12 Bookish Facts

12 Bookish Facts

Hey guys! In this week’s blog I’m going to be talking about bookish facts. If there are any facts that I haven’t listed but you think are interesting, then please comment them below!

Bookish Facts

1. Abibliophobia is the fear of running out of reading material.

2. Dr. Seuss wrote his first book in 1936 on a luxury liner called the Kungholm. As he crossed the Atlantic the sound the engines made annoyed him so much that his wife proposed he use the repetitive rhythm to help him write the book.

3. Goodreads was established in 2007 and in July 2013 it was reported that they had attracted 55 million members.

4. In Kansas City there is a parking lot for the public library designed to look like a huge bookshelf.

5. There are over 8.2 million copies of all three of The Hunger Games books published in the U.S.

6. The Winnie the Pooh books have been translated into 50 other languages including Yiddish and Esperanto.

7. Beatrix Potter wrote The Fairy Caravan in 1926 which was only published in America because Potter thought it was too autobiographical to be brought out in England in her lifetime. The book was released in the UK nine years after her death in 1943.

8. Jacqueline Wilson’s first book for children was called Nobody’s Perfect.

9. When Roald Dahl was at school he was a taste tester for Cadbury. This is probably what inspired him to write Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

10. Books used to be chained to bookshelves in public libraries.

11. Alice in Wonderland used to be banned in China because General Ho Chien believed it was an insult to the human race that animals should be given speech in books.

12. About £2.2 billion in the UK is spent on books a year and a fifth of this is spent on children’s books.

I hope you enjoyed these! Until next time, Vee x

Poetry Review: Those Were The Days

Poetry Review: Those Were The Days

In this week’s blog post I’ll be reviewing Ryan Harbold’s debut poetry collection, Those Were The Days.

About

“Those Were The Days” is a poetry collection that is, the entire life I’ve lived and all the crazy from it.It’s all about your youth and all the nights that turned to days. Being drunk and stupid, falling in love and knowing absolutely nothing but thinking you do. It’s nostalgic and all about what life was like when you’re growing up. The confusion. All the teen angst emotions. The best friends that are now strangers and of course all the good memories you forgot about. It’s about time you lived in your car. It’s the girl who left you speechless with butterflies that you don’t know anymore. It’s all the drugs and stress you drowned your head in. It’s just everything you felt under the stars back then.

Review

I enjoyed reading Ryan’s poetry; it’s all about being a teen and how he got by at the worst points in his life.

His writing is smooth and he says exactly what he thinks and I love modern poetry like that.

I think it’s important to know that everyone goes through bad and good in their life, even at 19. Ryan writes about the friends who got him through and the girl he loved. He writes so honestly that I admire his work and the fact he’s able to spill his heart out. We need more poetry collections like this one.

If you’re looking for poetry about love, loss, teen angst, growing up and friendship, then I definitely recommend reading Those Were The Days.

You can follow Ryan on social media and his username is @wordsryan.

You can find his book here.

Until next time, love, Vee x

Book Review: Bookshop Girl

Book Review: Bookshop Girl

This week I’ll be reviewing Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles.

Blurb

Bennett’s Bookshop has always been a haven for sixteen-year-old Paige Turner. It’s a place where she can escape from her sleepy hometown, hang out with her best friend, Holly, and also earn some money.

But, like so many bookshops, Bennett’s has become a ‘casualty of the high street’ – it’s strapped for cash and going to be torn down. Paige is determined to save it but mobilising a small town like Greysworth is no mean feat.

Time is ticking – but that’s not the only problem Paige has. How is she going to fend off the attractions of beautiful fellow artist, Blaine? And, more importantly, will his anarchist ways make or break her bookshop campaign?

Review

I picked this book up on a whim in my local library because of its title. I love anything bookshop so this felt ideal.

I was right to love it! It’s full of books, quirky personalities and friendship. It’s a heartwarming read about the things that matter in life. Paige wants to study art and the only thing keeping her going in the town is Bennetts Bookshop which she adores working at with her bestie Holly.

This book is full of laughs and I loved every second of it. Paige reminded me of me, but so did Holly. They’re both bookworms who are weird but wonderful. I found myself wishing I knew these girls because they would probably be my best friends in real life.

