personally like a lot of books in there might not fit entirely with my taste But I picked up one that really caught my interest and it is Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson. Now this cover does not look like their, sort of, usual covers, so, this is one of their different ones And they also, I’m pretty sure they have a poster of this image in the shop Now when I posted about this on Twitter loads and loads of people said that they absolutely adore this book I had absolutely never heard of it before It says miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck middle aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours her life is changed forever This book also has some really hilarious illustrations in it After that we went to forbidden planet where I browsed lots and lots of graphic novels Lauren, whose channel I’ll link below, bought The Encyclopedia of Early Earth She was already planning on buying it anyway, but whenever I go to a book shop I like try and get people to buy The Encyclopedia of Early Earth because it is so good And in return there was a book that she, sort of, convinced me to buy and that was in Foils which is one of our last stops of the day If you’ve ever been to the Foils at Tottenham Court Road You know it is just heaven for book lovers. There’s so many different floors, it is bright, it is beautiful They have an amazing YA section. They have a very good graphic novel section It is just– it’s fantastic. First of all the book that Lauren pointed out to me I sort of had a think about it while I was shopping, and then when I came back They’d already moved it to different section, But I managed to track it down and it is The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea What she told me about this book is that all these stories have been smuggled out of North Korea by an anonymous person who still lives there, and I’ve watched so many documentaries about North Korea But I’ve never really read any books about it. So I figured this was my chance. I also Really love this cover, and it’s like a really nice finish as well. It’s also won an English Pen award Which is really cool. English Pen exists to promote literature and our understanding of it To uphold writers freedoms around the world, to campaign against persecution and imprisonment of writers for stating their views and to promote the friendly cooperation of writers and the free exchange of ideas I have Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred. This is something I’ve heard so many people talk about And I’ve looked at this book before and I could only find the most hideous covers online But when I tried out Foils, they of course did not let me down and had this gorgeous edition I’m not sure in which way this book falls into science fiction I think it does. I’m going to leave a link below if you want to read a little bit more about it And I will cover more about this as I read it. And then I have Binti by Nnedi Okorafor She left her home for the stars But found more adventure than she bargained for. A tense and an intimate coming-of-age story in space Which is something I’m always up for. I can’t remember who specifically recommended this to me But it was while we were chatting about like BIME authors Writing Syfy And this is one that was recommended to me while I was in the Syfy section Finally, this was a book that was promoted on the shelves when you, sort of, walk into the shop And it is The Things I Will Tell You: British Muslim Women Write edited by Sabrina Mahfous From established literary heavyweights to emerging spoken word artists the writers in this groundbreaking collection blow away the narrow image of the Muslim woman And I think this would be very good sort of accompanying read to the good immigrant I feel like it probably has a pretty similar set up. The cover of this is absolutely gorgeous. I don’t know if you can see it, there’s like all these beautiful, um, like pens in there. It seems like it’s got quite a bit of poetry in there as well Which is great so yeah, that was it I don’t know if, by this time, my East London book shop tour video is up yet. If it’s not up yet That’s something you can look forward to but if you’d like me to Also, do a bookshop tour of other parts of London let me know and I will start working on that I hope you enjoyed this little bonus haul. Links as always will be in the description, and I’ll talk to you guys later. Doei!

67 thoughts on “Book Haul & London Bookshop Faves | Booksandquills.

  1. I have Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day as well and heard amazing things! I've yet to read it though. Keen to hear your thoughts once you read it.

  2. I really need to visit the London Review Bookshop! I keep hearing people raving about it 🍦 And Foyyyyyyyles. I live for it. ITS JUST SO BEAUTIFUL.

  3. My sister just came from Europe for spring break. Even though she didn't go to London, she'll be visiting next year. I haven't been on your channel in a while and I'm glad I saw this video now. Keep it up, booksandquills!

  4. Kindred is an amazing book, it's a combination of science fiction (time travel) and historical fiction (slavery). You should really read it soon!

