Wednesday, 9 December 2015

LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations | Vlogmas Day 8

A subject very close to my heart, I made a video with lots of LGBTQ+ book recommendations and you can watch it over here :) x

Monday, 7 December 2015

VLOGMAS Days 4 & 5

Hello all!

Vlogmas Day 4 was a vlog of my week - you can see what I've been up to over here :)


& Vlogmas Day 5 was a look at the books I read during the second half of November - you can watch that over here  :)


lots of bookish love xx

Thursday, 3 December 2015

HUGE Christmas Gift Guide | VLOGMAS Day 3


Good morning! Today I uploaded a bookish Christmas Gift Guide :) I hope it's useful! You can watch it over here - and all of the books included in the video are listed down below xx


The Vintage Bronte editions: http://www.vintage-books.co.uk/books/1784870730/charlotte-bronte/jane-eyre-vintage-classics-bronte-series-/

Penguin Clothbound Classics http://www.penguin.co.uk/recommends/penguin-selections/clothbound-classics/

My Alice in Wonderland Collection video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELmzTRMUwe8

Alice in Wonderland:
Tove Jannson - http://shop.tate.org.uk/childrens-books/alices-adventures-in-wonderland/invt/11078
Mervyn Peake - http://www.mervynpeake.org/illustrator.html
Yayoi Kusama http://www.penguin.co.uk/books/lewis-carrolls-alices-adventures-in-wonderland-with-artwork-by-yayoi-kusama/9780141197302/

20th Anniversary His Dark Materials http://shop.scholastic.co.uk/products/96372

Everyman His Dark Materials http://www.everymanslibrary.co.uk/all-author.aspx?letter=P&search=&firstname=Philip%20&surname=Pullman

A Book is a Book http://www.geckopress.co.nz/ProductDetail.aspx?CategoryId=2&ProductId=419

If I Were a Book https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18296077-if-i-were-a-book

Lost in Translation https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20176282-lost-in-translation?ac=1&from_search=1

The Etymologicon etc http://blog.inkyfool.com/2011/08/etymologicon.html

The Library: A World History http://www.thamesandhudson.com/The_Library/9780500342886

The Atlas of Remote Islands https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8197735-atlas-of-remote-islands?ac=1&from_search=1

Magic: A History http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/popculture/all/44810/facts.magic_1400s1950s.htm

Wildwood Trilogy https://www.goodreads.com/series/61711-wildwood-chronicles

Seren Fairy Tale Series http://www.serenbooks.com/shop/New%20Stories%20from%20the%20Mabinogion

Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange http://www.penguinclassics.co.uk/books/tales-of-the-marvellous-and-news-of-the-strange/9780141395036/

Grimm Tales http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10300.html

The Fairy Tale Review http://fairytalereview.com/

The Random Book Club http://randombookclub.co.uk/

Miel Press http://miel.ohbara.com/wordpress/subscribe/

& Other Stories http://www.andotherstories.org/subscribe/

The Rialto http://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/about/shop-2/

Persephone http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/ordering-info/book-tokens/

We Go To the Gallery http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/id/We_Go_to_the_Gallery/9780992834913

The Ladybird series http://www.penguin.co.uk/search/?cid=23459

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

The Amazons https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8197735-atlas-of-remote-islands?ac=1&from_search=1

Bizarre London https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18282028-bizarre-london?ac=1&from_search=1

The Edible Atlas https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20865234-the-edible-atlas?ac=1&from_search=1

Ask the Past https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23197300-ask-the-past?ac=1&from_search=1

Map of Days https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16057218-map-of-days?ac=1&from_search=1

Everything is Teeth https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23548127-everything-is-teeth?ac=1&from_search=1

The Adventuress https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15136.The_Adventuress

Children's Picturebooks video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEjGAPOvj0M

What's Hidden in the Woods http://www.thamesandhudson.com/Whats_Hidden_in_the_Woods_/9780500650530

The Fairy Tale Princess http://www.thamesandhudson.com/The_Fairytale_Princess/9780500650066

Sleeping Beauty Theatre http://www.thamesandhudson.com/Sleeping_Beauty_Theatre/9780500650547

The Jen Recommends Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlRIaAzTjWi6Hl669TBB0qVXBnMNJDRoA

Out of Print http://www.outofprintclothing.com/

Tina Tarnoff Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/people/tinatarnoff
Code: SALEJEN25 for 25% off

The Literary Gift Company http://www.theliterarygiftcompany.com/

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

VLOGMAS DAY TWO: November Favourites

Morning, all! I'm uploading a video every week day until Christmasand today's video is a look at all of the things I've been loving during the past month :) You can watch it here.


