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Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

I am finally back from my study abroad experience in Tokyo, Japan so it’s time to hit the ground running again! Of course, while I was abroad, I had to visit bookstores, because it’s just what I do.

I wrote a blog post a while back about “50 Must-Visit Beautiful Bookstores on Six Continents” which was originally compiled by BookRiot. In that list they had the bookstore Kitazawa and after a little bit of research, I found that it was just a 30 minute train ride from where I was studying. So, naturally, I went to visit as I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

The bookstore was definitely an experience to visit.

First of all, it was in a used bookstore district. All of the stores on that side of the street were for used bookstores so it was such a wonderful street.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

The first thing you saw on the way into the bookstore was this gorgeous display outside. I really loved the contrast between the blue books and the yellow flowers. It was really eye catching.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

Heading inside, it was a nice entrance way so you knew that you had to expect something exciting!

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

And the door to the bookstore was beautiful. A nice, rich red. It had such an inviting look.  Also the bookstore door was glass, which was different. You were able to clearly see inside as to what to expect.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

Walking in you saw so many books! Unlike Pickwick, which was chaos but in a wonderful way, this bookstore was incredibly neat, down to the smallest thing.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

You can clearly see how neatly it was all set up. Instead of having the discount books in piles, they were on rolling carts and even those that were on the floor were clearly stacked and in specific sections. It wasn’t messy at all.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

Even their desk for checking out was covered in books all over the place! There was a slight disorganization because of just how many books that there were, and how many books that were waiting to be put out. But it was calming and you were easily able to browse around.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

There was also a side of the room that had old bookshelves and really old books that were not for sale. They were just part of the ambiance of the shop.

The store was not busy at all. While I was there, there was only one other person in the store, and maybe one was coming in on the way out. So I’m honestly not sure how they survive as a bookstore. Of course some of their books were incredibly expensive.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

An example was this book. You can just see how bit it was. It was massive! And this book would be an incredible table piece of something to show off in your home. But it was over $200 and there were many others similar, or old, that were of a comparable price. So I’m guessing when they sell a few of those, and since it’s a small bookstore, they do well.

Overall, this bookstore was amazing. I am so glad that I found time to go and visit the bookstore while I was in Tokyo. Who knows when i will be back next and I had to visit somewhere that BookRiot had said was good!

Have you visited here?

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Bookish Candle Review: Wick and Fable

So I recently purchased book themed candles.

Because I was seeing them all over Instagram and I just had to get myself a set!

So after shopping around for a few weeks, for deals and the best place to purchase from, I found Wick and Fable.

They’ve been all over Instagram and they had very good reviews and were recommended highly.

So I made the choice and bought!

Bookish Candle Review: Wick and Fable

I am so happy that I did! I love these candles! Like wow!

So the first candle that I have to do a little review of is the Rhysand candle from the ACOTAR, ACOMAF and ACOWAR  series which is one of my favorite series (besides the Guild Hunter Series).

Bookish Candle Review: Wick and Fable

The candle 100% smells like I would imagine Rhysand would smell. It’s so yummy. And I just couldn’t peel it away from my nose. I’m in love!

The other candle that I got is called Phoenix Tears!

Bookish Candle Review: Wick and Fable

It smells so sweet but not in a bad way! It’s got this magical kind of smell to it and I love it!

Now, if I smelt these scents in some store like Yankee Candle I would probably never buy them as they’d be connected to some silly name.

However!

These candles are based on books and just represent what they are intended to so well!

Overall these candles were so worth the purchase! Like so worth it.

One is smaller and the other is a bigger candle and I had a buy one get one half off or something like that. So it was an even better deal.

I highly recommend these candles from Wick and Fable.

They are great to just treat yourself or as a candle for another person.

Just remember to purchase in advance as they are home made so it takes some time for it to arrive!

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Dark Road Home by Angela Bennett [BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!]

Dark Road Home by Angela Bennett Giveaway

                             ✨GIVEAWAY TIME!!✨

So it’s time for another amazing giveaway! This time with a book I actually got to read and do a giveaway of!! I’ve partnered up with the author, Angela Bennett, to host the giveaway of her book. I loved her book (review on my blog next week and spotlight live now!) and do recommend it! It was like reading a TV show and kept you guessing until the end, which is always fun!


HOW TO ENTER:


What is your favorite TV show and why?



RULES: Only open to US and Canada residents. Giveaway closes Friday April 28th at 5pm EST. For additional entries, go to my Instagram (@mylibrarycardworeout). Share with your friends!

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Books Around The World (U.K and Poland)

So for my spring vacation I headed off to Europe, specifically the U.K. and Poland, for some family  matters however, while I’m so used to going there, this time I looked out for book related stuff. Because you know..book! <3

So near my little house by Manchester Airport, is a Waterstone’s in Wilmslow which is so adorable and very modern!

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I love visiting Waterstone’s and seeing all of the absolutely beautiful books, wonderfully organized displays, and it’s all so perfect there. Of course, I do love bookstores that are cluttered and smaller as well as they ave a more home-like feel, however Waterstone’s is very European and it’s know for being so precise.

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Additionally, England has this store called John Lewis. It’s kind of like a Lord and Taylor in America or an up-market clothing store, however they also sell things from furniture to cups, wallpaper and more! One thing they sell is this beautiful mug. It says “HURRAY! TIME FOR HOT CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOWS AND A GOOD BOOK.” You can purchase it here. I’m hoping to get it soon as it’s really big and so perfect!

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And what’s better than after shopping at Marks and Spencer (another clothing place) than going for tea and coffee and other yummy treats?

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Finally, when in Poland I stayed at the Hotel Na Polboru, which is a beautiful hotel outside of Sieradz, Poland. I do recommend checking it out if you ever are in that area. the food is fantastic. They also have this bookcase there, which I am assuming, you can borrow books from to go and read. Either way, it was a nice focal point.

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Also, there was a small bookstore in a shopping mall that had a nice selection of books. It was quite interesting to see all of your favorite book covers in other languages!

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And finally, my small home in the U.K. has a room stuffed with books which is always so much fun to go and pursue through. I always seem to find something new. My goal next time I’m there is to go through them all! And also reorganize as it’s a little messy xD

Overall, while there are many similarities between book shops in the U.S. and around the world, there are subtle changes that make each countries book niche unique.

When I head off to Japan this summer, I’m going to be stopping by one of the most famous book shops in Japan (which is just around the corner from where I will be staying), so that will be such an experience. I’ll also be trying to find other shops that sell books and hope to, over time, see many book places around the world and see how ever shop is unique.

(Question of the day) QOTD: What’s the most interesting book place you have visited, and why?

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“19 books to help children find hope and strength in stressful times”

The Washington Post came up with a list, from a Librarian, of books which will help children through this really tough time that the United States, and our world is facing.

Yes, they are picture books, but everyone, no matter which side you are on currently, is facing a tough time. So sometimes helping your children understand everything going on in the world and how to find hope and strength is needed. These 19 books really do speak to me as I’ve read quite a few of them. Even as an adult I may want to check some out again.

A friend sent me this link and so I am sharing it with you. Now it is your turn to share it with others.

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