It’s @boroughpress’s turn to host #bookadayuk this month

Hashtag #bookadayuk is back on Twitter after a month of absence. In case you have forgotten, #bookadayuk is a Twitter campaign to discuss about books. There is a different topic of to talk about every day.

In February 2015, the hashtag is hosted by The Borough Press. If you would like to tweet your book suggestions, don’t forget to include hashtag #bookadayuk and @BoroughPress. Here is a list of topics:

#bookadayuk topics for February 2015p

Check out my tweet for today. 🙂 Which author would you like to meet? Tell me in the comment box below!


Bailey’s Women Prize for Fiction hosts hashtag #bookadayuk this December

#bookadayuk is a Twitter campaign to encourage tweets about books. There is a different topic of discussion every day.

This month, the hashtag will be hosted by Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Check out the topics below! If you would like to tweet your book suggestions, don’t forget to include hashtag #bookadayuk and @BaileysPrize.

#Bookadayuk topics for the month of December

1st: The book you began your year with

2nd: The book you tell everyone about

3rd: Favourite classic by a female author

4th: The book you re-read at least once a year

5th: The best-looking book on your shelf

6th: Your favourite female author

7th: The female author you’d most like to meet

8th: The book you’d choose if you could only read one again

9th: The book you’ve been meaning to read for awhile

10th: The book you’d give your best friend

11th: The book that makes you cry

12th: The book your mum passed on to you

13th: The book with the best advice

14th: Favourite winner from the Bailey’s Prize

15th: Your favourite book with ambiguous ending

16th: Which @SpinelessClass you’d most like in your stocking


17th: The bookshop you’ll be buying your Christmas presents from

18th: The literary character you’d most like to kiss under the mistletoe

19th: The book that gets you in the festive spirit

20th: Your favourite Christmas film that was adapted from a book

21st: Your favourite fictional family

22nd: Favourite festive character

23rd: The book you’ll be giving for Christmas

24th: The book that you want for Christmas

25th: The literary house that you’d most like to spend Christmas at

26th: The best book you got for Christmas

27th: The biggest book on your bookshelf

28th: The 3 authors you’d invite to your ultimate literary dinner party

29th: The book you’re ending the year with

30th: The first book you’ll be reading in 2015

31st: The character you’d most like to be with at midnight

I posted this quite late so today is the 10th topic. I would give a Hello Kitty version of World Atlas to my best friend because both of us enjoy travelling. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, the content is really educational regardless of the age of readers.

What book would you give your best friend? Share your book suggestions in the comment box below. 🙂

This World Atlas was a bargain at RM10

This World Atlas was a bargain at RM10


Welcome to hashtag #bookadayuk, Headline Publishing Group

Hashtag #bookadayuk is a digital campaign to get Twitter users to talk about books. Everyday there is a different topic to be discussed and each month the hashtag is hosted by a different book organisation.

Books are My Bag‘ was the host last month. They followed the format used by its predecessor, ‘We Love This Book‘ by compiling the tweets using Storify. Every single contribution to #bookadayuk were featured in their Storify, which delighted us. Furthermore, we were extremely happy when our tweets were retweeted and favourited by the host and authors! For example, this ‘book with beautiful spine’ contribution was retweeted by Darren Shan.

On 1st of November 2014, the hosting baton is passed onto Headline Publishing Group. The topics for the month of November are featured in the image below. To tweet your book suggestions, don’t forget to include hashtag #bookadayuk and @headlinepg.

Hashtag #bookadayuk: November topics

1st: Movember begins. Your favourite hairy hero

2nd: A book you can’t wait to read this winter

3rd: Your favourite fictional family

4th: A brilliant epic read (we mean at least 600 pages)

5th: Guy Fawkes night – pick a character you love to hate!

