A few weeks ago, I ventured to London to wander about the British Library and made a targeted stop at Daunt Books.
I’d first heard of Daunt Books on somebody’s blog, who’d gone there for a book launch and I was blown away. It’s one of the best independent bookshops I’ve been to and it’s stunning too.
It has so much soul and character, that you could just eat it all up. I loved being able to rummage through some gorgeous hardbacks, and look through their leaflet guides (‘If you like this book, then you’ll love these…’). Their kids section was perfect.
The shop was filled to the brim with people, hungry-for-books-people. They all seemed to be humming and buzzing with an excitement I’ve not seen in a bookshop before. To me, bookshops have always been a bit hush hush, like a library. But not this place. It was thrilling and I spent about three hours in there trying to decide what book(s) to buy.
On a tight budget, I splashed out anyway, and bought a very beautiful hard back collection of Roald Dahl’s Short Stories.
So, what’s your favourite independent bookshop and why?
For those into NaNoWriMo updates
I’m basically on track! Although there is a slight drawback in that I don’t want this book to be 50,000 words. So, I’ve no doubt that the graph I’m looking at will soon look a bit lame. I’m back to work this week, so wish me luck in keeping up along with all the other stuff I’ve got to get going. Yikes!