It has been a hot minute since I’ve told you about my bookish adventures! So i thought I would have a quick chat to you all about two of the best bookish things I’ve done…EVER. And all in the space of a couple of days!
The first place I went was to a town called Hay-on-Wye in Wales. Now, for those of you who don’t know, this is known as the book town. Basically, it is a town almost solely populated by bookstores (!!!). It was a bit of a drive but TOTALLY WORTH IT.
Some of the bookshops are themed – so while some of them are just generic bookshops (albeit amazing ones) there are a couple that have themes, such as the mystery bookshop that you can see in the photograph above. I bought a total of 9 books (!!!) from Hay-on-Wye. My dad also bought a couple, whilst my mum, amazingly, came away with nothing! Idk how that happened.
Here’s me looking very happy with my books, and a picture of one of the windows of a bookshop.
The second place I went to was Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. This is one of my favourite bookshops in the world. It’s based in Bath, which is the cutest little city. I would highly recommend going there if you’re ever in the UK. Below is a picture of their sign, and then the chalk board sign for their bibliotherapy room, which is where I had my book spa!
A book spa is basically a time when you get tea and cake and you chat to one of the bookshop employees about some of the books you especially like and don’t like. They then go around the shop picking out books for you that you think you will love, and then you discuss the books with them! This takes around an hour and a half, and was one of the most fulfilling bookish experiences of my life! Seriously, every bookshop should do this.
Above is a picture of some of the books that the employee recommended to me – whilst I couldn’t go home with all of them, I did pick up a good six or seven, most of which were free (the book spa was a Christmas present from my parents).
If you’d like to see the books that I picked up on my adventures in Hay-on-Wye and Mr B’s Emporium, check out my booktube video: