Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Beautiful Hardback Books

Inspired by the lovely Jean, over at Jean's Bookish Thoughts, I went through my shelves to show you the most beautiful hardback books I own. You can watch the video over here. Let me know which ones catch your eye, and which beautiful books you own, too :) xx

Monday, 30 March 2015

Book signing on 1st April

Hello, all! If you happen to be in London this Wednesday - 1st April - I'm going to be at Watermark Books in King's Cross Station from 6:30pm signing books. It's the bookshop's 3rd birthday and they're celebrating with fizz and cake and writer-folk signing things. It's right next to Platform 9 3/4, come along if you can :) xx


I hope you've had a lovely weekend :) Last week, you guys tweeted some questions to me about writing, reading, bookselling and life and I filmed a video where I answered as many of them as I could. You can watch it over here. If I didn't get round to answering your question, or you'd like to ask me something else, head over to the video and leave your question in the comments. I'll answer it there :)

lots of bookish love xx

Thursday, 26 March 2015

World Poetry Day

On Saturday I uploaded a video recommending twelve poetry collections for World Poetry Day. You can watch it here :) Hope you like it - let me know if you have any recommendations for me, too! x

Friday, 20 March 2015

my Alice in Wonderland collection

This year it's 150 years since Alice in Wonderland was first published. As it's one of my favourite books, I thought I'd show you all my Alice collection, and chat about why I love the book so much. You can watch the video over here. xx

Monday, 16 March 2015

Books Based on Other Books

Hello folks! I just uploaded a video about books which are based on other books - hurrah for intertextuality! You can watch it over here. Youtube wouldn't let me post the list of books in the description, as it's too long, so I've included in this blog post instead :) xx

Dracula by Bram Stoker http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/dracula,bram-stoker-9780141199337
Department 19 by Will Hill http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/childrens/department-19,will-hill-9780007354467

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/pride-and-prejudice,jane-austen-9780099511151
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/bridget-joness-diary-(picador-40th,helen-fielding-9781447202837

Station Eleven (my review video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgItZJ96nTM&list=UUwME97IPvhAXAV_bbgAvOtw

Metamorphoses: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/essays-writing/the-metamorphoses,ovid-arthur-golding-madeleine-forey-9780140422306
After Ovid,New Metamorphoses: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/361802.After_Ovid?ac=1

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/mrs-dalloway,virginia-woolf-david-bradshaw-9780199536009
The Hours by Michael Cunningham http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-hours,michael-cunningham-9781841150352

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/robinson-crusoe,daniel-defoe-9780141199061
Foe by JM Coetzee: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/foe,j-m-coetzee-9780241950111

Weight by Jeanette Winterson http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/weight-the-myth-of-atlas-and-heracles,jeanette-winterson-9781841957753
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-penelopiad-the-myth-of-penelope,margaret-atwood-9781841957043
Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/girl-meets-boy,ali-smith-9781847670687

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/jane-eyre,charlotte-bronte-9780141198859
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/essays-writing/wide-sargasso-sea,jean-rhys-andrea-ashworth-angela-9780141182858

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/childrens/the-jungle-book,rudyard-kipling-9780099573029
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-graveyard-book,neil-gaiman-dave-mckean-9780747598626

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/frankenstein,mary-wollstonecraft-shelley-9780141393391
Poor Things by Alasdair Grey https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/72355.Poor_Things?ac=1

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-lottery,shirley-jackson-9780141396330
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/childrens/the-hunger-games,suzanne-collins-9781407132082

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/lolita,vladimir-nabokov-9780141193670
Lolito by Ben Brooks http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/lolito,ben-brooks-9781782111580

Paradise Lost http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/paradise-lost,john-milton-9780375757969
His Dark Materials http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/childrens/his-dark-materials-trilogy-northern,philip-pullman-9781407106427

Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/essays-writing/nineteen-eightyfour,george-orwell-thomas-pynchon-9780141393049
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/essays-writing/1q84-books-1-and-2-books-1-and-2,haruki-murakami-9780099549062

Dream Songs by John Berryman http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-dream-songs,john-berryman-daniel-swift-9780374534554
No Girls, No Telephones by Brittany Cavallaro and Rebecca Hazelton http://www.blacklawrence.com/no-girls-no-telephones/

Emily Dickinson's poems: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/essays-writing/the-complete-poems,emily-dickinson-thomas-herbert-johnson-9780571108640
Fair Copy by Rebecca Hazelton https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15804709-fair-copy?ac=1

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/oranges-are-not-the-only-fruit,jeanette-winterson-9780099598183
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/biography/why-be-happy-when-you-could-be-normal,jeanette-winterson-9780099556091

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Jen Recommends // Five Novellas

Hello folks - I hope you're having a lovely weekend. My lated 'Jen Recommends' video is up, where I recommend five novellas. You can watch it over here :) links to other 'Jen Recommends' videos are below. The next one going up will be for short story collections, then I'll be doing poetry. If you have requests for other videos, please let me know! xx


Biographies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLiuDs9fnOk

Graphic Novels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEhM3ZGwhM0

Psychological Thrillers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6kn-AQVJOM

Friday, 13 March 2015

books based on myths and fairy tales

Hello folks, here's a video in which I chat about books based on myths and fairytales :) You can watch it over here and, as always, the books can be listed in the video description.

Lots of bookish love! xx

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

ten bookish facts

Good morning folks! I've just uploaded a new video called 'Ten Bookish Facts' (including why reading has always been associated with magic, the art of binding books in human skin, and why Lord Byron had a pet bear). You can watch it over here :) I hope you're having a lovely week! x

Thursday, 5 March 2015

What I Read in February

Hello, folks! Here's a video where I chat about all the books I read in February :) You can watch it over here. As usual, all of the books are listed in the video description.

Hope you're having a lovely week - and let me know what you read last month! xx

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Jen Recommends: Five Psychological Thrillers & Five Graphic Novels

Hello folks! Here are two new 'Jen Recommends...' videos for you: five psychological thrillers and five graphic novels. Let me know if you've got any recommendations for me in these catagories :)

Lots of bookish love xx

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Hello and Bookish Updates

Hello folks! I hope you're having a lovely start to March (I am excited about the spring, I can feel it warming my bones). I spent Sunday afternoon in Richmond Park, which is always beautiful, and spied this gate which looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland.

Ah. At the moment I'm working on several writing projects, and finished my first children's book a couple of weeks ago. I've been working hard on my Youtube channel, which I'm thoroughly enjoying, and I'm still at the bookshop too. I finished book tour for The Bookshop Book just before Christmas, but I have a few festival events lined up for this year, which I'll let you know about nearer the time, and I might be doing an event in Sweden later on this year, too, which I'm excited about.

In February, I was in Paris for five days, writing and trying not to buy everything from Shakespeare and Company (which is always tricky).

and The Bookshop Book came out in Canada this week (hurray!), though sadly there's been a delay in the release date for America, which is now September 2015. I'm very sorry about this folks (it's frustrating for all of us), but in the mean time copies are available on my website, shipping worldwide, and I can dedicate the book to whoever you like :)

'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' will be coming out in Spanish and Vietnamese, soon, and there's a Korean translation of The Bookshop Book forthcoming as well. I do find it bizarre (but very lovely) when foreign editions of my book arrive in the mail, and I know that I wrote it... but I can't read a word it says... It's a weird feeling.

I hope you're all well! xx

Monday, 2 March 2015

Jen Recommends: Five Biographies

Happy Monday, all! Over on my Youtube channel I've started a 'Jen Recommends' series, where each time I'm going to be recommending five books from a particular genre. The first is biography/autobiography and you can watch it over here :) I hope you like it, and if you have any recommendations for me then let me know. x