6th: A book that reminds you of your school days

7th: The book you wish you owned as a first edition

8th: Doctor Who ends tonight – best book featuring time travel

9th: A book you have to read twice to fully appreciate

10th: Happy birthday Neil Gaiman! Favourite fantasy novel

11th: Remembrance Day – your favourite WWI novel

12th: A book on your shelf you haven’t got round to reading yet

13th: A book you’d love to see on the big screen

14th: A book you loved but wouldn’t want your mum to read

15th: A book that made you hungry

16th: The best debut you’ve read this year

17th: Your favourite mystery novel

18th: It’s Scotland v England! Tell us your favourite sport book

19th: A brilliant book with eye-catching red cover

20th: Your favourite fictional pet

21st: A book you’ve read that you wished had a sequel

22nd: Your favourite book about a journey

23rd: An awesome autobiography by one of your heroes

24th: A series you’d happily read all over again

25th: One month to go! A book you want for Christmas

26th: Tasty! Your favourite cookery or baking book

27th: Thanksgiving in the US – your favourite US classic

28th: A book with beautiful title typography

29th: Happy birthday C.S. Lewis! Favourite fictional world

30th: Your favourite book featuring a wedding

Today’s topic is favourite fictional family. Our pick is the Travis family by Lisa Kleypas because our customers love reading Ms Kleypas’s well-written romance novels. Each Travis sibling has its own book: Gage (‘Sugar Daddy’ published in 2007), Haven (‘Blue-Eyed Devil’ published in 2008) and Jack (‘Smooth Talking Stranger’ published in 2009). Our customers cannot wait for Joe Travis’s story ‘Brown-Eyed Girl’, which is expected to be published in 2015.

What is your favourite fictional family? Let us know in the comment box below.

Bigger than words: A live telecast with singer Usher

Scholastic is collaborating with a global superstar Usher in a campaign to promote reading habit in children. There will be a live performance and special programme that will teach students ways to take informed action, become reading advocates, and help make a difference in their schools, communities, and the world.

Here are details of the programme:

Date: 6th of November 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 1:00 p.m. USA Eastern Time/10:00 a.m. USA Pacific Time

Sign up for the webcast here.

View the promotional video, tweet and banner below.

‘Books Are My Bag’ hosts hashtag #bookadayuk in October

Dear book lovers,

If you have a Twitter account, you should search for #bookadayuk. The hashtag is basically a UK-originated digital campaign to get people talking about books. There is a topic of discussion everyday and the hashtag is hosted by different book organisation every month.

We Love This Book‘ arranged the topics for the month of September. I was impressed by their out-of-the-box method to present tweets from contributors. Instead of clicking on ‘Retweet’ or ‘Favourite’ button, ‘We Love This Book’ compiled and displayed their favourite book suggestions via Storify. I was elated when my suggestions for Favourite Literary FriendshipFavourite Seafaring Novel and Literary Crushes were featured there.

On the 1st of October, ‘Books Are My Bag‘ will take over the hosting duty. Check out the image below for a list of topics. If you would like to contribute ideas, don’t forget to include hashtag #bookadayuk when you tweet to @booksaremybag.

#bookadayuk topics for the month of October

#bookadayuk topics for the month of October

1st: Book to curl in front of the fire with2nd: Happy birthday Snoopy! Favourite fictional dog

3rd: A book I love from one of the Cheltenham Literature Festival authors

4th: One with a beautiful spine

5th: Happy birthday Louis Lumière! Favourite cinema/film reference in literature

6th: First book I bought in a bookshop

7th: Last book I bought in a bookshop

8th: Best bookshop find

9th: Favourite book about a bookshop

10th: One with an orange cover

11th: Bought at a BAMB Bookshop Party

12th: Favourite Bookseller recommendation

13th: Nostalgic reads! Changed meaning when I re-read it later in life

14th: I adore the title of this novel

15th: Best home in literature

16th: Most memorable adventure/journey in literature

17th: The nearest book to you right now

18th: Make me laugh in public

19th: Make me cry in public

20th: Favourite bookworm in literature

21st: One where I fell in love with the narrator

22nd: Makes me want to travel

23rd: Best book on diversity

24th: A hidden gem

25th: Mmmm! Most memorable food/drink moment in literature

26th: Clocks go back! Best book on time-travel

27th: Favourite epigraph

28th: Has the best advice

29th: Most memorable fashion moment

30th: Favourite experimental book

31st: Spookiest read

Today’s topic is ‘Book to curl up in front of a fire with’. We don’t have winter in Malaysia but my favourite memory of winter is seeing snow in the backyard of my UK home (I studied there for a year). I read ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Brontë that winter. I was motivated to read the novel after watching the film starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. 🙂

What about you? What book do you choose when you want to curl up in front of a fire?

Reading is good for you (infographic)

National Reading Campaign, a Toronto-based non-profit organization, has collaborated with CBC Books to create a campaign poster/infographic to encourage Canadians to read.

The infographic does not only highlight most important advantages, but also cites the research to support the facts.

Do you know that …

For more facts and supporting research on reading, visit this link.

