List of 2020 International Book Fairs courtesy of @Kotobee #Books #Reading

 My thanks to Aliaa from Kotobee for offering their list of international book fairs throughout 2020. The ones listed below are those held in the United Kingdom and Ireland but if you’d like the worldwide list, which includes Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Australia, please click this link

London Book Fair

OLYMPIA, WEST LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Mar 10-12, 2020

The London Book Fair is a massive international affair and, in Europe at least, it’s second only to Frankfurt. It’s a place for authors, booksellers/buyers, distributors, literary agents/scouts, publishers, translators and obviously readers. LBF holds two award ceremonies each year. The International Excellence Awards, celebrating publishing and related activities outside of the UK and The Trailblazers, celebrating those under 30 in the publishing industry. The London Book Fair is delighted to have Sharjah as the Market Focus for 2020.

 

Strokestown International Poetry Festival

Strokestown International Poetry Festival

STROKESTOWN, CO. ROSCOMMON, IRELAND Apr 30-May 4, 2020

The Strokestown International Poetry Festival takes place annually on the first weekend of May, in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. The weekend provides a world-renowned forum for excellence in poetry. Strokestown is famous for the large audiences that attend all readings and allied to the welcome, the friendliness and the scenery, the weekend is an unforgettable experience and a thrilling immersion in contemporary poetry.

Bloody Scotland

Bloody Scotland

EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM Sep 18-20, 2020

Bloody Scotland established itself as the leading Scottish International Crime Writing Festival. It’s a place for crime writers new and established. In the event readers can hang out with their favorite crime writers, enjoy entertaining as well as informative events during a weekend in September, covering a range of criminal subjects from fictional forensics, psychological thrillers, tartan noir, cozy crime and many more.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Oct 8-18, 2020

Wimbledon BookFest is a charity promoting arts, culture, and education. Its aim is to develop the cultural offering for the locality through the provision of an annual arts festival and educational projects with schools and young people. It hosts almost 100 events in its 10 day period and has grown from 1,000 visitors in its first year to over 15,000 with 7,000 school children from over 70 schools now enjoying the festival every year. Any money raised is plowed back into the festival and its education work with local schools. Over 2,000 books are given to children from a lower socio-economic demographic every year to encourage reading.

Top 20 Favourite Reads of 2019 #Books #AmReading #BookBlogger #BookLove

As the end of 2019 is almost upon us, it’s favourite books of the year time!

It’s always a difficult choice to narrow the list down to twenty, but I do enjoy looking back at the books I’ve read during the year.

So, in no particular order…

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#Books I’d Like To Read in 2020 #BookBlogger #AmReading

The time has come to either buy another bookcase, a bigger house or be ruthless and part company with some books. I haven’t read anywhere near half of several hundred physical books and I’ve no idea of how many more are waiting on my kindle. Another few hundred, I’m sure. I never keep count for fear of a meltdown 😉 So, in 2020 I’m going to make a conscious effort to read more of my own books. 

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Catching up after a week away + Barter Books #Books #Reading

We’ve had a lovely week in Northumberland with friends. A visit to Barter Books is a must for me and, even though the others aren’t bookish, they were impressed. Having said that they didn’t want to stay and browse too long so I only added four books to my reading pile. I could spend a whole day and a fortune in there.

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Unboxing MyChronicleBookBox (February) ~ Crime & Mystery Option @MyChronicleBB #FridayReads #mychroniclebookbox

My Chronicle Book Box arrived this week (there are spoilers below if you’ve ordered one and not received it yet) This is a quarterly subscription box with a choice of science fiction/fantasy or crime/mystery. There are also one-off gift boxes available. This quarter’s box includes three recent releases and other bookish goodies.

Now for the books….

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A Bookish Christmas and wishing everyone a very Happy New Year @MyChronicleBB #TuesdayBookBlog

Hello, it’s been a while 😉 Hope you all had a lovely, bookish Christmas and the New Year celebrations have got 2019 off to a good start. 

After some not so subtle hints I did acquire a couple of book boxes which I had much pleasure in unboxing.

The first was a Charlotte Bronté/Jane Eyre collection 

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Top 20 Favourite #Books of 2018 #AmReading #FridayReads

The end of 2018 is approaching fast and it’s ‘favourite books of the year’ time again!  I enjoy looking back at books I’ve read and audios I’ve listened to, although choosing ones for the list never gets any easier. So in no particular order, here are some of my favourites.

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Adding To The TBR Stack at the very impressive Barter Books #Books @BarterBooks #TuesdayBookBlog

During a visit to Northumberland, I had to spend some (quite a lot of) time at Barter Books in Alnwick. Billed as one of the largest second hand bookshops in Europe, the leaflet includes a plan to navigate the huge space. Besides the hundreds of thousands of books of every conceivable genre, including antiquarian, there are comfortable seating and eating areas with real fires for cooler days and a dedicated children’s room. A book lovers’ paradise, housed in what used to be Alnwick’s grand railway station. 

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Favourite Opening Lines 2018 #TuesdayBookBlog #AmReading

Another year and more of my favourite opening lines or paragraphs, be they evocative, compelling and/or dramatic, from books I’ve read, or am reading, during the past twelve months – not necessarily new ones. These are just some of those I could have listed so, in no particular order, here they are. Clicking on the book cover will take you to my review.

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