June Purchases

June purchases has arrived!

This month I bought a book as a High School Graduation gift:


It’s the notorious Flowers in the Attic by the beloved V. C. Andrews (original, not the ghost writer).

Why? Because I told the graduate, “There’s a time and place for everything, and it’s called college!”

I really, really hope her mum doesn’t judge me too harshly, but she’s eighteen! 

My other purchase was in support of a local bookstore in Yakima during a weekend visit:(Stay tuned as it’s one of the bookstores on my Washington Bookstore tour!)


As I have friends that worked on the marketing in London and I do ever so love Stephen, it’s such a a natural choice to go for his latest horror novel. I’m hoping to get to it next month. 

Hail to the book! 




May Purchases

This month I’m proud to say I supported one of my own!


I purchased:

How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you by the creator of The Oatmeal – Matthew Inman

Inman is from Seattle – Holla for talented people of my hometown! It’s extremely funny if you’re a cat person and Inman’s illustrations are brilliant! If you’re more of a dog person, Inman has also freshly published My Dog : The Paradox, which is just as hilarious. 

Knitting for Peace by Betty Christansten


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness because I enjoyed reading it so much last month that I knew I simply must have it for my collection. Find my review here

Did anyone buy any special titles this month?



April 2013 Purchases

Ah how things have changed. No longer do I have the opportunity to stumble upon local bookstores in London. Sadly, my favourite bookstore, an enormous two story Borders based in downtown Redmond is no longer there. Devastating news. As soon as I earned my driver’s license I would spend endless hours at that Borders. Now there is no longer ANY bookstore in Redmond, WA where one can purchase new books. (I’m sorry, grocery stores don’t count). 

Instead Redmond has used bookstores. Some have new titles, but most are gently used. It’s not a terrible thing, it’s a grand idea to reuse titles that might mean more to someone else. I just hate how the world is turning into relaying on the Internet to purchase books when bookstores are struggling. 

My purchases for this month are not YA based and next month for my ‘May reads’ you’ll see why. Instead I have indulged myself with craft books that I have been wanting for a long time. 

knitting books

The knitting book is pure gold, so I’m curious to see how I get on with the crochet book. These two are purchased from Amazon. Glamknits is from a used bookstore in Redmond. It has a fantastic open cardigan pattern. 

Also, special mention:

Although this book was purchased in March, it truly deserves special mention. I purchased this lovely piece of book art from the Victoria and Albert Museum gift shop after experiencing the David Bowie exhibit that’s currently running. 


Seriously, if you’re in London and enjoy David Bowie’s music, GO to this exhibit! It’s amazing and exciting and absolutely fantastic! 

Until next time,



March 2013 Purchases

Of course I shouldn’t be buying things, but of course I can’t help myself. To be fair one of the books I bought for a friend, so that makes this personal goal still count right?

This month I bought:

March purchases

The Totally Essential Travel Collection of ‘Where’s Wally?’ – Mainly I bought this as in America ‘Wally’ is known as ‘Waldo’ and I’ve always wanted a ‘Wally’ printed version!

Butter by Erin Lange I bought for my friend Alli – she’s currently undertaking her PhD in psychology and has spent the past year working with eating disorder patients. I thought she’d find this book particularly interesting. 

This month I supported the Liverpool Street Station WH Smith bookstore. Things have been in a bit of a rush and it was the best I could do. I enjoyed the bright yellow theme this month though. May everyone have a happy Easter/Passover!

February Purchases

Feb purchases

A few weekends back, during a particularly wet and rainy Sunday in London, I took a long stroll over to the lovely Daunt Books in Chelsea. They have an amazing teenage section, as well as an well stocked children’s book area. For those looking for a place to browse in regards to art and travel, this is the Daunt Books location! Sadly the heating in this building has a lot to be desired (which isn’t unusual for such a lovely building). Regardless of this fact the gentleman that served me was charming, polite and full of smiles even on such a dreary day!

I made my purchases:

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

I’ve been wanting to read The Neverending Story for ages! I grew up on the film adapation – I’ve named my car Falkor – and the second I learned this was based on a book I knew I had to give a read!

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I actually bought this book for my friend’s boyfriend for Christmas last year. I loved the sound of it so much I was thrilled to have an excuse to get a copy for myself! It was in the teenage section but I’m not too sure if it’s really YA or not. Either way I’m excited to dive back into another one of Gaiman’s worlds.

I was not disappointed with my purchases from last month and I can’t wait to get started on these! Although I originally started my journey dead set on buying Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, I was so disappointed to see it wasn’t in stock! Oh well, there’s always next month.

Happy reading!

Ashley xx