So, over Christmas I found out that other people can see your Amazon wishlist.On the one hand, this is awesome, as it meant my boyfriend's mum bought me a book I'd wanted for ages, but on the other hand, not so great as it means she has also had a good look at the Sleeping Beauty erotic trilogy I'd secretly popped on there for when I had some cash, not knowing that everyone could have a good gawk.Whoops.
This month is a good one for book lovers; the recently opened Taschen store just off Sloane square is having a massive sale from 23rd-25th January only. Known as 'the most exquisite books on the planet' these are the books you'll find on the swankiest coffee tables in the land. Not surprising given that some of the limited editions cost more than most coffee tables. Which is why the sale is a must-see. With books covering everything from fashion and art to sex and travel, I have my eye on The Circus-an amazing photographic journey through 100 years of American circus.Have a look here: www.taschen.com
If shopping at Amazon is lke going to Tescos, then buying books from Assouline is the equivalent of getting your groceries from Harrods foodhall. Luxury editions include the Chanel collection, incased in a quilted leather slipcase you could pass of as a designer handbag, but with a similar pricetag. At the moment Daily Candy is promoting the site, offering its readers 30% off if you type in the code CANDY at the checkout, so make the most of it.www.assouline.com
Back in the real world, those of us who can only afford to go window shopping can indulge in a little retail therapy at the Alternative Press fair on the 1st February, in the St Aloysius Social Centre in Euston. Self-produced art books comics and zines are very much in the spirit of the current anti-commercialism vibe, as is the FREE entry. www.comicsandzines.wordpress.com