the english bookshop

Alone.
Yes, that’s the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn’t hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.
—  Stephen King
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It was the beginning of the ‘80s when Mick started to become unbearable. I went to WHSmith, the English bookshop on the Rue de Rivoli. I forget the title of the book, but there it was, some lurid novel by Brenda Jagger. Gotcha, mate! Now you’re Brenda whether you know it or like it or not. He certainly didn’t like it. It took him ages to find out. We’d be talking about “that bitch Brenda” with him in the room, and he wouldn’t know. But there’s a terrible thing that starts, and it’s very much like the way Mick and I behaved towards Brian. Once you release that acid, it begins to corrode.

- Keith Richards, “Life”

ID #60492

Name: Candace
Age: 16
Country: Canada

hello friends! my name’s candace but many people call me candy. it crossed my mind for the first time a few minutes ago that i should find a penpal, not only because it’s incredibly cute but also because i’d love to find new friends! i really love the idea of getting snail mail from someone on the other side of the world! anyways, here’s some stuff about me:

one; i love music. my first instrument was the piano, and now i teach it to lil kids as a part-time job :) my main love is singing though, and the ukulele! i also love the guitar, but i’m terrible at it. i also listen to ALL genres–no kidding, my music library must have 10000+ songs. so if you love music and want super cool and obscure music recs OR you have a super cool and obscure music taste i’d love to get to know you !

two; i love books + movies. my favourite books are harry potter, to kill a mockingbird, flowers for algernon, the outsiders, and the kite runner (but i enjoy a variety of books). my favourite movie is it’s a wonderful life and pretty much anything with audrey hepburn!!! as you can probably tell i like the classics, but i also like new stuff, too! i try to be as unpretentious as possible i swear ;)

three; i’m nice and sweet and if i grow attached to you i will probably never let u go >:) nah but honestly i’m very caring and i love giving and receiving advice. even though i can be very cheerful and sweet, i often come off as a little shy and distant. i’ve had a pretty rough year mental health-wise but i’m definitely recovering! so if you have mental health issues or just want somebody to talk to when you’re sad i’m your girl.

four; like i said, i love reading. i also love writing, photography, my friends and family, spring, sleep, watching tv, and volunteering/doing stuff other than staying home or going to school (although i do this the most :P) right now i’m thinking of majoring in psych and eng @ uoft but i still have two years of high school before i have to figure it out! i don’t particularly like high school but i don’t particularly hate it either. but it’d be nice to know someone outside my little bubble.

other little things about me include my love for cheesecake; my desire to travel; my favourite stores (chapters or other small bookshops or record shops or coffee shops!); my favourite food other than cheesecake (pho and poutine); my favourite tv shows (friends, gilmore girls, merlin, brooklyn nine nine); my favourite places (london, amsterdam, wwohp, my room); and my favourite genres of music (jazz, indie rock, indie folk, alternative, jazz hip-hop).

this summer i will be going to vietnam for a month so if you’re from there PLS TALK TO ME my vietnamese is crap.

okay i think that’s all! thank you for reading this massive wall of text :)

p.s. how do you find will smith in the snow? you look for fresh prints

hehe hope you liked the joke if you didn’t please pretend you never saw that

Preferences: if you think we could be friends please talk to me ! i love talking to younger kids and also older kids and also old people in general. adults are kind of gross but if you’re cool then i’ll allow it :) jk adults are cool too. oh and if you’re around my age (15-19) thats nice too! *checks to see if i’ve covered all the age groups* oh ya any babes can contact me too ;) (…sorry)

Upcoming Appearances


May 16
Rakestraw Books, 4 PM
Danville, CA

May 17
Barnes & Noble – Huntington Beach, 7 PM
Huntington Beach, CA
*Epic Reads Meet-Up with Kimberly McCreight, Julie Murphy, and Evelyn Skye

May 18
Mysterious Galaxy, 7 PM
San Diego, CA
*Epic Reads Meet-Up with Kimberly McCreight, Julie Murphy, and Evelyn Skye

