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.


    • I can imagine it’s exactly the same! 😉 Thank you. Hopefully things will get sorted out soon.

    • Do check the Folio books out, they have such a lovely collection 🙂 x

  1. Totally sucks on the moving situation so I’m sending hugs and not going to ask about it – just know you have my love!
    And chocolate. Spending too much to have lunch at the movies. A weepy movie on the TV that gives me an excuse to cry. A run. (<— and I can't believe I just typed that!) A visit with a friend that involves crappy food and cold margaritas! 🙂
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    • Thanks so much Kate! I still owe you an email. I think I’ve been eating way too much junk, love weepy movies too. At the moment, I’m still angry (my husband and I are both angry). But it will pass. Would love to run and scream without scaring the tourists away, but I can’t with my knee and I’m afraid tourist season has just began. Oooh cold margaritas sounds lovely too!

  2. I have to say i am a kindle girl all the way! If you are into photography based books you might like to try Cinci Lei. I’ve just been sent one by a company called Jumping Dog and it is truly stunning – I can’t recommend it enough but you will read and look with tears in your eyes – very emotive xx

    (this is the link in case you are interested http://www.jumping-dog.co.uk/collections/retail/products/cinci-lei)
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    • I still prefer books. My husband once thought of buying a kindle, but I said no. I prefer books I can touch, feel and smell!

  3. Sorry to hear that there are problems with your house move. I’m not sure I really have a material vice, but I do enjoy scrapbooking photos and momentos from our holidays; I like the process and it cheers me up on down days to have a look back at all of our lovely memories.

    • Thank you. I used to do scrapbooking too and like you, also made me happy. Must get around to doing it again 🙂

    • I also have a Goodreads account, but sadly never got much into it. Hardly have anything written on it, no reviews, nothing. Hmmm.

  4. Lovely! I absolutely love special, beautiful books. I will have to check out the Folio collection. Hope it cheers you up and your house move gets going again soon.
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    • Thank you! Yes, do check out Folio books 🙂 You’ll love them too.x

  5. Can’t imagine anything relaxing than reading a good book. It’s just so hard to find time for it!

  6. Beautiful book, it’s something I’d never think of looking for for myself but would consider now. Hope your feeling better soon, it sucks sometimes when life doesn’t go your way. Hopefully all will be resolved for the best soon!
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    • Thank you! .. Not a big fan of chocolate, thank goodness or else I’ll be bigger than I already am! 😉

    • Thanks. At the moment, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen … A bath with a hot chocolate topped with marshmallows sounds fab! 🙂

  7. Books are one of my great joys – are house is filled with them. Photography always works as therapy for me too. Off now to stalk the Folio Society site again!

    • Same here. They have a lovely new collection for March 🙂 Can’t wait for April! 😉 x

  8. Sorry to hear you are going through a difficult period 🙁 hope the reading helps you escape from it all a little bit. X My mummy likes reading and watching films – that her escapism xx
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  9. I love reading a book from my ipad but I must admit that when I read a new book it is such a different experience as you can touch it and feels better! Although I haven’t had the chance to read for a long time. All my spare time goes to reading blogs now!! Sorry to hear about your hard moment. Hope things get better soon, 🙂 xx
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    • Thank you. I haven’t had the chance to pick up my book lately, well apart from this new one ;)x

  10. Books always make me happy. There’s just something about them, the smell, the actual book itself. I love it. I can truly understand why your husband would tell you to order some books to cheer up!

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