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I don’t know about you but there’s nothing I love better than visiting a cosy traditional bookstore. Out of reach of the weather I can browse through the bookshelves to my heart’s content, re-visiting favourite books and finding new ones.
One rainy day earlier this week I took some time for me and visited Waterstones in Reading’s Broad Street. The building itself is a former chapel dating from 1707 with a beautiful interior, perfect for housing a wonderful selection of titles on bookshelves lining every nook and cranny.
Do you enjoy reading? I love it – as far as I’m concerned it’s the very best kind of me time. We’ve devoted one of the rooms in our house entirely to books – even referring to it as ‘the library’!
My first stop in Waterstones was the welcoming children’s section. It’s no surprise that many of my favourite books are those from my childhood. I was a voracious reader back then, my nose perpetually in a book.
One of the first of my favourite books to catch my eye was a paperback copy of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’.
I adored Little Women as a young girl but have not re-read it in years. I decided to treat myself to a copy and asked one of the sales assistants to help me find one in hardcover. While I love paperbacks, an old fashioned hardcover book is always a treat.
Later, I wandered into the Cookbooks section where I immediately spotted ‘How to Be a Domestic Goddess’ by Nigella Lawson. First published back in 2003, it’s another one of my favourite books. Waterstones have all the latest cookbooks too, beautifully arranged. It’s hard to resist.
I also spent ages perusing the myriad titles in the historical fiction section where there are a number of titles by Philippa Gregory, who wrote another of my favourite books ‘The Virgin’s Lover’. It’s a fascinating novelisation of the complicated relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, the 1st Earl of Leicester.
There’s a beautiful winding staircase in the middle of Waterstones.
I followed it to yet more books and an inviting area to sit down and read. From photography to religion, style to smart ideas, there’s a section for everyone. I could have spent hours up there.
I tore myself away from Waterstones reluctantly, walking down the sweeping stairs to make my purchases and heading back out into the rain. As I made my way to the car, I contemplated the wonderful books I’ve read over the years.
A reading list of My Favourite Books of All Time
Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory
How To Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Have you read any of my favourite books? What did you think of them?
Please share your own favourites in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for a great read!