Monday, 25 May 2015

The 'BE A GOOD HUMAN' Book Tag

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

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Data Trace by Ronnie McGrath

Chick by Hannah Lowe

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo

Across the Barricades by Joan Lingard

Getaway Girl by Terry Ann Thaxton

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Brave New World by Huxley

Animal Farm by Orwell

1984 by Owell

How to be Both by Ali Smith

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

The Humans by Matt Haig

Wonder by RJ Palacio

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Power.Book by Jeanette Winterson

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Annabel by Kathleen Winter

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

One Day I Will Write About This Place

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

The Time In Between


My 52 Weeks of Worship

50 Books that Changed the World

Friday, 22 May 2015

books featuring circuses and the victorian freak show

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

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

two events in London

Hello Londoners, I'm doing two events this week if you'd like to come along and say hello!

On Thursday 21st May, 6pm-7pm I'll be talking about Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops and The Bookshop Book at Friern Barnet Library, as part of the Finchley Literary Festival. I'll also be answering your questions and signing books. This is a free event, so just turn up if you want to come along :)

& on Sunday 24th May, 2:30pm-3:30pm I'll be at the Greenwich Book Festival on a panel with Sanne and Leena chatting about Booktube and why we love books. That's a ticketed event, and you can grab tickets over here.

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 :) )


Friday, 15 May 2015

'books are manifestations of our identity, embodiments of our selfhood..."

"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. 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Bookshelf tour!

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.

It's a long video, so you might want to grab a cup of tea and make yourselves comfortable. You can watch it over here :)

lots of bookish love

Jen xx

Sunday, 10 May 2015

The 'If You Liked This...' Tag [Take Two!]

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


Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell,george-orwell-thomas-pynchon-9780141393049

Sulphuric Acid by Amelie Nothomb,amelie-nothomb-9780571234936

(The Third Wave:

Derren Brown:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern,erin-morgenstern-9780099554790

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel,emily-st-john-mandel-9781447268970

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan,kirsty-logan-xsignf1598

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver,lionel-shriver-kate-mosse-9781846687341

All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld,evie-wyld-9780099572374

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides,jeffrey-eugenides-9781408825693

Orlando by Virginia Woolf,virginia-woolf-sandra-m-gilbert-9780141184272

The Powerbook by Jeanette Winterson,jeanette-winterson-9780099598299

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte,charlotte-bronte-stevie-davies-9780141441146

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber,michel-faber-9781782114413

The Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking,stephen-hawking-9780857501004

The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman,alan-p-lightman-9781472109187

Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson,jeanette-winterson-9780747583554

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:,f-scott-fitzgerald-guy-reynolds-9781853260414

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman,liza-klaussmann-9781447212058

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy,deborah-levy-tom-mccarthy-9781908276025

The Encyclopaedia of Earth Earth by Isabel Greenberg

Stories in the Stars:,susanna-hislop-9780091954451

Atlas of Remote Islands:,judith-schalansky-9781846143489

Saturday, 9 May 2015

April Wrap Up

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 :)

Friday, 8 May 2015

Japan VLOG: Part 2

If you missed it, the first vlog of my Japan trip went up earlier this week. You can watch it over here. The second part is now up, and the third and final vlog will be up at the weekend :) xx

Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Horse Library of Indonesia

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. :)

More information and photo source is at

(If you want to find out more about strange and wonderful bookshops around the world, head over to:

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Finchley Literary Festival

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

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Back from Japan

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