A GIFT FOR YOU

Just before Christmas, Penguin Random House sent me two copies of a book. One for me and one for one of my readers.

Not one to normally frequent the Self-Help section in bookshops (there’s nothing wrong with doing that by the way, it’s just not where I personally seek solace) this is one that I otherwise probably wouldn’t have discovered. It is a sort of dip-in-and-out-of book with the aim of setting you on the road to mindfulness, painted in soothing pictures and calming words. I don’t want to say too much about it as the best gifts are given as a surprise, but I believe this this book should go to someone in need of a break, who enjoys the beauty of print and needs a little help in taking some time out for themselves at the moment.

So if you know someone who you think deserves this as a new year treat – whether they have just gone through a major break up or if they just need assistance in stopping for more than a coffee – then comment below/Facebook/Tweet/Email me with their name, why you think they deserve a copy of the book and I’ll be in touch with details about sending it on its merry way. The catch? I’ll give it until the 25th January when I’ll choose a winner at random. Oh, and your nominated reader needs to live in the UK.

Help someone beat their blues this January.

Good luck!

GIVEAWAY!

The lovely people at Puffin have sent me two fantastic books to give away to my readers: ‘Hold Me Closer’ (a signed copy- shush!) written by David Levithan and ‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’ written by both Levithan and John Green.

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‘Hold Me Closer’ is a story told by Tiny Cooper written in the form of a musical. Different, I know. But it works. “Filled with humour, pain, and ‘big, lively, belty’ musical numbers, readers will finally learn the full story of Tiny Cooper from his birth and childhood to his quest for love and his infamous eighteen ex-boyfriends.”

The book is a follow on from ‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’, which is about “Two guys with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high-school stage.”

If you love John Green, like most of us do, you are guaranteed to enjoy both of these books. And I promise you won’t weep as much as that time you read ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ in public.

‘Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go. It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters.’ – John Green

To enter, all you have to do is tweet me telling me something that you have accomplished that you are proud of (this giveaway is in conjunction with Pride, after all). If you’re not a fan of Twitter? Simply comment below. You can tell me something that you have achieved yourself or, if you would like to nominate a friend, then tell me what they’ve done to make you feel proud today. I’m starting to feel a bit like Heather Small, so I’ll stop now.

Once everyone has submitted their celebration, I will then choose a winner at complete random and have these two little golden nuggets sent out to you STAT. You have until 31st July.

Best of luck!

WORLD BOOK NIGHT COMPETITION

WBN_covers_with_logoI have applied to be a World Book Night giver every year since its birth back in 2011.

2015 was my year, it seems.

The aim of the event – which runs on the 23rd April – is to encourage people to read more. We have so many distractions these days that it’s very easy to forget that reading is actually just as fun (if not more so) than catching up on Made In Chelsea or checking your ex’s Instagram.

I have always loved books myself. Feeding my habit with anything I could lay my hands on and begging my dad to read me my favourites before bed as a child, it’s safe to say I was a book worm. However, much like many of you, a busy schedule means that I find it very easy to neglect one of my favourite past times.

But every time I actually bother to embark upon the next chapter of whatever I’m reading, I remind myself how great it is to visit famous faces, far off lands and fantastical story lines from the comfort of my own duvet. The sad fact is though, some non-readers just don’t know what they’re missing out on. So many of us weren’t encouraged to read as youngsters, stunting a life-long enjoyment of the sport and many, I believe, just simply haven’t found the sorts of books they enjoy yet. But that’s why World Book Night is here: to remind us that there are billions of stories still waiting to be read, to launch us out of our comforts zones into completely different times and places and to encourage us to indulge in one of the more simple pleasures in life. It’s something I feel very strongly about and I am lucky to be a part of the cause.

Out of 20 novels, I chose Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen to hand out. What I do with these 18 copies is entirely up to me. And I’ve decided that I’d like to give some to you. Although I plan to donate a few to shelters and a number to schools, I’ve reserved five copies for my readers as a thank you for coming back to read my posts time and time again.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of nabbing one of these limited edition novels is:

  1. Choose your favourite quote from any book and tell me why you love it so. (Please include the title of the book- I might want to add it to my list!)
  2. Don’t forget to include your name and email address so I can get hold of you if you’re a winner!
  3. I will choose my five favourites and get a copy sent out to you on the 23rd April.

And that’s it.

All I ask, is that when you’re done with your copy, you pass it on to someone else to enjoy- don’t just let it get dusty on your book shelf for years to come. That’s pointless. The aim is to spread a love of reading as a far as we can, so let’s see how far these books can reach.

Here’s my favourite quote for some inspiration:

 

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

 

18 copies are currently on their way to me right now… does one belong to you?

You have ten days to enter and find out. Wherever you are in the world.

Good luck!