Kindle vs. Book debate

I was talking with some friends recently and we entered into a the debate of kindle vs. books.
The great debate of the reader’s world!!
I was determined not to buy a kindle. I’m an old fashioned girl who loves to smell a new book. The feel of picking a new book from a shelf in a book shop was a joy for me as a child. I was the kid who read 3 books at the same time. Hiding under the duvet with a torch. Also as I have grown up my book shelf is full of memories, from Famous Five to Marian Keynes to my Law text books from university. The book shelf is like a painting on the wall in your house. It’s shows what you love to enjoy.
Then I started going to a book club and I was shown a kindle. I first said no I didn’t want one, but after a quick demonstration I was hooked. That Christmas my lovely husband bought me my kindle (and promptly said about 2 weeks later he wished he hadn’t!) and I was addicted!
But recently it was made me think. Have I contributed to the small book shops closing down in favour of downloading e books? I would love to open a book shop but with the ease of downloading a book from your tablet on the sofa with a cup of tea, it just doesn’t make economical sense these days. It is such a shame. Then there are the libraries! One of my best friends is a very talented librarian and will the day come when we don’t need libraries anymore due to e books? The government is already cutting funds to such a great service, will the future of e books take away our libraries? It’s worrying for local services and jobs.
It’s a great debate. Do we look to the future with e books, or try to hold onto tradition with a good paperback?
What do you think?

Wedding belles and book barns

My adventure this weekend was full of weddings and books!
My family took a road trip to attend my not so little cousin’s wedding this weekend. It was a fantastic wedding full of happy times. On the way home my husband and I stumble across a book lovers dream!
We found a barn full of books called Bookbarn International. Thousands and thousands of used books under one roof. I could have moved in and be happy there for the rest of my life. All the books are just £1. Every kind of books imaginable was there. The best part of the barn for me was the unsorted selves.
If you at ever in the Bristol area please go and visit. You will not want to leave.
Bookbarn International
Unit 1 Hallatrow business park
White Cross
Wells Road
Hallatrow
Bristol
BS9 6EX

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The Prodigal Son – Anna Belfrage

The Prodigal Son

Anna Belfrage

Published by Matador
The Prodigal Son is a great story even if you haven’t read the first two books in the series. I thought starting a story in the middle of a series would be difficult to follow, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The story continues to follow time traveller Alex but does not back track enough to occupy the book and distract the reader. Now based in the seventeenth century, her marriage to Matthew is complicated but not enough to make the story farfetched and unbelievable. The author deliberately introduces each character carefully without too much detail that it would not put off a reader who has enjoyed the previous books, but also allows the first time reader to understand the past. The storyline does refer to a situation which you would find in the present day which is what made me want to know more.
The characters were very well written and the story was fast paced, making it a quick easy read. The historical nature of the book will attract those who like a historical novel but will not deter those who do not want a “fact packed” novel. Congratulations to Anna on a great read!

Many thanks to Matador Publishing for allowing me to review this book.

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The Bookstore – Deborah Meyler

The Bookstore

Deborah Meyler

Gallery Books. Published August 2013.

An adorable, romantic story of a young woman’s life takes her by surprise. As a result she ends up working in a bookstore which changes her life completely. The Bookstore is a well written and witty story. With added romance and sadness offering the reader the mixed emotions of Esme, an English girl studying in New York. The strength of Esme’s character shines through making the reader understand her every thought and feeling, either with wit or tenderness. It is a softly written book making it an easy read that I would definitely recommend.

Many thanks to Gallery Books for allowing me to review this book.

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Holiday readings

Hi everyone,
I’m (finally) back from my summer holiday! I managed to read two and a half books during my week in sunny Mallorca. They were not my usual holiday reads so I am excited to share my reviews with you!
Once I have completed the reviews I shall post them on my blog for you all to see!
Bye for now
Frances
P.s my husband “who doesn’t do books” actually read a book whilst we were away! What have I done to him!!!