I can’t wait to read the next installment of Paige’s adventures!

Until next time, love, Vee x

Sunshine Blogger Award

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! So in this week’s blog post I’m going to be talking about the Sunshine Blogger Awards and how you can take part.

I was nominated by Multipotentialite Thoughts  for the Sunshine Blogger Awards. I’m so pleased! As the blog suggests, it’s about lifestyle, DIY, literature and much more! Thank you so much for the nomination!

This award has some rules if you are nominated and want to take part:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog to this post
2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the nominator
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers
4. Ask them 11 questions – different from the ones you’ve answered
5. List the rules
6. Display the Sunshine Blogger Award on your post or blog site.

Questions asked by Multipotentialite Thoughts:

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

In five years I hope my blog is even larger and I hope to write more and eventually publish a book – hopefully poetry if I can keep going! I also want to travel to a lot more places and maybe even move to another country.

What social stigma does society need to get over?

I think everyone needs to get over the fact anyone can love anyone. There are still so many people who won’t accept people who are gay, lesbian, trans etc. Love is love people! It’s not hard to understand! Also, mental health – we need to talk about it more, in books, TV, movies. The more we talk about it, the more people we can help encourage to talk to someone and recieve the help and support they need.

What are your views on religion?

I respect everyone’s views and religion unless that religion disrespects someone. Don’t go around yelling your opinion – if someone wants to learn about a religion, they will. They don’t need you jumping down their necks trying to convince them your religion is better than anything else and is the only way.

I’m personally an atheist and that’s all I will say.

What is your lucky number and why?

13! I kind of picked it because it’s Taylor Swift’s lucky number and I absolutely love Friday the 13th. It’s not unlucky, it’s just our suspicions that get the better of us. I love to like the things that others hate most.

Why did you start blogging?

Excellent question! I was a digital media trainee and one of my main tasks was to create blog posts on a weekly basis. When I left, I really missed writing them and I had thought about starting a blog for a while. I want to share my views and recommend books to people – it is the most magical feeling when someone reads a book based on your review.

Name 3 things that bring you happiness in every day life.

My partner. Food (not even joking). Writing and reading (can I have that as one please?!)

What genre of music do you enjoy?

I enjoy listening to pop and country. But if Taylor Swift was a genre, and I believe she is, then I choose her.

Do you think aliens exist?

Yes. The universe is too large for there to only be humans.

When do you blog? During the day or in the evenings?

I schedule my blogs for Saturday afternoons mainly, sometimes Wednesdays. I write whenever I can!

Can you play a musical instrument?

Yes, I can play guitar and have taken many lessons.

Do you speak any other language than English? If yes, which language/s?

No, I really don’t have the patience for it! I get so confused. The English language is confusing enough for me. Although I wouldn’t mind learning Italian.

I Nominate:

@destinyischoice

@hamster_says

@bibookishbabe

@TaraOSullivan15

@that_book_girl

@termine_anthony

@BloggerOrdinary

 @Love_SophBlog

@britonabudget1

@EverydayLake

@_emycatmuir

My 11 Questions

Why did you start blogging?

What’s your favourite genre to read?

What are three things you would take to a desert island?

Who is your favourite author/poet?

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

What is your go to comfort food?

Favourite TV show/film?

What 5 things could you not live without?

Do you have any pets?

What was your favourite subject in school?

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you guys soon. Love, Vee x

Poetry Review: the witch doesn’t burn in this one

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! In this week’s blog I’m going to be talking about and reviewing Amanda Lovelace’s second installment of poetry. I have read the princess saves herself in this one and it was one of the best collections of modern poetry I have read. I’m also open to more poetry book suggestions so please feel free to comment your recommendations!

So Amanda Lovelace’s idea of poetry is different to the normal, old fashioned type but in lots of ways it’s so much better in getting messages across. In this second poetry collection, Lovelace explores topics such as revenge, politics, sexual assault and feminism.

When I first read the book my first impression was that it was very anti men. I haven’t been through her experiences so I can’t comment on that but I feel like most of the poems attacked men – maybe it was just aimed at rapists and bad men but for me, I would feel rather uneasy about reading this as a guy.

