Tag Archives: Waterstone

What Goes Around Comes Around

Chained stores trump independent ones, the internet trumps chained stores, but what trumps the internet?

I don’t know what it’s like elsewhere but shops and businesses are having a terrible time of it. Despite putting the post-Christmas sales on before Christmas almost everyone has come to the new year very much battered and beaten and perhaps a bit poked and prodded too.

All these massive High Street names are succumbing to the fickle whims of the general public, crashing upon the rocks of bankruptcy and clinging desperately to the precipice of credibility. Names once held with respect are fading into the abyss as debt creeps slowly through the country much like mist along the coast. It surrounds us all and some find it inescapable. Continue reading

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Books, Banner and Reviews

It has been an eventful few days, sort of. I’d like to start of by saying thank you to Chattingwithspirit from the Hand in Hand With Spirit blog for nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger and Versatile Blogger awards, however I am ashamed to say that I have encountered the same problem from my first Versatile Blogger nomination, which is that I still do not read enough blogs to be able to pass it on. I am in the process of correcting this though. Continue reading


What’s Your Genre?

Hmmm, I don’t think I’ve posted this before. I think I thought about it but then dismissed it, however if that’s not the case sorry for the repetition.

Whenever we walk into a bookshop there’s always a section that calls out to us. For my boyfriend it’s horror or film and for me it’s fantasy (well sci-fi/fantasy since Waterstone’s can’t be bothered to separate two completely different genres).

As soon as I step into the threshold my body goes to autopilot and in a matter of seconds I find myself facing Anne Mccaffrey, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman and Robert Jorden. These names are not just names, they are words that should make any fantasy lover tremble with excitement and all the names that surround them also contribute their fair share to the excitement.

I do not know why fantasy calls out to me more than any other genre, maybe it’s the tantalising promise of escaping to another world that  doesn’t seem as mundane as the one we live in, maybe it’s the sheer excitement of ‘seeing’ magic happen right before my eyes.

When I was younger I was a devout reader of anything and everything and while I consider myself a devout reader now I do have to admit the diversity has diminished slightly. Whenever I venture into other genres I find that I miss the magic that is usually evident on every other page, while Misery by Stephen King was gripping I knew that by the end I’d be longing to jump into a whole different world.

This, of course, isn’t a criticism of the other genres, merely just pointing out the fact that each of us are partial to a different one.

Also, I’ll leave you with this random thought of mine…even if it might sound a bit stupid. Don’t you think a bookshelf is almost like a universe? Sure it’s a lot smaller than the real thing but within its confines it holds so many different worlds with so many people’s lives unfolding between the pages. It really is sort of remarkable.


In My World Money = Books.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. That, my friends, is a sigh of relief for today I wandered over to the nearest cash point and checked my account whilst not holding out much hope. But somehow, two days before it was due, my student grant lay before me shining from beneath the dirty screen. Continue reading