Which Australian bookstores did I visit recently?

Name: Dymocks Melbourne

Location: Lower Ground Floor, 234 Collins St, Melbourne VIC

Size: BIG but not huge (would have loved to explore another level … but maybe there was and I didn’t notice – Melbourne locals please let me know in the comments)

Thoughts: This bookshops fiction section filled my soul πŸ’– There was such a variety to pick from and I loved the eclectic variety they stocked. I found their crime fiction section exuberant and fantastic! They had all Agatha Christies, all Lee Child, all Michael Robotham, all of my lovely friend Sulari Gentill in stock. There was no designated Literary section which I always gravitate to in a bookstore, however it was pretty clearly all was mixed in fiction and easy enough to find. The cooking section was extensive and gave me a few ideas for my own local. Their non-fiction section was also full and fresh. I found it helpful and effective just seeing a ‘service/enquiries’ desk. The practicality of that service was great in a space of such size. The one section I felt lacked was their Young Adult, there was almost only half a bays worth of books. YA is such a huge market in our bookstore, therefore I was stunned to see its smallness in a nationals capital. All in all, worth the trip! I came out with four books which you will see in my July Wrap Up very soon.

Happy πŸ’–: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5)


Name: Harry Hartog Bookseller

Location: Shop 111/112 South Point Shopping Centre, Anketell St & Reed St N., Greenway, ACT 

Size: Average, nice and open

Thoughts: The feeling in a Harry Hartog is moody, mysterious and comforting. I can easily say this chain is kicking goals with its interior design, decor and ascetic. Book wise, I didn’t find much out of the ordinary that our local store doesn’t have. I mostly enjoyed perusing the giftware and book associated items that wrap up and encourage a more calm, enjoyable and relaxed reading experience. For example, there were candles, heat packs, journals and different types of tea which were all available for purchase. I really liked this element of coming away from a bookstore kitted out for your next R&R session. One book was purchased in this visit to Harry Hartog and a lovely print that has made itself onto a wall in my home!

Happy πŸ’–: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/5)

(Note: This picture is not my own)


Name: Robinsons Bookshop

Location: Canberra Centre, Shop DF24, 148 Bunda St, Canberra ACT 

Size: Small in size, big in feeling

Thoughts: My heart felt immediately happy in this Robinsons Bookshop! I was greeted by the most lovely bookseller, her and I connecting over the usual bookseller things; books (obviously 🀣), unboxing books, enquiries, ordering books, etc. I also learnt that this Canberra Robinsons Bookshop is the only one outside of Victoria, where their brand and first stores originated. The experience was warm and homey. I proceeded to browse the bookstore’s fiction section, classics and cooking. I found a lot of cook books that have inspired a restock in my own local. The dark timber shelves create a moody space yet the store is lit with the most gorgeous periodic light fixtures. For me, it felt like stepping into another time that was generous and captivating. It proved to me even more that the size of a bookstore does not determine the quality of books, service and feeling – as a booksellers, bookstores are what you make them. I left with one new cookbook in hand!

Happy πŸ’–: β­οΈβ­οΈβ­οΈπŸ’« (3.5/5)

(Note: This picture is of a Melbourne Robinson Bookshop, so imagine Canberra on a smaller scale. This picture is not my own)

Did you enjoy this travelling bookstore blog post? Describe your favourite bookshop to me in the comments πŸ’¬πŸŽ™

Bagged & Borrowed

My July local library borrow βœ…

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake was a must! I have already picked this up and have immediately been drawn into the witchy world. We’re following six young adult magicians as they are each hand selected for the opportunity of a lifetime. Six go in, only five come out. I love that we actually see and hear from everyone’s perspectives. It is something fresh and new to my reading habits in fantasy.

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell was my second borrow. Maggie is an author that’s been around for a while, however she is new to me. I recently finished her new literary fiction landing in August, called ‘A Marriage Portrait’, which was SPECtacular!! It has snuck up behind ‘Devotion’ by Hannah Kent – my 2022 favourite thus far (read my review here). It is set in Italy … LOVE THIS, in the Medici era… LOVE THIS and centres around the marriage of Duchess Lucrezia of Ferrera, at the age of 15 and a 30 year old Alfonzo II, Duke of Ferrera. This was a marriage of convince, yet by the time LucΓ© turned 16, she was dead – presumed murdered by her husband. I could not put this book down! I was addicted to Maggie’s writing from the get go and look forward to following Hamnet in the same way, all while learning about Shakespeare’s son through an accurate yet fictional lens.

Have you visited your local Library this month? They’re a place of such knowledge, care and warmth πŸ“š

Book Addict on tour

Happy FriYAY book lovers! I’m taking a trip and that means more time explore bookstores!

Sometimes my friends and family get a giggle out of how much time I love spending in bookstores – especially when I manage one full time. My answer is always the same, “They’re all so different!”. And it’s true! Every single bookstore has a different feel, they hold different stock and have staff with different book knowledge and opinions. That is something I just love exploring. There is also the fact that bookstores make me feel safe, comfortable and that I belong. Their familiarity is homey to me.