Happy Wednesday! x

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

VLOGMAS: Day 1

Hello everyone! I've decided to do Vlogmas this year, which means I'm going to be uploading a video on my channel every week day until Christmas.

The first video went up today - a look at some of my favourite beautiful children's picturebooks. You can watch it here. :)



Lots of bookish love xx

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The This and That Book Tag

Today I uploaded a video doing Kelly's 'This and That Book Tag' - you can watch it over here 

All of the books mentioned in the video are listed below xx


Romance of London https://archive.org/details/romanceoflondon01timb

A Wild Swan  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23848124-a-wild-swan?ac=1&from_search=1

Child Helga  http://miel.bigcartel.com/product/child-helga-george-szirtes

Magic http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/popculture/all/44810/facts.magic_1400s1950s.htm

Poems for Eva http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/poetry-of-a-grieving-husband-after-death-did-them-part-week-in-books-column-10375819.html

Mimesis Synaptic http://miel.bigcartel.com/product/mimesis-synaptic-laressa-dickey

Vanity Fair https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5797.Vanity_Fair?ac=1&from_search=1

The Late Hector Kipling https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1623681.The_Late_Hector_Kipling?ac=1&from_search=1

Dome of the Hidden Pavilion https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23575441-dome-of-the-hidden-pavilion?ac=1&from_search=1

The Bone Clocks http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-bone-clocks-foyles-limited-edition,david-mitchell-9786000876579

The Book of Strange New Things https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22744583-the-book-of-strange-new-things

Fairy Tale Review http://fairytalereview.com/

The Great Gatsby https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4671.The_Great_Gatsby?ac=1&from_search=1

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9591398-the-girl-who-circumnavigated-fairyland-in-a-ship-of-her-own-making?ac=1&from_search=1

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

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20890479-the-love-song-of-miss-queenie-hennessy?ac=1&from_search=1

His Dark Materials https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18116.His_Dark_Materials?ac=1&from_search=1

Stoner https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/166997.Stoner?ac=1&from_search=1

England England https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/100893.England_England?ac=1&from_search=1

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

The Girl Who Couldn't Read https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21094608-the-girl-who-couldn-t-read?ac=1&from_search=1

The Shadow of the Wind https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/186074.The_Name_of_the_Wind?ac=1&from_search=1

Swamplandia https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8584686-swamplandia?ac=1&from_search=1

Peter and Alice https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17347724-peter-and-alice?ac=1&from_search=1

The Book of Speculation https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014670-the-book-of-speculation?ac=1&from_search=1

The Boatmaker https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22542549-the-boatmaker?ac=1&from_search=1

May We Shed These Human Bodies https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15701573-may-we-shed-these-human-bodies?from_search=true&search_version=service

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Bookshelf Tour: Short Story Collections

Evening, folks! Today I uploaded a video you've been requesting, showing you all the short story collections I own (both the ones I've read and the ones I've yet to read). You can watch the video over here. All of the books mentioned in the video (over 70!) are listed down below.

lots of bookish love xx



The Tent by Margaret Atwood

Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood

Good Bones by Margaret Atwood

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Somewhere Else or Even Here by AJ Ashworth

The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo

Not The End of the World by Kate Atkinson

A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel

Sweet Home by Carys Bray

The Redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies

The Elephant Vanishes by Murakami

Birthday Stories by Murakami

Blind Willow, Sleepy Woman by Murakami

Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits by Emma Donoghue

The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space by Pippa Goldschidt

Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman

The Girl with Brown Fur by Stacey Levine

Middle Stories by Sheila Heti

Antarctica by Claire Keegan

Metamorphosis by Kafka

The Apple by Michel Faber

Shelf Life

The Rental Heart & Other Fairy Tales by Kirsty Logan 

A Portable Shelter by Kirsty Logan

New World Fairy Tales by Cassandra Parkin

Hot Kitchen Snow by Sussanah Rickards

Don't Try this at Home by Angela Readman

St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell 

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Wild Flowers of Baltimore by Rob Roensch

Ali Smith's short story collections 

The Method by Tom Vowler

The World and Other Places by Jeanette Winterson

Diving Belles by Lucy Wood

By Light We Knew Our Names by Anne Valente

The Source of Sound by Patrick Holland

Dark, Short Oracles by Sara Levine

On the Edges of Vision by Helen McClory

A Snow Garden by Rachel Joyce

Further Adventures in a Restless Universe

No One Belongs Here More Than You Miranda July

Jellyfish by Janice Galloway

The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall

At The Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson

We, the Children of Cats

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link

Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

Black Vodka by Deborah Levy

Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman

That Things Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Alphabet of Birds

