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The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, has revealed the regional shortlists for the 2019 Independent Bookshop of the Year, sponsored by
Gardners Books. But we need your help!
Golden Hare Books is proud to announce that we have been nominated for this prestigious honour, along with all the other fabulous bookshops nominated. However, we need YOUR help to see if we can become Scotland’s favourite bookshop for 2019!
“But how can I help, as a humble Golden Hare patron?”
Why, simply by clicking this link and voting for us as your favourite Scottish bookshop. Feel free to leave a longer comment about us if you can, detailing the positive experiences you have had in our lovely bookshop!
We really appreciate you taking the time to vote for us and we’re very excited to see what feedback you all have for us. Thank you for helping to make Golden Hare Books the space that it is; we couldn’t have done it without you!
I can’t read personal development books before bed.
I get too excited to implement their ideas, so they keep me up at night.
As Golden Hare’s Blogger in Residence, I’ve taken up a monthly challenge in becoming acquainted with myself as A Reader. February’s focus was to identify what types of books are best for me to read at what time of day.
I used to be a staunch believer of reading only one book at a time, but lately I’ve had two on the go – one in the morning, and one at night.
In the morning, seek books worth waking up for.
This is my favourite time slot for the page turners in my pile. Mine tend to be business, lifestyle, and personal growth books. Reading them gets me excited to take action on their suggestions. Besides, it seems sensible to read fashion books just before getting dressed.
Like a nutritious breakfast, books packed with positive energy set the inspirational tone for the day.
Or, Start the Day in Another World
Another way to start the morning is to read fiction. When my mind is empty, there’s something special about waking up in the world of another, and letting that world drift through my day as I explore my own.
Brainy Books for Bedtime
At night, there’s a delicate balance between reading something that is enjoyable enough to get into when I’m tired, but challenging enough to lull me off to sleep.
Ever since Julie introduced me to reading cookbooks for fun during my LitFix appointment, I’ve found that they slot nicely into this evening session. Wrapping my head around Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat tires out my mind, and as I sleep, the lessons organise themselves into my memory.
I also wind down through the puzzle of poetry, or any other text that makes me think.
What do you read before bed? Let us know on Instagram.
Xandra Robinson-Burns is a personal development author and founder of HeroineTraining.com. She is spending a year getting to know herself as a reader.
For assistance in selecting the books perfectly suited for your schedule, ask a bookseller in person, or book a LitFix appointment.
An unmissable exhibition showcasing the work of four artists who use self-portraiture to confront, and evade, the viewer’s gaze.
Francesca Woodman [1958-1981] plays the ghost in her small, exquisitely crafted photographs of abandoned interiors; half there, half absent, presaging her own tragic disappearance at the age of 23; a short life to give birth to such hauntingly beautiful work.
The current Ingleby Gallery exhibition would be worth seeing for Woodman alone, but alongside her are Zanele Muholi [b 1972] a black South African whose strong, confrontational self portraits dominate and entrance the viewer with their steely glare, Oana Stanciu in stances at once unsettlingly provisional and wryly timeless, and presiding over them all Cindy Sherman [b1954] grand master of the posed self-portrait as mirror to our weird world. All self-absorbed, but in ways that reach well beyond the self to touch us all.
Not to be missed.
Reviewed by Mark Jones