Hello Lovely People, and Happy October. October is my favourite month of all – Theres Halloween, The leaves are turning yellow and brown and are crunchy underfoot, I can start to wear my favourite jumpers again, and most of all I can curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and a good book and not have really strange looks from my family. I also noticed that a hell of a lot is going on in the bookish community this October, so I wanted to do a blog post on them in case you guys have’nt heard about them.
1. Banned Books Week (30th September to 6th October) . I have loved reading the posts on other blogs abut banned book week, particularly on The Broke and the Bookish (can you believe its 2012 and there is still books being banned?!). It is such a great idea, highlighting everyones freedom to read. Visit them online at http://bannedbooksweek.org/ and follow them on twitter at https://twitter.com/BannedBooksWeek and on pinterest at http://pinterest.com/bannedbooksweek/
2. Alls Hallow Read! Halloween is my favourite day ever, I love dressing up and going trick or treating. But this halloween, my nose will be planted firmly in a slightly scary book. I say slightly scary because I’m a woss and probably won’t cope with really scary!! I’ve already lined up my book, I’ll be reading Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake which I am very excited about. Alls Hallow Read is fronted by Neil Gaiman, one of my favourite authors and it encourages everyone to pick up a book and read it on the scariest night of the year. If you want to find out more go to their website at http://www.allhallowsread.com/
3. This is for those of you in the UK! On October 10th in London, Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials will be reading from his new book Grimm Tales for Young and Old. If my student loan comes through and I can make it, I will be there! Philip Pullman is such an interesting author and I am excited to get his new book. And at £9.50 a ticket, its not to expensive. Book here
4. The Man Booker Prize announces its winner on October 16th in London. The shortlist for this year is
- Bringing Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
- Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
- Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
- The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
- The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
- Umbrella by Will Self
I (embarrassedly so) haven’t read any of these books, but seeing this list has definitely made me want to check them out of the library!!
I hope you’ve liked this post, I had a tonne of fun writing it. I am still slowly getting through The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan, but the amount of work I have to read for uni is insane!!!