Hello my loves! It’s the start of a brand new bank holiday weekend (soz if you work in retail) and I’m back with an ever-so-ranty round up of the week for you all to celebrate with. Ready? Yep? Let’s do this.
Bookshelves & Biros Photo Of The Week
So this is basically my life summed up in one handy meme.
Bookshelves & Biros Round Up
Simon Cowell To Pen His Own Children’s Book
Apparently, all of the books that he’s read to his son are ‘boring’ and he thinks he could do better, so now he’s decided to pen his own work of fiction about animals. GIVE ME A BREAK.
Clearly he’s never been enchanted by the lyrical prose and poignant message of Where The Wild Things Are, giggled at The Gruffalo or shared in Sophie’s horror when The Tiger That Came To Tea drank all of the water in the taps. Obviously he’s never fallen in love with the timeless illustrations in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or sung along with Michael Rosen’s characters on their infamous bear hunt.
Children’s literature is some of the most vibrant and exciting in the industry, and there are a host of incredible new authors and illustrators in addition to the classics that surprise, delight and educate young children and big kids (like me) every day.
The only upside to this that I can see is that the more famous people that wade into the conversation about the benefit of reading, the better. If his book causes one more child or one more parent to pick up a story to read together, then that’s awesome. But, that doesn’t make it okay to suggest that there’s nothing out there right now. There are bad books and boring books, yes, but there is also the stuff of brilliance and there still will be whether Cowell picks up his pen or not.
Oops, here comes another rant! I really not do not understand what would possess Dan Brown to decide to create a special young adult version of The Da Vinci Code. Also why, oh why, does the powerhouse publisher that is Penguin Random House think that this is what the YA market needs and wants?
Why not actually write a new book or series with nuanced YA protagonists, thought provoking plot points and a complex symbology based mystery to solve? Come on, it’s not as if The Da Vinci Code is a difficult book to digest and enjoy in its original form, and its no longer than Divergent or fuller with taboo subjects than any YA book on the market right now. This is absolutely NOT what young readers are missing, and its an insult to authors and readers to suggest that young adult books are a tidy, watered down version of their ‘adult’ counterparts. No one needs or wants this, Dan. I repeat: STEP AWAY FROM THE LAPTOP.
Now this; this I LOVE. Quercus have announced that they’ll be releasing four tongue-in-cheek stories based on Enid Blyton’s iconic Famous Five books. The titles will focus on the group as adults, and include Five Give Up The Booze, Five Go Gluten-Free and Five Go On A Strategy Away Day. Lols. I’ll definitely be asking for one of these to go in my stocking.
Bookshelves and Biros Wishlist
Me and my boyfriend are due to be moving house in September, and I’m currently eyeing up these utterly gorgeous Harry Potter prints from MMPaperCo on Etsy. Apparently I already have too much Harry Potter stuff, but I’m fairly certain he’s speaking another language because I have literally no understanding of what he’s saying.
What bookish news have you lot been keeping an eye on this week? Are you drooling over Harry Potter home decor like me? Let me know allllll of the things in the comments!