I’m always happy to be given books as gifts, but having a book token or gift card of some type is good too… Youngest child kindly gifted me a Waterstones card this Christmas and so as she was off back to university I took the opportunity to spend it yesterday. Any excuse for a nice browse round a bookshop is to be welcomed, and the local Waterstones is well stocked with a variety of smaller presses as well as the mainstream titles. In the end, though, I picked up a volume that’s on my wishlist, as well as a lovely little desk calendar in the sale:

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There have been a couple of titles popping through the post this week too:

russia and bottle“In Russia” was an essential purchase as apparently it features memories of Valentin Kataev (and material on him in English seems thin on the ground). As for the other title – there was a reason for buying it which will eventually become clear…. 🙂

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And finally a couple of gorgeous composition style notebooks. You can never have too many notebooks and these two were quite unbelievably £1 each in Tiger. Amazing!