However, Lovelace explores her inner strength in this book as well as her previous one. She writes mostly about women helping women, supporting one another; knowing that we are strong. I think it’s so important that she has written about this subject because we do need to stick together and change the world through art. If even one person reads your work, that might be the sign they needed. That might be the thing that they need to hear. If your art can change or empower another person, even just one person, it’s still worth writing, painting, drawing, crafting.

Lovelace also explores eating disorders and how we see ourselves. Lots of young people could feel less alone just by reading her poems. A major theme in this book is having confidence and exploring how that isn’t a bad thing. As long as you don’t have a massive ego but you love who you are, that’s all that matters.

We need to cheer each other on and that’s what I have taken away from this book. I want to stand up for myself and be the happiest version of me possible. Reading Lovelace’s poetry always inspires me to follow my dreams – shouldn’t all writers’ work have that effect?

Have you read any of her work? If you haven’t I highly recommend getting down to your local bookstore or online to buy both her works! Until next week, Vee x

Bookish Merch For Your Loved One

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} We all have that bookworm in our life, and if you don’t know who it is, then it’s probably you! If you’re thinking about buying gifts for a loved one or just for yourself, then have a look at my list of bookish merchandise to buy. Enjoy!

Stationary and Bookmarks

One of my favourite bookish sellers is Fable and Black (UK) who sell bookish pins, mugs, notebooks and much more. I personally had a haul before Christmas and bought myself some notebooks, pins, patches and tote bags.

I bought myself this reading journal that’s absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to start using it. I also bought a few notebooks with various quotes. Can you tell I’m obsessed with tea?

The bookmark in the photo is from Wallflower Designs and I received it when I was a rep. Charlie has some beautiful designs on her website which you can find here. I love Fangirl quotes!













Pins and Patches 

I have the “Read more” pin and “Books” patch from Fable and Black and I absolutely adore them! I even got a discount on the pin because it was damaged before buying (I haven’t noticed at all).

(Photos from Fable and Black’s website)

I still need to buy a denim jacket to sew this bad boy on to!

Tote Bags

This tote bag is also from Fable and Black and I use it for everything -not just books! It’s sturdy and will be the perfect gift for a literary lover to show off.

Mugs

I bought this mug on Amazon and I absolutely love it. I admit I haven’t read all the Harry Potter books, I watched the movies, but I still love the quotes!







If you love Beauty and the Beast then you’ll love Primark‘s selection of Disney pieces. I searched high and low for this Chip mug and finally found it! Now I just need Mrs Potts and the purses. I also have the Chip Purse which stands next to my mug (they’re too cute to use!).

I hope you enjoyed the blog and if you have any merch ideas you’d like to share with me, please drop a link in the comments.

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Ways to Celebrate Get Caught Reading Month

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys. This month is “Get Caught Reading” month and to celebrate, let’s all get caught in the act!

Get Caught Reading month is obviously about reading, but why was it created? Well, it was created as a campaign to get more children and people of all ages into reading and lots of celebrities such as Dolly Parton and Cole Sprouse have participated.

Where do you usually read? In bed? On the way to work (if you use public transport)? I’ve seen people reading in some usual places or situations! For instance, I’ve seen people read books as they walk. I don’t know about you, but I’d definitely walk into something or somebody. Take a photo, or get a trusty friend to take one of you reading somewhere and post it in the comments.

Ways to Celebrate Get Caught Reading Month

  • Host a book giveaway/swap
  • Go to your local library and see if they are hosting any events
  • Host a photo contest for the best “Get Caught Reading” picture
  • Make bookmarks
  • Read with your children/volunteer to read at the hospital/library
  • Read in your lunch break/on the way home or to work
  • Host a Readathon with friends
  • Compare books to movies and write a post about it
  • Write a book review if you haven’t before
  • Try and have a go at writing your own short story or encourage your child to
  • Swap a movie for a book night
  • Go to a book sale
  • Sell some of your own books or donate them to charity
Don’t forget to read and encourage others to read this month!
I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you next time. Love, Vee x

Books: Childhood Favourites

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys, Vee here. I hope your week hasn’t been too bad and I hope you have a fabulous weekend. In this week’s blog I’m going to be talking about my childhood favourite books that got me into reading.