May 19
BookBar, 5 PM
Denver, CO

May 20
King’s English Bookshop, 7 PM
Salt Lake City, UT
*a double header w/ the illustrious Shannon Hale

May 22
Joseph-Beth, 7 PM
Cincinnati, OH

May 23
Books & Co, 7 PM
Dayton, OH

May 24
Cover to Cover, 4:30 PM
Columbus, OH

May 25
Barnes & Noble Eton Town Center, 7 PM
Woodmere, OH

May 31
SLJ “Day of Dialogue” – speaker
New York City
*ticketed convention

June 1
BookExpo – signing
New York City
*ticketed convention

June 3-4
BookCon
New York City
*ticked convention

June 5
Brookline Booksmith 7 pm
Brookline, MA

June 23-25
ALA American Librarians Association Annual
Chicago, IL
*ticketed convention

amateurpixels  asked:

Hello! I've been following your blog for some months, thank you for keeping it both very useful 👍 and extremely beautiful ❤ I am travelling to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Kyoto in December. Could you recommend some second hand bookshops in these cities apart from that you mentioned today? (I'm a maniac who brings >30 books from each trip abroad 😂) Thank you in advance!

Hello! Ooo, my favourite topic. I assume you’re asking about English shops, not Japanese ones?

OK, first the bad news. English bookshops, new or second-hand, are rather rare in Japan. Amazon.jp (they deliver overseas) is usually your best option (and yes, the website is available in English). Having said that, I can recommend shops in Tokyo, but I don’t know the other cities. Perhaps @livekyoto can help with Kyoto suggestions?

Tokyo has only one independent shop for English second-hand books. It’s called Infinity Books and it happens to be in Asakusa, which is rather convenient for tourists. :)

Another possibility is the Japanese chain Book Off, especially their branches in Shibuya, Gotanda and Ikebukuro. They have mainly Japanese books (duh!) (grin), but these three all have a section marked 洋書 (yōsho, Western books). It’s a bit of gamble to go there: sometimes they have a big, excellent selection; sometimes it’s meh.

Jinbōchō has dozens of bookshops. Some have non-Japanese titles, most have not. It’s still a wonderful experience to go there, to browse, to look, to … dunno … just smell the books. The Jinbōchō shop with the biggest English selection is Kitazawa Books. It also happens to be really beautiful. They sell rare books, too, and you can pick up real bargains.

Best stores for new books are Maruzen in Marunouchi, Kinokuniya near the south exit of Shinjuku Station (they have other branches; that one is the best for Western books) and Junkudo in Ikebukuro.

Happy hunting!

PS: Tokyo now has fewer independent bookshops than it had ten years ago when I arrived. Why is that?! @shoku-and-awe!!! Let’s open a books & food shop! I’m calling it the BBB Shop. Can anyone figure out what BBB stands for?

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I visited a place called Barter Books the other day, one of Britain’s biggest second hand book shops gorgeously situated within the lovely town of Alnwick, Northumberland. Situated within the old Alnwick train station, it hosts not only row after row of books (rare books, children’s books, travel writing etc.) but a railway themed cafe serving lots of scrumptious things. It’s the perfect place to spend the day browsing, reading, and relaxing by the roaring fireplaces for book lovers everywhere. 

Upcoming Appearances


May 19
BookBar, 5 PM
Denver, CO

May 20
King’s English Bookshop, 7 PM
Salt Lake City, UT
*a double header w/ the illustrious Shannon Hale

May 22
Joseph-Beth, 7 PM
Cincinnati, OH

May 23
Books & Co, 7 PM
Dayton, OH

May 24
Cover to Cover, 4:30 PM
Columbus, OH

May 25
Barnes & Noble Eton Town Center, 7 PM
Woodmere, OH

May 31
SLJ “Day of Dialogue” – speaker
New York City
*ticketed convention

June 1
BookExpo – signing
New York City
*ticketed convention

June 3-4
BookCon
New York City
*ticked convention

June 5
Brookline Booksmith 7 pm
Brookline, MA

June 23-25
ALA American Librarians Association Annual
Chicago, IL
*ticketed convention