bookish catch up // meeting holly black + cute bookshop [cc]

bookish catch up // meeting holly black + cute bookshop [cc]


Oh spoilers! I think this book’s been out
like over ten years so you know what, if you haven’t read it and this is a
spoiler I am sorry. Hello humans, so I’m well aware that I look
a little bit like a bag of rags but I’ve been having a life admin day and I’ve
just been hoovering my car so… this is what I look like.
It was much in need of a good clean and… I mean, you could say this top was white
before I started because the layers of dust in my car were almost impenetrable.
I’ve not had a lot of time in the last six months to really give my car proper
clean but I actually like practically live in my car so yeah it was pretty
grim in there and I was finally shamed into doing it because I gave two of the lads a lift in the middle of rehearsal last week to go to Tesco and I was
rather ashamed that they saw my unhoovered car in all its glory. Is that the grimmest thing you’ve ever seen or what? Those are little shredded rose
petals from REGALROSE that fell out of a package that I opened in the car so
I’m not as grim as it looks honestly. Oh hello! Yes lads! Best part of cleaning your car out? Finding all that random stuff you thought you lost. I don’t know when I lost mini Jaeger to
the side door but don’t think I’m gonna get much use of that in the car. Yeah and
also I’ve got two pens and at least five kirby grips just
bobbing around. But I haven’t even done the driver’s side yet so there’s
probably about a thousand more to be found of those.
One and a half quid! Yes lads. Buy myself a shandy with that! I don’t even like
sparkling water so don’t even know what that’s doing there. Someone sneaked out… Go on, back inside missus! Come on Jembelina, back inside. Fresh as a daisy and ready to start our little
theatre tour so that’s good. Oh yeah because the reason that I’ve been so busy is
because we’ve been rehearsing for a new community theatre production of Treasure
Island so that vlog is still to come. Today I
just wanted to do a little kind of bookish… life…. update… thing because my
channel was being neglected because I’ve been so busy and I just wanted to try
and do a little book-buying ban update general book update thing. I don’t
know, I’m just gonna talk at you for a bit. I’m gonna try and do this without
as many jump cuts as possible which you’ll already be able to tell has been
a failure but that’s where we’re at so. Beginning of this year I did extremely
well with my book buying ban. I didn’t buy anything new. I got stuck in to some
books that I’ve wanted to read for a while and ones that I was really keen to
read so it was kind of an easy… easy-in thing that I did there. I read two Holly
Black books one of which was The Cruel Prince, then I went to Waterstones to see
a book talk with Holly Black… I actually got to chat to Simon Savidge of SavidgeReads for like a few minutes at the end because he was the one hosting it so
that was pretty cool because I watch all his YouTube videos. I have no idea
what we talked about now but I probably just rambled about some nonsense… so
yeah. And also I got a dorky picture with Holly Black because there was a lady
there from Waterstones ready to take pictures for everyone so I wasn’t quite
prepared for that but erm… I also just kind of blabbed to Holly Black about how I loved her books as a teenager and I loved
the fact that she did like the dark faerie thing… Yeah so this anecdote
actually contains a spoiler so if you want to skip it, just skip ahead by about
40 seconds maybe and yeah we’ll get there… So yeah I said how I always
remembered the the bit in Tithe where Janet gets drowned because I always
thought that was you know revolutionary in a YA book to kill off one of the
like protagonist’s friends really quite sort of brutally and she said that it
was her mum that actually killed Janet off like, she said so her mum was reading
the draft of Tithe and she was like “Mmm someone’s gotta die” so she always
thinks of it like her mum killed Janet. Which I think’s pretty entertaining – make
of that what you will. I managed really well I was in Waterstones surrounded by books, didn’t buy a thing, I already had The Cruel Princes so it
was all good. She signed my books, it was beautiful, so yeah done really well… I did
really well up until the end of March and then me and my mama mermaid went to
Buxton for a weekend and we stumbled across this kind of book binding shop
called Scrivener’s Book Binding I think – if that’s wrong I’ll correct myself in a