Daydreams of Angels by Heather O'Neill

The Once Was a Woman Who Killed Her Neighbour's Baby

There Once Was a Woman Who Loved Her Children Until They Moved Back In

Grace Paley

The Melancholy of Mechagirl

Fly Away Home by Marina Warner

The Wilds by Julia Elliott

Apricot Jam and Other Stories

The Last Animal by Abby Geni

Farhenheit Twins by Michel Faber

The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim

The Color Master by Aimee Bender

The Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

Friday, 6 November 2015

Signed Books for Christmas



Hello everyone. It's nearly that that time of year again! The John Lewis Christmas advert is out (yes, I cried), and I'll be uploading a bookish Christmas gift guide for you all at the end of November, like the one I did last year :)

If you would like to give a signed copy of 'The Bookshop Book,' 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops,' 'More Weird Things...', or 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' to a friend (or to yourself!) for Christmas, then you can grab one below :) I'm shipping to anywhere in the world, and I can add a name inside as well as a signature. I'll also giftwrap for free - just leave any notes in the 'Notes to Buyer' section when you check out, or drop me an email afterwards. Please see the bottom of this post for last postage dates before Christmas. :)

If you'd like to order more than one book, or have any questions, just drop me an email and I can work out postage costs for you. :)

Lots of bookish love xxxx


1 x copy of The Bookshop Book - Jen Campbell (click here to read blurb/more details)

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1 x Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops [UK edition] (click here to read blurb/more details)

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(click here to read blurb/more details1 x More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (UK edition)
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1 x copy of The Hungry Ghost Festival (click here to read blurb/more details)

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Last order dates in time for Christmas:

Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East: 3rd December
Asia, Australia and New Zealand: 7th December 
Eastern Europe: 5th December
USA and Canada: 13th December
Western Europe: 13th December
UK: 20th December

Lots of bookish love xxxx

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Reading Poetry: Where to Start


Afternoon, folks! Today I filmed one of my most requested videos: a video of poetry recommendations for those who are new to the genre. You can watch it over here and a list of all the books mentioned in the video are below. xx



BOOKS MENTIONED:

Forward Prize: http://www.forwardartsfoundation.org/forward-prizes-for-poetry/forward-books-of-poetry/
Best British Poetry: http://www.saltpublishing.com/products/best-british-poetry-2015-9781784630300

Eating Fire by Margaret Atwood http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28778.Eating_Fire
The Asylum Dance by John Burnside: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/670652.The_Asylum_Dance
Apocrypha by Catherynne M. Valente http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1719125.Apocrypha

The Patron Saint of School Girls by Liz Berry http://www.tall-lighthouse.co.uk/lizberry.html

Kate Tempest: http://katetempest.co.uk/
Hollie McNish: http://holliepoetry.com/

No Matter the Wreckage Sarah Kay: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18288210-no-matter-the-wreckage?from_search=true&search_version=service

What We Buried by Caitlyn Siehl http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22618173-what-we-buried

What the Water Gave Me by Pascale Petit http://www.pascalepetit.co.uk/what-the-water-gave-me/

Poems from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory by Simon Barraclough http://www.sidekickbooks.com/laboratorio.php

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith https://www.graywolfpress.org/books/life-mars

Some Planet by John Montara http://yesyesbooks.com/store/book/0000027/

Glass, Irony and God by Anne Carson: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/150250.Glass_Irony_and_God?from_search=true&search_version=service

Grief is the Thing With Feathers: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25334576-grief-is-the-thing-with-feathers?from_search=true&search_version=service
Crow by Ted Hughes http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/97553.Crow?from_search=true&search_version=service

Emily Dickinson Collected Poems
Fair Copy by Rebecca Hazelton https://ohiostatepress.org/index.htm?books/book%20pages/hazelton%20fair.html

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Beautiful Cover

Afternoon, folks!

The donation page for the 100 Poem Challenge closes in just under three days, and I'm thrilled that so far we've raised over £3000 for The Book Bus! I'll be handwriting the poems on postcards after that, and the limited edition poetry pamphlets will be printed shortly. The cover for the pamphlet has been designed by the wonderful and generous Leo Nickolls - I love it and I hope you do, too.


