BOOK LOVERS DAY 9th August 2019

BOOK LOVERS DAY 9th August 2019 BLOG Friday 9th August, 2019

9th August, 2019 is…Book Lovers Day

On this Blog everyday is Book Lovers Day. Throughout the month of August I have suggested it is a good time to step up on reading. Let’s make hay whilst the sun shines or doesn’t as the case may be.

Learn about Book Lovers Day

From the scent of a rare first edition book found in an old time book collection, to a crisp, fresh book at the local supermarket, the very sight of a book can bring back memories. Reading as a child, enjoying the short stories, the long books and the ability to lose yourself in a story so powerful that at the end your asking yourself where to get the next book in the series. This is for the reader in all of us, the celebration of Book Lovers Day!

History of Book Lovers Day

While the day’s origins may be shrouded in mystery and rumour, the books themselves are not. Started from carving on stone tablets, the book was designed to make portable the writings and drawings of those that could not carry around stone tablets. Originally it was parchment or vellum (calf skin, in case you were wondering) was bound tightly with a wooden cover.

Often the wooden cover was tightly wrapped in leather to prevent the wood from getting wet and had clasps or straps to hold it shut. In the more modern age, printing capabilities made books cheaper, and easier, to print. The printing press, the typewriter, and the computer all had an effect on the market of books.

But more so than most, is the upsurge in electronic devices that can be used to read on. Computers, tablets, and most cell phones now have the ability to read books, making it that much easier to carry around a small library to enjoy not matter where you are.

How to celebrate Book Lovers Day

In order to truly appreciate Book Lovers Day, one must only find a story and read it. Maybe you wish to dive into the unknown with a good mystery, or see magic in a high fantasy setting, or be enthralled in a steamy romance. The individual genre of your reading is not the big piece of this, just that you do read is.

Maybe a visit to your local library is in order? After all public libraries existed even way back in the Middle Ages, but they didn’t really let many folks take books home. The librarians in those days chained books to shelves or desks in order to prevent theft of the carefully hand written tomes.

Many librarians will gladly help you find a title to read, giving a brief explanation on what it is about if they have read it, or giving it a little flip and reading about it quickly in the synopsis. But no matter your preference, if you read it at home with a cup of tea, share a book meeting with friends or go to the library and make use of the wonderful pieces on those shelves, just enjoy your reading, revel in the book and find a way to read during Book Lovers Day!


Why not consider re-reading an old classic, like:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh – Classic Editions) by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard |

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (or any other Dahl book)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens or any other Charles Dickens novel

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (1st James Bond novel)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Saturday Night & Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe

The thing I love about books is how much I learn from them. How much have this book added to my knowledge and enhanced my life? And that is just a fictional book.


Imagine reading non-fiction books. A mine of information and life enhancement.


For children Booklife Publishers have a huge collection of just amazing non-fiction books for all ages. Here are 10 to give you a taster:


  1. Journey of A Poo by  Kirsty Holmes (Author)                                                   24 pages                                Age 5-7 years
  2. The moon (Space Explorer) by Holly Duhig (Author)                                     32 pages                                Age 8 – 11 years
  3. Feeling happy (A Kid’s Guide to Feelings) by Kirsty Holmes                         24 pages                                 Age 5 – 7 years
  4. China World Adventures by Steffi Cavell-Clarke                                              24 pages                                Age 5 – 8 years
  5. Pollution (Climate Change) by Harriet Brundle                                              32 pages                                Age 8 – 11 years
  6. Weather patterns (Climate Change) by Harriet Brundle                               32 pages                                Age 8 – 11 years
  7. Whale Shark: Teeth to Tail by Robin Twiddy                                                   24 pages                                Age 5 – 7 years
  8. Tyrannosaurus Rex (All about Dinosaurs) by Amy Allatson                          24 pages                                Age 6 – 9 years
  9. The Science of Swimming (Play Smart) by Emilie Dufresne                          32 pages                                Age 7 – 11 years
  10. Life cycles (Discover & Learn) by Grace Jones (Author)                                     32 pages                                Age 7 – 11 years

From September we will be featuring a Booklife book in detail every week.

You can see the tremendous range of “BOOKLIFE PUBLISHING “ books at:

Now here are a few more non-fiction books you may fancy

On the Night You Were Born            by Nancy Tillman (Author)

Paperback: 32 pages                          Age Range: 1 – 4 years                       Publisher: MacMillan

On the night you were born,

the moon smiled with such wonder

that the stars peeked in to see you

and the night wind whispered.

“Life will never be the same.”


On the night you were born, the whole world came alive with thanksgiving. The moon stayed up till morning. The geese flew home to celebrate. Polar bears danced.

On the night you were born you brought wonder and magic to the world. Here is a book that celebrates you. It is meant to be carried wherever life takes you, over all the roads, through all the years.

This debut picture book by Nancy Tillman has touched the hearts of readers of all ages, from the youngest readers, to new mothers, to grandparents. A New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling book, On the Night You Were Born is sure to be a beloved addition to family libraries.



Think Big              by Kes Gray (Author), Nathan Reed (Illustrator)

Paperback: 32 pages                          Age Range: 3 – 5 years                       Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

The story of Humpty Dumpty and his nursery rhyme friends, reimagined by Kes Gray, bestselling creator of Oi Frog!.

