A Book Lover's Dream

Despite being a book lover for the past twenty years of my life, I have never found my way into a secondhand bookshop before. Can you believe it? Years of dreaming about the romance of small independent bookshops, even writing about them 24/7, and I’d never even stepped into one. I guess the problem was that I was raised in a large city, where local businesses weren’t very popular and every corner was another chain store. I grew up in Chapters and Indigo shops.

Moving into a small town really gave me a new perspective on small, local businesses. My town only has a population of 10,000 people - literally 72x smaller than my hometown. Take a second for that to sink in. So it was a huge adjustment. Living in a small town made me realize how important it is to support local businesses. Unfortunately, there isn’t a bookshop in my town (yet…one day I’ll put one in there myself).

A few towns over, there’s a bookshop called Pickwick Books. When I used to live in Mississauga, I sometimes would drive home through the town Waterdown and would always pass by Pickwick on the way. I loved the look of it. There was something about it, this little adorable shop on the corner, that completely piqued my interest. I had to know what was in there. Flash forward two years and I still hadn’t gone in there. In my defence, it is about an hour away from home.

But this Saturday morning, my boyfriend told me to get dressed to go out, as he was taking me on a surprise date. And much to my delight, we pulled up to Pickwick Books an hour later!!!

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Pickwick was everything I could ever dream of. It was a small shop with dozens of shelves around the shop, filled to the max with books. On a stack of books was another stack of books. Everywhere you looked - to each side, on the ground, above your head - there were books. It was a cozy little cave of books. The woman running the store was so kind and let us browse without following us around the shop, which I was so grateful as I’m particularly introverted and would rather browse alone.

One of my favourite areas of the shop was the Book Vault. It was an extremely small room (literally only my boyfriend and I could fit inside and we were in very close quarters) with just three walls full top to bottom of historical books, separated by era. Literally every era of history you could imagine. It was absolutely a dream come true for me, being someone who loves books and is a history fanatic. I wanted to live in that vault forever.

The other really cool thing I found in the shop was that they sold old, rare editions of books. They had collections of famous author’s books that were from the 19th century, going as far back as even the 1830s. I was in awe. There were Charles Dickens sets from the mid-1800s, when Charles Dickens was writing his books. It was absolutely incredible to see in person. Of course, I didn’t buy any of those since I don’t have $500 to spend on a set of Dickens novels, especially since I already have a set haha. But it was very cool to see, especially the books which were still in volumes as they were popularly released back then.

I ended up leaving the shop with one book for myself, a beautiful hardcover copy of Selected Poems & Letters of Emily Dickinson. I got it for $25 and when I got home, I searched it online to find out it typically goes for $50 USD because it’s a 1959 edition. I was sooo pleased with my purchase!!!

Here’s your little reminder to check out your local businesses. They’d love to have you shop there and who knows what you’ll find tucked away in a shelf.

Felicia x

Friday Thoughts: Sunrises & Daily Walks

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Hello everybody! TGIF! It’s Friday, which means another Friday Thoughts post.

  • Ever since I’ve moved, I’ve really noticed the difference between sunrises/sunsets in the city and in the countryside, since my town is surrounded by rural area. I'm often getting up for classes at unbelievably early hours of the morning, and seeing sunrises, like the one in this post's header photo, really makes it worthwhile.
  • Lately, my mum and I have been taking my dog on a daily walk, and I've been enjoying it immensely. I love walking around my neighbourhood as we're still technically newbies and I'm not yet totally familiar with the area. There are so many beautiful homes around us and I love seeing them all decorated for Halloween.
  • This weekend is going to be a busy one for my family. Saturday my boyfriend and I are going out with friends for drinks, and then Sunday my family is going to see Kingsman 2 in theatres. Plus, my bf and I have a pumpkin to carve, some last min decorations to put up, and some chores to do. I'm tired just thinking of it! But luckily, it's all fun stuff, aside from the chores.
  • I really have to stop watching Tangled and Moana 24/7, but I also cannot stop myself from watching Tangled and Moana 24/7. It's an addiction!! I just love them both terribly, and they're the best pick-me-up films ever.
  • My family decided that since we've moved into a more spacious home this year, we want to throw a Christmas party for our friends this year and I'm so excited. I love party planning and although it's well over a month away, I've already started saving recipes and ideas on Pinterest (you can follow me there if you want, the link to my profile is at the bottom haha) 
  • I've been super into playing games on my phone lately, which isn't really something I've done a lot of since I was in high school. But I discovered Pictionary and Fight List which you can play against friends or random opponents, and I love playing them both. Whenever I'm bored I basically alternate between the two!
  • I'm so excited for Halloween next week. It's gunna be the first year in awhile that my parents will be home as they usual travel around this time of the year. So my parents, my boyfriend, and I are gunna stay in, watch some Halloween films, and hand-out candy. It will be a great evening!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

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