Yesterday on the blog I mentioned that I am looking at some new bookish guest posts over the next few months. I have already asked you all if you would like to take part in ‘Other Peoples Libraries’ (and thank you for all the responses, wow, keep them coming) however it is today’s post that started it all and highlights the other series I want to start which is ‘Bookshops You Love’ along the line of ‘Bookshops I Love’ but by you. This is all thanks to Jennifer, a reader of this blog and listener to The Readers Podcast (she was a guest on the Bleakly Hall Summer Book Group Show panel), who saw me mention Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights bookshop before she came to the UK from Boston and so took some pictures as she went around and did a little report email for me which she has allowed me to share as I thought it would make a great start to a new series. So without further ado I will hand you over to Jennifer…
I just wanted to thank you again for telling your readers about Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. I read it just in time for my weekend in the Cotswolds and I made sure to find Mr’ B’s when we got to Bath. It was everything the name implies so I took some photos (you aren’t the only one who likes to photograph bookstores…)
This is me outside – I didn’t realize that man was there….hopefully he is another book lover racing in to Mr. B’s….
One of my favorite things about independent bookstores is that they make recommendations. At Mr B’s they give out Golden Monkeys. This is a shot of the Golden Monkey Hall of Fame where they had their all time favorite recommendations.
They have some fabulous ideas for catering to book lovers – a “Reading Spa” where you pay a set price to talk to a bookseller for an hour and then they hand pick a stack of books for you. And a small room where you can pay a few pounds to sit for 30 minutes with music playing on a headset and read in peace. The booth is that door with the windows and these chairs are where you have your book chat. Coffee and tea are available over on that shelf on the left. Don’t you want to spend a few hours there?
For better or worse – this is what I was doing just before I went into the store…which meant that I as very liberal with my wallet and appreciative of the two loos available to customers. I didn’t take a picture of my purchases but I did walk out with a stack of books in my Mr B’s canvas tote bag.
On a side note – you may recall that I was your bookclub guest for Bleakly Hall and I mentioned I was moving to Eton because my husband has a 2 year work assignment in England. Well, these pictures are from a 3 week visit that I just made to see him but I’m back in the states going through the last steps of getting my work permit and plan to be back “permanently” in a few weeks. So I love the bookstore posts because they give me destinations for when I’m exploring England over these next two years. Any thoughts on a Readers Meet Up sometime?? We’ve had some great book nights out with local BOTNS listeners here in Boston and obviously at Booktopia.
THANK YOU (and Gavin) for all the time and effort you put in the podcast and the blog. I know it’s a lot of work but there are many of us out here who really appreciate it.
Well actually THANK YOU Jennifer for doing that and thinking of me and allowing me to share it with everyone. What a gem of a bookstore, I will have to go and visit. Now, if you would like to do something similar either in a random book shop you find on a trip, one you get recommended to visit or, most importantly, a local independent then do let me know in the comments below or, again like yesterday, by emailing me via email@example.com Oh and as to a ‘Readers Retreat’, I am working on it!