Humpty Dumpty and his nursery rhyme friends are discussing what they want to be when they grow up. Humpty wants to be a boiled egg, but his friends are encouraging him to think bigger!

“You could be an artist!” said Little Boy Blue.

“Look for clues and become a detective!” said Little Bo Peep.

“Buy a pair of football boots and become a footballer,” said Wee Willy Winky.

Will Humpty think big and reach for the stars?



Isadora Moon Goes Camping by Harriet Muncaster (Author)

Paperback: 128 pages                        Age Range: 6 – 8 years                       Publisher: OUP Oxford

Half vampire, half fairy, totally unique! Isadora Moon is special because she is different. Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and Isadora is a bit of both. So when they all go camping at the seaside some things might happen that are not quite normal . . .

From roasting marshmallows on a campfire to making friends with a mermaid – special things happen when Isadora’s around!

With irresistible pink and black artwork throughout by author/illustrator Harriet Muncaster and a totally unique heroine with an out-of-this-world family, this is a beautiful, charming, and funny new series of first chapter books. Perfect for fans of Claude, Dixie O’Day, and Squishy McFluff, Isadora Moon is the ideal choice for readers who want their magic and sparkle with a bit of bite!


The 117-Storey Treehouse (The Treehouse Books  by Andy Griffiths (Author), Terry Denton (Illustrator)

Paperback: 288 pages                        Age Range: 7 – 11 years                     Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

The 117-Storey Treehouse is the ninth book in Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s wacky treehouse adventure series, with the laugh-out-loud story told through a combination of text and fantastic cartoon-style illustrations.

Andy and Terry have added thirteen new levels of crazy fun to their fantastic ever growing treehouse. So what are you waiting for? Come on up!


The Harm Tree by Rose Edwards (Author)

YA Readers                                          Publisher: UCLan Publishing

You’re too young to remember why we needed heroes. You should be glad… Nine years ago, two princes waged a bloody civil war for the right to rule Arngard. The younger prince took the throne and outlawed the ancient beliefs, but some wounds don’t heal. New religion replaced the barbaric traditions and finally, there’s peace. Torny and Ebba are friends. Sent away by their families, they work together and watch out for each other. Too young to remember the war that tore apart the kingdom, Torny dreams of the glorious warriors of old, while Ebba misses her family, despite the darkness she left behind. But when a man is murdered on the street and Torny finds herself in possession of a dangerous message, the two friends must tread separate paths. These will lead them through fear, through grief, to the source of their own power and to the gates of death itself. As Torny and Ebba are used as tools for the opposing factions of the war, a deep power is ignited in them both. Can they uncover their own strength to finally heal the wounds of a nation?


The Doctor by Lisa Stone (Author)

Paperback: 400 pages                        Adult                                                      Publisher: Avon

‘I was gripped immediately’ Katerina Diamond, Sunday Times bestseller

How much do you know about the couple next door?

When Emily and Ben move in next door to Dr Burman and his wife Anita, they are keen to get to know their new neighbours. Outgoing and sociable, Emily tries to befriend the doctor’s wife, but Anita is strangely subdued, barely leaving the house, and terrified of answering the phone.

When Emily goes missing a few weeks later, Ben is plunged into a panic. His wife has left him a note, but can she really have abandoned him for another man? Or has Emily’s curiosity about the couple next door led her straight into danger?

A gripping, sinister thriller with a twist you won’t see coming from the international bestseller Lisa Stone.


Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure by Monisha Rajesh (Author)

Hardcover: 336 pages                        Adult                                                      Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

‘Monisha Rajesh has chosen one of the best ways of seeing the world. Never too fast, never too slow, her journey does what trains do best. Getting to the heart of things. Prepare for a very fine ride’ Michael Palin


When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in eighty train journeys, she was met with wide-eyed disbelief. But it wasn’t long before she was carefully plotting a route that would cover 45,000 miles – almost twice the circumference of the earth – coasting along the world’s most remarkable railways; from the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet’s Qinghai railway to silk-sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Packing up her rucksack – and her fiancé, Jem – Monisha embarks on an unforgettable adventure that will take her from London’s St Pancras station to the vast expanses of Russia and Mongolia, North Korea, Canada, Kazakhstan and beyond. The ensuing journey is one of constant movement and mayhem, as the pair strike up friendships and swap stories with the hilarious, irksome and ultimately endearing travellers they meet on board, all while taking in some of the earth’s most breathtaking views.

From the author of Around India in 80 Trains comes another witty and irreverent look at the world and a celebration of the glory of train travel. Rajesh offers a wonderfully vivid account of life, history and culture in a book that will make you laugh out loud – and reflect on what it means to be a global citizen – as you whirl around the world in its pages.

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (Author, Illustrator)

Paperback: 32 pages          Age Range: 3 – 5 years       Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks

New cover reissue of this magical story from award-winning international bestselling picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers

There once was a boy and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole.

But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all.



“If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.” – Terry Pratchett


Happiness is… an open book


The police want to interview me. Strange, I didn’t even apply for a job there.


Love is…a comforting cuddle when you’ve had a bad day


The Look – Roxette

Highest Chart Position: No.7 27th May 1989


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