Thursday, 2 July 2015

A Catch Up

Blogettes! I'm so sorry, I feel as though I have abandoned you. Many apologies. I haven't disappeared from the internet at all - seriously, would I disappear from the internet? - and have been uploading lots of bookish videos over on my Booktube channel. There are now over 100 to watch, and I hope that you're enjoying them.

This week I spoke at the Bookseller Marketing and Publicity Conference about Booktube - I made a video about that prior to the event, here, and will be making another next week about my thoughts on Booktube and the book world at large.

I also filmed a 'Day in the Life...' type video, where you can follow me around, writing, bookselling and book signing, and have also branched out with more 'out and about' type videos, interviewing Kirsty Logan (author of The Gracekeepers), chatting to Leo Nickolls - fabulous book designer - about beautiful books, and will be doing more videos like that in the future.

Last week was Independent Bookshop Week, so I went on a London Bookshop Crawl with Lauren and Holly, which was lots of fun.

As for reading - my favourite recent reads are Sum by David Eagleman and Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman. I now pair these two books together in my head whenever I think about them - despite them dealing with different topics. Sum is a collection of short stories about different sorts of afterlives: one where, when you die, your new job is to act of the dreams of the living. Einstein's Dreams is a set of short stories set around the time Einstein was developing his theory of relativity. All are about different universes where time materialses in different ways. They're both fascinating and I highly, highly recommend them.

I hope you're all having a wonderful summer! If you have any reading recommendations, let me know :) xx

Monday, 25 May 2015

The 'BE A GOOD HUMAN' Book Tag


Hello, folks! I was despairing about humanity a bit and thinking about the WONDERFUL power of books and so created the 'BE A GOOD HUMAN' book tag, chatting about books that promote diversity, understanding, and generally make the world a better place. You can watch my video over here, and all the books are listed and linked below :) xx


Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12875258-tell-the-wolves-i-m-home?ac=1

A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16842.A_Single_Man?ac=1

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11395597-why-be-happy-when-you-could-be-normal?ac=1

Data Trace by Ronnie McGrath https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15125520-data-trace?ac=1

Chick by Hannah Lowe https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17401740-chick?ac=1

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/890.Of_Mice_and_Men?ac=1

Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1289436.Why_the_Whales_Came?from_search=true&search_version=service

Across the Barricades by Joan Lingard https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/839277.Across_the_Barricades?ac=1

Getaway Girl by Terry Ann Thaxton https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10835163-getaway-girl?ac=1

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17470674-fahrenheit-451?ac=1

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38447.The_Handmaid_s_Tale?ac=1

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46756.Oryx_and_Crake?ac=1

Brave New World by Huxley https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5129.Brave_New_World?ac=1

Animal Farm by Orwell https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7613.Animal_Farm?ac=1

1984 by Owell https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5471.Nineteen_Eighty_Four?ac=1

How to be Both by Ali Smith https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20439328-how-to-be-both?ac=1

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1618.The_Curious_Incident_of_the_Dog_in_the_Night_Time?ac=1

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18635113-elizabeth-is-missing?ac=1

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20697435-the-book-of-strange-new-things?ac=1

The Humans by Matt Haig https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16130537-the-humans?ac=1

Wonder by RJ Palacio https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23302416-wonder?ac=1

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13068707-my-sister-lives-on-the-mantelpiece

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/248704.It_s_Kind_of_a_Funny_Story?ac=1

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17571564-hyperbole-and-a-half?ac=1

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10956.The_Virgin_Suicides?ac=1

The Power.Book by Jeanette Winterson https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50653.The_Powerbook?ac=1

Orlando by Virginia Woolf https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18839.Orlando?ac=1

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2187.Middlesex?ac=1

Annabel by Kathleen Winter https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7984373-annabel?ac=1

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/991197.The_Complete_Persepolis?ac=1

One Day I Will Write About This Place https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9905586-one-day-i-will-write-about-this-place?ac=1

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20980987-the-art-of-asking-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-let-people-hel?ac=1

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/826845.The_Chrysalids?ac=1

The Time In Between https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23315461-the-time-in-between?ac=1

Sapiens https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23692271-sapiens

My 52 Weeks of Worship https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13586202-my-52-weeks-of-worship?ac=1

50 Books that Changed the World https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6061516-books-that-changed-the-world?ac=1

Friday, 22 May 2015

books featuring circuses and the victorian freak show

Good morning, folks. I recently made a video recommending fiction and non-fiction books involving circuses and The Victorian Freak show - from Angela Carter and Alice Hoffman to The Ressurectionist and The Book of Barely Imagined Beings. You can watch it over here; I hope you like it :) xx


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

two events in London

Hello Londoners, I'm doing two events this week if you'd like to come along and say hello!

