Sunday, 24 July 2016
On the Bookshelf
I'm a fan of charity shops, you can find some fantastic books and in my town with the number there are it's easy to pick up something of interest.
In addition to that as I skip around the web reading blogs and such like I have a habit of saving a book someone mentions or recommends into my Amazon basket to check out further and probably purchase. I mean how easy does Amazon make it for you.....
I read a post a few weeks back at the end of 30 Days Wild on Louise's blog and it got me thinking about growing up in Guiseley and all the walking we did around the area as children and how much time I spent immersed in books. Especially one book my parents had - Book of the British Countryside - they still have the book but it's practically fallen apart now, it still has my pencilled tick marks on the bird pages. I managed to track down a copy online and couldn't help but purchase it. I remember it without the dustjacket though, I'm sure it had one but I never saw it. I do remember how much I loved the daisies that covered it front and back. I used to spend hours looking through it and looking up things we'd seen on whatever walk we'd been on that day.
A few of the Collins guides I picked up recently also, they're handy little books. In fact I've had my Collins bird guide a fair few years now and I take it out with me all the time.
This book though is one of my favourite reads for quite some time. I saw it on blog i've recently discovered and had been reading through - Birdingfordevils - a couple of weeks ago. The book arrived earlier this week and I've barely been able to put it down, absolutely fascinating read about Kenn Kaufman's Big Year adventures in the early 70's. I'd highly recommend it (though i'm no doubt late to the party and everyone has already read it!).