#OneinaMillion Competition

Better almost late than never! If you are quick, there is still time to enter this (ends on 7th November 2017).  This is not run by BookThing so please read the information carefully!


#OneInAMillion Competition Launches on Bookshop Day

Industry Unites to Celebrate 1 Millionth Books Are My Bag Supporter

One Lucky Book Lover Will Win:

A one-off Orla Kiely bag | £250 in National Book Tokens | A Golden Ticket to Hay Festival |A rare print signed by Quentin Blake | Special edition Handmaid’s Tale | Lots of new books expected to be bestsellers this Christmas | West End Tickets

And much more!

London. 9 October 2017. Book lovers in the UK & Ireland have the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime competition with an incredible bundle of prizes on offer to celebrate Books Are My Bag (BAMB) – the annual bookshop campaign – reaching one million supporters this year.

One lucky book lover is in with the chance of winning a host of extraordinary prizes donated from across the book industry and beyond, including a beautiful, totally one-off Orla Kiely luxury leather bag, in the style of this year’s Books Are My Bag tote bag.

To enter, book lovers just need to Tweet #OneInAMillion saying what their favourite bookshop is and why.

The #OneInAMillion Prize winner will take home:

  • An exclusive, one-off Orla Kiely leather bag
  • £250 in National Book Tokens
  • A golden ticket to Hay Festival
  • Afternoon Tea for Two at Claridges (Hachette)
  • London Zoo tickets and a copy of Zoo Quest (Hachette)
  • A limited-edition copy of Alan Bennett’s Keeping on Keeping On, RRP £200 (Faber)
  • A limited-edition print from Billy and the Minpins, signed by Quentin Blake (Puffin)
  • A special edition Handmaid’s Tale (Vintage)
  • A set of Vintage Classics Dickens (Vintage)
  • A signed Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World print by Kate Pankhurst (Bloomsbury)
  • A signed first-edition copy of Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst (Pan Macmillan)
  • A set of PanMacmillan70th Anniversary edition books (Pan Macmillan)
  • A pair of tickets to The Christmasaurus Live on Stage at the London Apollo (Penguin Random House) – any date between 20 – 28th December

Two runners up will also be in with the chance of winning the following fantastic prizes:

Second Prize

  • A signed copy of Hurrah for Gin by Katie Kirby, together with a bottle of Sipsmith gin (Hachette)
  • A copy of Nigella Lawson’s new cookbook, At My Table (Vintage)
  • A signed copy of The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein (Bloomsbury)
  • A signed copy of My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley (Bloomsbury)
  • A signed copy of Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
  • Subscription to the New Scientist magazine (Hachette)
  • Haunted House tour and a signed copy of Devil’s Day by Andrew Hurley (Hachette)
  • A mounted Emily Sutton print (Bloomsbury)

Third Prize

  • A copy of Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and a box set of Stephen King DVD’s (Hachette)
  • A signed copy of Down to Earth: Gardening Wisdom by Monty Don (DK)
  • A copy of The Creakers by Tom Fletcher (Puffin)
  • A signed print of Oliver Jeffers’ new book Here We Are (Penguin Random House)
  • A Perfectly Norman print by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury)

The competition marks the 1 millionth Books Are My Bag tote bag to be worn by the public, showing their support for bookshops in the UK & Ireland.

Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services at the Booksellers Association, said: “Reaching our one millionth supporter is a hugely exciting milestone, and we’re delighted to be able to show our thanks to bookshop lovers across the UK & Ireland with this fabulous prize. It is wonderful to see the book industry coming together to support bookshops with the amazing prizes they have donated. We wish everyone the best of luck, and look forward to hearing all about our supporters’ favourite bookshops!”

Bookshop lovers will have until 7th November to enter the competition, with the lucky winners being revealed on 25th November, when bookshops across the country will offer a Saturday Sanctuary as respite from the business of daily life.

Orla Kiely, said: “I am so happy to have collaborated with the Bookseller’s Association. As a great lover of books and bookshops, nothing gives me more pleasure than discovering a new book, whether it’s a beautiful edition on a new favourite photographer, a great novel or a rare out of print edition. There is nothing more relaxing, inspiring or stimulating than reading and losing oneself in another world. We should all take time to read and importantly, to encourage our children to love books.”

Now in its fifth year, the Books Are My Bag campaign highlights and celebrates the vital role of high street and campus bookshops. Over the last four years, a million people have worn a Books Are My Bag canvas bag in support of the campaign.

More details on Books Are My Bag 2017 will be unveiled in the coming weeks; keep an eye on www.booksaremybag.com for updates.

For more information on events, visit www.booksaremybag.com


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Merry Christmas!

It’s almost Christmas, and another year has flown by.  Long time readers may remember this post from last year, around the same time.

Everything I said then is true now, and it’s come to that time of year when Greté’s illness often gets on top of her and she isn’t able to give the site, reviewing or even reading the time she would like.

So we ask you to bear with us for the next month or two, and we’ll be back and posting content again in 2015.

Until then, I hope you all have a great Christmas, and a very happy start to 2015.

A Social Update

Hi Readers & Book Fans.

As we approach the end of 2013, I just wanted to write a short post to let you know how things are going, both with the site and in life.

