This week is one of the most exciting in the whole year – it is independent bookshop week! A whole week celebrating independent bookshops, what could possibly be better?
I normally try to visit as many bookshops as I can but this year my schedule is rather full and I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it to any this week (although we’re only halfway through so there is still hope!).
I didn’t want to miss out entirely though so I took myself out for my own mini bookshop crawl last week. I was spending a couple of days in Dartmouth and took advantage of that to explore the bookshops.
I started off in the Community Bookshop which opened to replace the famous Harbour Bookshop (started by Christopher Robin Milne himself!) when it sadly had to close. The Community Bookshop still has a dedicated Pooh Corner and of course I had to send a Christopher Robin postcard!
This is such a lovely shop, crammed full of books and with a wonderful atmosphere. I could have spent hours browsing – although that is true of most bookshops! Naturally I couldn’t leave without buying something. I was browsing the classics section with nothing particular in mind when I found The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy. I love the Tommy and Tuppence series by Agatha Christie and in the first book they solve several different mysteries, each time using the methods of a different fictional detective. One of those is the Teahouse Detective and as I have never read it I couldn’t resist.
My next stop was Dartmouth Booksellers, another lovely little shop with the most tempting table displays – there were so many books I wanted to buy! I love browsing and finding books I have never heard of, which is what happened here. I came away with Midnight at Moonstone by Lara Fletcher, mainly because it is such a pretty book. It also sounds like an excellent story and I am so much looking forward to reading it.
I had a wonderful time on my mini bookshop crawl. Browsing in bookshops is one of the best things to do – if you can get to an independent bookshop this week do try to visit it. If not, just take a trip to any bookshop or even a library. We need them!