Every bookworm has a favourite bookshop. Yes, our heart does skip a beat for every shop we walk past containing books, but there is a special place in our heart for our very favourite cove of literary treasures.
Whether it’s a pokey local den or a particular branch of a national chain, there is something about a bookshop that makes those in search of knowledge feel at home.
For me, it’s Foyles.
Foyles is the premier league of bookshops. You can pretty much find any title you want. I managed to buy my whole undergraduate degree reading list from Foyles. Everything from poetry anthologies to specific editions of fiction novels, they had it all. On the very rare chance that they didn’t have a title, staff were more than happy to order it in!
There is something about walking into a Foyles that brings a sense of calm and feeling of belonging that no other bookshop has. You know that everyone there is in pursuit of knowledge or indulging in an ardent love of books. There are actually only 7 branches in the UK so to be lucky enough to walk among the hundreds upon hundreds of bookshelves is exciting to say the least. I just happen to be super lucky that I live close to 5 of them!
So, what’s to love? They offer a 5% student discount which is always a winner in my books (even though I am not a student anymore *cry cry *). They have ‘Foyalty’ cards: Foyles loyalty cards which, unlike the stamped cards from Waterstones that you always lose, are guaranteed to keep you saving the pennies when your bank account cannot take the burden of yet another book. Another great thing about Foyles, every time I go in, there are always author-signed copies of some of the newest books on the market – you never know when you may stumble upon a special edition!
No matter when or why I go to Foyles, I am never disappointed. I always leave feeling on top of the world, having faith that literature will stay alive. It doesn’t feel like a bookshop that is trying to make money, but one that is trying to keep literary traditions (both old and emerging) alive.
Fellow bookworms, are you a Waterstones addict or do you have a local bookshop that you love to spend hoursin? Or is a book just a book no matter where you get it from?