I took this picture yesterday, whilst in town. Looking at it in colour, it is a pretty banal shot, so I was on the verge of deletion, but then I thought I would make it mono. That one act, for me, turns it into an interesting picture, but I don’t know why.
I have been wanting to go into a book shop for quite a while now. I know I can look at any book on Amazon, or even Waterstones online. But it isn’t same as walking in to a book shop and being surrounded by all that paper.
I paused as I went in through the entrance to look at the latest releases. Of all of the books that were on that shelf, the one that attracted my attention and I know wasn’t a new book, just a re-print by German Greer. I didn’t pick it up, but is it one I should read? Perhaps put it on the list? I’ll think about.
From the new releases, I walked over to the “books about writing” section. I looked to see if there were any books about creative non-fiction, several on creative writing but they all looked as though they were for fiction writers. Nothing wrong with that, it just wasn’t what I wanted. On the way towards the Travel Writing section I was briefly distracted by the local interest area. Several books about the South Downs Way – walk of which I would at least love to do a bit, but non really grabbed me. At the Travel Writing section, I am always interested in what is there by Bill Bryson, I do like his style of writing. Once again thought there was nothing that made me feel “Buy This”.
The religious section received only a cursory glance. I’m never sure what I’m looking for there. What ever it might have been, I didn’t find it today.
Just on the other side of that set of shelves are the Self Help and Smart thinking sections. After taking a brief look at the history section and seeing that there wasn’t a book called “The life of normal people in Bede’s time” (I know, there is no book of that name, or at least I don’t think there is – just googled it, nope). Resumed the search for the book that will bring clarity to my brain.
There were a number of sections in the Self Help and Smart Thinking area section. I am rubbish at Maths, but I am drawn to it for some reason. I have a couple of maths books, so I don’t need to buy anything there. The Astronomy section had a 2021 guide to the night sky, I thought about it, then thought not – we are halfway through the year, but later I thought maybe because the dark skies of later in 2021 are still to come, but I have something similar at home.
I see that Owen Jones has updated his book Chav’s. I have the original version. Chav’s isn’t a term we hear much these days. Is it still relevant? I don’t know, Nothing to buy there.
I had a look at the computing section. I’ve bought a raspberry Pi, it comes with a book that includes Python & Scratch tutorials. I’ll work my way through that one first.
I’m not sure how long I was in the shop, probably 30-40 minutes. It was an interesting & nice browse, but as usual frustrating. But there you go.