subtitle – and it was the cutest little kind of vintage-y antique-y book sh…I went
to say “bookshore” because I was tryna mix bookstore and bookshop… whew,
collect yourself! Okay so it was like this cool vintage-y antique-y bookshop
and just nestled away in kind of slightly outside of the town centre of
Buxton and we walked past it when we were walking from the Premier Inn to the
town centre so obviously we had to go in. But before we went in my
lovely mama mermaid said to me “You do know that you’re gonna have to buy a
book if we go in here so it’s up to you.” I was like “Well…” because the reason is of
course that she thinks it’s incredibly rude to go into like an independent
bookstore and not buy anything so I was like “Okay it’s fine I can commit and I’ll
buy something, even it’s just like a children’s book or something like a
postcard, who knows” so we went in and it’s amazing. It’s got like handmade
book binding happening in the sort of ground floor corner and then there’s
five floors of books. All different genres on different floors, there’s giant
sections for drama and plays. There’s sections for musical scores… children’s
section… fairy tale section… you get it! Shakespeare section… so obviously I was
in my element. So I was looking around knowing that I would definitely be
buying at least one book and the first book that I found that I wanted was this
which is Samik The Bear Cub which is a folktale from Canada it literally says “a
folktale from Canada” here and I obviously picked it because it’s a fairy
tale and also it’s got a bear in it because bears obviously. So yeah this
was nice because I hadn’t actually – I wasn’t familiar with this story before
but it makes a nice addition to my fairy tale collection so that was my first
weakness and my mum read it and she actually found the story of the author’s
childhood, being evacuated from Czechoslovakia really interesting as
well! It was in the bio in the back and she was like “I had to google this woman
and find out more about what happened” and she said it gave the story new
meaning because there’s like a woman living on her own and feeling lonely and
she said she sort of felt like the themes from the author’s life were sort
of woven into the story so that’s quite magical and nice. I was just gonna buy
that one and then I stumbled upon this bad boy which is just
your standard Greek mythology sort of picture book. But it’s the exact picture
book that I used to get out of the library when I was young and it is the
book that awakened my love for Greek mythology so I couldn’t really leave it
there in fact I probably wouldn’t have been able to find this if I’d have
wanted to. If I just tried to find it on Google I wouldn’t know where to start
because I wouldn’t know who the author was or even I probably wouldn’t have
recognized the cover as a picture form… but as soon as I saw this I was
like “Oh my god this is the book!!!” and sure enough it’s basically an
alphabetised kind of list of all the Greek mythical figures so it mentions
parts of their story wherever they’re mentioned but then anyone else who’s in
their story will kind of be like highlighted so I’ve just – Artemis just
caught my eye there (my alias) so whenever the gods and goddesses
feature in the stories of the mortals – so here we’re talking about Clytemnestra
and about Artemis asking them to sacrifice Iphigenia I think – it sort
of highlights them in a convenient way and then there’s like an
index at the back so you can flip through and see every mention of each
character. So I loved this when I was little and I read it from back to front
about 10 million times and it also features some of the artwork that became
my favorite, you know, pictures and portraits
one of which is actually in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool let me see if I
can find it. It’s Narcissus and Echo… N comes before P, good little literacy lesson for you there… there it is yeah so I
loved this picture and I never knew it was in the Walker Art Gallery obviously I
was like I don’t know maybe was like 12 or 13 or whatever and so the first time
I went into the Walker Art Gallery when I was a bit older I… lost my head a bit
because I got overexcited about this. You can
also – I think you can see that in my very first vlog when I took Lucy into
Liverpool I kind of raved about this painting. So yeah that’s just a nice
little anecdote that probably nobody cares about. I’ve rambled about this book
now for a while! So yeah these are my two failings in March because I had to, I had
