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16 October 2018

Ten Reasons I Love My Local Bookshop

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

Top Ten Tuesday
This week is Top Ten 
Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit 
Reasons I Love My Local Bookshop
I couldn't think of more than three for the original theme, so I'm changing it up and instead talking about some of the reasons that I love my local bookshop.
  • The Building
    Emerson Chambers in Newcastle is a gorgeous building. Art Noveau architecture, with the most whimsical roof I've ever seen on a building.
  • The Staff
    The staff are all so friendly and enthusiastic, and more than happy to chat and recommend books.
  • The Basement
    My favourite part of the whole shop is the basement, where the kids, YA, sci-fi and fantasy books lurk. A lot of the authors events take place down there too.
  • The Café
    This cafe does the best hot chocolate I've ever tasted, but also (more importantly) it had an excellent range of tea and a selection of delicious cakes!
  • Books, glorious books
    I love how sometimes I'll be browsing the shelves and come across a US edition, signed copies, and older title that I love. 
  • Displays
    So much thought goes into the displays for the books. I think my most recent favourite was the Pride display, which lasted almost two months and was full of colour, and a little note on each with the rep.
  • Stationery
    Notebooks and planners, oh my! Waterstones has the most gorgeous selection of stationery and it's so difficult to resist. Who am I kidding, I don't resist.
  • Loving Local
    My local bookshop takes pride in the fact it's in Newcastle. There are local gifts, small press books, and a whole display dedicated to local crime fiction.
  • Reviews
    One of my favourite things about Waterstones bookshelves is the reviews from the staff clipped on in front of the books.
  • Recommendations
    The staff know what they're selling and are only two happy to recommend a book that they personally loved. The personal touch is excellent.

    What's your favourite thing about your local bookshop?


    1. I probably couldn't have come up with more than 3 had I done this list either! Your local bookshop would have been one if I had done it; it sounds/looks incredible every time I see it on Twitter 💜
      Amy x

    2. Love your twist on this week's TTT post!! I love all the author events and book signings at my local indie bookstore + the book clubs.

      Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:

    3. Sounds like an amazing bookstore! My local bookstore isn't that special so I usually buy my books online.

      Shirley |

    4. Great take on the theme!
      My ttt

    5. I just googled the building and wow! It's so beautiful, very gothic. I love what I think is a clock tower..??

      I wish our local bookstore had staff reviews and recommendations as well! It makes a store seem so much more homey.

      Cam @ Camillea Reads

    6. Your bookshop sounds amazing, I love old buildings being turned into bookshops. I dont have anything near me but a WHSmith and thats a bus ride away. Its really expensive though so I do tend to buy online now to save the pennies.

    7. This was a lovely post to read, especially as a bookseller, and doubly especially (is that even a thing?!) as a bookseller whose least favourite job is writing those recommend cards - it's good to know the effort they take me is worth it! I love recommending books, but hate trying to think of more than 'ohmygodIloveityouneedtireaditnow' but less than a full review to fit neatly on the cards!

    8. I think we have the same favourite book shop.

    9. I love these reasons so much! Thanks for sharing your love about your local bookstore!


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