15 things you shouldn’t say to book lovers & counting down to Independent Bookshop Week


Sorry for our absence last week but we’re back this week with #8 of our bookish ramblings and recommendations. Thanks for sticking with us *holds hand to heart*



First up! Here’s 15 things, we believe you should never say to a book lover:

1. “Oh yeah, isn’t that the book where [Insert Name here] dies?”
2. “You bought MORE books?!”
3. “It’s just a book … “
4. “Oh I don’t use bookmarks, I fold the pages.”
5. “Don’t you have enough books already?”
6. “You cried AT A BOOK? Laaaaame!”
7. “Why are you reading the same book, again?”
8. “I’ve lost the book I borrowed from you.”
9. “You can’t bring a book with you to a party.”
10. “You read for the entire weekend? What’s wrong with you?”
11. “Reading is boring.”
12. “Why read, when you can watch the film?”
13. “I highlighted all of my favourite quotes in that book you loaned me, hope you don’t mind.”
14. “So … you’ve read this book already? Then, why do you still have it?”
15. “People still read? I thought the book was dead.”

Reading list:

12 New Books We’re Reading This Summer (and 6 Not So New) over on the New York Times
Books you should read in your 20s – great list here!
Simon Cowell is planning on writing a children’s book
… and here’s the response from the publishing industry/book community
Going nowhere: a book tour through America’s liminal spaces
Melbourne bookstore to close following single complaint by neighbour *rolls eyes*
A girl found an anonymous note hidden in a Canadian bookstore
10 book subreddits for people who think about books all day, every day
Judy Blume has opened her own bookshop in the US
Top 10 fictional houses with personality
10 great podcasts for book lovers
11 comedy memoirs to read if you need a laugh
A charity needs bags for life for vulnerable families. Have any spare tote bags? Send them to GROW

Independent Bookshop Week 2016?

… is only a few weeks away! Yep, that’s right, the tenth IBW takes place 18th – 25th June and we can’t wait.

We have a lot of IBW news to fill you in:

The poet laureate is going on tour for Independent Bookshop Week with her fantasy band: Jackie Kay, Gillian Clarke and Imtiaz Dharker. But will they all fit in a Mini?
Some advanced copies of the BEAUTIFUL Off the Shelf: a Celebration of Bookshops in Verse, edited by Carol Ann Duffy in the office. Get yours during IBW!
Talking of Off the Shelf, have you got our tickets for the tour itself? Shore to Shore is hitting bookshops this IBW. Quick! Get your tickets here
Watch Nicola’s unboxing video for the IBW Book Award shortlists – who are you rooting for?
Jean uploaded a new book haul this week, including some of the IBW Book Award shortlists
Lauren featured some of the IBW Book Award shortlisted titles in her surprise book haul
George talks through the IBW Book award shortlists in a huge unboxing video
Also celebrating ten years, the very cool Literary Death Match is coming to Foyles Charing Cross, 23rd June – get your tickets! It’s going to be a cracker!
The Etherington Brothers, aka the comic geniuses behind the Phoenix Comics’ series are heading to Foyles, Charing Cross for the Greatest Comic Making Show on Earth. We’d love to see you there on 18th June
Buy one book and win three more (from the IBW Book Award shortlist). Erica asks you to buy every fourth book from a bookshop
Authors Veronica Henry and Jill Mansell will be at Foyles, Bristol talking about finding love in a bookshop. Get your free tickets here

What we’re reading:


This weekend I’m reading Submarine by Joe Dunthorne. I loved the film adaptation by Richard Ayoade and I’m sure I’ll love the book.


I just read When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Very hard to read, and intensely emotional, but tackling really important subjects in a thoughtful and profound way. And Grief is the Thing with Feathers – also very emotional – initially surreal but also an incredibly vivid portrait of grief and recovery. I’m aiming to start Eventide by Kent Haruf – Plainsong being one of my all-time favourite books.


I just finished Love You Dead by Peter James – as great as ever!

What are you reading? Tweet us!

That’s all from us this week.

Have great bank holiday weekends bibliophiles!


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