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    A Day Trip To London To See Lazarus

    Way back at the start of December my Dad and I took a quick trip to London to see Lazarus. The new musical written by David Bowie before he died. Here is what happened. We started off the day by getting the first train from Edinburgh to London. I wouldn’t really recommend this but it worked out that getting the train there and home on the same day was cheaper than getting a hotel. With most musicals this would have been totally impossible but Lazarus is in Kings Cross theatre (just next to the station) and it’s much shorter than typical musical. BRITISH LIBRARY We got to London for around…

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    My Problem With The Bookstagram Aesthetic

    I love bookstagram (bookstagram being bookish things on Instagram). I wouldn’t call myself a true book blogger. But I love posting book photos and I love talking to people about books. But there is one thing about it that annoys me. And that is the bookstagram aesthetic. You’ll probably know what I’m talking about. All those lovely flat lays featuring a book along with a fluffy blanket, maybe a cup of tea or a fancy bookmark (usually featuring some funny quote about reading). A candle or fairy lights and various other bits of ephemera that is somehow related to the book. MY ACTUAL PROBLEM WITH BOOKSTAGRAM Now I should point out I love these photos, the…

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    Edinburgh Book Festival: Day 3

    My final day at the book festival was spent on my own (which was actually really nice since I don’t get out much). The plan for this day was have another look around the bookshop and see Patrick Ness talk about his new book The Rest of Us Just Live Here. BOOK HAUL I only planned on buying one book this day but I did spend a good hour looking around the shop for books I might find interesting. I ended up adding another 30 books to my TBR (I’m pretty sure you can hear my TBR list cry if you listen closely).  Since one bookshop was not enough I…

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    Edinburgh Book Festival: Day 2

    My second day at the festival also happened to be the second day of the festival. The plan for this day was meet a friend for lunch, have a wander around the bookshop at the festival (possibly buy some books) then go see Matt Haig give the Siobhan Dowd lecture. We started out by going to the new Yo Sushi for lunch. This is right on Princess Street and if you managed to get a table by the windows you get a lovely view looking out onto the castle. The bookshop was huge and fantastical and I wanted to take all of the books home with me however, it was…

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    Edinburgh Book Festival: Day 1

    The Edinburgh Book Festival took place this year from the 16th to the 31st of August. I got to spend 3 days at the festival, I would have gone more but the talks were expensive and the authors I wanted to see were on late at night which made it almost impossible to get home. This week I have a series of posts on what I did at the festival and on Sunday I have an embarrassingly large book haul. It has actually gotten to the point where I can’t go into a bookshop without buying something. My first day in Edinburgh was actually the first day of the book…