‘Casual Vacancy’ is now a BBC mini series

Fans of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy’, beware! The book is being adapted into a tv series by BBC One, in association with HBO.

The cast includes Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie, and introduces Abigail Lawrie.

The miniseries comprises three one-hour episodes. It is scheduled to debut on HBO on 29th of April with two back-to-back episodes. The third episode will be screened on 30th of April.

Watch the trailer here:

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

‘The Casual Vacancy’ by J.K. Rowling

Making the best book marketing campaigns for UK readers

Have you ever wondered the best way to market a book? The slideshow below reveals the most effective strategy for book promotion:


The slidewhow briefly describes the methodology used to collate data. It also gives insights on different types of book  buyers: 1) adult fiction, 2) young adult (YA) fiction, and 3) adult non-fiction.

If you would like to market an adult fiction for example ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn, target 1) bestseller list, 2) places of work/study, and/or 3) reading group. Adult fiction readers are more likely to discover the book through those methods.

YA fiction readers are, in general, avid users of social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. Therefore optimise the use of social media when you promote a YA fiction book. Research has also shown that YA fiction readers are more likely to discover the books through film, television and/or radio adaptation.

Are you trying to attract older women who lives in the country/rural areas to buy adult non-fiction books? The best way to reach them is via printed newspapers.

If you are author/bookseller/publisher, it might be best to invest in these book consumer data. For more details, visit Nielsen Market Research‘s online store.

British Council presents ‘Dylan Thomas Centenary Celebration’ today

As next week marks the hundredth anniversary of Dylan Thomas’ birth, British Council Wales’ Starless and Bible Black project and the British Council Seminar Series are proud to bring a free seminar to be held in London and streamed live online TODAY.

Date: Thursday 23rd of October 2014
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm UK time (1:00 am – 3:30 am Malaysia time)
Venue: The RSA, 8 John Adam Street, WC2N 6EZ, London

The special guest speaker for this event is Hannah Ellis, granddaughter of Dylan Thomas. She will give an exclusive talk about her grandfather’s life journey. Together with accomplished actor Guy Masterson, they will explore Dylan Thomas’s letters, prose, poetry, plays and use of language. In addition, British Council will launch their Dylan Thomas teaching materials for the English language classroom.

You could attend IN PERSON or LIVE ONLINE. To get a spot at this event, visit this link.

Get your Dylan Thomas education pack by clicking here.

‘Dylan Thomas Theatre’ by Reena Mahtani / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Win a sleepover at Waterstones Piccadilly

Have you ever wanted to stay overnight in a bookstore? Dream no more!

Waterstones in Piccadilly, London

‘Waterstones bookshop, Piccadilly’ by Ben Sutherland / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Waterstones is organising a sleepover in Piccadilly store (London) on 24th of October 2014. This event is inspired by an incident where a tourist got locked in Trafalgar Square store last Thursday. He was rescued only after tweeting about his situation (see below).

The incident became a hot topic online. Many people wrote that they would love to spend a night surrounded by their favourite books. This caught the attention of Airbnb UK, who later presented the idea to Waterstones.

It’s amazing that ‘Night at Waterstones’ was formed within a week of discussion!

‘Night at Waterstones’ is only open to ten lucky guests and their friends (each guest can bring one friend along). It will kick off at 9 pm on Friday and end at 9 am on Saturday. Guests will be welcomed with a tour of the store (did you know that there are 150,000 titles in store?). They will also have access to free WiFi, entertainment, bedding and most important of all, food!

To enter the competition, visit Airbnb, create an account and answer this question “What book you would read if you were to spend the night in a bookshop, and why?”. Submit your entry before UK midday on Wednesday 22nd October.

Some of us aren’t able to participate due to our geographical limitations. Despite that, I would like to know your thoughts on the sleepover. If you were to spend the night in a bookshop, what book would you read and why?

‘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?

‘Before I Go to Sleep’ in Malaysian cinemas on 30th October 2014

‘Before I Go To Sleep’ by S.J. Watson is now a movie. The movie stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong and is available in UK cinemas on 5th of September 2014. The tentative release date in Malaysia is 30th of October 2014. Here is a synopsis:

‘As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me…’

Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love — all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

‘Before I Go to Sleep’ by S.J. Watson

Watch the trailer below.

For more information on the novel and book, visit this Facebook page or search for hastag #BeforeIGoToSleep on Twitter.

Hashtag #bookadayuk continues in September

Ever since I discovered hashtag #bookadayuk last month, I have been tweeting my answers to the book chat. It is so fun but challenging at times. Often I refer to ‘My Books’ section at Goodreads to find a suitable book to throw into the discussion. I usually post using @ssreaderscorner but when I have 2 book suggestions, I will use my personal Twitter @emberzmars. My proudest moment was when I was the earliest to answer ‘The Best Young Adult book’ tweet on 19th of August 2014.

I am delighted to say that hashtag #bookadayuk will be continued in September. This time, it will be hosted by We Love Books on Twitter (refer to image).

