Hello, folks! I was despairing about humanity a bit and thinking about the WONDERFUL power of books and so created the 'BE A GOOD HUMAN' book tag, chatting about books that promote diversity, understanding, and generally make the world a better place. You can watch my video over here, and all the books are listed and linked below :) xx
Good morning, folks. I recently made a video recommending fiction and non-fiction books involving circuses and The Victorian Freak show - from Angela Carter and Alice Hoffman to The Ressurectionist and The Book of Barely Imagined Beings. You can watch it over here; I hope you like it :) xx
If you're in the city this week, I'd love to see you! (You can always keep an eye on the events page for future events, too. In the summer I'll be doing events in Cornwall and Sweden, with more to be added :) )
"Those of us who dwell within mounts of books—a sierra of them in one room, an Everest in another; hulks in the kitchen, heaps in the hallway—can tell you that, in addition to the special bliss of having and holding them, it’s a hefty, crowded, inconvenient life that’s also an affront to the average bank account..."
William Giraldi writes about his love of books. It's a lovely article, and you can read it here.
My most requested video is a Bookshelf Tour, and I've been putting it off as I have a nasty habit of hiding piles of books under tables and in cupboards... BUT this week I bought a new bookcase, assembled it all on my own (proud moment - it'll probably fall down next week). Thus, I decided to bite the bullet (before more piles of books start to materialise and whilst my shelves are looking organised) to film a bookshelf tour, in which I show you all my books and pick out some of my favourites.
Since creating the 'If You Liked This....' Book Tag a couple of months ago, you have been asking me to make a second video where I recommend more books based on other books. So, that's what I've done. You can watch the first video here and the second video here. All of the books mentioned in the second video are linked further down in this blog post :)
I hope that you're all having a lovely weekend! xx
I didn't read as much during April as I normally do, as I was travelling around Japan, but I did read a couple of wonderful, wonderful books. I talk about them in my April Wrap Up video, which you can watch over here :)
This is wonderful. In the spirit of the Biblioburro in Colombia - a library on the back of a donkey - Ridwan Sururi in Jara, Indonesia has set up Kudapustaka, a horse library, to help spread literacy. He and his (formally wild) horse, Luna, travel around the rural, tropical area - on the edge of one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes - bringing books to as many children as they can. :)
London folk! I'm doing a free event at the Finchley Literary Festival on the 21st May - it would be lovely to see you. I'll be chatting about 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' and 'The Bookshop Book,' and answering any questions about reading, writing, bookselling and all that jazz :) Come along if you can - it's at Friern Barnet Library, 6-7pm xx
Hello, all :) I'm back in the UK after travelling around Japan for three and a half weeks. We had the most amazing time, and vlogged some of our trip. I've split this into three different videos, the first of which is now up on my Youtube channel if you want to see what we got up to (parts two and three will be up later this week). I'll leave you with a few photos of our trip on here as well. It was magical. I hope you're all well. :) xx
Jen Campbell is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series, and 'The Bookshop Book.' She's also an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry collection 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is published by The Rialto and she is currently writing a short story collection. She runs a Booktube channel over at youtube.com/jenvcampbell
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From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole). The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.