It’s not too late to treat dad to a subscription for Father’s Day! You can order a regular subscription and request an email gift certificate or, if you’re unsure of his favourite books and authors, why not go for an email gift voucher! If you order today, you’ll still get the certificate or voucher in time for Sunday! • • • • • • • • • • #fathersday #lastminutegifts #fathersdaypresent #fathersdaygift #giftideas #giftsfordad #giftsfordads #presentideas #discount
Finally getting round to reading Nicole Dennis-Benn’s debut Here Comes the Sun, and just as the sun comes out after a day of endless rain. Perfect! ☀️ The book is set in Jamaica, where the Nicole was born and raised, and follows Margot, a 30 year old woman who dreams of moving away to the US or UK, her mother Delores, both of whom work hard to put Thandi, Margot’s sister, through school. They hope that she will become a doctor. ☀️ When the construction of a new hotel threatens to tear their rural community apart, long buried issues are unearthed and confronted, as each woman struggles with the responsibilities of daily life on the island. ☀️ I’m glad I came this one during #ReadCaribbean month. Plus, it explores sexuality so it’s a great read for Pride too! • • • • • • • • • #herecomesthesun #nicoledennisbenn #caribbeanwriter #caribbeanwriting #caribbeanwriters #currentlyreading #amreading #tbr #toread #wanttoread #book #booklove #booklover #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #bookish #lovereading #readmore #igbooks #readersofig #readersofinsta #readersofinstagram
Still on the hunt for that perfect Father’s Day gift? You can save on subscriptions across the board with the code BESTDAD at checkout. Go to www.thewilloughbybookclub.co.uk to shop now. • • • • • • • • • • #giftideas #fathersday #fathersday2020 #giftsfordad #fathersdaygifts #fathersdaygiftideas #giftsforbooklovers #discount
LINK IN BIO We are team of white and non-black POC women. We understand that we can never understand but we know it’s time to step up. We need to educate ourselves, support in any way we can and take action. Reading is such a valuable tool to education and it comes naturally to us bookworms. But it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve put together non-exhaustive lists of recommended anti-racist reads, with suggestions for all ages, from board books through to adult non-fiction texts. We’ve also provided links to black-owned bookshops you can support, petitions to sign and share, and where you can donate, if you have the money to do so. As the amazing folks @fillintheblanksuk, a campaign fighting for the teaching of colonial history in U.K. schools led by students from former colonies, recently said: ‘Educate. Dismantle. Rebuild.’ #blacklivesmatter #antiracistreadinglist #antiracistreads #readinglist #bookrecommendations #diversereading #fiction #nonfiction #childrensbooks #babybooks #boardbooks #picturebooks
Enlightening, engaging, accessible and inspiring. I want you to hear Reni’s voice so please read the book but in the meantime, here are some quotes that I found particularly powerful. “We need to stop lying to ourselves, and we need to stop lying to each other. To assume that there was no civil rights movement in the UK is not just untrue, it does a disservice to our black history, leaving gaping holes where the story of progress should be. Black Britain deserves a context.” “...looking at our history shows racism does not erupt from nothing, rather it is embedded in British society. It’s at the very core of how the state is set up. It’s not external. It’s in the system.” “Whiteness positions itself as the norm. It refuses to recognise itself for what it is. It’s so-called ‘objectivity’ and ‘reason’ is its most potent and insidious tool for maintaining power.” “The mess we are living in is a deliberate one. If it was created by people, it can be dismantled by people, and it can be rebuilt in a way that serves all, rather than a selfish, hoarding few.” #whyimnolongertalkingtowhitepeopleaboutrace #renieddolodge #blacklivesmatter
Huge congratulations to our talented art competition winners! 🎉 We received many beautiful and creative submissions, which will display in a post on our blog, but these are the winners! 1) Our 18+ category winner is Aishah. We love your clever use of colour and pattern! 2) Our 12-18 category winner is Rosemarie Passmore. Those figures you have drawn are enchanting. 3) Our under 11 category winner is Madeleine. We love your cover design for your work in progress, The Meadow of Magic - maybe we could read it one day! 4) This is an honourable mention for a stunning entry from Aoife and her mum, which we just loved! Thanks so much for sharing your brilliant art - be sure to check out all the entries on our blog. We’ll let you know when we’ve posted them!
