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!

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How you can get involved in the Romance Festival

If you are a fan of romance novels, be sure to check out Romance Festival. I participated in last year’s events and it was really fun to chat with authors & fellow bloggers.

Starts: 7th February 2015 at 2 pm GMT
Ends: 8th February 2015 at 8 pm GMT

Sign up for the free event here

For more details, read this reblogged post!

romance festival

We are very excited to announce our next virtual festival and we’d love you to be involved. For those who took part last time, you will know that we have a program of events on Twitter, Facebook and a few Google Hangouts.

Again we plan for the Saturday to be a professional development day for authors (last time we had Script Doctor sessions with editors, Goodreads, tips on getting reviews and much more.)

On the Sunday, we will focus the programme for romance fans which last time included author interviews, romance in YA, discussion around romantic places, steampunk, the men of romance etc.

This event is open and inclusive; everyone is welcome.

If you are an aspiring or established author and you’d like to get involved in a live event, then do let us know. Or if you aren’t around that weekend, we also have a Q&A you can complete…

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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

 

@Penguinusa Twitter Book Club: Chat with Anaïs Bordier & Samantha Futerman

Penguin USA Twitter Book Club has chosen an interesting book for this month’s discussion: ‘Separated @ Birth: The Story of Identical Twin Sisters Who Grew Up an Ocean Apart Until Social Media Connected Them’ by Anaïs Bordier & Samantha Futerman. Here is a glimpse of the story:

It all began when design student Anaïs Bordier viewed a YouTube video and saw her own face staring back. After some research, Anaïs found that the Los Angeles actress Samantha Futerman was born in a South Korean port city called Busan on November 19, 1987—the exact same location and day that Anaïs was born. This propelled her to make contact—via Facebook. One message later, both girls wondered: Could they be twins?

Thus begins their remarkable journey to build a relationship as sisters, continents apart. Over Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, they learned that they shared much more than a strikingly similar appearance. Eventually, they traveled to Korea together to discover more about the land of their separation. Separated @ Birth is a story that spans the world and peels back some of the complex and emotional layers of foreign adoption.

‘Separated @ Birth: The Story of Identical Twin Sisters Who Grew Up an Ocean Apart Until Social Media Connected Them’

Want to chat with Anaïs Bordier & Samantha Futerman? @penguinUSA has organised 2 Twitter chat sessions with @samfuterman and @AnaisFBordier on these dates:

  • Tuesday, 4th of November
    3 – 4 PM USA Eastern Standard Time (4 am to 5 am Wednesday for those in Malaysia)
  • Tuesday, 18th of November
    3 – 4 PM USA Eastern Standard Time (4 am to 5 am Wednesday for those in Malaysia)

Make sure to include hashtag #readpenguin in your tweet(s) to @penguinUSA.

For more details on the book club, please visit this page and/or Twitter.

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.

Follow Twitter #LitChat session with Josh Malerman

Litchat organises live Twitter conversations with authors every Wednesday. The one-hour session starts at 4 pm USA Eastern Time (4 am Thursday for those in Malaysia).

The guest author for the slot on 29th of October 2014 is Josh Malerman. He will talk about his novel ‘Bird Box’ (synopsis below):

Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn’t look outside anymore. Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall. Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them. Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.

‘Bird Box’ by Josh Malerman

There are two ways to follow the conversation:

  1. Type #litchat at Twitter search box
  2. Visit Litchat dedicated channel at http://www.nurph.com/litchat (recommended for those who prefer to read tweets in order)

To those who participate in the moderated Twitter chat, have a great time.

For latest news on LitChat, check out their official website or Twitter.

Follow Twitter #LitChat session with Bridgett Davis

Litchat organises live Twitter conversations with authors every Wednesday. The one-hour session starts at 4 pm USA Eastern Time (4 am Thursday for those in Malaysia).

The guest author for the slot on 22th of October 2014 is Bridgett M. Davis. She will talk about her debut novel ‘Into the Go-Slow’ (synopsis below):

It’s 1986 and twenty-one-year-old Angie continues to mourn the death of her brilliant and radical sister Ella. On impulse, she travels from Detroit to the place where Ella tragically died four years before—Nigeria. She retraces her sister’s steps, all the while navigating the chaotic landscape of a major African country on the brink of democracy careening toward a coup d’état.

At the center of this quest is a love affair that upends everything Angie thought she knew about herself. Against a backdrop of Nigeria’s infamous go-slow—traffic as wild and surprising as a Fela lyric—Angie begins to unravel the mysteries of the past, and opens herself up to love and life after Ella.

‘Into the Go-Slow’ by Bridgett M. Davis

There are two ways to follow the conversation:

  1. Type #litchat at Twitter search box
  2. Visit Litchat dedicated channel at http://www.nurph.com/litchat (recommended for those who prefer to read tweets in order)

To those who participate in the moderated Twitter chat, have a great time.

For latest news on LitChat, check out their official website or Twitter.