News round up – Thursday 25th June 2015

Below are the interesting news stories I’ve found online today 🙂

Falmouth Bookseller hosts a surprise literary proposal
West Briton

Jayne Dowle: Visit your local bookshop before the final page turns
The Yorkshire Post

Football pundit colouring book released including ex-Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle stars. Oh, and… Des Lynam in the nude
Metro

Marvel to Publish 3 Adult Coloring Books
GalleyCat

’90s Teens Rejoice! ‘Sweet Valley High’ Is Getting A Reboot
MTV News

It’s Independent Bookshop Week!

I know that I’m a little late with this post but between 20th and 27th June, it’s Independent Bookshop Week! It’s such a shame that so many independent bookshops are closing down. An article on the Guardian’s website on 19th June stated, “Last year almost twice as many bookshops closed down as new ones opened. There are 939 independents left in the UK and Ireland, compared with more than 1,500 a decade ago, according to the latest count by the Booksellers Association.” It’s crazy to think that so many have had to close down.

The Independent Booksellers Week website explain, “Independent Bookshop Week (20th to 27th June 2015) is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign, and seeks to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland. We do this with events, celebrations, reading groups, storytelling, author signings, literary lunches and face painting! Your local bookshop will have their own way of celebrating, and we encourage you to visit to celebrate with them. Check out our Twitter account – @IndieBound_UK – for regular updates on IBW events and bookshop happenings.”

So, if you’re in the market for new books, pop along to your local independent bookshop. If you’re not sure where your local independent bookshop is, you can search via The Booksellers Association. If we don’t buy from them, there’s the worry that they’ll disappear from our high streets for good. 

Short story review: Like and Subscribe by Jay Bell

Amazon synopsis
Remember that hunky guy on YouTube who caught your eye? The one with the awesome pecs and killer smile? I bet you couldn’t stop watching his videos. Just imagine if you had a chance to meet him and all your fantasies started coming true. There’s only one catch: Between you and your dream guy is his less-than-pleased boyfriend. They say that love conquers all, but can love conquer love? Like and Subscribe is a new short story by Jay Bell, the author of Something Like Summer.

My verdict
This is the first story I’ve read by Jay Bell, and after reading Like and Subscribe, I’m looking forward to reading more of his work. Like and Subscribe was well written, easy to read, funny and the characters were really likeable. I’ve found myself addicted to watching specific YouTube characters in the past, so I fully get where Evan is coming from with his interest in Tony. Highly recommended 🙂

The story is currently free on Amazon, so rush to get it!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Short story review: Breakfast In Paris by Graeme Cameron


Amazon synopsis

At a sidewalk café on a bustling Parisian avenue, a man awaits a rendezvous with the woman of his dreams. But as anticipation turns to dread, is he about to wake with a start?

My verdict
I have recently started reading short stories, and this is the shortest so far! It being short wasn’t an issue; it was well-written, entertaining and certainly left me wanting more from this author.

The book is currently free on Amazon 🙂

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Book review: The Debt and The Doormat by Laura Barnard

Goodreads synopsis
Poppy and Jazz have been best friends from the first week of university. Whenever these two get together trouble isn’t far away and things haven’t changed much. When Jazz gets herself into financial trouble Poppy, being a good friend, offers to help. She instead ends up being talked into swapping lives, with Jazz insisting it will be good and help her get over her broken heart.
Poppy is thrown into a new life, full of crazy housemates. There’s fitness freak Izzy, horrendously beautiful bitch Grace and the slightly gorgeous, if not incredibly grumpy Ryan.
Quickly, with the help of Jazz, her life is thrown upside down. Madness ensues and her need to please everyone gets her in more trouble than she could ever imagine.
Before she knows it she’s got a fake boyfriend and is hiding so many secrets she’s scared they’ll spill out any minute. With a bullying boss, a sex crazed colleague, a mental mother and three brothers each with their own dramas, life has gotten pretty difficult for Poppy. And all of this would be much easier, if she could just stop falling over.
Will she get her life back to normal before her brother’s upcoming wedding? And will she want to?

My verdict
It’s been ages since I read a chick lit book that I couldn’t put down; I found myself making time to read The Debt and The Doormat! For a book with 451 pages, it seemed to pass really quickly while I was reading it.

The main character Poppy was likeable, and I really liked her friendship with Jazz. I’ve been rubbish with money in the past, so I really empathise with how Jazz got herself into the mess that she did!

Laura Barnard has a real flair for creating characters that you can relate to and I found myself thinking about the characters when I was away from the book, as if they were friends of mine. It was easy to become absorbed in the book and was really easy to read. There are some real laugh out loud moments, which got me some funny looks in the office when I was reading the book at lunchtime! I know that other people have mentioned in their reviews that the book is ‘crude’ in parts, but I’m not shy at saying that I have a crude sense of humour, hence me laughing out loud in the office! I would highly recommend it!

The book is currently free on Amazon, so rush to get it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars