Monday, 14 November 2016

Books On Tour - London

This past week I had the pleasure of taking a trip to London for three days; my own little creative break. While there I had some great bookish experiences which I thought to share with you all in the first Books On Tour post in quite a while.

Firstly, I took a wonderful trip to Foyles on Charring Cross Road for the first time ever, and it was utterly exquisite!

Foyles' Atrium at Charring Cross Road mega-store

They have a wonderful glass atrium spanning upwards in the centre of the the shop, surrounded by six floors of books (Including Lower Ground) and a cafe! The YA section itself is phenomenal, and I'm not ashamed to say that I came away with six books and two adorable knitted dinosaurs (One for Mel Salisbury who I was meeting later that day).

I treated myself to Hunter by Mercedes Lackey which sounded amazing, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh which I'd heard loads about, and a signed copy of Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige because I'd loved it so much. I also got a copy of And a Happy New Year by Holly Bourne which was also signed, and two copies of Dash and Lily (12 Days of - also signed), one of which was for a friend. I'd been wanting both for quite a long while.

I was also pleased to finally see the Cursed Child theatre!

I then headed to Forbidden Planet on Shaftsbury Avenue where - among comics and geekery - they had even more signed books! I acquiesced to four more; two again for my friends in the forms of signed Revenger (Alastair Reynolds) and signed Goldenhand (Garth Nix). I also treated myself to Newt's Emerald (Garth Nix) and Angels of Music (Kim Newman); both also signed. I'd heard loads of good things about Newt's Emerald, and the lovely Alisha at realitysabore recommended 'Angels' to me, as I'm a huge Phantom fan.

In London less than five hours...

After that it was time for me to watch one of the West End's most iconic book adaptations in The Phantom of the Opera, starring Ben Forster and Celinde Schoenmaker. It was incredible and a full review will be posted soon, but best of all I got to meet up with the amazing Melinda Salisbury, who was - as always - incredibly sweet and lovely (Read: Devil spawn 😉)

Day 2 proved slightly less eventful due to illness, but I still - amongst other stores and another fabulous musical - made a trip to Trafalgar Square and the hidden away Waterstones there. Two more books were lovingly purchased; a copy of The Diabolic by S J Kincaid that I was surprised to find but  had honestly been pining for, and a self-confidence journal that I felt was sorely needed for my current mental wellbeing.

Waterstones - Trafalgar Square

Day 3 provided one final bookshop; this time Waterstones Piccadilly, which was utterly beautiful. Along with The Victoria Letters for my mum who had been recently watching the show, I also picked up a copy of The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, as I'd been meaning to start the series ever since I'd read the wonderful Flamecaster.

So those were my bookish adventures in London. I do hope you enjoyed reading.

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