There’s a video making the rounds on YouTube at the moment: A Magazine is an iPad that Does Not Work. In the video, we see an adorable one year old girl gleefully swiping left and right on an iPad screen. Her face lights up as icons bounce back and forth, moving in and out of focus, when – all of a sudden – she finds the iPad replaced with a paper magazine. With a look of bewilderment on her face, the girl prods the magazine’s cover. She swipes at the photos inside, and tries to scroll down the columns. When the pictures fail to move, or light up, or grow, or shrink, the girl gives up – after all, where is the fun in a boring old page?!

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There is, doubtless, a thread of magic that runs through the way books come to us. As if we emit a pulse, like deep-sea locators, calling toward us certain books at certain times. Books to console. Books to bolster. Books to nourish. These books, when they come, assume a place in the pantheon of favourite books, and often, we return to them in times of unrest, because we require their solace once again. Continue reading →

If I wrote this blog post about my actual To Be Read pile (an entire bookcase) we would be here for days, so I’ve painstakingly whittled it down to my top five. Just the process of confronting my book-hoarding addiction has left me feeling a little helpless: will I ever read all these? Should I stop buying so many? Happily, however, we all know that the answer to both of these questions is a resounding no. That’s the beauty of the TBR books: they’re always around when you need them. Here’s a selection of the ones I’ll be making my way through this month. Continue reading →

The true tale of the Borden house is a terrifying one: the apparently haunted scene of a double murder, the main suspect the daughter of one of the deceased. For over a century ghost hunters from across the world have travelled to the town of Fall River, Massachusetts, to provoke the ghost of the accused Lizzie Borden and ask her if she truly was the one who killed her father and stepmother. A nursery rhyme about the story has frightened children for years. There are theories upon theories about who really killed Andrew and Abby Borden. This is by no means an easy story to tell. Continue reading →

We all have them. They sit there on our bedside tables, our shelves, our kitchen counters, anywhere they can make a home and they watch us. Taunting. Begging for us to look at them and despair, “Oh man, it’s definitely grown since the last time I looked.”

They waste our money. We buy so much to keep them happy and all they do is sit and wait for us to feed them more. Every time we tell ourselves we will wait until they’re truly hungry, until there’s nothing left, then we will feed them again. But, alas, that night we come home armed with fresh produce for them to gobble up without a second thought. Continue reading →

Here at Golden Hare Books we love nothing more than hearing from our wonderful customers – especially younger readers! Have you read a book lately that you thought was absolutely brilliant? We would love to hear about it. If you email us a review of the book we’ll put it up in the children’s section of the shop and we might even feature it as our book of the week! Continue reading →