Reading is Good For You (infographic)

This blog has been nominated for a Leibster award

Thank you to Born and Read and Thoughts on Books for nominating this book blog for a Leibster award. Sorry for the delay in reply. I am greatly honoured to received recognition from fellow book lovers because I never expected this blog to attract readers from all over the world. 🙂

Anyway back to the award. The Leibster award is given by bloggers to bloggers. The main aim is to help readers discover new blogs and welcome them to the blogger community. There are different set of rules (as mentioned in this link) so to avoid confusion, I’ll stick to the rules set by the nominators.

The rules:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • Post 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions set by your nominator
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers (you can’t nominate the person who nominated you)
  • Set 11 questions for your nominees to answer
  • Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

Eleven facts about myself

  1. I am a Malaysian.
  2. I am a budding social psychologist. I like to use popular culture to explain certain social psychology points.
  3. I created and maintain this website/blog because I am helping out a local book rental store named SS Readers Corner. I want to generate more traffic to the site so Malaysia-based book lovers will visit the actual store.
  4. I look for book-related topics almost everyday. Twitter really helps me with that task.
  5. I prefer paperback to e-book. E-book readers are expensive in Malaysia.
  6. Whenever I hear that a book is being adapted into a movie, I will consider reading the book. If I choose to read the book, I try to read before the movie comes out.
  7. Despite that, I have NEVER read ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. I don’t understand the hype.
  8. I am starting a book club with my close group of friends. I’ve been to a few but never hosted one before. Can’t wait for the exciting challenge.
  9. I am an avid user of public transportation so I have a book with me almost all the time.
  10. When I cannot find a bookmark, I’ll use anything to mark the last page read. Examples include used train ticket, business card, tissue, receipt.
  11. I feel sad when I see people on their phones during commute from work. Instead of checking their Facebook, why not read a book?

Eleven questions set by Born and Read

  1. What book(s) makes you laugh?
    Witty romance books. My favourite is ‘Kiss an Angel’ by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
  2. Do you have a special reading place?
    No because I move around too much. I do, however, prefer a quiet spot.
  3. What were the last three books you read?
    ‘Unlawful Contact’ by Pamela Clare, ‘Love Me to Death’ by Allison Brennan & ‘A Wallflower Christmas’ by Lisa Kleypas.
  4. Do you see movie adaptations of books you loved?
    Yes, adaptations usually motivate me to read the original source.
  5. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
    Developing my writing skills.
  6. E-books or paper?
  7. Which writers inspire you?
    Writers who write engaging stories because of their own personal experience e.g. Tess Gerritsen, Pamela Clare & Julie James.
  8. If you had to choose between never being able to listen to music again or never being able to watch another movie, which would you choose?
    That’s tough because I enjoy listening to music and watching movies. I would choose the latter. I cannot survive without music.
  9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
    Spain because I am fascinated with the Islamic architecture in the Southern region. Plus I’ve always wanted to improve my Spanish.
  10. Sweet or savoury?
  11. Caffeine or alcohol?
    Caffeine because I used to live in Melbourne and Melburnians take their coffee seriously!

Eleven questions set by Thoughts on Books

  1. Do you still live where you grew up?
    Yes, I love my hometown.
  2. What is your favourite aspect of book blogging (or blogging in general!)
    I get to inform readers about bookish events all over the world! I want to become a global citizen.
  3. If you could pick one scent to smell for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  4. Are you a morning or evening person?
    Morning. It’s not great to be a morning person during summer!
  5. If you could bring back one person from the past who would it be?
    A celebrated Malaysian musician/actor/director named P Ramlee.
  6. Favourite subject at school/college?
  7. Have you ever had any pets?
    Yes, cats and fish.
  8. Ever broken a bone?
    Fracture my arm but it wasn’t broken.
  9. Favourite app?
  10. Dog or a cat person?
    I love cats!
  11. Describe your dream house.
    I live in a tropical country so I want a well-ventilated house with a big backyard for gardening and for my cats to run around.

My questions to my nominees:

  1. What is your favourite book?
  2. If you have a bookshelf or bookshelves, how do you arrange your books? Click here if you need ideas.
  3. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
  4. If you could have lunch with any fictional character, who would you choose?
  5. E-books or paperback/hardcover?
  6. What book are you currently reading?
  7. Do you have any book suggestion(s) for a book club? If yes, please share.
  8. Coffee or tea?
  9. What is your favourite travel destination?
  10. If someone wants to get you a gift, what would you pick?
  11. If you could meet an author, who would it be?

Now I would like to nominate these individuals for a Liebster award:

Thanks for reading and enjoy your day!

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are mine and do not necessarily reflect those of SS Readers Corner.