Bookish Adventures #1: Hay Winter Weekend

Hi bookworms! I’m sorry I’ve been away for the past few days – but I have a good excuse, honest! I’ve actually been at a literature festival in Hay-On-Wye in Wales. You may remember me mentioning going to the (main) summer festival back in June or July, and I just couldn’t resist going back again!

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The town was decorated – and not just with Christmas lights (although they were very pretty, too)! I loved the cute bunting hanging around the village.

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The town was decorated with books in many ways – even in little cupboards in passageways!

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I attended several talks in Hay, but none were really YA related (or 100% my thing, to be honest…), so the bookshops were my thing! I love the cinema bookshop with these bin things outside that close up at night! You’d think they couldn’t fit any more books inside…

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And that thought is right! The multiple storey (story…haha) bookshop is crammed to the brim – including the basement!

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This has to be one of my favourite signs in the whole world – and yes, I have bought books from there before.

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This is also a special full-to-the-brim bookshop that I’ve fallen in love with!

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While walking back through the village, I spotted a cute little book shed! Isn’t it awesome?

You may be surprised to hear I didn’t actually buy any books this weekend. The thing is, I mainly (apart from literally a couple of novels) read YA. And unfortunately, there are hardly any YA books in Hay! Anywhere! I’ve found that (at least here in the UK), many independent shops don’t sell YA at all. It’s a shame, but at least I can still shop online and from bigger shops.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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