On Thursday 21st May, 6pm-7pm I'll be talking about Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops and The Bookshop Book at Friern Barnet Library, as part of the Finchley Literary Festival. I'll also be answering your questions and signing books. This is a free event, so just turn up if you want to come along :)

& on Sunday 24th May, 2:30pm-3:30pm I'll be at the Greenwich Book Festival on a panel with Sanne and Leena chatting about Booktube and why we love books. That's a ticketed event, and you can grab tickets over here.

If you're in the city this week, I'd love to see you! (You can always keep an eye on the events page for future events, too. In the summer I'll be doing events in Cornwall and Sweden, with more to be added :) )

x

Friday, 15 May 2015

'books are manifestations of our identity, embodiments of our selfhood..."

"Those of us who dwell within mounts of books—a sierra of them in one room, an Everest in another; hulks in the kitchen, heaps in the hallway—can tell you that, in addition to the special bliss of having and holding them, it’s a hefty, crowded, inconvenient life that’s also an affront to the average bank account..." 

William Giraldi writes about his love of books. It's a lovely article, and you can read it here. 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Bookshelf tour!


My most requested video is a Bookshelf Tour, and I've been putting it off as I have a nasty habit of hiding piles of books under tables and in cupboards... BUT this week I bought a new bookcase, assembled it all on my own (proud moment - it'll probably fall down next week). Thus, I decided to bite the bullet (before more piles of books start to materialise and whilst my shelves are looking organised) to film a bookshelf tour, in which I show you all my books and pick out some of my favourites.

It's a long video, so you might want to grab a cup of tea and make yourselves comfortable. You can watch it over here :)


lots of bookish love

Jen xx

Sunday, 10 May 2015

The 'If You Liked This...' Tag [Take Two!]

Since creating the 'If You Liked This....' Book Tag a couple of months ago, you have been asking me to make a second video where I recommend more books based on other books. So, that's what I've done. You can watch the first video here and the second video here. All of the books mentioned in the second video are linked further down in this blog post :)

I hope that you're all having a lovely weekend! xx


BOOKS MENTIONED:

Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/essays-writing/nineteen-eightyfour,george-orwell-thomas-pynchon-9780141393049

Sulphuric Acid by Amelie Nothomb http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/sulphuric-acid,amelie-nothomb-9780571234936

(The Third Wave: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_Wave

Derren Brown: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1833930)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-night-circus,erin-morgenstern-9780099554790

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/station-eleven,emily-st-john-mandel-9781447268970

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-gracekeepers-signed-first-edition,kirsty-logan-xsignf1598

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/we-need-to-talk-about-kevin,lionel-shriver-kate-mosse-9781846687341

All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/all-the-birds-singing,evie-wyld-9780099572374

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/middlesex,jeffrey-eugenides-9781408825693

Orlando by Virginia Woolf http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/biography/orlando-a-biography,virginia-woolf-sandra-m-gilbert-9780141184272

The Powerbook by Jeanette Winterson http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-powerbook,jeanette-winterson-9780099598299

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/jane-eyre,charlotte-bronte-stevie-davies-9780141441146

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-crimson-petal-and-the-white,michel-faber-9781782114413

The Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/science-mathematics/a-brief-history-of-time-from-big,stephen-hawking-9780857501004

The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/science-mathematics/the-accidental-universe-the-world,alan-p-lightman-9781472109187

Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/childrens/tanglewreck,jeanette-winterson-9780747583554

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-great-gatsby,f-scott-fitzgerald-guy-reynolds-9781853260414

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/tigers-in-red-weather,liza-klaussmann-9781447212058

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/essays-writing/swimming-home,deborah-levy-tom-mccarthy-9781908276025

The Encyclopaedia of Earth Earth by Isabel Greenberg https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17412749-the-encyclopedia-of-early-earth

Stories in the Stars: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/reference-research/stories-in-the-stars-an-atlas-of,susanna-hislop-9780091954451

Atlas of Remote Islands: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/travel-maps/an-atlas-of-remote-islands-fifty,judith-schalansky-9781846143489