You've still got a couple of days to buy the poetry collection if you'd like to (it'll never be printed again). Click here for more info, and you can read all of the 100 poems on this blog, just click here and scroll down.

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated and spread the word. The money is going to a fabulous place. xxxx

Thursday, 8 October 2015

THANK YOU


Morning, folks! Yesterday I finished the 100 Poem Challenge - phewf! You can read all of the poems on this blog.

Thanks so much to everyone who has been reading, spreading the word on Twitter, offering virtual cups of tea and donating over on Indiegogo. You've been wonderful.

Remember, all donations go to the FABULOUS Book Bus, who send mobile libraries out to rural communities in Malawi, Zambia and Ecuador, helping children learn how to read and tell their own stories. Check out their Twitter feed to see what they've been up to recently. They are some of the best humans.

The donation page will be up for another 16 days over here - as I type this we're nearly at £2500! - perks are up for grabs including handwritten poems on postcards and limited edition poetry pamphlets of all 100 poems. However many we sell before the donation page closes will be the number that are printed (they won't be printed again). The fabulous Leo Nickolls is very generously making a cover for the pamphlet and it'll be posted out to all who buy one a few weeks after the Indiegogo page closes, numbered and signed.

Stories, stories, stories. Stories for everyone.

You're all lovely.

Excuse me, I'm going to go put the kettle on.

Lots of bookish love

Jen xxxxx

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

100 Poem Challenge - IT'S TODAY!

Hello folks,

Thank you so much for your donations so far - you're all wonderful. If you haven't donated and you want to, you can do so over here; The Book Bus do wonderful things. Perks are up for grabs, such as handwritten poems on postcards and limited edition poetry pamphlets. If you're not able to donate, it would be wonderful it you could share the link.

I'm going to be posting the 100 poems on this blog over the next two days (finishing by midnight Wednesday 7th October).

If you have any key words/photos to inspire poems, tweet me at @aeroplanegirl 

On with the poems!

lots of bookish love,

Jen xx

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

100 Poem Challenge - Call for Support!

Hello, folks! You might remember - if you've been following this blog for a while - that four years ago I did The 100 Poem Challenge, writing 100 poems in 48 hours to raise money for charity. Well, I'm doing it again - but this time for a different charity and I'd love your support :)

On 6th-7th October 2015 I'm going to be writing 100 poems in 48 hours to raise money for The Book Bus, a wonderful charity that sends mobile libraries to communities in various places across Africa, Asia and South America to help children learn to read, provide teaching materials and create school libraries.

On the 6th-7th I'll be posting the poems on http://100poemchallenge.blogspot.com as I write them. Before then, if you'd like to, please tweet me tag words using the hashtag #100PoemChallenge - I'll use some of these as titles of poems or to spark off ideas when the time comes.

I've set up an Indiegogo page over here to accept donations. Any amount that you could donate would be very much appreciated: £1, £2, whatever you can spare. I've set the goal at £1000 but I would love to raise as much money as possible - as I'm sure you'll agree: stories are a huge part of what makes us who we are, and reading is a skill that should be available to every child.
There are also two perks that you can purchase: a handwritten poem on a postcard at £5 (I'll be handwriting each of the 100 poems on postcards after the event) and a limited edition poetry pamphlet of all of the poems for £10. Both of these can be shipped to anywhere in the world. All proceeds go to The Book Bus.

About The Book Bus



See recent amazing activity from The Book Bus on their Facebook and Twitter

& from their website:

The Book Bus supports schools by providing mobile library facilities and volunteer story-tellers to help children become confident and literate readers for life. Working mainly with rural schools in Zambia, Malawi, India and Ecuador, our volunteer crew divide huge classes into small groups and inspire the children to read by personalizing the reading experience through story-telling, assisted reading practice and creative arts. This simple and effective support is sustained by provision of books and resources to each school library. Each Book Bus and its volunteer crew supports a cluster of five schools for up to three months. We make weekly visits to these schools working with up to 800 children from the cluster. The project finishes with an end of term party and opening of a new school library.
Registered Charity No: 1117357

Any money you feel you can donate would be very much appreciated - thank you xxxxxx

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

A look at the Man Booker longlisted novels I've read so far...

As an official Man Booker Vlogger, I'm reading as many of this year's longlisted books as I can and letting you know what I think as I go. Here are my thoughts so far!

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (this one isn't part of the prize but it's the first in the trilogy, the third - Lila - having been longlisted. They're more companion novels than anything else, but regardless I wanted to read them in order. :) )



(Click to view on Youtube.)

