Thursday, 3 March 2016

World Book Day 2016

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.

Follow along on #WorldBookDay

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:

Kate Evans

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:

The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

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.

Reading lists:

Samhain Horror 

If you like your fiction dark and bloody, here's a fun reading list to keep you awake at night.

Mother's Day 

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.

Aleister Crowley

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.

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