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

This series was a godsend when I was younger. I thought the world was just one bad thing after another and even though the books are quite morbid, they were also a comfort to me. My mum started reading them to me from an early age, maybe 7? And we carried on from there. After a while mum bought me the audio tapes and we’d listen to them together until I fell asleep. To this day I still listen to them and I think they’re suitable for anyone at any age. I will certainly be reading them to my children.

Those are my most vivid memories from that age – curling up with the Baudelair’s and mum to listen to the adventures they were having. I recommend them to any mums wanting to read to their young children or even if you are a teen wanting to start the series.

I didn’t start reading until I was about 9 because I didn’t go to school and was reluctant to read. Once I picked up a book, that was it, I had found my escape.

(I apologise for images; I borrowed these from the library so don’t have mine own.)

Warrior Cats

I started reading Warrior Cats when I was about 9 and absolutely loved that cats could talk with each other and have never ending adventures. They really helped me learn to read and I think I went through all 6 books really quickly. I started the new series but gave up because it felt repetitive.

I definitely recommend Warrior Cats to young children starting to read longer books. I still remember sitting down and being transfixed by this story.

Jacqueline Wilson

Of course I grew up in the time of Tracy Beaker and Jacqueline Wilson, who didn’t? I remember reading loads of her books when I was little – I had them handed down or bought for me by my aunt. Lola Rose is one that I’ve read multiple times; I think because I related to it so much and I loved the fact that Lola had escaped and given herself a new identity. Her books are an obvious must read for any young person and even teens.

I hope you guys enjoyed this. Let me know in the comments what your childhood favourites were. Love, Vee x

Bookish Memes

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt; font-weight: bold} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! Here’s some bookworm memes to brighten up your day. I hope you find them as amusing as I did!

1. And then you have to wait ages for a sequel! 😠

2. Sometimes, I just really need some along time to cry after a good book… or a sad one.

3. This one is so me! I always feel like people are judging what I’m reading.

4. I will hunt you down and make you rewrite this book.

5. The smell of fresh pages… Or musty old ones… ahh

6. This is me! This is why I’m such a slow reader and everyone reads like 3 books a day.

7. Authors are angels and devils all at once.

8. There’s not enough time or money in the world, guys. It makes me very sad.

Feel free to post some bookish memes in the comments! I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you next week. Lots of love, Vee x

#BookwormProblems

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! ❤ I hope your weekend is going well. This week’s blog is all about #Bookwormproblems. I’ve asked some of my fellow readers what some of their bookworm problems are. Here they are… Some of my bookworm problems include having a long TBR list where I don’t have time to read everything; waiting for new releases, trying to find fan bases for stand alone books I love and not being able to find a bookmark when I need one!

Ticia Coen (Instagram: trishyco73) says: “I read really late into the night (just one more chapter…) and then I’m tired in the morning.” She also mentioned her TBR pile is huge; “Also my “to be read pile” is a REAL problem. In paperback/hardback: 45. On my Nook app: 30. On my iBooks app: 250. On my Kindle app: 1,250.

That sounds like an insane amount of books! But I think we can all sympathize with Tricia.

Jen Oddo (Instagram: starcrossesbookblog) shares her bookish problems: “Being afraid that I’ll NEVER make a dent in my TBR. I tried to put a limit on not having more than 500 books in my TBR. HA, yeah right. Then I thought 700 would be a good number to keep it at. Uhhhh that didn’t happen either. And now I’ve just given up trying to keep a limit on it.”

I think everyone is going through the same problem of having too much to read and having too little time! It may be silly but I actually become anxious when I think I won’t have enough time in life to read all the books I want to.

Simone K (Instagram: simmyk_bookstagram) says one of her bookish problems is “not being able to get comfortable while reading.” This is so true! My hands start aching or I have to turn over in bed every few pages. It’s extremely irritating but a bookworm has to do what a bookworm has to do. Kate (Instagram: bitchybookshelf)says her bookish problems are:

  • Buying books and never reading them. 
  • Going to the library and checking out books and never reading them.
  • Library late fees. 
  • Reading too many books at once. 
  • Missing out on my social life because I would rather be reading.
  • Finding spoilers online.

Those are some really important ones. I know I hate when I read spoilers online and don’t even get me started on library fees. I hope you guys liked this interactive blog and I’ll see you next week! Love, Vee x