Archive for April, 2013

World Book Night UK and Ireland 2013 – April 23rd

WorldBookNight2013 Tonight is World Book Night UK and Ireland!

For those of you who don’t know what this is, it is “a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed books in their communities to share their love of reading…World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: it’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways, through the sharing of stories.”

Basically, every year, some very generous authors and publishers try to get us reading by giving away millions of books. I got involved with this a few years ago and, although it was a little daunting at first,  it turned out to be a lot of fun. The initiative started in the UK but now it’s spread to the USA too. Click here for more info. There will also be flagship reading events in Liverpool, London, Edinburgh and Cambridge with lots of authors (and some celebrities) involved.

Books on offer this year (of which I am ashamed to say I’ve only read one) are:

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

A Little History of the World by E.H Gombrich

Little Face by Sophie Hannah

Damage by Josephine Hart

The Island by Victoria Hislop

Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay

Last Night Another Soldier… by Andy McNab

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Reader by Bernard Schlink

No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Road Home by Rose Tremain

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges by John Wagner

The Battle of Amore – Guest post on LovLivLife Reviews

Hi people. You can read my latest guest post on LovLivLife Reviews titled  The Battle of Amore.

It’s basically me having a dig at “Insta-love” and “Love triangles”. We all know how much I like to rant. Enjoy!

Quick Fire Questions on Starlight Book Reviews

Here’s are some quick fire questions answered by me on Starlight Book Reviews, as part of a feature for Aversion. Enjoy!

Mommas Big Launch Giveaway Blitz

Fancy entering a massive giveaway where you could win a Kindle Fire and/or one of over 700 books? Then head on over to MommaSaysRead and join Momma for her Big Launch Giveaway Blitz. This mammoth event runs from the 6th of April till the 6th of May.

Oh, and yes, Aversion is in the line up too…which makes the giveaway event all the more fabulous. Good luck people!

Brrrrrrrrrrrr…snow and it’s April!

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April 4th 2013


Temperature – Highs of 4°C, feels like -3°C

Precipitation – Light snow and showers

Wind – NE 29kmph

A few months ago I promised myself I would resist the urge to moan about the weather on this blog (it’s much too English a trait and I’ve been sucked into it many times).  But here I am, breaking that promise.

I repeat, APRIL 4TH 2013, LONDON! The text above doesn’t read January 4th or Alaska. So why the hell was it snowing when I left my house this morning? Light snow grains, yes, but it’s April! Supposedly springtime! Snow should be nowhere on the forecast. It’s meant to be in the low teens (at least), so why am I wearing my winter jacket, scarf and gloves to commute to work? Why is my desk side heater on? Why has the snowfall steadily increased over the last few hours outside my window? Why don’t I believe the forecast for 11°C next week that I’ve seen touted around on weather sites?

As I said, I promised myself I would refrain from moaning about the weather on this blog so I won’t go on about this. It just had to be mentioned…