  5. I'm jealous of the range of wonderful booksellers you have to choose from. In south Florida, it's pretty much one mediocre chain store and one independent that is 30 miles away. I'd be up for a vlog of your bookstore visits. Yep, I'm that big a nerd.

  6. going to london after my exams and will definitely add some of these book stores to my to-visiti list! bedankt sanne πŸ™‚

  7. If you find North Korea interesting I can really recommend 'In order to Live' by Yeonmi Park. It is an incredible story about life and fear in North Korea. She talks about things such as the belief that her thoughts could be read and so she shouldn't even think bad thoughts about the Kims. It details her escape and how horrifyingly difficult that was as well.

    I have bought The Sellout from an Audible Daily deal – I'm going to review it in my channel sometime. It sounds like such an interesting premise! I'm reassured that you have picked it up, as you have a really good taste in books! πŸ“š

  8. I read Kindred in one of my classes at university this year. It was so good! I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

  9. If you are interested in reading more books on North Korea I can absolutely recommend 'The Orphan Master's Son' by Adam Johnson. It does show some of the more gruesome sides of that country but it's absolutely fantastic.

  10. Miss Pettigrew also has a movie adaptation with Amy Adams in it. I've never seen it, but I remember it being very well received at the time.

  11. There's a really cute second hand charity book shop in Greenwich that I love and have occasionally found some gems in there. I think it's just called Oxfam book shop. Would definitely recommend if you're looking for some second hand books.

  12. I've read Binti and it was amazing. There's a second book titled Binti: Home and I think it's as good as the first one. Hope you enjoy it, too.

  13. We always drop by Foyles and Forbidden Planet when we are in london, but we will have to check out London Review Books! Also, Kindred is fantastic and I've heard amazing things about Binti!

  14. Ahh I won a copy of The Things I Would Tell You in a goodreads giveaway and I can't wait until I have time to read it

  15. I hope you like Binti! Nnedi Okorafor is one of my favourite authors- I highly recommend Who Fears Death by her as well. It's hands down her best novel and one of my top 5 books ever!

  16. Hi Sanne!

    Vraagje: Van de week was ik voor het eerst in Londen (Ik denk dat ik ga emigreren..wat een leuke stad!) Maar het viel mij op dat ik in een boekenwinkel in de UK 8 pond betaal voor een boek, waar ik hier in Nederland zo 16 euro voor neertel.. hoe is dat mogelijk? Wie bepaald die prijzen? Een uitgeverij? Of een boekenhandel?

    Thaaanks

  17. I loved Kindred!!!! I hope you love it. I want to try Paul Beatty's book. I think Persephone and Foyles look the most beautiful from these. I need to go to London at some point in my life.

  18. London Bookshop Crawl sounds like a dream!!! You could have gone even more crazy so props for some sort of control hahah.

  19. Oh what a lovely day we had! I must read Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, it's just looking lovely on my shelves, but I must read it! Xx

  20. I haven't read Miss Pettigrew, but really enjoyed the movie from what I remember. And of course Kindred is SO good!

  21. Can you do a bookshop guide of south/south west?? I'm moving in a month and I have no idea where to start!

  22. I've just received The Accusation, and if you are looking for other books on North Korea, I recommend Without You There is No Us, The Girl With Seven Names, Nothing to Envy and North Korea's Hidden Revolution!!

  23. London is truly an oasis of bookshops.

    One of my favourite places to go treasure hunting is Daunt Books in Marylebone. They have such a great selection of non Anglo-Saxon literature (translated). Plus the shop itself just oozes an atmosphere of nostalgia and adventure. If you suffer from wanderlust, this is the place to go.

    Foyles really is every book lover's dream come true. Thanks for the new recommendations of places to visit. I would love to see another video!

  24. I used to go to Keith Fawkes in Hampstead Village – it's been somewhat taken over my antiques now (the books are still there, but tricky to get to!) The man there has soooo much knowledge.

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