It’s become a sort routine of mine to visit Waterstones – the UK’s bookstore chain – nearly every single week.
Usually on a Thursday, to be specific.
So last week, I decided to take some photos, and basically take you guys along with me to the bookstore.
Because everyone here loves going to the bookstore, right?
So come with me to Waterstones!
(photo purposefully blurred because people)
Because my city is quite big, there’s three different Waterstone’s. Though this one isn’t my favourite, it’s the second largest, and the one I tend to visit most often.
And what do I love about Waterstone’s?
How cosy it feels!
Here in the UK, there are other places to buy books, but I’ve found none that feel as cosy and welcoming as Waterstone’s.
I love bookstores that feel old, warm, like they’ve been around for years. The stereotypical place where you can hide away from the world for a while and spend hours reading the synopsis’ of thousands of different stories.
The very second I walk through the doors, I get an overwhelming sense of comfort. I’m surrounded by the things I love. All my worries melt away for a little while, and I can focus my mind entirely on the words.
I always make a beeline for the Young Adult section. Or “teen fiction” as they call it here.
Purely because there’s so many different genres under this one section, so I can take my time choosing out different books, depending on what mood I’m in.
Plus most of the books I read tend to class as YA, so I might as well start here.
Now, it’s these tables in particular that I love:
These tables are dotted all around the store, promising two great books at a great price.
Buy one, get one half price?
So last week when I went in, I was specifically looking for The Raven King. And as you can see from the photo above, I found it on the offer. So I also picked Uprooted by Naomi Novik, which I found on a different table near the fantasy section.
Fantasy is my favourite genre, so obviously I spend a good long time staring at these shelves. And also reading all the little recommendation tabs hooked over the shelves. I love getting recommendations, and for some reason I find a few of them quite entertaining to read.
On this day, I found one that said “If you own even one book, you’ll love this one” and it just made me think “Well I own loads, does that mean I’ll love it more? Is there a scale? Can I measure enjoyment in books?” and so on.
Though it worked, because although I didn’t buy the book that day, I’ve added it to my TBR.
After wandering around, only intending to get one book and ending up pottering around with a stack in my arms, I needed to actually buy the ones I’d chosen. As seen in my April Book Haul, these are the books I got that day:
And with a very happy smile on my face, it was time to leave 🙂
Share your thoughts!
Did you like this idea – a blog post about the bookstores I visit? I hope to do one for my favourite bookstore if this one goes well, so I’d love to know!
Do you live in the UK and visit Waterstone’s? Is it your favourite place to buy books?
If you’re not from the UK, where do you buy your books from? What’s your favourite bookstore called?
How often do you visit the bookstore?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
Come and visit me!