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Books to Give us Hope

Posted on 11th March 2022 by Carrie

Books to Give us Hope

In the same week that we celebrate International Women’s Day, we also witnessed the devastating and shocking news that Russia bombed a Children’s & Maternity Hospital in Zhytomyr in Ukraine. The press coverage is undeniable and horrifying.  How in the 21st Century...

Where do you Read yours?

Posted on 4th March 2022 by Carrie

Where do you Read yours?

The fire was lit, the doors closed, the cats curled up and the first page turned. Where do you read yours? On the sofa? By the fire? Under a cosy blanket? We all have special places where we retreat from the world and escape between the pages of a good book. My...

Book of the Month: March

Posted on 1st March 2022 by Ruth

Book of the Month: March

I first read The Gifts by Liz Hyder back in early July, 2021. Liz is a Ludlow based author, whose debut novel for young adults ‘Bearmouth’ was published by Pushkin Press and won the Branford Boase Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Award for Older...

Beth Morrey – The Books that made me

Posted on 25th February 2022 by Beth

Beth Morrey – The Books that made me

As promised, we are continuing our ‘Reading Journey’ series and our next instalment comes from the wonderful Beth Morrey. Continue reading to hear the books that made her and inspired her writing style used in Em & Me.   Have you read Fahrenheit...

The Life Changing Magic of Books

Posted on 18th February 2022 by Carrie

The Life Changing Magic of Books

Books and well-being are at the heart of what we do and our purpose is to help people to live a life made better through books. One of the best and most grounding parts of my job is the incredible interactions and conversations that I have with our customers. There...

A Passion For Books

Posted on 11th February 2022 by Carrie

A Passion For Books

Love is in the air – it’s the month of Romance and here at Booka our hearts are aflutter with ‘Book Love’.  Of course, for us, ‘a passion for books’ is not just for Valentines, we spend every day falling deeply and passionately in love with books.  We can be quite...

Devote Your Time to This Love Story

Posted on 3rd February 2022 by Booka

Devote Your Time to This Love Story

‘Devotion’ by Hannah Kent, published 3rd February 2022, is a new bookseller favourite. The eagerly anticipated (and now very battered) proof, pictured above has been passed around many of team and prompted a great deal of discussion. We have signed and numbered indie...

Helen Cullen Guest Blog: 10 Irish Writers with 2020 Books

Posted on 21st April 2020 by Helen

Helen Cullen Guest Blog: 10 Irish Writers with 2020 Books

Helen Cullen Guest Blog: 10 Irish Writers with 2020 Books In our efforts to bring you more and more online content, which is accessible to you all at home, we have been upping the ante across our social media platforms. First of all, we created the Friends of Booka...

Our Desert Island Reads

Posted on 4th April 2020 by Natasha

Our Desert Island Reads

For some of us, the idea of a desert island may seem rather inviting in the current climate of pandemic. However, as isolation becomes the reality for all of us, loneliness could fast become a real concern. With that in mind, we are reaching out to you with more and...

Give Books: Books for the Book Lovers

Posted on 14th December 2019 by Rebecca

Give Books: Books for the Book Lovers

This is it, the final post in on three-part blog series on buying the best Christmas book gifts. Part 1 was dedicated to our younger readers: why they deserve to get books for Christmas and a diverse range of reading fun. Part 2 focused on the difficult to buy for,...

Give Books: There’s a Book for Everyone at Christmas

Posted on 7th December 2019 by Rebecca

Give Books: There’s a Book for Everyone at Christmas

Great to see you back for the second in our three-part series. In the lead up to Christmas, we are devoting our blogs to showcasing the very best books for people in your life. Last week we looked at the best books for children, you can find out why your children...

Give Books: Why Your Children Deserve Books For Christmas

Posted on 30th November 2019 by Rebecca

Give Books: Why Your Children Deserve Books For Christmas

If you like to buy books for yourself, there’s a good chance that you like to give books to your friends and family too. There are so many fantastic books available to choose from that the perfect choice can seem a little daunting. Never fear, we at Booka are...

Literary Love to the Land of Liberty

Posted on 25th November 2019 by Rebecca

Literary Love to the Land of Liberty

On the 28th of November, Americans both at home and abroad will be celebrating thanksgiving. This festival is an opportunity to give thanks and spend time with family and friends, originally a celebration for making it through the first tough seasons in the new world....

Four Reasons Why Your Independent Books Are Better Than Ever

Posted on 16th November 2019 by Rebecca

Four Reasons Why Your Independent Books Are Better Than Ever

It will surprise no one that the most expensive signed copy of a first edition was The Tales of Beedle the Bard, hand written by J.K. Rowling in 2007. One of only seven copies, it sold for £1.95 million at auction. Some other all-time signature greats are an F. Scott...

Reading and Remembrance: Why Words Matter When Commemorating War

Posted on 9th November 2019 by Rebecca

Reading and Remembrance: Why Words Matter When Commemorating War

Almost as long as humans have been writing, they have been writing about war. Factual or fictional, it was a reality for almost everyone. Storytelling bridged the gap for those who had experienced it, and those who hadn’t, allowing recognition, reflection and...

Things to Remember in November at Booka

Posted on 2nd November 2019 by Rebecca

Things to Remember in November at Booka

It’s November already! A great time of the year for reading, with plenty of new exciting reads to keep you going. As always, we have some fantastic events lined up for you and your family as we all move towards the end of 2019. In this week’s blog, we look at our...

What to Read in October 2019

Posted on 26th October 2019 by Rebecca

What to Read in October 2019

Yes, it is nearly the end of the month, but what a fantastic October it’s been at Booka! On the 5th of October (which also just happened to be UK Bookshop Day) we celebrated our 10th Birthday, followed with a day of bookshop jazz on Sunday the 6th of October. It was a...

So what’s it really like to own an independant book shop? Q & A

Posted on 5th October 2019 by Rebecca

So what’s it really like to own an independant book shop? Q & A

This is a milestone weekend for us. Booka is celebrating its 10th birthday on the 5th and 6th October with special events, activities, discounts and surprises. We would not be where we are today without you, our wonderful, loyal customers. So, if you are able, come...

More Than Just A Bookshop

Posted on 28th September 2019 by Rebecca

More Than Just A Bookshop

Want to know about the future trends in bookselling? ‘The Bookseller’ is where the people in the know will look. Their website proudly declares them ‘at the heart of publishing since 1858’. Their regular conferences for editors, publishers, authors and booksellers are...