Well, this year World Book Day isn't 23rd April, or 5th March - it's 3rd of March. They love to keep you guessing! The most regional world event ever. World Book Day, World Book and Copyright Day, International Day of the Book - whichever name you know it by, it's a day to celebrate that seductive tangle of forest, glue and ink that is the book.
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As with last year, I thought I'd mention a few of my favourite reads and paperback romps.
Not to mention, all this week, Ghostwoods Books have my novel Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran on special offer for Kindle, and a fun photo competition to enter before 15 March. All details here.
The book I have just finished reading:
Tail of the Blue Bird by Nii Ayikwei Parkes
Living in Africa, I realised that I really haven't read much African-authored fiction. I decided to change that, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the results. This is a fantastic whodunnit based in Ghana. I'd also recommend Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor.
The book I am currently reading:
Every now and then a cover design floats past on Twitter and I can't help myself. Sadly, the content doesn't always match the quality of the artwork. This one does, however. A solidly written fantasy series. Beautifully poetic opening and imaginative, detailed world.
Author crush of the year:
My aunt bought me this for Christmas. It's a graphic novel of the life of revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg. It's absolutely fab, and Kate Evans brings her story to life brilliantly.
Top of my TBR pile:
Translated from German, this book just looks enticingly dark and kookie. Really looking forward to cracking the spine.
Mots D'Heures: Gousses, Rames by Luis d'Antin van Rooten
Discovered in a charity shop with a friend, this is perhaps the maddest poetry book ever invented. Traditional English nursery rhymes phonetically read in a thick French accent, then back-translated to find meaning. Has to be read to be believed.
If you like your fiction dark and bloody, here's a fun reading list to keep you awake at night.
Three sumptuous, complex novels to enchant any mother on Mothering Sunday.
Charity Shop List (AKA The Blue List)
A set of highly diverse books I picked up on a whim in a charity shop in Scotland. By coincidence, they are mostly blue.
Slightly mental reading list pertaining to the occult icon Aleister Crowley, from biography to fiction.
And, finally, a shout out to my publishers: Ghostwoods Books, Green Sunset Books and Netherworld Books.