Books Are My Bag – nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops – ran from the 9th to the 12th last week. To partake in the festivities I popped to my new favourite book shop – City Books – to spend money I don’t have on books I
probably don’t definitely need.
City Books is situated in Hove, down Western Road away from Churchill Square. It may seem a little off the beaten track, but from the centre of town it is only a 10 minute walk away.
The Staff are lovely, I had a very knowledgeable lady help me chose between Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. Had she not come to my rescue I may have fallen into the classics section – which is so wonderfully vast – never to return.
I also bought Save Me The Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald and Chéri by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. I’m happily falling back into classics and vintage novels, they seem to relax me more than modern writing.
I’m currently reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall:
It certainly is a book of many chapters, but what marvellous ones they have been. I don’t think Anne will usurp Emily as my favourite Brontë, nevertheless, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is as interesting as her sister’s novels – though lacking the supernatural.
I think it is an important time to celebrate bookshops. I realised after I had been to City Books that, while shopping on Amazon is easy, nothing brings me the same excitement as staring at a long wall of classics and wondering what to buy. You can’t get that feeling shopping online. There is so much more discovery in a book shop, more opportunities to discover new books. Not to mention sharing a love of books with the staff, and having a good natter.