Book blogger/book tuber meet-up!

The brilliant Kirsty invited me to a meet-up of book bloggers (most people were ‘book tubers’, I was like the only person without a YouTube channel) in London on 25th July. I’ve met other bloggers before, but this was en masse, so I was nervous but excited. We met at King’s Cross, by Watermark Books and the Harry Potter shop, and we all milled and said hello – it was amazing to meet Kirsty after talking online for so long, and it was great to meet lots of other bloggers. The day was a bookshop tour, led by Jen Campbell of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops fame, who carried an umbrella like a tour guide and was a fantastic host. We visited:

  • Watermark Books
  • Words on the Water – but it was closed!
  • Hatchards
  • Skoob
  • Persephone
  • The London Review Bookshop
  • Foyles

I was trying to ‘be good’ and not buy too many books, so I didn’t buy anything until Skoob, which is a really cool secondhand bookshop just behind Russell Square station.

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Here’s what I bought at Skoob:

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I read some Mansfield stories at uni and loved them, so I jumped on the chance to read more! And this is a nice edition.

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Can’t go wrong with some Didion! And again a nice edition – I think it’s a US one.

Then it was on to Persephone Books, somewhere I have been meaning to visit forever, but never seemed to have the chance. As I’m sure you know they publish and sell beautiful editions of lesser-known 20th century books, all in their distinctive grey covers. I bought a couple of their Classics, which have illustrated covers, as well as some lovely postcards. It’s a very pretty little shop, and the assistant on duty was very sweet and helpful and spent lots of time discussing books and making recommendations. You’ve got to go there.

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Here’s what I bought at Persephone:

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Next we made our way to The London Review Bookshop, which is just across from The British Museum. There is a cake shop too, and we took the opportunity to rest our tired feet and have a sit. We felt like old ladies after all our walking carrying lots of books!

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I bought a book I’d been meaning to read for ages, and Kirsty assured me Mary Beard is a legend!

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Our last stop was the new Foyles – my first visit there – and I actually didn’t buy anything. I think I was all shopped-out! I also managed to fall really hard on my knee at King’s Cross so I was more than ready to go sit on a train back to Oxford.

Lots of people took photos of all of us, one of which you can see here.

Thank you Kirsty for inviting me, and I am glad to say I have lots of new people on Twitter and Facebook, and new blogs and YouTube channels to follow. A really great day.

Yay for bloggers and books and bookshops!!

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6 thoughts on “Book blogger/book tuber meet-up!”

  1. Such a lovely post, Lizzi! It was such a marvellous day, and it was absolutely wonderful to meet you! And Mary Beard is indeed a legend. 😉 Can’t wait to hear what you think of all your new books!

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  2. What a fabulous day! I’m so jealous! Next time you go, drop into the Bloomsbury Oxfam which is a couple of streets away from the LRB shop – they always seem to have interesting stock!

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