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Of Small Joys: Beautifully Illustrated Books from Folio Society

“Go order some books to cheer you up”  The husband said to me a few days ago.

He knows I’ve been in a bit of a slump (although that is a big understatement of what I have been really feeling lately) ever since our house move got delayed and he also knows what makes me happy.  I don’t really want to talk about it just yet.  Emotions are still raw and high, in spite trying to move on from the heartbreak and disappointment of it all. One of the reasons why I don’t really want to write about it here is that we’re thinking of suing and I just don’t want to complicate matters even further.  Let’s just say things are just a bit delayed.  And yes, I need cheering up, badly. Goodness knows we all need it.

And yes, I did as I was told and bought myself a book.  I don’t have any vice.  Like a lot of women I do like shoes, bags and clothes, but don’t really indulge in them so much.  If I had one vice, that would be my love for Folio books.  I love their beautifully illustrated books, especially when they come through the post.  I love the box and how they lovingly package all their books and the little details that come with it like the name of the person who made all this possible.

I think it’s the little details like this one, that makes a costumer really happy and would make them keep coming back for more.  Admittedly their books cost more than a regular paperback or even a hardcover from your usual high street bookstore like Waterstones.  I think that’s what makes them even more special.  You buy these books as a treat, or on a special occasion, or when you’re feeling like shit and just want to feel a little bit better even though deep inside, you know that this is all just  superficial.

And yet, you still give in and even though the husband gave me the go-signal to splurge, I only ordered one from the March 2016 collection which is the selected poems of the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova whom I used to read when I was in my 20s.  You can’t really find much of her works in regular bookshops.  My only copy of her poetry was a thin one, bought in a poetry bookshop in Hay-On-Wye, the town of books in Wales a while ago before T was born, so was really pleased when Folio books came out this month with her poetry.

And as always the Folio society didn’t disappoint me.

The book came with its usual slip-cover and a lovely photo of the poet.

This time though instead of beautiful illustrations which the Folio books are known for, it came with photographs of Anna Akhmatova and places that have importance to her and her work.

All our books have been packed away and I can’t bear to unpack them, especially since we are still hoping to move soon.  I can’t wait to be able to take them all out one by one, and to put all of them back on our shelves where they belong, not in those awful boxes.  Soon …

What about you?

What are the little things that make you happy, especially when you’re going through a really difficult period in your life?

Do share.