Day 884: Bookshops in Bath

In Bath, there are two bookshops that I like to visit whenever I am around. This happens maybe every few years but it is short enough a time not to forget the exact places where these shops are located. One is a small one, but full of exciting books at a great price. The other one is bigger but not a chain store, rather a hidden gem squeezed onto several floors.

Good Buy Books

The small shop located on 6 North Parade, only about 5 minutes walk from the train station, offers what the name Good Buy Books promises to offer. It is a bargain bookshop. This is where I bought Patrick Holford’s Optimum Nutrition Biblewhich continues to serve me just like a bible. Whenever I need some nutritional wisdom, I turn to this book. It was still there when I visited on Friday. With so many other great books, all of which with at least a 50% discount. There are many classic literature books. Think Dickens, Austen, or Fitzgerald. There are children’s books. Cookbooks (I walked away with a curry recipe book). Quotes and adverbs. Lots of fascinating stuff. I bought four books and paid something around £15.

Mr. B’s Emporium

When I first stepped into Mr. B’s Emporium two years ago, I didn’t buy anything but the desire to have my own bookshop planted itself inside me. It is full of shelves and the shelves are full of books. On the ground floor, you can see recommendations by the people who work there. A floor up, you will find a toilet and… in a hidden corner there is a place where to drink tea! Now, there is also a special service which includes a member of the staff talking about the books they love and giving recommendations. I happened to eavesdrop on such a session while browsing books on creative writing (nice selection!) as it was in the same room. The guy talking about books sounded very enthusiastic. I left the room with a smirk on my face. Again, didn’t buy anything as I was already worried where I would fit the four books I bought earlier from Good Buy Books. Ended up sending them to Estonia with my in-laws. Really, no more extra space in my luggage. But I do want to buy The Bestseller Code and How Not to Write a BookCould have some interesting stuff in them.

Progress Report

1. Own and live in a house.

Spent the day in Weston-super-Mare, showing our guests around. Didn’t spend much but didn’t earn either. House plans not focused on.

2. Write AND publish a book.

Wrote the first draft of a historical fiction piece for Monday’s class. This is important. Keeping myself writing is the most crucial thing to do if I want to make it a habit.

3. Win a major race.

A short run with a quite slow pace. I felt tired from the previous day and all this walking. But it was the rest week, so didn’t matter.

Photo of the Day


It was a beautiful sunny day and we enjoyed the low tide on the Weston-super-Mare beach.

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