England Book Haul

Hello everyone! I'm back from England and dealing with the jet-lag(:

It was a really great trip and this time, I decided to get books as souvenirs (since I don't really use traditional souvenir items but love books). So I thought I'd blog about what I got plus a share a few photos from my trip.

From London

I got three books from London! The first is "Heath Robinson's Home Front", which is illustrated by Cecil Hunt. The main "star" of the book are the comics by Heath Robinson. I got this at the Churchill War Rooms, which is a must visit if you like history.

The Churchill War Rooms also contains a lot of cute postcards.

I also got An English Murder by Cyril Hare and The Secret Lives of Cows by Rosamund Young from WHSmith (which my sister describes as 'the Popular of England'). Cyril Hare has been on my TBR list for a while so I was really happy to get it!

Apart from the War Rooms, we also went to Windsor Castle

Saw some of the illuminations

Visited Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - a MUST GO if you love literature. Be sure to take the tour!

As well as the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

From Oxford

We didn't have much time in Oxford, but I made sure to visit Scriptum, which was highly recommended by a friend. I wanted to buy half the shop but couldn't because I didn't have enough money. In the end, I just got The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I've read it before, but this edition was too beautiful to pass up!

I'd really like to come back to Oxford and slowly explore some day!

From Bath

We visited the Roman Baths and I got How to Insult, Abuse & Insinuate in Classical Latin. I used that one semester of Latin to justify that purchase because I was only intending to buy one book. The Roman Baths were great, by the way! It was extremely interesting and informative.

With the Bath Abbey behind. 

Bath Abbey

At the Jane Austen Center (which is a must-visit for all Jane Austen fans!), I got Dinner with Mr. Darcy by Pen Vogler, a book of recipes inspired by food in Jane Austen's novels.

The center is quite small, but there is a lovely tea room attached and there's a really great talk about Jane Austen's life before you enter the exhibition area! They focus mainly on Jane's time in Bath and there's even an area where you can try on period clothes.

Mr Darcy and I

The Tea with Mr. Darcy set.

When you're in Manchester, you have to visit Paramount Books! It's the best second-hand bookstore that I've been to. The selection is great and the prices are reasonable. They also have a really extensive comic section, which made my little brother really happy. I picked up The Secret Life of Bletchley Park by Sinclair McKay (basically because I watched The Bletchley Circle on Netflix, which piqued my interest) and I Never Knew That About England by Christopher Winn.

And of course, when in Manchester, you have to visit Old Trafford!

There's a huge shopping center nearby called Trafford Center and the WHSmith was having a sale. It was mainly my brother who picked up books, but I did pick up The People's Friend 2018 Annual there. I got it because there was an old copy lying around the house, and since I (re)read it every holiday, I've always associated the annual with holidays. So what better souvenir of my England trip could there be than this year's annual?

I had a great trip and now I'm looking forward to reading these (while I'm rewriting Twilight Chilren, of course!)


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