While making a whistle stop tour of London, I happened to be going through Old Street Station, which fascinatingly has exits surrounding a roundabout. When exiting I discovered a small hub of brilliant shops and pop-ups such as a delicious doughnut stall. However, my eyes instantly fell on the neatly situated bookshop in the corner.
I’ve never actually spoken about this before, but I wanted to introduce you to this little gem I like to call my book haven. Now this is technically my favourite second-hand book shop so all of these books have already seen at least one cycle of love and attention.
Now for those who don’t know I like to collect traditionally leather bound copies of texts, particularly poetry. However, I don’t have the funds (yet) to stock myself up with first editions of copies so I tend to hunt these copies down in second-hand bookshops!
Of all the ones I’ve been to, the one that consistently provides good quality and well loved editions of books and poetry for reasonable prices has always been the Oxfam Bookshop in Headingley, Leeds.
It’s not in the city centre, about a 40 minute walk but as a uni student it’s also a really good place to find copies of books that other students have left behind, unwanted after finishing their course.
I’ve always had a great experience there and more often than not there are also students working the desk and they’re happy to help you if you want to i
nquire or if you want to chat about the books you both enjoy!
So things have been pretty hectic the past few weeks. I’m trying to get on top of a lot of things and because I’m working full time, I’m finding that I don’t really want to do much when I get home on a night-time. I also try and occupy my weekends by visiting people because I know when University kicks off again, I won’t have as much free time to do so.
My editing process is going slower that I thought, I have about 33 pages edited so far out of 100 already written. I will be happy though if I can finish editing before I go back and then begin the new academic year by continuing to write.
I’m keeping up pretty well with vlogging at the moment. I have a fair few ideas I want to try out so I’m looking forward to putting them into action! I’m trying to post about 2 videos a week currently which is going well so far. When I go back to Uni, I might have to decrease the number to 1 but I’m waiting to see how busy I am!
NaNoWriMo will soon be coming around (I know what you’re thinking it’s still 3 months away, but I’m debating with my time currently) so I have started to write down a couple of ideas, but I don’t want to get too excited incase I don’t have the time. I may consider doing the camp next year around June time though, if I can’t do it this year.
Some of my friends are saying goodbye to a close friend, David Boulton, I would just like to say that we may not have known each other very well but he will be dearly missed by all his friends and family. My heart goes out to all those close to him.
This week has been particularly interesting for me, not simply because I moved into a new house, but because I’m currently without the internet and will be for a few more days at least. I have the internet at work and on my phone, but somehow it doesn’t seem to be the same. I’ve spent time doing various other things, such as watching TV (I’ve watched a lot of TV compared to the normal amount I watch), painting and reading. These are things that I do enjoy doing, but never seem to find the time to do.
It’s a peculiar feeling being woken up by your mum at 9:30am, after a week of not being up before 1pm at my university accommodation. Especially when you’re not only forced to get up, but getting involved in chores was one thing I didn’t expect on my first day back within the nest.