Catching Up… Again…

Sorry for a little bit of Savidge Reads silence again last week. I have very much had the intention of blogging much more regularly yet last week was my last week with Culture Liverpool and it seemed to whizz by (lots of finishing up, lots of gossiping and lots of laughing and feeling a teeny bit sad) and then suddenly my leaving lunch had happened and I was handing in my pass and heading for the door, leaving behind lots of weeping co-workers obviously. I have had a brilliant time over the summer working on events and festivals throughout the city and it has been hard work but its also been a real hoot too. I know I have made some friends for life, and who knows I might just go back there at some point. Mind you not too soon as they might want me to give this lovely leaving loot back…

Leaving Gifts

Cat stationery, moustache memorabilia, sweets and book vouchers. My team knew me well it seems as these are indeed just a few of my favourite things. You can never have too many notebooks can you? I am actually thinking of doing something on stationery on the blog in the future as I have noticed lots of people who love books tend to love stationery in a big way. Naturally I was straight down to Waterstones at the first chance I had (which happened to be this morning) to buy some lovely new books and after really really long time perusing the shop I came away with these…

waterstones loot

Looking at this selection you might think that I am in quite a dark place mentally, in fact Gav has pointed this out on Twitter, this is not the case. I have already got ‘Sharp Objects’ by Gillian Flynn, which I grabbed in a second hand shop after loving ‘Gone Girl’, but I love having a matching set of books and I absolutely LOVE these covers so a second copy along with ‘Dark Places’ was snapped up. Wallace Stegner’s ‘Crossing To Safety’ is a book I have been meaning to read since it was discussed, and loved, on The First Tuesday Book Club, then mentioned in the amazing ‘End of Your Life Book Club’ and these being two of my favourite sources of book recommendations was snapped up. (Note – I am thrilled Waterstones have chosen some older titles for their book clubs, not just the ‘new’ books.) Finally at the counter they had a ‘You’ll Love These…’ shelf and so I swiftly nabbed Erin Kelly’s ‘The Sick Rose’ at a pinch of £2.99, she is on You Wrote The Book! this week and I have read her first and third book so this seemed like a last minute destined purchase. Hoorah.

So what else have I been upto? Well, thank you so much for asking, I have had my lovely friend Ms Emma Unsworth come to stay this weekend which was an absolute joy. We managed to spend a lot of time eating cheese, drinking wine, talking books, reading and writing plus putting the world to rights. We also managed to eat donuts on an island in the middle of the sea at low tide…

Emma and I

We also went to go and look at TATTOOS! I have been meaning to get on for ages. Alas ‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again’ won’t fit on the inside arm, but it looks like this will…

Danvers Tattoo

Now I might have to change the ‘s’ because it looks like an ‘f’ but I think you can all tell what it says… if you can’t tell that it is indeed my favourite character from Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ (not it doesn’t say Rebecca) then we might be in some trouble as I am booked in to get this in a few weeks.

If that wasn’t enough I have also been researching the purchase of one of these (including what licence I need to drive it and many other boring admin things) which I am possibly thinking of doing on a kick-starter kind of funding thing…

mobile library

It is all a bit up in the air at the moment but I am working it all out and seeing if the idea I have had, think bookshop on wheels (if any of you steal this idea I will cry) that goes around the UK especially to places with no indie bookshop nearby, can become a reality and indeed viewing some mobile libraries next week… I shall report back.

What have you lovely lot been up to? Book wise and all other ways wise?


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14 responses to “Catching Up… Again…

  1. Col

    Have been having crisis of conscience all weekend debating with myself whether or not to steal this idea I read somewhere for a kind of mobile pop-up indie bookshop!……am joking……honest. Great idea though (that’s the mobile idea thingy that’s great not the stealing the idea thingy!)

  2. I would love a stationery post, I am obsessed with notebooks. I love the massive Paperchase in Manchester, whenever I visit my family I try and get in a trip there.
    The mobile bookshop sounds brilliant!

  3. The Bookmobile was the delight of my childhood! Thanks for triggering that memory. It’ll be a smash hit for certain. What’s not to love about books on wheels? Good luck and looking forward to seeing it come to fruition!

  4. I am old enough to remember the mobile library that used to come round my town so a mobile bookshop would be absolute heaven!!

  5. A mobile bookshop is a brilliant idea! particularly for those of us who don’t have indie bookshops nearby. I’d love to see this happen!

  6. I’ve seen a photo somewhere of a mobile bookshop that travels rural communities in India. It was on the back of an elephant.So if the van thing doesn’t pan out, you might well nick their idea for Plan B…. Just saying

  7. JanetD

    Love books,naturally, and stationery too. Your idea of a mobile indie bookshop sounds wonderful. All we have is WH Smith (small) and supermarkets locally and even in most of the bigger towns/city near us there are only chains or second hand bookshops. So get a move on and come visit us poor deprived book lovers.

  8. Here in Oz, the Library Van comes to our little community on the Mountin everybther Wednesday afternoon and I LOVE it!

  9. PS) Have you read The Case of The Missing Books by Ian Sansom? Set in a mobile library van and VERY funny…

  10. Love the idea of a stationery-devoted post! And good choice with the Gillian Flynns.

  11. Ruthiella

    I have read both the Gillian Flynn books and can recommend them. I second a post on stationary. Notebooks and lists and book lovers do seem to go together.

  12. I love ‘Danvers’ as a tattoo!

  13. Annabel

    The Bookmobile is a brilliant idea – go for it! The tatt too (brave you) – but I agree on making that ‘s’ more s-ish. As for stationery – I’ve always been a pen freak, but don’t use notebooks enough these days 🙂

  14. You’ll be like Roger Mifflin in Parnassus on Wheels… One of the loveliest books ever. It’s a wonderful idea.

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