Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Rainbow Book Hunting Challenge

I did the Rainbow Book Hunting Challenge over on Youtube today. It was a lot of fun, and involved making piles of rainbows from the spines of books on my shelves... as many as I could in just two minutes. An excellent way to make a bit of a mess! You can watch the video over here.

The list of books used in this video was too long to include in the video description - Youtube wouldn't let me C&P - but they're all listed in this blog post. :) Happy weekend, folks! x


Rainbow 1:

All Quiet on the Western Front:,erich-maria-remarque-brian-o-murdoch-9780099532811
Wide Sargasso Sea:,jean-rhys-andrea-ashworth-angela-9780141182858
His Dark Materials 20th anniversary edition:

Rainbow 2: 

I Am The Messenger:,markus-zusak-9781909531369
The Underdog:,markus-zusak-9781849416993
Cat's Cradle:,kurt-vonnegut-benjamin-kunkel-9780241951606
The Suicide Shop:,jean-teule-9781906040093
The Bone Season:,samantha-shannon-9781408836453

Rainbow 3

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland:,catherynne-m-valente-9781780338330
The Method and Other Stories:
The Day of the Triffids:,john-wyndham-9780141033006
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender:,leslye-walton-9781406357738
The Passion:,jeanette-winterson-9780099598329

Rainbow 4

The Railway Children:,e-nesbit-c-e-brock-9781857159158
A Map of Tulsa:
Esperanza Street:,niyati-keni-9781908276483
The Waterproof Bible:,andrew-kaufman-9781846590863
The Girl Who Played with Fire:,stieg-larsson-9781906694180
The Strange Library:,haruki-murakami-ted-goossen-9781846559211

Rainbow 5

There Once Lived a Woman...
The Midwich Cuckoos:
The Bees:,laline-paull-9780007557745
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock:,matthew-quick-9781472208200
Tipping the Velvet:,sarah-waters-9781860495243

Rainbow 6

Apricot Jam:
About Now, Collected Poems:
Never Let Me Go:,kazuo-ishiguro-9780571258093
A Pale View of Hills:,kazuo-ishiguro-9780571258253
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland:,catherynne-m-valente-9781780338446

Rainbow 7

The Dream Merchant:
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy:,rachel-joyce-9780857522450
Born Weird:,andrew-kaufman-9780007441402
Reasons She Goes into the Woods:
Echo Boy:,matt-haig-9781782300069
Cloud Atlas:,david-mitchell-9780340822784

Rainbow 8

A Streetcar Named Desire:,tennessee-williams-michael-hooper-9781408106044
Boating for Beginners:
The Casual Vacancy:,j-k-rowling-9781408704202
Station Eleven:,emily-st-john-mandel-9781447268970
The Chimes:,anna-smaill-xsignf1556

Rainbow 9

Goodbye to Berlin:,christopher-isherwood-9780749390549
Tom Stoppard's Plays:
Mr. Penumbra's...,robin-sloan-9781782391210
Where'd You Go, Bernadette?,maria-semple-9781780221243
Severed Heads, Broken Hearts:,robyn-schneider-9781471115462
Once We Were:,kat-zhang-9780007490363

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The Books I Bought in February

Hello, all! I hope you're having a lovely start to the week. Here's a look at all of the books that I bought this month. There's also a book giveaway, too (open internationally). xx

Saturday, 21 February 2015

bookish accessories

Happy weekend, folks! I've just uploaded a video looking at my bookish accessories: clothes, jewellery, stationery etc. I hope you like it. :) You can watch it over here. xx

Sunday, 15 February 2015

My Fairy Tale Collection

Happy Sunday, folks! I just uploaded a video about my fairy tale collection, which you can watch over here.

