I want to start a little series of some kind on the blog about bookish things that have made me happy in the last month. I use the Twitter account a lot to talk about bookish related things that have made me pretty happy, but i never talk about it on the blog.
Having a little segment on the blog where i just talk about happy book related things because why wouldn’t everyone want to know about happy things to do with books?
I’m going to talk about each bookish thing that has made me happy in the last month. I’m thinking that this might a monthly or bi-monthly series on the blog and i’m going to urge anyone who has read this post to do the same! Hopefully it will spread a little bit of happiness in the community.
LGBTQ+ Book Club Announcement
In February we announced the start of our book club in Manchester. For a whole year we worked hard on our online book club, but our goal for 2018 was to put our book club in to the real world. We announced that our book club will take place on the first Thursday of every month at Chapter One Books in Manchester. Due to the weather we had to cancel our first one, but we have rescheduled for Monday the 5th of March. This is just a one off reschedule – we hope to still see you there! (More information at the end of the post).
World Book Day 2018
World Book Day was the 1st of March and it is created to celebrate books and share the love of books with young readers. New short novels are released around this time for kids to get their hands on and make reading more accessible to so many more people. I’ve been a massive supporter of World Book Day every year. Two things have made me extremely happy about World Book Day this year. 1) (I think) This year was the first year that the event introduced some YA reads to the mix! All the books in the past have been children’s books or middle-grade, so to see a few select YA novels in the celebrations for World Book Day made me extremely happy. 2) Brain Freeze by Tom Fletcher was included in the World Book Day collection. I adore Tom’s novels, i think they’re incredibly thought out and wonderfully written, and over everything pretty goddamn amusing. Brain Freeze was no different and i absolutely loved it.
The Flawed Universe by Cecelia Ahern
It’s been a very very long time since i read Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. I read it as soon as it came out which means i’m well behind on reading Perfect. I finally picked Perfect up this month (i’m almost finished with it actually) and it’s felt so nice to get into this universe again. I immediately remembered how much i loved the characters and the political system of the Guild. I’m also incredibly happy to be finally continuing on with a series.
Eve Of Man by Tom & Giovanna Fletcher
Early in February we got the announcement of the upcoming trilogy by Tom & Giovanna Fletcher, Eve Of Man. I have never been quiet about the fact i adore both Tom and Giovanna’s work so to know that they’re now releasing a book together excites me to no end. This is now my most anticipated book of the year. It’s set to be a dystopian novel about the first girl born in fifty years in to a population of men. It’s going to be exciting.
For years i’ve known that Sophie loves Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, but it took me ages to actually read it. I read it in February which means that i actually got to have a conversation about the characters and the story with her. I love having conversations with people about books they love, and it’s great that i could now get involved with that world with Sophie. This is coming that made me very happy this month.
The weather has been awful in Manchester in the last few days. Luckily for me, i’ve been off work and have had very little work to do which means i’ve spent a lot of time under blankets reading. I’ve managed to get quite a bit of reading done in this time and it’s always really nice to get cosy inside for the day and make your way through a book. To be honest this is probably what’s made me the happiest.