Christmas Gifts For Book Lovers

Here it is, my Booky Christmas wishlist – this year with pictures!. Hope it inspires a few others to go out and buy something nice for the book lover in your life. In no particular order:

1. A reading spa voucher at Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath. 

This is top of my list and comes with the added requirement of a visit to Bath, also on my to do list for 2012. Choose from a £55 voucher or a £100 voucher.

The Mr B’s Delightful Reading Spa – £55 includes:
Around 1 hour of book-chat with a member of the Mr B’s team discussing your likes and dislikes and being introduced to loads of great new reads. Time to relax and consider your book selections in the Bibliotherapy room. Coffee/tea & cake (usually sourced from our friends at the wonderful Chandos Deli). A doggy bag of reading treats including a Mr B’s Mug, some yummy organic hot chocolate powder to accompany your first indulgent post-spa reading session and a Mr B’s bookmark. plus 40 to spend on books chosen by you during your Reading Spa.

The Mr B’s Extravagant Reading Spa – £100 includes:

Around 1 hour of book-chat with a member of the Mr B’s team discussing your likes and dislikes and being introduced to loads of great new reads. Time to relax and consider your book selections in the Bibliotherapy room. Coffee/tea & cake (usually sourced from our friends at the wonderful Chandos Deli).A doggy bag of reading treats including a Mr B’s Mug, some yummy organic hot chocolate powder to accompany your first indulgent post-spa reading session and a Mr B’s bookmark plus £75 to spend on books chosen by you during your Reading Spa plus A fully-stamped Mr B’s loyalty card giving £5 off purchases on your first post-spa visit to Mr B’s plus A Mr B’s cloth bag to help carry your treasure home!

Go to http://www.mrbsemporium.com/index.php/info/reading_spa or call 01225 331155

2. I Capture The Castle Bag

The Literary Gift Company sell these as well as lots of other booky things which are very covetable. This is useful and pretty and literary. Just the kind of stocking filler I like. Genius.

http://www.theliterarygiftcompany.com/i-capture-the-castle-canvas-shopper-1056-p.asp

3. Something from the Virago Modern Classics Collection


So Virago, publisher of books by women, launched these in August, but they’re just gorgeous and totally worthy Christmas presents. Available via all good bookshops. Titles available can be found here: http://www.viragobooks.net/virago-modern-classics-designer-collection/

4. A Kindle

Can’t make up my mind whether I do want one, or I don’t. I think I do. Go to: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kindle-Wi-Fi-6-Ink-Display/dp/B0051QVF7A/ref=amb_link_161815887_2?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=054H630CRGX86YZ25BCW&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=269257207&pf_rd_i=468294 

Make it special with a cover from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_8?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=gelaskins+for+new+kindle&sprefix=Gelaskin

5. Poetica Perfume

I came across this recently. It’s from The Scottish Fine Soap Company. They describe it as “a blend of fruity, floral and spicy notes combine together to provide a luxurious evocative scent”. I say, “Divine”. I couldn’t wait for Christmas and bought myself a bottle and some of the body lotion. It’s my new favourite smell. I’m a bit picky about perfume and have tended to stick to Chanel Coco Mademoiselle for years. The fact that I have actually deviated from my trademark scent is big news. In my life, anyway. Apparently you can get hampers of the stuff too. Get it here http://www.scottishfinesoaps.com/poetica-fragrance-c-3_49/poetica-100ml-eau-de-toilette-p-127

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The Empty Mirror

Newsflash! I finally have a working title for my novel in progress:

The Empty Mirror

If that’s not worthy of bold ‘Heading1’ font, I don’t know what is. It’s only taken eleven months and 60,000 words to decide on one (and even now I’m not fully decided but it’s much better than ‘Untitled’). It’s come out of some research reading I’ve been doing around the subject of the mother daughter relationship, which is one of the main themes of the novel. The phrase “The Empty Mirror” refers to the theory that the daughter’s identity is defined by the mother, that one mirrors the other.

But that’s enough boring theory. I have a working title. Hurrah!

In my other life as a marketeer, giving something a name, whether it’s a concept or a campaign, is an important part of convincing people to ‘buy in’ to an idea. It’s key to helping them understand what it is they are being sold and what its USP is (sorry to use that acronym on a blog about writing). For me,  the title of a novel is key to helping readers understand what the book’s about. And, if I’m honest, finally giving the book a name, has cemented a few things in my own mind about the focus of the story.  I’m so relieved,  I’m not even going to be put off by the fact that there are a couple of other books and a film of the same name already in existence. Luckily they’re completely different genres.