Old books or new? This simple question has long been a subject of debate between readers and bookworms around the world. In the end it all comes down to personal taste, but a strong argument can be made for why either is a more attractive choice to adorn your bookshelf with - and as a vintage bookstore, you should known where we stand on the matter already. That's why we're here to explain that old, rare, vintage, and antique books are not just deserving of a place in your literary collection, but have a right to be there.
The sun is shining and summer is here. And, while many of us are feeling the itch to get out and see the world, travelling is still not quite as easy as we'd all like it to be. That's why we've compiled this list of some of the best classic titles in travel-themed fiction, covering stories from around the globe. So get stuck in, take your mind where your body cannot go, and enjoy a perilous or exciting adventure from the comfort and safety of your favourite reading spot!
J. R. R. Tolkien is a name known by practically every reader around the globe. Hailed as the Father of Modern Fantasy (a moniker he most certainly deserves), Tolkien shaped a genre into something that would change the face of fiction literature. Beginning with The Hobbit, which has sold 100 million copies to date, followed by The Lord of the Rings, which has sold an even more staggering 150 million, Tolkien's creation of Middle-Earth - his Legendarium, as he called it - is often considered the most influential fantasy work of all time. Here, we're going to take a look at the development of this rich fictional world, and how it laid the foundations for a genre adored by hundreds of millions today.
Vintage orange Penguins are one of the most recognizable book formats... well, ever. Covering all kinds of famous and classic novels, these books are a piece of literary history that deserves a place on any bookshelf. Considering all that orange Penguins have done for the world of literature (and Penguin books in general, by extension) it only felt right to show our appreciation with orange being our colour of the month for July.
The 2020 Olympics may have been delayed... but that doesn't mean that you have to wait to let your sporting spirits soar. While we're all dismayed at this unfortunately unavoidable wait, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy the world of sports from the comfort of your own home, garden, or even your favourite reading chair. Here are just a few vintage and classic reading picks for you to take a look at if you're feeling the itch to get stuck into a few fun and physical activities. From golf to karate, you don't need the Olympic games to enjoy a little sporty fun!
A very happy Independence Day to all of our US customers out there! Today is a day to appreciate all things American - and, of course, as an online vintage bookstore, authors are at the top of our list! There are many titans of classic American literature covering a wide range of genres. Today we're going to be taking a look at just a few, and appreciating all they left for us to enjoy even long after their time.
There are few things in the world as peaceful and enjoyable as relaxing outside during summer, the sun on your face and a good book in hand... but summer is also a time for adventure, for all things colourful and thriving and living. When it comes to a good adventure book, you get the best of both worlds. There's nothing so captivating as following characters on epic journeys of growth, staying by their sides as they cross fantastical landscapes and overcome personal trials on the roads they walk. Here, we have thrown together a short list of the most magical classic reads to get stuck into this summer, from the heart-warming to the wild, from the joyful to the perilous.
With his 180th Birthday having passed us by on June 2nd, there seemed no better candidate for our author of the month than the great novelist Thomas Hardy. Having made an astounding impact on the world of reading and writing with his 19th century literature (who could ever forget such classics as Far From The Madding Crowd and The Trumpet Major?), Thomas Hardy truly cemented himself as a titan of his craft with his works. Here we will be exploring not just Hardy's greatest titles but also his life and times, following his journey down a path that led to his legacy as one of the most well-known authors in history - from his first days to his last.
The lockdown goes on, but so must we. It's not easy finding new ways to keep yourself entertained, stimulated, and productive from your own home, but we're here to help. Below we've compiled a short list of the best reads for lockdown learning. Whether you're wanting to try your hands on a new craft, read about a famous figure from centuries past, or walk the vast plains of ancient history, there should be something here to keep your cogs whirring.
Many of us are diving head first into hobbies and pastimes to remain active (and sane) during this lockdown period, whether we're revisiting old passions or trying our hands with something new. One phenomenon which seems to have taken households across the globe by storm is... banana bread. Comforting, rewarding, and requiring a certain degree of focus without being too taxing, cooking and baking is proving to be a particularly popular way to stay proactive while we're left to our own devices. And, while banana bread certainly is delicious (my partner has recently cooked her 367th loaf, and I can guarantee that I won't be letting this one last any longer than the many that came before it), here are plenty of other options if you're really wanting to push the metaphorical boat out with your cuisine.
Few fictional animals have captured our hearts like those from Beatrix Potter's wonderful and fascinating 23 original tales. From Tom Kitten to Benjamin Bunny, these furry friends of ours continue to grace the literary world (and beyond) with their presence. Not only do Potter's stories remain a popular addition to many reader's bookshelves, but they continue to be adapted for other mediums such as film and TV. So, while we all may have unfortunately spent Easter indoors away from the hopping bunnies (though hopefully with no lack of chocolate at least), it seemed fitting to spend a little time reminiscing about the adventures and escapades of Peter Rabbit and company!
St. Patrick's Day may have been and gone, but that doesn't mean that our appreciation for all of the wonderful things Ireland has to offer must come to an end. And among all things wonderful and Irish are perhaps some of the greatest authors the world of literature has ever seen. So, to keep showing our love after celebrations have died down, here are just a few of the most memorable Irish names in literature - and what makes them so great and memorable!