I love a good book and at this time of the year, I overindulge. The fire is on, I have one large mug of hot chocolate with the works and a good book. There is a cute little window in the living room of the cottage, which has a view of the garden. Oh, how I am grateful when it's raining cats and dogs.
Every year in Scotland is a themed year, the past two years we're Coast and Water's (due to Covid). This is the Year of Stories. What a brilliant theme! We are all said to have a book within us, what is yours? Oh, the stories I have heard on my travels. Oh my.
Did you know that 2022 is also the 25th anniversary of World Book Day? Also dates for your diary - Edinburgh International Book Festival will take place from 13-29 August 2022.
Here is more on the Year of Stories and the latest news for book lovers.
Latest News For Book Worms
Year of Stories
Celebrating stories inspired by, written or created in Scotland, with a programme of exciting events.
"Stories are a vital part of Scotland’s culture and every community has a different tale to tell. Shared stories, whether spoken, written, sung or filmed are what give a sense of place, history and belonging. This year you can look forward to events by community groups, museums, heritage sites and other visitor attractions with storytelling always at the heart of it" - Visit Scotland
James Bond Bookend
The name’s End…Bookend. The suave, stylish granddaddy of spies is slipping into your shelf space, and he’s on a mission to make sure your books are seen By Your Eyes Only. Made of black metal, the James Bond Bookend perfectly depicts 007 as he raises his Golden Gun. And of course, no Bond story would be complete without a Bond girl, who stands proudly up against your stack of books! This bookish Bond Girl has both brains and beauty! You’ll be sure Skyfall in love with this quirky bookend as The Spy Who Loved Me keeps his GoldenEye on your pages, ensuring nobody else lays a Goldfinger on them. From Red Candy with Love, this is one bookend you really can’t say Dr. No to… (Pro tip: If you don’t say “Ah, Mr. Bond: I’ve been expecting you” when your parcel arrives, you’re really missing out a trick.)
James Bond Bookend Specifications Material: Metal Colour: Black Dimensions: 17 cm x 10 cm x 12 cm Product Code: BAL-27035
From Austen to Evaristo, Golding to García Márquez, it’s time to celebrate the literary loves of your life with a selection of book products from Red Candy in honour of World Book Day 2022!
"We’ve all got that one cosy book we keep going back to (and that one that’s been sitting on the shelf for eight years, with a bookmark wedged in around page twenty - Sapiens, I’m looking at you!)" - Red Candy
Which book has been sat on your bookshelf for many years?
Umbra Conceal Bookshelf Invisible Floating Book Shelf
Fancy treating your book collection to a little lift? Looking for a fun and creative way to declutter? Then the Umbra Conceal Bookshelf may be just the solution for you and your interior. This invisible bookshelf will have guests scratching their heads trying to work out just how you've managed to suspend your book collection on seemingly thin air! Turning convention on its head, the Umbra Conceal Bookshelf will magically transform a once heavy pile of books into a captivating wall-mounted optical illusion. Try using a collection of these Conceal Bookshelves in close configuration to create your very own instant floating library. Used as a contemporary bedside shelf or as an intriguing way of displaying your favourite books in your living space, the Umbra Conceal Book Shelf fixes quickly and easily onto your wall wherever you want it with just a couple of screws. This will make a most unusual and funky gift for those of us that like to do things a little differently. Umbra Conceal Book Shelf specifications: Designer: Miron Lior. Shelf holds: 6.8Kg max load; 41cm max stack height; 20cm max book depth. Dimensions: 13 Height x 13 Width x 14 Depth
Company: Red Candy
Now you can relinquish your SHELF control and LEAF through the stacks of book goods.
We like big books and we cannot lie! :)
Have you heard of Read it for Me? You can sign up for a subscription and all the books are condensed into a short audiobook. How cool is that!
New Year, New Reads!
2022 has arrived, which only means one thing... new books with refreshing stories and ideas to fulfill New Years Resolutions. Waterstones, have an amazing range of new reads that are perfect for trying out new things this January. Whether you make small changes to yourself, your community or the environment, there are books tailored to all.
So what are you waiting for? start 2022 the right way.
I hope you have enjoyed reading, found it helpful and interesting.
Until next time...