January 18, 2016

The Reading Book Post, January 18th

Hello, everyone! My reading year has started really well! I've finished an amazing novel (review to come tomorrow) and even had the chance to create a new Play(list) by the Book! I've also decided to take part in my first blog tour, which will take place later in this week, so look out for it. Anyway, let's see what happened in the literary world the previous week.

  • The 2015 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize has been awarded to Sarah Howe for her collection Loop of Jade. It's noteworthy that this is the debut collection of the poet. The Oxfam Novib/PEN Award for Freedom of Expression has been announced. Sadly, none of the three winners was able to attend the ceremony. Eritrean poet and journalist Amanuel Asrat and Turkish author and journalist Can Dundar, are both imprisoned, while the Egyptian writer and librarian Omar Hazek was unable to leave his country.

  • An upcoming thriller is The Widow. You can now watch the book trailer and read an exclusive excerpt from it! The novel is due on February 16, 2016.

  • Phillip Pullman is no longer a patron to the Oxford Literary Festival. The reason is that the organisers don't pay the speakers.

  • Who's Your Perfect YA Boyfriend? Take the quiz to find out! I got Augustus Waters from The Fault in Out Stars, how about you?


  1. I got Levi Stewart from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell as my Perfect YA Boyfriend :D

    The Widow looks like another thriller on lines of Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train - I have not read both of these! This is a little shocking for some people but I tried reading these two but they were not for me I guess and I left the two after reading initial few pages. I am not into psycho thrillers and do not enjoy them. Hence, I usually stay away from them.

    Anyways, thanks for bringing the news and a fun quiz :)

    1. Aw I'm quite jealous! I prefer Levi Stewart to Augustus Waters!

      I haven't read Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, but a want to read a good mystery/thriller from time to time :)

  2. Oh my gosh - thank you for introducing me to TWO epic things through this post!
    Loop of Jade - ahhh, so good. I've gotten into lots of poetry, as of recent. And crave! Such a brilliant concept!!! Haha, downloading now :)

    I got Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss :P


    1. I also love poetry and I'm glad that you liked it as well!
      I haven't tried Crave yet, but I have already installed it on my mobile..

      You got Etienne? I'm sooo jealous! He's probably my favourite YA boyfriend :)

  3. For the quiz I got Levi Stewart from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I haven't read that book yet....maybe I should now!


  4. Omg I love the perfect boyfriend quiz!! I got Levi from Fangirl, which is ironic because I didn't really like him in the book hahaha.

    1. I love this quiz as well, but I really liked Levi :D


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