Hashtag #bookadayuk: Topics for September 2014

Hashtag #bookadayuk: Topics for September 2014

1st: Favourite book about books and/or bookshops

2nd: Favourite book set in a school (Back to School

)3rd: Best Home Front novel (declaration of WW3)

4th: The book you bought for the cover

5th: The book you bought despite the cover

6th: Favourite book of short stories

7th: Favourite fictional monarch (Elizabeth 1st birthday)

8th: Favourite literary dinner party

9th: Literary crush

10th: A book that gave you hope

11th: Best book recommended by a librarian

12th: Favourite Austen character (Austen Festival)

13th: Favourite Roald Dahl character (Roald Dahl Day)

14th: Character most like you

15th: Favourite Agatha Christie story (Christie’s birthday)

16th: Favourite picture book

17th: Favourite literary detective/policeperson

18th: Favourite coming-of-age book

19th: Favourite seafaring novel (Talk Like a Pirate Day)

20th: Favourite literary friendship

21st: A book to turn someone into a reader (International Literacy Day)

22nd: Best book recommended by a bookseller (Bookseller’s Association conference)

23rd: Favourite prize-winning book

24th: Something to do with Gatsby/Fitzgerald/20s (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birthday)

25th: A book recommended by your parents

26th: Favourite poetry collection (TS Eliot’s birthday)

27th: Book set in your favourite country to visit (World Tourism Day)

28th: Favourite literary troublemaker

29th: The book that made you question everything

30th: The best book you read this month


To join in the fun, include hashtag #bookadayuk when you tweet your answer to @welovethisbook. Check out our entries on SS Readers Corner’s Twitter timeline on the right side of your screen. For today’s chat, our pick for ‘Favourite book about books and/or bookshop’ is ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky. Charlie was given a list of books to read by his English teacher named Bill. I like the list and have added a few books to my own ‘To Be Read’ list.

What is your choice for ‘Favourite book about books and/or bookshop’? Feel free to share your entries in the comment box below or chat with us via Twitter.

Love, Rosie out in Malaysian cinemas on 23rd of October

In 2007, Cecelia Ahern‘s novel ‘P.S. I Love You’ was adapted into a movie. Good news to Ms Ahern’s fans: her novel ‘Where Rainbows End’ has followed suit. The movie adaptation is titled ‘Love, Rosie’ and set to be released this October.

Same story but different covers & titles – ‘Where Rainbows End’ (UK title) & ‘Love, Rosie’ (US title)

If you don’t know much about the book (and movie), here is a brief description:

Rosie and Alex – best friends or soulmates?

Since childhood, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But they’re suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America.

Their magical connection remains but can their friendship survive the years and miles?

Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart – until now. But will they gamble everything – including their friendship – on true love? And what twists and surprises does fate have in store for them this time…?

Plot looks good, right? If you haven’t read the book, you could rent it from SS Readers Corner. Please check with Mr Sam for its availability!

Anyway here is a teaser trailer.

‘Love, Rosie’ will be screened in Malaysia tentatively on 23rd of October 2014. The UK gets a slightly earlier release date, 22nd October 2014. Click here to check the international release dates of the movie.

For latest news on the movie, check out the official Facebook page and Twitter.

Hashtag #bookadayuk: Let’s talk about books everyday

Hashtag #bookadayuk was inspired by a US American initiative to support independent record shops. Each month, record lovers are encouraged to post about their favourite records based on a certain category. The Borough Press modified this idea to target book lovers all over the world. As a result, hashtag #bookadayuk was launched in June, the same month as the Independent Booksellers Week.

The premise is simple: each day one new topic of discussion will be released. Book lovers are asked to share their views through social media and include the hashtag #bookadayuk.

It seems that different book-loving organisations host this hashtag campaign via Twitter every month. The Borough Press was the first host in June and then Double Day UK took over the responsibility in July.

Siobhan Dowd Trust is hosting the hashtag this month. Topics of discussion for August 2014 are displayed below.

Daily #bookadayuk topics for August 2014

Join in the fun through your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, InstagramPinterest and blog account(s). Don’t forget to include hashtag #bookadayuk when you post. Check out our entries on our Twitter timeline on the right side of your screen. Feel free to share your entries in the comment box below.

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014: 9th – 25th August 2014

The Edinburgh International Book Festival will take place in Scotland’s capital city next week. Here are the details:

Date: 9th – 25th August 2014
Venue: Charlotte Square Gardens
Time: 9:30 am till late
Admission fee: FREE entry to the Gardens; fees are imposed on certain events

Programme for the 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival

There are many activities planned for the book festival such as book sales, book signing, events for children and teenagers (Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme), reading workshops, discussion on Scotland’s future etc. Prominent authors that are scheduled to make appearances include Irvine WelshTony ParsonsMalorie Blackman, Darren Shan, Alexander McCall Smith, Sophie Hannah, and Haruki Murakami.

For latest news on the event, visit their official websiteFacebook page and/or follow @edbookfest on Twitter.