‼️There’s still a few days left to enter our competition to WIN A 3 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION... ‼️ We’ve had some incredible entries so far, as you can see from this lovely selection! We’re really enjoying seeing how creative you all are. A reminder of the entry guidelines: • Take a good picture of your artwork, inspired by reading and books, and send it to us in JPEG format at email@example.com • Give your name, address and contact details, plus age for those under 18 • Entrants under 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian • One entry per person We’re accepting winners from 3 age brackets: Under 11s 12-18 18+ Visit our blog to see full terms and conditions. This competition closes 30th May 2020!
R E L A X 1. Light Quietude candle from @thebotanicalcandleco 2. Pick up book 3. Plonk self down in comfy armchair 4. Read What are you planning on reading this weekend? • • • • • • • • • #books #booklove #booklover #bookish #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #bookstagram #shelfie #bookshelf #tbr #toberead #wantread #readmore #igbooks #igreads #readersofig #readersofinstagram
With it being a lot harder to get to the shops right now, we wanted to lend a helping hand when it comes to treating loved ones this Eid. Don’t miss out on a 15% discount across all subscriptions - valid until midnight Sunday 24th May. • • • • • • • • • #eid #eidmubarak #eidmubarak2020 #eidgifts #eidgift #eidgiftideas #giftideas #presentideas #discount #booksubscription #bookbox #personalisedgifts
🚨🚨🚨 GIVEAWAY ALERT 🚨🚨🚨 We have partnered with @EKM_UK for a giveaway where you could be in with a chance to win a 3-month book subscription of your choice from us! 📚🌟 To enter just follow the following steps: - Head over to @EKM_UK and find their giveaway post - Follow @EKM_UK @obodoshop and @willoughbybooks - Like the post on @EKM_UK - Tag 2 friends in the comments of EKM's post It's that simple! Entries will close on 29/05/20 at 10 am BST and the winner will be announced on EKM's Instagram.
Some of my five star reads from my shelves! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I adore my special, signed editions of The Book Thief and Bridge of Clay. They’re some of my most treasured possessions and remind me of an amazing evening with my lovely work pals at the Derby Book Festival! What’s your most recent five star read? • • • • • • • • • • • #books #booklove #booklover #bookish #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #igbooks #favouritebooks #bestbooks #fivestarreads #unnaturalcauses #fingersmith #sarahwaters #thebookthief #bridgeofclay #markuszusak #educated #tarawestover #igreads
📢CALLING ALL ARTISTS, WE NEED YOU📢 Have you entered our art competition yet? You could be in with a chance of winning a 3 month book subscription, as well as your design featured on a Willoughby postcard. All you need to do is send us an artwork, in any medium, that has been inspired by books and reading! We’ll be selecting one winner from three age brackets: 11 and under, 12-18 and 18+ To submit your art: Please take a good picture and send it to us in JPEG format to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to us at Willoughby HQ: Unit 2A, Winchester Avenue, Blaby, Leicestershire, LE8 4GZ Completion closes 30/05/2020 Terms & Conditions: closing date 30th May 2020. Entries received after this date will not be considered. Selected entries will be shared on The Willoughby Book Club social media. Entrants must give their name, address and contact details, plus age for those under 18. Entrants under the age of 18 must seek permission from a parent of guardian. One entry per person. The Willoughby Book Club reserve the right of reproduction of all works for publicity purposes. Entries posted to The Willoughby Book Club will not be returned. • • • • • • • #competition #artcompetition #win #booksubscription #booksubscriptionbox #freebooks #bookbox
We were very excited to drop this big old box of books round to a local care home last night! Hopefully they’ll bring some much needed escape to the residents 💗 It’s been so inspiring and heartening to see so many people leaving books outside for passers by to take or swap with! Have you seen anything like this in your neighbourhood? 📚 • • • • • • • • • #books #booklove #booklover #bookish #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #bookstagram #bookbox #boxofbooks #lovebooks #lovereading #igbooks #igreada #readersofinstagram #readmore
🎉WIN A 3 MONTH BOOK SUBSCRIPTION🎉 We want you to channel your inner artist and create an artwork, in any medium, inspired by books and reading. We’ll be selecting one winner from three age brackets: 11 and under, 12-18 and 18+ The winners will be gifted a 3 month book subscription and their beautiful design will be immortalised on a Willoughby postcard! So, whatever springs to mind when you think about reading, we want to see it. Be it a character, place or quote, we can’t wait to see what you create! To submit your art: Please take a good picture and send it to us in JPEG format to email@example.com or post it to us at Willoughby HQ: Unit 2A, Winchester Avenue, Blaby, Leicestershire, LE8 4GZ Completion closes 30/05/2020 Terms & Conditions: closing date 30th May 2020. Entries received after this date will not be considered. Selected entries will be shared on The Willoughby Book Club social media. Entrants must give their name, address and contact details, plus age for those under 18. Entrants under the age of 18 must seek permission from a parent of guardian. One entry per person. The Willoughby Book Club reserve the right of reproduction of all works for publicity purposes. Entries posted to The Willoughby Book Club will not be returned.
