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Galaxy Book Awards

In Miscellaneous on November 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Galaxy Book Awards 2010I sat down on Saturday night to watch the Galaxy Book Awards and I gave up on it half an hour later. Why is it that the Producers think they need to dumb-down in order to justify the Award’s appearance on mainstream television? Why would TV personalities be invited to present book awards?? Sure, they’ve written their own books – who hasn’t – but it’s as if they just turned up to exploit the opportunity of plugging their efforts.

I’m not a big fan of Chris Moyles. I’m not a big fan of toilet jokes. Maybe at least I’ll be a fan of some of the books mentioned. I might give Patrick Ness’s trilogy a go.

Just once a year…

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm

As department stores and supermarket chains get creative with polystyrene snow and baubles, the libraries too will be creating displays geared towards the festive season.

In fact, at Willesden, it’s feeling a bit like Christmas as we’ve just taken delivery of a huge selection of books – all shiny and new. Somehow the fact that they’re new is appealing in itself. It’s quite satisfying to pick up a book and flick through pages that haven’t been turned before… all crisp and clean. Or …maybe it’s just me!

I don’t bake. But there are so many beautiful books about cakes! With covers as deliciously tempting as the recipes inside. There are also more practical books about Renting Out Your Property and how to Do Your Own Divorce – not very uplifting? Maybe something more experimental like a Tarot bible or Working with Your Chakras.

So, this Christmas, why not give a gift to yourself. Gift yourself with a new skill or take on a new way of life*. Try your hand at Eco-Living, or learn How to Spot a Liar! If you change your mind, you can always exchange – for which you don’t even need a receipt!

Remember: library books are not just for Christmas.