Golden Hare Books is one of a handful of independent book shops in Edinburgh. It is in St Stephen Street, in the Stockbridge area, and is a treasure trove of books of all kinds. Recently they have introduced their first subscription box and asked for bloggers to help them share the news. Being a local blogger, I quickly put myself forward and was delighted to be chosen.
There are a few options for the Read More subscription. You can have a one book option or a two book option and you can choose fiction, non-fiction or a mix of the two. You can order as a one off – ideal for a gift – or you can sign up for a longer period of time. I chose the fiction option and my box arrived through the letterbox last week. Here’s what was inside:
You can’t really tell from this photo but the box is a beautiful shimmery blue.
The box was filled with shredded gold tissue paper and a leaflet with information about the books inside. I didn’t look till I’d unwrapped them!
The books inside were beautifully wrapped and there was a lovely little wooden Golden Hare badge which you can maybe just see in the bottom left corner.
And here are the two books which were inside. I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of either of them but that is one of the joys of a subscription box. You never know what you will receive and you can be introduced to books you might not have come across otherwise. They are both books I may not have picked up but both look very intriguing. Of course, I haven’t had a chance to read and review them yet but I will do in due course.
If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura
A beautifully moving tale of loss and reaching out to the ones we love, of one man’s journey to discover what really matters in modern life.
Our narrator’s days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat Cabbage for company, he was unprepared for the doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can set about tackling his bucket list, the Devil appears with a special offer: in exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, he can have one extra day of life. And so begins a very bizarre week . . .
Because how do you decide what makes life worth living? How do you separate out what you can do without from what you hold dear? In dealing with the Devil our narrator will take himself – and his beloved cat – to the brink. Genki Kawamura’s If Cats Disappeared from the World is a story of loss and reconciliation, of one man’s journey to discover what really matters in modern life.
This beautiful tale is translated from the Japanese by Eric Selland, who also translated The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide. Fans of The Guest Cat and The Travelling Cat Chronicles will also surely love If Cats Disappeared from the World.
Pages for You by Sylvia Brownrigg
When Flannery Jansen arrives at university, she is totally unprepared for an encounter that will rock her existence. But when she comes across Anne Arden in a local diner, Flannery falls dramatically and desperately in love. Flannery is quickly embarrassed in the face of the older woman’s poise and sophistication, and under the gaze of those impossible green eyes, but slowly their paths intertwine, and soon Flannery becomes Anne’s eager student in life and love.
Pages for You is the story of the beginning, blossoming and falling apart of that delirious love affair.
If you like the sound of this subscription service, you can find out more and sign up on the Golden Hare website – Golden Hare Books – Subscriptions I’d like to express huge thanks to the staff at Golden Hare for sending me one of the boxes. I’ll definitely be looking to use this for presents for friends or just as a treat for myself.