For The Love Of Books | 03/06/16

Hi friends! *Waves*

You’ll be pleased to know that this week has been a much happier week in the world of Bookshelves & Biros! Partly because of all of the awesome Harry Potter and The Cursed Child shizzle that we have been treated to this week (CRYING), but also because the last seven days has been full of female authors bringing aaaall of the sass.

So why don’t you snuggle down with that nice cuppa you’ve been craving all day and join me on a lil’ whistle stop tour of the week?

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It could only really be this, right?


Bookshelves & Biros Round Up

YALC Schedule Released

Oh mama, does it look goooooood. If you’re going too send me a DM on Twitter at @sammie_101 so we can say hi and talk about all of the books and stuff (but mainly just all of the books).

Meg Rosoff on the government, childhood and teaching

This is just the most on point thing I’ve read this week. Or maybe ever. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner has never been one to mince her words in her books, so I’m not surprised that she’s using her platform to speak so fiercely. THIS is what we need more of in this country.

Also, click here to check out the sketch that Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, drew after Rosoff’s speech hit Twitter. It’s great.

Sarah Crossan wins the YA Book Prize

Chock another one up for the gals. Nah, but in all seriousness, this was a list of epic proportions and any of the incredible winners would have been more than deserving. I haven’t actually read One yet, but it sounds like such a unique and poignant story. If any of y’all have read it, please let me know what you thought in the comments, I’d love to hear your views!

Teen girls & freedom by C.J. Flood

In addition to Meg Rosoff being balls out awesome, C.J. Flood (author of Nightwanderers) wrote a fab article for the Guardian about how society curbs the freedom of young women. She talks about how difficult it is to write a YA book that explores the wildness and curiosity of girls, without people claiming that she’s encouraging them to be reckless.

“Terrible things happen in spite of the precautions we take, but the world is too glorious and complicated to hide from, and so I urge you to be unafraid, as I will urge my teenage readers to be unafraid, to not curtail your own freedom or listen to those who would have it curtailed, even for your own safety”

C.J. Flood


Delicious darkness available now. ☕️

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I like my coffee as dark as the Dark Lord.

 Have a good one, little pumpkin pasties!



For The Love Of Books | 27/05/16

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


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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.

Dan Brown Gets Patronising

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.

Enid Blyton For Grown Ups

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.

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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!


For The Love of Books | 06/05/16

Oh hey Friday, how nice to see you again!


Bookshelves & Biros Picture of the Week

Oh look, yet another perfect excuse to spend a day in the Bodleian Library. Sorry, not sorry boyfriend.

Bookshelves & Biros Round Up

Carve The Mark, by Veronia Roth

Yup, you heard right guys, the world is finally getting another Roth book. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of Divergent as many of you who read B&B regularly will know, but this cover is a BEAUT. It’s due in January 2017, and it’s billed as being ‘political Sci-Fi’. So far, so Divergent. We’ll just have to wait and see if it lives up to the hype!

PS. The Guardian have gone one better than Maximum Pop! and stuck a free chapter on their website. Check it out here.

Cecelia Ahern Podcast

I haven’t actually read Ahern’s new YA novel yet, but this podcast gives an interesting insight into the inspiration behind Flawed. If you’ve read it, I’d love to know what you thought of it in the comments pls and thanks!

Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Bean recipe, anyone?

What would I be without a weekly Buzzfeed Harry Potter post? I would be sad as Hagrid after he said goodbye to Norbert, that’s what.

Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Comics

Okay technically nothing to do with YA books, but OMG, these special edition comics look and sound so bloody cool. Although The Labyrinth is undoubtedly one of the most cheese-tastic films of the last century, I was captivated by Bowie’s Goblin King aged 13 and I’ve never quite outgrown it.

Added to the Bookshelves & Biros Wishlist

I just had to fork out over £200 for tyres, so that is now me avoiding looking at any and all sites that might sell anything book related. CRY.

My holiday book haul bag (as I like to refer to it) did turn up this week though, just look how cute it is!


Have an ace weekend, you lot!wordpress-sign-off