'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

London Book Fair Part #2

This is the second part of my London Book Fair posts. In this one I'm going to share with you guys the things I learnt in a few of the seminars which were more focused on getting a career in publishing. These were so, so helpful to me because it's my absolute dream. The people on the panels were absolutely lovely and it's only furthered my need to be a part of that industry!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #53

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog Broke and Bookish.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

London Book Fair Part #1

Myself and Ula outside LBF! 
This year I attended my first ever London Book Fair, and I can guarantee it will not be my last! I had such a good time, attended so many seminars and met one of my childhood heroes so it was a pretty successful week. I finally met Ula @ Blog of Erised and we spent the week together browsing bookshops, buying far too many books, attending seminars, met up with Vicky at a Speakeasy event, being in general awe of the fair and doing touristy things in London.

It was a pretty awesome week in general. My boyfriend Phill got himself some work experience at a Headhunting company in central London and I started on handing out some shiny business cards. My main aim was to get as much out of the fair as possible that would help me get into publishing. I feel like I got some really helpful things out of it and really amazing advice. I felt so at home chatting with Lauren Ace, the Children's Publicity Manager at Macmillan because she used to work at Swansea Waterstones! My old local during university. I paid a visit to the Angry Robot people and it was so lovely to see Marc and Lee again. 

Anyway, here's the list of seminars that I attended and will be recapping in later posts:
  • Introduction to Publishing
  • Terry Pratchett
  • How to get into Publishing
  • How to get ahead in Publishing
  • You Be The Judge: Engaging Children in Book Prizes
  • Middle Grade Fiction: Keeping Kids Reading
  • New Approaches to Children's Book Events
  • Malorie Blackman and Julia Eccleshare: Interview & Signing
  • Why YA? (With Malorie Blackman)

These were fantastic seminars and I'm looking forward to sharing more about them with you guys! I had such a good time and it was so nice to meet other bloggers. I met Vicky @ Books, Biscuits and Tea, Faye @ A Daydreamer's Thoughts, Jim @ YAYeahYeah and Charnell @ Reviews From a Bookworm and they were all so lovely! Cannot wait to see them all again at some point :)

Keep checking back for my LBF14 posts!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Hodder & Stoughton 2014 Wishlist

Every time I read Hodder and Stoughton now, all I can ever think of is Hodor. Hodor, Hodor, Hodor. If that's not a sign that I need to step away from books for awhile I don't know what is! Anyway, this post is all about the books that are coming this year from Hodder & Stoughton. I picked up a catalogue at London Book Fair and man, I'm so excited about so many of these books!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Harry Potter #60

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

REVIEW: Bird Box - Josh Malerman

Bird Box - Josh Malerman
Bird Box: A Novel
Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn't look outside anymore. Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall. Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them. Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #52

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog Broke and Bookish.