The description box wouldn't allow me to paste the details of all the books in it, as the list was too long, woe! So you can find a list of the books below :)

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of The Brothers Grimm:

Phillip Pullman’s Grimm Tales:

Grimm Tales illustrated by Lidia Postma

Hans Christian Andersen:,hans-christian-andersen-lw-9780199555857

English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs

Fairy Tales from the Isle of Man by Dora Broome:

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald:

The Light Princess by George MacDonald:

Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales:,angela-carter-9781844081738

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter:,angela-carter-helen-simpson-9780099588115

Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue:

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits by Emma Donoghue:,emma-donoghue-9781860499548

Four Tales by Philip Pullman:,philip-pullman-9780385619196

There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbour's Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya:

The Rental Heart by Kirsty Logan:,kirsty-logan-9781907773754

New World Fairy Tales by Cassandra Parkin:

The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M. Valente:,catherynne-m-valente-9781421556130

Myths of Origin by Catherynne M. Valente:

Antigone by Ali Smith:,laura-paoletti-ali-smith-laura-9781782690160

The Raven Girl:,audrey-niffenegger-9780224097871

The Sleeper and the Spindle:,neil-gaiman-9781408859643

Hansel and Gretel:,neil-gaiman-lorenzo-mattotti-9781408861981

The Invisible Kingdom by Rob Ryan:,rob-ryan-9780091944438

The Kingdom Revealed by Rob Ryan:,rob-ryan-9780091944445

China and Japan: Myths and Legends by Donald MacKenzie:

Japanese Mythology by Juliet Piggott:

Fairy Tales from Japan by Miroslav Novak

The Fairy Tale Princess by Su Blackwell:

The Faber Book of North American Legends:

Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange:,-9780141395036

The Secret Language of Birds:

In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World:

Mermaids, the Myth, Legend and Lore by Skye Alexander:

Moon Whales by Ted Hughes:

Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked:

Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales:

The Great Fairy Tale Tradition:

The Creation of Myth:

Femme Fatale:

The Brothers Grimm biography:

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Three New Bookish Videos

Hello folks - there are three new bookish videos up on my Youtube Channel :)

My January Wrap Up, where I chat about all the books I read last month.

The Reading Diversely Tag, where I talk about books from around the world.

& A Bookish Chat, where I sat in front of the Eiffel Tower and talked about Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. If you haven't read it, don't worry - it's spoiler free! :)

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Pullman's Grimm Tales

Last night my friend Becky and I went to see Pullman's Grimm Tales at the Oxo Tower in London. It was incredible. Five Brothers Grimm fairy tales retold by Philip Pullman, and acted out on different floors. We walked through the fairy tales as they were acted out around us, in this incredibly creepy building that had rusty lightbulbs, old photographs on the walls and eerie music playing. Old wedding dresses hung along the stairwells. In one of the corridors, seven small beds were lined up with seven small outfits hanging on the far wall. In the next room, a real person slept in a glass case, holding an apple, with candles surrounding her. There was a spindle in a corner. A lit up crescent moon. A glass slipper in a case. Chairs and lamps stuck to the ceiling. The floor was covered in woodchip and sometimes screams would emit from radios that sat along the walls. Whenever a wave of music flooded a room, the light bulbs would flicker in time to it. It was everything I hoped it would be.

It's running until April - if you can get tickets, then go! (This isn't sponsored; I just loved it a lot!)

If you're interested in interactive theatre, Les Enfants Terribles are putting on a wonderful performance of Alice in Wonderland this spring.

Also, I'll be uploading a video this Sunday about my Fairy Tale book collection. If you'd like to see that, you can subscribe to my Youtube channel over here. :) xx

Friday, 6 February 2015

Four New Bookish Videos

Happy Friday, folks! I have four new bookish videos to share with you today. :)

The first is about poetry - I read some of my favourite poems, chat about why we shouldn't be afraid of poetry, and do a bookshelf tour. You can watch it here

In the second video I discuss authors I'd like to read in 2015. You can watch that here. 

The third is my January Book Haul

& the fourth is a book recommendations tag I created called the 'If You Liked This...' Book Tag. :)
I hope you like them, and that you discover some new books you'd like to read. xx

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

GIVEAWAY! Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Hello, folks! This month's 'Weird Things...' Book Club is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The lovely people at Arrow Publishing spied this and have very generously offered to give four copies of the paperback away to four people who are in the UK and who would like to join in with our online discussion of the book. Our discussion is on going, over on the Facebook page here, so you can join in whenever you like. (I'm really sorry if you're outside of the UK!)

If you'd like the chance to win a copy of the book, make sure that you like the 'Weird Things...' Facebook page and leave a comment on this blog post telling me about a book you've read recently and really loved. 

The giveaway closes on Friday 6th at midnight, and I'll pick four winners at random using a random number generator.

Good luck! x

Thanks to Arrow Publishing for the books to giveaway. Ernest Cline’s next novel is called Armada and will be published on 16th July