to buy something and then this one – you know – the memories! So what can you do? But, that said I think that’s okay because I have already read this one a lot so
that’s not going to distract me – well maybe on the coffee table it will – and this obviously didn’t take five minutes to read. So yeah I thought I was home safe and I thought I was you know steering clear of books again for a while – well, sorry, steering clear of NEW books again for a
while and getting stuck into my stuff. I have started the Romanovs which is
proving heavier than I even thought and it’s – it’s not there sorry I’m just
looking for it – it’s upstairs… I knew it was gonna be a long book but boy oh boy that writing is
tiny the typeface is very small and it’s taking me like an hour to get through
like ten pages so that’s probably gonna take me a longer time. I am enjoying it
it’s really interesting and it’s really well written for a nonfiction book but [whispers] its gonna take me a while… So yeah I have started that I got through
quite a few books early on that were like easier to read. I read The Muse by
Jessie Burton. I enjoyed it but not as much as The Miniaturist I think The Miniaturist kind of raised the stakes too high there. It’s still still definitely
worth a read but it’s not a book that I’m gonna keep. I think I’m gonna just
pass that on to the charity shop because I guess with most mystery type stories
anyway though you kind of probably don’t reread them unless they’re really really… I don’t know… unless you’re really into
it? Because you sort of know what happens at the end…? But yeah no it was really
interesting and it was set in Spain and stuff so that was cool.
And then the other thing is Neve has got me reading a borrowed book. She’s doing
Hedda Gabler in college and she wanted me to read it because she thought I
would like that character so I’m reading the Four Ibsen Plays thing and so far I
do I am a big fan of Hedda Gabler like she is… such a snake. And that is just a
brilliant… brilliant female character in my book.
She’s like Cersei Lannister isn’t she? I thought it was good so I was home free
because obviously borrowing books doesn’t count because it doesn’t affect
my bank balance although I’m gonna try and not do that… I am gonna have to read
The Bone Season at some point because if I don’t Neve is gonna go spare because
she’s wanting me to read it for ages and I must admit I do like Samantha
Shannon’s Twitter feed so I imagine I’m gonna probably be on board with it. Which brings me to my second break of my book-buying ban. I was at a belly dance event performing
last Friday and it was for charity. I did a choreography that I last did last year
and there’s a lot of sustained spinning in it so I might just put myself spinning
around for the next 30 seconds while I talk cos.. why not that’ll be fun. Yeah so I
stumbled upon the organiser had this like stack of books that she was trying
to sell off just to add to the charitable donations of the night and she just said “just give me a couple of quid for whatever you want” so I was
like I want this bad boy and she said “oh just give me a couple of quid” so I gave
her six pounds and she was like oh well if you’re gonna give me six pounds,
why not just take all of the goth books that I own so I was like “Can’t really
argue with that” so yeah I now have a full goth library and I’m pretty jazzed about it.
And it was for a good cause so I think I can have that as an excuse right?
My excuses are good right? Like, one-off book shop that I’m not gonna probably go
to again at least in the next year and then charity. Yes so that’s how I’m doing
but I have embarked on one of the longer books that I want to go for and as soon
as I’ve got The Romanovs and Hedda Gabler finished I am going to start War
and Peace because I have a feeling that one’s gonna take me quite a while and I
am still obsessed with The Great Comet and I don’t want my enthusiasm
to wane before I start so I need to I need to get on it like right now, like
right now. So in fact I might I might try and read it concurrently with The
Romanovs because like it’s… one’s fiction and one’s nonfiction and I can usually do
both at the same time if it’s that because you can kind of separate it in
your mind. So yeah that’s how I’m doing! Hopefully I won’t have to do too many
jump cuts in this and I hope I’m not talking – I’ve not been talking too fast
and I hope I haven’t gone on over the 20 minute limit on my camera because
otherwise I’m gonna have to refilm that last section. Yeah, how are you doing?
Let me know! Erm, what else did I wanna talk about, anything else?

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