One of my very favourite things to do, is to jump in the car and tour our local bookshops.
Touring, of course, also includes buying a healthy number of the books we see. It’s pretty much the law.
For a definition of ‘healthy amount of books’, picture … well … shut up about it. There’s no such thing as having too many books – so any amount of book owning is healthy. As long as it’s a lot.
Recently we started thinking – why don’t we aim to visit ALL the bookshops in Australia?! And why haven’t we already started to catalogue our favourite ones?! And what do you mean we’ll need to hire a storage container?!
Luckily we knew just the place to start 🙂
Maleny, Queensland – is a beautiful town in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland & Rosetta Books is a wonderful independent bookshop, well worth the visit.
The staff are always friendly and helpful, and the store is set out well & is easy to navigate.
Rosetta Books also have their own small coffee shop, within the store. I didn’t picture it here as they were closing that section for the day, when we arrived in the afternoon.
A flat white and a wander through the bookshelves though? Delicious!
So what did I buy, this visit? Well I was proud of myself for being quite restrained – I only got two books and a handful of greeting cards 🙂
By the way, why it is IMPOSSIBLE to go into a bookshop and only buy one book?! Riddle me that, Science!
- ‘The Gospel of Loki’ by Joanne M. Harris (Book 1 in the ‘Loki’ series)
- From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world’s ultimate trickster.
I chose this one because, well – Loki! He’s probably my favourite of the Norse Gods. So tricksy! I also have book two of this series at home, for some reason – so now I can begin at the beginning 🙂
- ‘Devil’s Day’ by Andrew Michael Hurley
- After the blizzard of a century ago, it was weeks before anyone got in or out. By that time, what had happened there, what the Devil had done, was already fable. Devil’s Day is a day for children now, of course. A tradition it’s easy to mock, from the outside. But it’s important to remember why we do what we do. It’s important to know what our grandfathers have passed down to us.
You had me at Devil 🙂 Supernatural stories are my wheel house & this one had ‘the new master of menace’ on the cover – so shut up and take my money!
These days when I visit a bookshop, I’m just as likely to come out with a selection of gorgeous greeting cards. It’s always good to have a stash at home, so the right card can be given to the right person at the right time. Right?
- ‘Songs Unsung’ by Fiona Watson
- ‘A Day in the Meadow’ by Fran Evans
- ‘You’re My Kind of Fox’ by Pamela Zagarenski
Next time you’re touring the Sunshine Coast, pop in to Rosetta Books and pick up a few new treasures 🙂