The Harbour Bookshop – St. Ives

This is the second bookshop I visited in St. Ives. It’s not exactly a big town, and with the St. Ives Bookseller just around the corner, you might think there’s no need for another bookshop. But I say that you can never have too many bookshops!

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The Magus – John Fowles

Phew! It’s taken me a long time to write this post. I haven’t been too sure what to say about The Magus. It’s one of those books that has left me speechless. This is the fourth book that I’ve read for the Pay It Sideways Challenge. After reading this intriguing post by The Book Whisper, I couldn’t wait to get hold of a copy to see what all the fuss was about!

I was pretty daunted before reading the book, and even downloaded a dictionary app, so that I wouldn’t have to pester whoever happened to be around while I was reading to tell me what words such as ‘acroterion’, ‘kylix’,  ‘ormolu’, ‘detumescence’ and ‘algesonic’ meant. I could go on, but would prefer not to show off just how limited my vocabulary is. So, there are quite a few difficult words in the book, but was I, as The Book Whisperer promised, ‘blown away’ by it? Well, not really. Continue reading

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

I borrowed this book from a rat loving friend, who first picked it up because of the front cover. She had nothing but good things to say about it (probably because in the story, rats are treated like royalty!), and told me that it felt a bit like an adult version of Harry Potter.  It seems to me that readers are always trying to fill the Harry Potter shaped hole in their bookshelves. One of the things I most loved about Harry Potter was the fact that it was set in a school, so I’ve always found it a bit hard to imagine an adult version. But still, my interest was piqued!

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St. Ives Bookseller – St. Ives

When I first walked past this bookshop, I was immediately attracted by the lovely, bright and colourful window display. Through the miserable “summer” weather, the display was so sunny and cheerful, I could almost imagine myself away and on a hot beach. The display had a distinctly beachy and local theme going on, with the exception of Fifty Shades of Grey, of course, which I can’t seem to escape at the moment. One window was dedicated to a children’s book called Cornish Tales which looked very good. It’s a shame I went home before the book signing!
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