Independent Bookshop – Foster’s Bookshop / Chiswick

IMG_7603Foster’s Bookshop

Phone: 020 8995 2768

Website: fostersbookshop.co.uk

Opening Hours: Tue to Sat 10:30 – 17:30

The Extra Charm: original watercolour paintings, antiquarian books and first editions

About:¬†the bookshop has been open for 48 years and you can definitely sense that when you’re inside. There is something for everyones taste. Students will enjoy the fact that there are many books for ¬£5 or less. Book collectors might find the first edition book of their loved authors or an antique that they didn’t even know they wanted to have. Even the art lovers can get their hands on something special for their home or for a thoughtful gift from a variety of framed watercolour pieces. If you want to know more about the bookshop itself then click the link to go to their¬†website.


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My Choice: Lost Horizon by James Hilton. I didn’t dare to buy a first edition book as it would have costed me between ¬£30 to ¬£60. I went for the bargain section and got this book for ¬£5. First published in 1933, this copy was from 1949 ¬†by Macmillian and CO., Limited. Adventure, fantasy, non-fiction novel.

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I admit I am a bit scared as to how the flow of reading will go having in mind it was written quite a while ago. Nevertheless, I am determined to read it as I love everything about old books – different language use, the classic vintage look and the chance to experience how was it to live in those times.

Follow me on twitter @rituleh to find out when I will be posting Lost Horizon review.

THE HUSBAND’S SECRET

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Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret – something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all – she’s an incredibly successful business woman, a pillar of her small community and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia – or each other – but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret. [Taken from lianemoriarty.com.au]

husbands secretINFO

  • Book:¬†The Husband’s Secret
  • Author: Liane Moriarty
  • Date: 2013
  • Genre: Novel
  • Publisher:¬†Penguin
  • Pages:¬†406
  • Price: ¬£7.99
  • Three Words:¬†Suspenseful, Honest, Insightful

REVIEW

Plot: Fresh, compelling and easy to follow. Tells the story of women who had no idea that their lives were connected and how the one of their husband’s secret set all things in motion. Loved the ending, thought it perfectly fitted the nature of the novel and its themes – the question of whether all is in the hands of fate, destined to happen or just a random line of events.¬†

Characters: Plenty of different characters that show how wrongly sometimes we perceive other peoples actions and how connected our lives can be without us realising it. Loved the fact that the main women had such distinctive natures, opposite characters, it maid the novel very engaging. 

Writing Style:¬†The writing was lovely and nothing wrong has caught my attention but at the same time I can’t say it was something new or unexpected. Smooth, flowing, connecting ideas clearly and letting the reader follow the story.

Final Thoughts: This is the kind of perfect book that I enjoy reading. It has everything I look for in a novel Рwell thought out narrative, intriguing characters, deep complex themes and a suspense that keeps leaving you wanting more. I kept reading this book every free second I had just to know how all this is going to turn out. Would confidently recommend it to novel lovers.

RATING 1 TO 5

  • Plot¬†– 5
  • Characters¬†– 5
  • Writing Style¬†– 4,5
  • In All¬†– 4,8

All the information is based according to the specific edition that you see in the photograph.

Do What You Want by Nicholas Bate

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In a working world of rapid change, re-organisations and disappearing markets, is the satisfying, stable and lucrative career path a thing of the past? Not at all! This smart book is packed with all the practical, pragmatic advice, tools and strategies you need. Use them to take control of your career and make sure that you are getting the most out of your working life. This vital guidance will help you understand and adapt to the realities of today’s working world and allow you to develop a focussed and realistic plan to fulfil all your ambitions.

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  • Book:¬†Do What You Want – The book that shows you how to create the career you’ll love
  • Author: Nicholas Bate
  • Date: 2012
  • Genre:¬†Careers
  • Publisher:¬†Pearson
  • Pages:¬†224
  • Price:¬†¬£10.99
  • Three Words:¬†Inspiring, Realistic, Useful

 

REVIEW

The Premise of the Book: Your career path shouldn’t be about having a job. In order to have a successful career you have to think of yourself as a brand. It is all about changing your mindset and thinking about a flexible multiple career rather than single career. Create your own opportunities by investing time and money into personal and career development for you as a brand.

Execution: The author was able to express his idea very clearly and support it with evidence, testimonials of people whom he had worked with to improve their careers. It gives a good introduction, quite few tips and strategies on how to think of yourself as a brand and what can you do to make yourself a desirable candidate. The structure of the book serves its purpose and is one of the best books I have read for general career advice.

General Look, Value for Money –¬†Simple, to the point and short. Original price bit expensive for such a small book, but for me personally it was worth the money.

My Thoughts: Very convincing and effective book. It will not turn your life upside down, you will have to do it yourself with the advice that this book gives you. It is very do-able for people who have strong will and want to have a career and give their all in order to be successful. People who are too lazy or don’t like to step out of their comfort zone won’t likely change after reading the book. However, I would suggest to re-read it every time you feel your motivation is running low. Mindset is a powerful thing but for some it takes more convincing then others. I myself have followed the author’s advice and feel it has helped me to not stress about missed job opportunities but to concentrate on what I do best and build up my brand from the ground up. I was accepted to MA in Publishing and created my own blog as a space to express my love of books and to show my dedication to a career in publishing.

Illustration: None.

RATING 1 TO 5

  • The Premise of the Book –¬†5
  • Execution –¬†5
  • General Look, Value for Money –¬†4
  • Illustration – NA
  • In All¬†–¬†4,6

To see my guidelines for the rating go to REVIEW GUIDELINES