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma


(Click to view on Youtube)

Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy


(Click to view on Youtube)

Let me know your thoughts if you've read any of these. My video on Satin Island will be up tomorrow. xx

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Life Update & Events

Hello lovely folk!

Last night I uploaded a video telling you about everything that's going on life-wise, bookselling-wise, writing-wise etc. You can watch that over here. Grab a cup of tea and pull up a seat.



If you would prefer to read instead of watch, here's a summary of some of the things I talked about:

- We're sadly closing Ripping Yarns bookshop at the moment. We're not disappearing as a business; we'll be operating out of Celia (the bookshop owner)'s house, doing book fairs, open by appointment etc, so do keep an eye on our website for details of that. We're open until 20th September if you want to come and say hello in the mean time. We were hoping to stay until the end of our lease in 2018, but the landlord is doubling our rent so we're leaving early.

- If you'd like to listen to me chatting on the Man Booker Podcast, you can do so over here. I'm at 9:25mins in.

- I've got 5 events coming up in the next few weeks in Edinburgh, Stockholm, Uppsala, Ilkley and London if you'd like to stop by! All details are on the events page.

- The Bookshop Book is coming out in America on the 1st October, hurrah! I was at the Little, Brown offices last week signing copies to be sent to some of the US bookstores in the book.



- We have adopted a lovely dog called Lola! She's a sweetheart and we're very happy. She's a five year old Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix. Look at those ears. Ah!


I talk about more things in the video, but those are the Big Things. :) Everything's very busy at the moment but I'm also enjoying reading the Man Booker longlist as part of the Man Booker Vloggers project and will be uploading more videos with thoughts on the books as I go. Keep an eye out for those over here.

I hope you're all having a fantastic week. xxxx

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Friday, 14 August 2015

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!

Hello folks, happy Friday! I have a bit of an exciting announcement to share! :)



(If you can't view the video, click here).

xx

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Some Books I've Been Falling in Love With

Hello, lovely blogettes. It was great to see some of you at the Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall a couple of weeks ago. I was chatting about The Bookshop Book with Andy Miller - author of The Year Of Reading Dangerously - and the setting for the festival was beautiful. I made a video about it here, if you'd like to take a look.



I have been falling in love with a lot of books recently, namely The Evolutionary Revolution by Lily Hoang, a rather bizarre novella combining a mixture of fairy tales and politics; The Faster I Walk The Smaller I Am, a beautiful Norwegian novella about a woman who is worried she's losing her sense of self; and The Dumb House by John Burnside - possibly my favourite read of the year - which was reissued by Vintage this week and is a very disturbing novel about the origin of language. I'd recommend it for fans of Lolita and Perfume. If you want to hear more about the books I've been reading, head over here.



I've got a bit of an exciting announcement to make later this week (and no, it's not a new book deal and, no, I'm not pregnant. Which seem to be most people's guesses so far!) x

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Port Eliot Festival


Cornwall-folk! This Friday, 31st July, I'll be chatting about The Bookshop Book and Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops at the Port Eliot Festival, 11:15am in the Walled Garden. You can find more details on their website here. Look forward to seeing some of you there! x


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

Saturday, 9 May 2015

April Wrap Up

I didn't read as much during April as I normally do, as I was travelling around Japan, but I did read a couple of wonderful, wonderful books. I talk about them in my April Wrap Up video, which you can watch over here :)


Friday, 8 May 2015

Japan VLOG: Part 2

If you missed it, the first vlog of my Japan trip went up earlier this week. You can watch it over here. The second part is now up, and the third and final vlog will be up at the weekend :) xx




Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Horse Library of Indonesia


This is wonderful. In the spirit of the Biblioburro in Colombia - a library on the back of a donkey - Ridwan Sururi in Jara, Indonesia has set up Kudapustaka, a horse library, to help spread literacy. He and his (formally wild) horse, Luna, travel around the rural, tropical area - on the edge of one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes - bringing books to as many children as they can. :)


More information and photo source is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-32612216

(If you want to find out more about strange and wonderful bookshops around the world, head over to: www.jen-campbell.co.uk/the-bookshop-book)

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Finchley Literary Festival



London folk! I'm doing a free event at the Finchley Literary Festival on the 21st May - it would be lovely to see you. I'll be chatting about 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' and 'The Bookshop Book,' and answering any questions about reading, writing, bookselling and all that jazz :) Come along if you can - it's at Friern Barnet Library, 6-7pm xx