After complaining that I had left my copy of The Mercies at work, I discovered that my lovely boss had slipped it into a box of books she dropped round to my house! It’s going to be my next read ☺️ What’s the best piece of historical fiction you’ve read recently? 🌧 It’s finally raining! We’ve have several weeks of mostly sunny, dry weather and, while it’s a little miserable to look at and certainly rather miserable to be in for your daily allowed exercise, it’s a bit of a relief for the land! 🌳 When I came down to set up for work this morning, I could hear the rain coming down outside and my neighbour was practicing playing the piano. It was actually a really nice start to the day! Hope you have a good one ☺️ • • • • • • • • #themercies #kiranmillwoodhargrave #historicalfiction #thewisdomofbones #kittyaldridge #peculiarground #laurahugheshallett #book #books #booklove #booklover #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #igbooks #bookig #lovebooks #bookphotography #lovereading #readmore #currentlyreading #readersofinstagram #readersofig
23rd of April is William Shakespeare’s death day and is believed to be his birthday too! I don’t own an anthology of his plays and poetry anymore but I did have this book, which certainly celebrates his work, to share! If We Were Villains is an excellent book that falls into the dark academia category, like Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, and follows a group of theatre students on a rigorous course throughout which they focus on Shakespeare’s plays. We know from the beginning that one among them is murdered and who is responsible... but what really happened and why? I loved it! • • • • • • • • • #ifwewerevillains #mlrio #williamshakespeare #thesecrethistory #donnatartt #book #booklove #booklover #bookish #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #bookphotography #bookphoto #igbooks #lovereading #igreads #readersofinstagram
Everyone seems to be trying out new recipes during lockdown! What have you been making? 👩🏼🍳 The light in the kitchen was just so dreamy this morning, I had to snap a picture. I think I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and make some banana bread this weekend. I don’t have a loaf tin but I have an oval casserole dish that might work or I’ll adjust the cooking time and make them into muffins instead! • • • • • • • • • • #books #cookbook #cookbooks #lovebooks #booklove #booklover #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #bookish #bookphoto #bookstagram #thehappypear #thegreenroastingtin #jamieoliver
Currently reading: Normal People by Sally Rooney. Have any of you read this one? There’s an adaptation set to come out this year! I’m enjoying the book so far and I expect I’ll be watching it ☺️ • • • • • • • • • • #normalpeople #sallyrooney #currentlyreading #amreading #nowreading #tbr #wanttoread #book #ebook #kindle #books #lovebooks #booklover #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #bookish #lovereading #readmore #igbooks #igreads #readersofinstagram
Review! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 This was my first 5 star read in a while - it absolutely blew me away. I am one of two WBC bookworms who read this recently, the other being Alisha! We both, independently, described this book as a rich a dessert. This book is an indulgence for book lovers ❤️ I won’t try to recount the plot because I couldn’t do it succinctly and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. Just know that it is an adventure and a love letter to stories 💌 Like with The Night Circus, you can expect vivid imagery, a cast of unique characters and a world like no other 🗝🐝🗡 I think what made it EVEN BETTER than The Night Circus for me is the lovely protagonist, Zachary Ezra Rawlins. He’s relatable and loveable, you feel like you really know him by the end of the book. You can’t help but become invested in his destiny and the story. I loved the cast of quirky individuals that you get to know in The Night Circus but I always felt rather detached from them all. Zachary, though an introvert and unassuming individual, just leapt from the page and burrowed his way right into my heart 💘 I would love to return to this world, though I don’t know that Morgenstern has any plans for a sequel. I have a lot of questions after finishing and I could see a sequel featuring Zachary’s friend Kat as the protagonist instead! • • • • • • • • • #thestarlesssea #erinmorgenstern #book #bookreview #booklove #booklover #bookish #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #bookrecommendations #igbooks #bookphotography #igreads #readmore #amreading #whatimreading #lovereading #readersofig #readersofinstagram