Saturday, 25 April 2015

April Book Haul [Part 2]

Here's part two of my April Book Haul (you can watch part one over here). It seems I acquired quite a few books this month....! xx

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

classics book tag

A new video, in which I chat all about classics - my favourites, my not-so-favourites and the ones I'm embarrassed not to have read yet. You can watch it over here. :) xx

Sunday, 19 April 2015

April Book Haul [Part 1]

I was sent quite a few books for review, and received a few books as gifts this month, so decided to split my April Book Haul video into two parts. The first part is uploaded, you can watch it over here. :) Lots of bookish love xxx

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Tokyo Book Signing!

TOKYO FOLK! On Sunday 26th April at 11:15am, I'm going to be at Kinokuniya bookstore in Shinjuku If you'd like to come along and get a book signed or just say hello, it would be lovely to see you! (Keep an eye on Twitter on the day, to see exactly where I am so you can find me easily :) xx

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

favourite book dedications

Good morning, folks! Last year Buzzfeed included 'The Bookshop Book' in their list of 26 best book dedications of all time (which made me blush a bit). So, I thought I'd make a video chatting about some of my favourite book dedications. You can watch it over here :) xx

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Jen Recommends // Five Short Story Collections

As part of my 'Jen Recommends....' series,  my latest video is all about some short story collections I know and love. You can watch it over here :)

Hope you're all having a good week. xx

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

my favourite first sentences

Hello folks!

I've just uploaded a video talking about some of my favourite first lines in literature. You can watch it over here :) Youtube wouldn't let me post the list of videos in the description, as it's too long, so I've included them in this blog post (below) instead.

Lots of bookish love xx


The Crow Road by Iain Banks,iain-banks-9780349139159

Signs Preceding the End of the World:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman,neil-gaiman-chris-riddell-9780747594802

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber,michel-faber-9781782114413

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens,charles-dickens-9780147512895

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides,jeffrey-eugenides-9780007524303

The Napoleon of Notting Hill by GK Chesterton,g-k-chesterton-anthony-lejeune-9780955519628

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo,katherine-boo-9781846274510

Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham,cunningham-michael-9780007373154

Pages for You by Sylvia Browning,sylvia-brownrigg-9780330484626

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

Bluebeard by Angela Carter,angela-carter-9780141195889

Peter Pan by JM Barrie,j-m-barrie-9780099573043

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury,ray-bradbury-9780006546061

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood,margaret-atwood-9781841957043

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen,jane-austen-9780099511878

My Name is Mina by David Almond,david-almond-9780340997260

The Toughest Indian in the world by Sherman Alexi,sherman-alexie-9780802138002

A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen,jane-austen-9780679783268

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens,charles-dickens-richard-maxwell-9780141196909

Circus of the Unseen by Joanne Owen

The Diving Pool,yoko-ogawa-stephen-snyder-9780099521358

A Time for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki,ruth-l-ozeki-9780857867971

Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell,george-orwell-thomas-pynchon-9780141393049

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov,vladimir-nabokov-9780141193670

Wildwood by Colin Meloy,colin-meloy-carson-ellis-9780857863256

The Drum Tower by Farnoosh Mashiri,farnoosh-moshiri-9781910124024

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy,deborah-levy-9780571299607

The Humans by Matt Haig,matt-haig-9780857868787

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,anthony-marra-9780099575573

Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson,janina-matthewson-9780007562473

The Underdog by Markus Zusak,markus-zusak-9781849416993

The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan,mari-strachan-9781847673053

Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson,jeanette-winterson-9780007181506

Annabel by Kathleen Winter

The Secret History by Donna Tart,donna-tartt-9780140167771

I Capture the Castle by Dodi Smith,dodie-smith-valerie-grove-9780099460879

The Hopkins Manuscript

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger,j-d-salinger-9780241950432

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs,ransom-riggs-9781594746031

Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath

Monday, 6 April 2015

Off to Japan!

Hello folks, I've closed up the bookshop until May! I'm spending the rest of the month working on other projects, writing and travelling around Japan. (The bookshop will still be open, naturally, I just won't be there). I've been filming ahead so eight videos will go up when I'm away - I got your bookish needs covered :) - and if you want to follow my adventures, you can keep an eye on Twitter ( and Instagram ( :) (I will be signing books in Tokyo at some point, probably the 26th or 27th April - more details on that later) xx

Sunday, 5 April 2015

April Book Club

Hello folks, this month's #weirdthingsbookclub has been posted. We're reading The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. If you'd like to join in, head over here for details :) xx

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Jen and Sanne [booksandquills] recommend Apocalyptic Fiction

I teamed up with the lovely Sanne [from Books&Quills] to recommend some of our favourite apocalyptic fiction. We had a lot of fun filming this video, and we'll get together again in the future to talk about dystopian literature, too - clearly we like all the really uplifting genres ;). You can watch the video over here. We also filmed a video over on her channel, too. :) Hope you're all having a lovely week! xx