Blue Forest Bookshop & Collectables

In The Blue Forest every book is a passion, a wonder, a treasure and the best of friends. A wide sel


Seems logical enough to us. 🤷‍♀️




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At the beginning of 1908, the 16-year old J.R.R Tolkien met Edith Mary Bratt (b. 21 January 1889) and was convinced that he would someday marry her.

Following eight years of tumultuous delays, they were wed on 22 March 1916.

Edith would go on to become Tolkien's muse, and the inspiration behind the Middle-earth figures Lúthien Tinúviel and Arwen Undómiel.

We are all aware of J.R.R. Tolkien, and some of us, perhaps, of his grandson, Simon Tolkien.
But how many of us really know about Edith Mary Tolkien?

If you find yourself in the throes of boredom or curiosity today, delve a little deeper into the story of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved wife, shadow and muse.

David Lynch named his five favourite books of all time 20/01/2023

Happy 77th birthday, David Lynch! 🪳 🪓

(To be honest, it isn't much of a surprise that both Dostoevsky's 'Crime & Punishment' and Kafka's 'Metamorphosis' make his top-five list of favourite books. 🤭)

David Lynch named his five favourite books of all time Essential reading.


In 2023, William Blake takes on a tragically relevant twist 😞:

Today's cartoon


On Friday, 13 January; the day that those with a predilection toward superstition would deem unlucky, we stumbled upon an unexpected stroke of GOOD LUCK. 🙌 🌠

Remember our treasured Nieu-Bethesda owls that were stolen a few days before Christmas?
They've found their way HOME!

🦉 We extend our thanks to Monique; who recognized them, purchased them off the street and immediately took them to the Conville Police Station.

🦉 We extend our thanks to Officer November of Conville SAPS (and our sincere apologies that we don't know your first name or rank) for phoning us diligently and repeatedly to come collect the owls at the station. You are a star.

🦉 We extend our thanks to all those that shared our post, and all those who came to visit us and shared in our shock and despondency.

🦉 And last - but, most certainly not least - we would like to thank Kristy Kolberg for reaching out to us and placing the article in the George Herald.
You are a beautiful person, and a superstar journalist. 🌟


You've reminded us, yet again, how powerful the beauty of community is.
Without you all, the Blue Forest would not have grown as it has.
Thank you for being our family. 🙏🐛🌳


I wish...


“All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal. ... But with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not.”
― Nick Hornby



😂 Independant bookstores are the best!


Go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something. ~Kurt Vonnegut

(Book: A Man Without a Country

Timeline photos 03/01/2023

See that would be efficient🤗 👌

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Two witnesses have come to tell us about the two persons allegedly responsible for the break-in and theft.
They apparently stay in Market Street.
If the community and secondhand dealers in and around Market Street could be on the lookout for the owls, we'd be very grateful.

Here's a 'Blue Monday' post 😔:

The Blue Forest was broken into last night.
Not much was taken, aside from some small change, our Yoco Go card machine and a few ornaments.

Apart from the sense of violation, we are incredibly sad that these two owls were stolen too. They have traveled with the Blue Forest family for a long time, and hold a lot of sentimental value to us.

People of George, if anybody tries to sell you these; or if you happen to notice them on sale at any pawn shops - please alert us immediately 🙏.


With Christmas being just shy of a week away, you may be a little stressed about getting that special, last-minute Christmas gift for a loved one. 🙉
That's where we come in to help you! 🙌 🎄

Shopping for a book-lover can often be tricky. It's hard to know what they've read, which authors are their current favorites or which books are already on their very large 'to be read' pile.
So, why not gift them a Blue Forest voucher? 😁

Purchase one of our custom-made vouchers for the amount you desire, and fill your fellow bookworm's Christmas (and 2023!) with the gift that truly keeps giving - A GOOD BOOK (- or five 😉)! 🎄


“Books are precious things, but more than that, they are the strong backbone of civilization. They are the thread upon which it all hangs, and they can save us when all else is lost.”
― Louis L'Amour



Worried you'll run out of reads before the holiday season really starts? No need to worry!
We will be open on Friday, 16 December, from 09:00 until 13:00! 🌠

Photos from The Library of Congress's post 10/12/2022
Timeline photos 01/12/2022


Leeds: Rare book laced with arsenic found in library 31/10/2022

In today's edition of 'Things We Didn't Know About':

May have to conduct a check of some of our antiquarian stock, and the books in our own personal collection. 😳

Leeds: Rare book laced with arsenic found in library The 19th Century gardening book owes its green colour to a dye containing arsenic, officials say.


Just what the doctor ordered: more books 🤣

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That about does it!!

Timeline photos 08/10/2022

Annie Ernaux’s writing is throughout subordinated to the process of time. Nowhere else, the power of social conventions over our lives plays such an important role as in ‘Les années’ (2008; ‘The Years’, 2017). It is her most ambitious project, which has given her an international reputation and a raft of followers and literary disciples. It has been called “the first collective autobiography” and the German poet Durs Grünbein has lauded it as a pathbreaking “sociological epic” of the contemporary Western world. Ernaux substitutes in the narrative the spontaneous memory of the self with the third person of collective memory, suggesting the force of zeitgeist on her life. There is no affective memory in the Proustian sense with which she can transport herself directly to her early years. Our lives are formed by the stories being told, the songs being sung or the trends in rule. And these conventions rapidly pass by. Therefore, Ernaux has great difficulty recognising herself in the person that she once was. In Les années, personal and collective memory have merged together.

The 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to the French author Annie Ernaux “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory.”

Learn more about Ernaux’s literature:

Photo credit: Lucas_Destrem, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons


No doubt about it!

Photos from Blue Forest Bookshop & Collectables's post 14/09/2022

The best gift you can give any young person, is to teach them the joys that reading can bring! 📚

We cannot express the delight it brings us when we see toddlers, children, teenagers and young adults lose themselves in a little corner - with a book that speaks uniquely to their tastes, fantasies and interests.

This is why we have a nook to cater to the interests of each young individual.


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Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

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