Purple Thomas Hardys from Wales

I am jet lagged from a fantastic trip to the United Kingdom last week, but I have just enough energy to start sharing my book purchases while there. (I can’t believe I carried so many books home!) I had half of my suitcase full of books and an empty duffle bag filled up by the time I left.

These are the books I bought in shades of purple. I organize my bookshelves by color (of the books I have already read) and my purple section is scant. These gorgeous books will fill out that shelf.

purple books

I was pleased to find so many beautiful editions of Thomas Hardy novels. I need to read The Woodlanders (1887) and The Hand of Ethelberta (1876). I purchased them in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, in Richard Booth’s Bookshop. I also found a nice copy of Dante’s Paradiso there.

Hay-on-Wye is a beautiful town in Wales known for its bookshops. They have a bookstagrammers meet up every year in April, and right now (the end of May and early June) they are holding a book festival. We visited in between these two events to avoid the crowds, and we got to enjoy the dozens of bookshops without too many people around. If you love books, reading, and shopping for books, Hay-on-Wye is the place to visit. 

I will post more of my new books from the trip over the next few weeks. It was a joy to visit the UK with my #bookstagram buddies Micol @literaryjourney, Liz @lizzieksbookishways, Priscilla @shereadsalotofbooks, and Jeana @hotcocoareads. 

Bookstagramming is fun, as I have made some great friends, but I love blogging too!