2016 reading challenge, Books, Books Are My Bag, Food, Reading challenges

Garlic, Mint & Sweet Basil – Jean-Claude Izzo


Have no fear: an excess of basil, like an excess of love, will not damage the heart. Continue reading “Garlic, Mint & Sweet Basil – Jean-Claude Izzo”

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A Child Of Books – Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston, and Books Are My Bag


Another year, another Books Are My Bag campaign to mark Super Thursday, the biggest single day of new book releases. This year, BAMB have teamed up with Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, whose new picture book, A Child Of Books, perfectly captures everything that lots of us love about books. BAMB sent me a copy, and it is breathtakingly beautiful – it’s so simple, and clever, and a joy to behold. Oliver Jeffers’ previous work includes The Day The Crayons Quit which is one of my favourite children’s books, so it’s unsurprising that I enjoyed this so much. Continue reading “A Child Of Books – Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston, and Books Are My Bag”

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#bookshopcrawl, Pride, and my coming out anniversary

Saturday 25th June was the third annual independent bookshop crawl, to celebrate the 10th Independent Booksellers Week. I’ve taken part in both of the previous bookshop crawls (2014, 2015), and had a great time. However, it did make choosing bookshops rather tricky, so we didn’t just go to the same ones as usual. So when Saturday came around, I put on my most stripes (the dress had pockets, the necklace is cool, and I had painted the bisexual pride flag on my nails specially for Pride), prepared a route, and headed off into the sunshine.


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Independent Bookshop Week 18th-25th June

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Independent Bookshop Week kicks off this Saturday, and it’s their 10th birthday, so there’s lots going on! Have a look here to see where your nearest independent bookshop is, and find out how they’re celebrating! Continue reading “Independent Bookshop Week 18th-25th June”

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Shakespeare Saturday is almost here!

This Saturday, 23rd April 2016, is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Books Are My Bag are running a lovely campaign to celebrate the Bard, featuring their latest excellent tote bag (mine has elicited many odd looks). Check here for your nearest participating bookshop – there’s a map, and a search feature specifically for Shakespeare Saturday events.

I’ve put up a bunch of posters and banners around the school library where I work – with any luck, the banners between the shelves will make it easier for the countless pupils who ask where the Shakespeare books are…

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Shakespeare Saturday

A couple of weeks ago, the lovely people at Books Are My Bag contacted me and asked whether I would like one of the tote bags for their newest campaign, with a picture attached. I was, as always, DELIGHTED. Continue reading “Shakespeare Saturday”


Oh No, George! – Christ Haughton

George wants to be good. He tries to be good. But he has just seen a cake in the kitchen… What will George do?

This year’s Books Are My Bag blogger box was themed around Desert Island Reads, and was personalised. Lauren got, amongst other things, a sketchbook and a novel in her box (watch her video here, it’s adorable, and I can confirm that we had a lovely time at the pub, drawing in her book and giggling), and mine had Wild and this, a children’s book. Absolutely, utterly perfect. Continue reading “Oh No, George! – Christ Haughton”

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Wild – Cheryl Strayed

Wild: A Journey From Lost To Found, Cheryl Strayed

“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” Continue reading “Wild – Cheryl Strayed”