Welcome to all book readers, writers and admirers!

I am a twenty-something Yorkshire lass living in London who since I can remember have been obsessed with books.  I’m not just talking about enjoying the odd read whilst on a sun lounger in Spain, it’s more an all-consuming need to fill my life with other people’s stories,  I can’t walk past a bookshop without going in it’s like they call to me and I can’t resist  – I’m not saying it’s healthy but at least I’m being honest.

My favorite reads usually have something to do with history, I studied it at University and the enthusiasm for learning never left me, so I do enjoy the odd tale about historical figures and events in the past be it fiction or non-fiction. However, that’s not to say I’m not a fan of everything else in between – give me a book and I’ll read it, or at least try to if I’m not involved after ten pages I will most likely give up – this is more to do with the fact that I believe that books aren’t for everyone so why work at trying to enjoy something that you think you should because it’s on some ‘Top 100’ list of greats to read before you die, life’s too short so cast aside Shakespeare and embrace a bonk-buster if you so choose – sorry small rant there.

Which brings me to my next point about this blog, I called it ‘The Friendly Shelf’ because I think it encapsulates what books are to people. They are friends that you can rely on, you can escape into their worlds and fall in love with the characters, they’ll make you life and cry and generally entertain you.  So don’t buy things to make your bookshelves looks good because books are not status symbols nor are they there to collect dust they are the things dreams are made of.

I’ll be giving you honest reviews on books, written or talking, as well as, my experiences in bookshops, libraries, cafes not to mention good reading snacks and comfortable reading-wear.  In addition, I’ll try to tackle discussions concerning changes in the industry as well as publishing events – I may even start a book club – who knows the world is my oyster, the sky’s the limit and all that jazz, so before it’s too late and I start quoting some unknown philosopher let us begin – I hope you enjoy the ride!


4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi,
    I like your site.
    One question re. the Carnaby Book Exchange – I went there yesterday to swap a couple of books, but it seems they have closed down? Or moved shop?
    Do you know what has happened?

    • Hey Lars, that’s such a shame! I don’t know why it would be closed unless it’s something to do with it being run by the University and they’ve temporarily shut it during the Christmas holidays – I haven’t been for a few days so I’ll go and have a look and report back if I have more information 🙂

  2. Carnaby London ‏@CarnabyLondon

    The Carnaby Book Exchange is now re-open in 1.10 First Floor Kingly Court. Perfect place to relax after Christmas shopping! – thought you’d like to know!

    • Hi Kate,   Thanks very much for finding out, and letting me know.   I wish you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.   And please keep on posting….   Best regards, Lars

      Gesendet: Montag, 17. Dezember 2012 um 17:34 UhrVon: "The Friendly Shelf" <comment-reply@wordpress.com>An: londonzebra@web.deBetreff: [New comment] About

      kateapple87 commented: "Carnaby London ‏@CarnabyLondon The Carnaby Book Exchange is now re-open in 1.10 First Floor Kingly Court. Perfect place to relax after Christmas shopping! – thought you'd like to know!"

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