My shelves are overflowing, as I confessed to you all in my ‘That growing TBR pile … ‘ post, however there is no time like the present to find new books I didn’t know existed, get newly inspired by different environments and cultures, as well as just enjoying some time in a new place! All in all, every bookstore visit brings me back to my local feeling inspired and motivated 🀩

That growing TBR pile …

I am guilty of taking books home from work because they sound FANtastic! They sound up my ally. They sound like the kind of books I will (one day) read. And I’m sure I will one day read them …

I type these words as I glance over to my overflowing bookshelf and the pile sitting next to the bookshelf. And the two piles of books sitting next to my tv. And the pile of books in my tv shelf. And if I move my head to the side a touch, I can see the growing pile of books on my bedside … AHHHH

Okay okay, so my immediate TBR right now consists of:

Kinda wanna read a fantasy tho .. aye aye aye – the struggle 🀣 What does your TBR pile look like right now?

πŸ“Έ @shamelesspod

Books & Bank Accounts

“Okay, BYE!”

Literally though, I have been saying bye bye πŸ‘‹πŸΌπŸ‘‹πŸΌ to my bank account of late because there are SO MANY fantastic new books hitting our book store shelves! There is also a tremendous amount of restocking happening – for example, Heartstopper #2, #3 & #4 have finally made it back fresh from re-printing! These have consumed my life in the past 24 hours … updates and thoughts coming soon.

This year, for 2022, I did vow to spend less money on buying books to borrow more from my local library. I am successfully failing hard at the first. It’s mid year and the amount of unread books already overtaking my living room is ridiculous. I am so incredibly grateful to be exposed to unlimited uncorrected proof copies of books, yet there is still something so special about that feeling of taking a new, finalised, unboxed and freshly printed book home.

Is it an addiction? Or is it a hobby? I’ll leave you to decide.

Bookshelf jealousy

I don’t know about you avid book addicts, but when I come home with a new stack of books, my shelf is just warping under the expected pressure of holding more and more 🀣

I’m that person that has stacks of books in my living rooms, spare room and bedroom. I truely hope they please the eye ascetically, but honestly they probably just confirm the fact that I am a book addict and cannot fathom giving up some of my favourite reads.

Is your bookshelf jealous of how many new book you bring home each week/fortnight/month? πŸ“š

Let’s talk my latest book & tv show obsession …

It was about time I shared this book to tv show adaptation on my blog because MY GOD – I cannot stop talking about it in the store, to my friends, to customers, nor rewatching it on Netflix.

It is … ‘Heartstopper’ 😍😍

Soon after me discovering this graphic novel (that admittedly I’d picked up and put back down again in the bookstore multiple times!!), had it been created into a tv show – I was bingeing it in no time! Now I’m not talking your regular tv series binge, I’m talking laughing/crying/gasping/squealing and feeling all the feels.

I then went on to buy the first book and devour it in one sitting. I’m in love with the characters of Charlie and Nick and the relationships it just show are just the cutest, most positive representation of LBGTQIA+. This show makes my heart happy and my soul warm. Read the graphic novels and try something new, like I did! Then watch the tv show, it is just the best!

What type of reader are you?

What type of reader are you?

Technically, I am the type that … ‘Lives in the bookshop/library’ because I am SUPER LUCKY to work full time in a bookstore and practically live there 😱 , and I also have a big love for my local library. Every visit, I never fail to leave without a book in hand.

I am also a ‘book collector’ because I have more unread books on my shelves than read. I am hoping to somewhat change that this year. I want to make a dent in my TBR but even this far into 2022 – I am already sadly failing …

I would also strongly say I’m the type that ‘never completes (and still buys more)’ because I have a strong personal belief with my reading that, if I am not liking a book 100 pages in – I will not enjoy the rest of the book. This year I have flicked through quite a lot of books with this method … maybe 6 already! I think there are too many GREAT books in the world waiting to be read, therefore I don’t really value spending time on a book I don’t enjoy. Owwww savage, I know but ultimately true! πŸ€“

Initial Image created by idotdoodle – Instagram

My Giant TBR …

Rachel from FRIENDS is a total VIBE! She is honestly a replica of me everyday at work – struggling to stop the growth of my TBR (to be read) pile.

Cute new releases that I must purchase and read:

🍸 ‘The Good Girl Complex’ by Elle Kennedy

🍸 ‘The Winter Dress’ by Lauren Chater

🍸 ‘The Lincoln Highway’ by Amor Towles

🍸 ‘Careering’ by Daisy Buchanan

🍸 ‘The Girls of Lake Evelyn’ by Averil Kenny *WOO so excited for Averil – check out our interview here (Click me)

What new books are you excited for?

Reading Feels

Sooo relaxing 🀣

Can you think of a book, series or author that gives you allll of these reading feels πŸ’¬β¬‡οΈ

For me, the instant book series that comes to mind is Sarah J Maas’ ‘Throne of Glass’! My gosh do these books destroy your entire being/social life/conversations with people/ability to breath-eat-sleep … I have to mentally prepare myself for her newer books – Crescent City 1 & 2. I will hopefully get a wriggle on with them as the days start to cool down and winter rolls in. For some reason, fantasy is a winter read for me and I really struggle to read it when I’m not rugged up on my couch, with a blanket and steaming tea or coffee β˜•οΈ