I happened to be in a bookshop this afternoon, and during my brief browse I spotted a favourite novel from last year and took the opportunity of moving its neighbours slightly further along the shelf so that the book in question was face out. It's not the first time I've done a bit of 'guerrilla book-adjustment' like this making me - as Mr. C. coins it - a 'power re-arranger', but although it's only a tiny gesture of support for something I rate, I hope it results in the book catching the eye of a shopper who will buy it and enjoy it. For the avoidance of doubt, no other novel was 'disadvantaged' in the process, and I wouldn't dream of any major interference to a bookseller's display, just a wee tweak here and there!
Did any fans of the Moomins or The Summer Book and A Winter Book watch the documentary Moominland Tales: The Life of Tove Jansson which was shown the other night (and is still available on iPlayer)? It was fascinating to learn of all the autobiographical elements in the books, I thought, and watching it might even (slightly) enhance a reading of the 'Summer'/'Winter' stories.