In life, things have been up and down for Greté recently in terms of her health.  She suffers from long term depression (dysthymia specifically) and despite the support and medication there are days, and sometimes weeks, where she is just not able to deal with reading, or writing reviews.  At times, reviews from other folk who contribute will pile up in the background on the site, and Greté’s illness will just prevent her from reading them, approving them and publishing them.

Greté is very much dedicated to the site, and is very much dedicated to getting back and posting some more content.

The website has been Greté’s hobby for a few years, and she is proud of what she has built, and grateful for your readership, support and comments.  As soon as she’s feeling well enough, she’ll be writing reviews and posting them again.  Thanks again for your support and understanding, and here’s to a better 2014.

In closing, here’s hoping you have a very Merry Christmas, and an awesome New Year.

The Subterrene War – Exogene (Book 2) out soon!

You know that here at BookThing we loved T. C. McCathy’s Germline.  Seriously, loved it.  You will too, you should probably buy it right now in fact.

Exogene (the 2nd book in the Subterrene War series) is released on March 15th in the UK, and Orbit are ramping up the publicity.  They’ve released some really superb videos, you can view them below!

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We are super excited about the new book, and these videos give you a really good taste of what to expect.

Piatkus Entice – eBook romance!

Just received a note from Piatkus announcing a new romance eBook imprint they’re kicking off in time for Valentine’s Day.  From their press release,

Whether you’re lucky in love or still waiting for The One, we’ve got something guaranteed to inject a little romance into your Valentine’s Day this year …

February 14th sees the launch of Piatkus Entice, our brand new eBook-first romance imprint. With new titles each month from authors including Eloisa James, Laura Wright, Sarah MacLean, Mariah Stewart and many more, Piatkus Entice will be a one-stop-shop for romantic fiction, offering readers everything from virile vampires to fairytale endings, ravishing rakes and so much more besides.

The website is now live at www.piatkusentice.co.uk. Have a look around the site, then follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up to the Entice newsletter for the latest romance news straight to your inbox.

Since I’ve fallen in love with my Kindle, I’m really excited about this new imprint and especially looking forwards to reading more Eloisa James and Laura Wright.

Be still my heart, Piatkus, you are Enticing me 😉

 

World Book Night 2012 – Get’s Sci-Fi

Remember World Book Night in 2011?  Remember how upset people were when the BBC coverage of genre fiction was completely lacking?  Now’s your chance to help make a difference!

World Book Night 2012 is just around the corner, and there’s some cracking genre literature included, including the excellent Iain M. Banks!

Why not visit the site, sign up to give away copies of the books, get people involved and spread the word!  Here’s the full list of books this year.

  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • The Player of Games, Iain M. Banks
  • Sleepyhead, Mark Billingham
  • Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson
  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  • The Take, Martina Cole
  • Harlequin, Bernard Cornwell
  • Someone Like You, Roald Dahl
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  • Room, Emma Donoghue
  • Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  • The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Misery, Stephen King
  • The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella
  • Small Island, Andrea Levy
  • Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, Maggie O’Farrell
  • The Damned Utd, David Peace
  • Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff
  • Touching The Void, Joe Simpson
  • I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

Check out the World Book Night site, get involved, help people discover the joy of reading!

Robopocalypse the Movie

You may remember in June last year we reviewed Robopocalypse, and we liked it!  We gave it four out of five stars, and described it as

… an excellent, entertaining and emotional look at what might be if the Robots ever do rebel.

We knew at the time that Steven Spielberg had picked up the movie rights, and there’s news today on that project and when it might start going into production.

Via SFX magazine,

If current plans remain in place, then the next sci-fi film we’ll see from Steven Spielberg will be Robopocalypse, based on the novel by Daniel H Wilson, which should go into production after the director’s finished his next movie project, Lincoln (not the vampire-hunting one, the serious one).

That’s pretty exciting news, but movie projects have a way of coming together and falling apart so we’ll continue crossing our fingers.  You can track updates about the movie on IMDb (normal caveats about accuracy).

Exciting Kenyon TV Series News!

I can’t even begin to say how excited I am about this.  Having seen (and enjoyed) the success and quality of the True Blood TV series, it gives me high hopes that Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books can be brought to the screen in a way that reflects just how good her novels are.

Amber Entertainment has signed a partnership with prolific paranormal novelist Sherrilyn Kenyon to develop and produce films, television and webisodes based on her books.  First project to be developed is “Chronicles of Nick,” based on the young adult series. In the first book, “Infinity,” 14-year-old Nick Gautier discovers that the football team has been turned into zombies, sets out to stop the attacks and learns he has a key role in an unseen world.  Kenyon will serve as producer alongside Ileen Maisel, founding partner of Amber.

Full article can be found at http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118040186

Now I just have to stop making high pitched squealing noises when I think about it 😉

I think the character I am most apprehensive about being cast is Acheron.  He is such a fundamental part of the Dark-Hunter world and probably the most liked, so it will be a tough call to get the right actor.

Particular stories I would love to see brought to the screen would be the first book in the series, Fantasy Lover with Julian, then Dark Hunter with Kyrion.  Of the Were-Hunter books, Night Play with Vane.

All else I can say is SOON PLEASE!

Press photo by Sheri Reno/Nashville