Well, I wasn’t going to post on here tonight, but I just got a very special surprise email!
Bloomsbury have revealed the cover for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – the illustrated edition!
Click here to pre-order
At the beginning of the year, I created a bingo sheet of book challenges to complete over the course of 2016.
Here’s the ones I’ve completed so far:
Start a series.
Well, I love emojis, and I love book tags, so there’s no way I’m waiting for anyone to tag me for the Emoji Book Tag!
The idea of this tag is that you take your five most used / most recently used emojis and find a book that goes with them. It was originally created by InkBonesBooks on YouTube. (I think. It turns out there’s quite a lot of videos on YouTube that say they are the original tag.)
I decided to go with my most recently used emojis:
Well, I was going to do the Chocolate Book Tag in honour of Easter Sunday, but I started answering the questions and was like, ‘Hang on… this feels familiar…’
So instead, I thought I’d mention some books that I loved as a child. I think of Easter as very much something I only cared about when I was a kid, and even then I wasn’t all that bothered.
Here’s the main books that jump to mind when I think about my childhood.
The Famous Five series, Shadow the Sheepdog, and basically anything else by Enid Blyton.
Enid Blyton was hands-down my favourite author growing up. She is the reason I wanted to become a writer. She was also the reason I tried ginger beer, and thanks to her books about secret passageways and hidden treasure, I got through a lot of boring family days out by imagining I was on a Famous Five/Secret Seven quest.
In the spirit of ignoring my self-imposed rule of not buying any more books until I’ve read some of those I already own, today I decided to rebel and visit a few secondhand shops in the Nothumberland area, where I’m visiting this weekend. I just have no self-control.
First, I went to a charity shop in Seahouses, where we’re staying, and bought a copy of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.
This book was freakin’ fabulous.
Ready Player One is about a not-too-distant future where we have run out of fossil fuels, most people are starving and we’ve basically messed up the world in every way we were warned it could be messed up. The characters’ only respite is the OASIS, a virtual world where anything is possible.
Let’s dive straight in! Woo!
1. Chocolate-Covered Pretzels: A book couple you never thought would work/get together?
I can generally tell who’s going to end up with who, so I’ll talk about some couples I didn’t think would work together (and generally, they didn’t) – scroll to Question 2 if you’re avoiding spoilers for Red Queen, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter.