For those who missed it, yesterday was World Book Day and my friends and I decided to celebrate by holding a Book-swapping Party.
The idea was simple: dress up as a literary character, turn up with books, lend said books out, eat pizza and cake and talk about books, leave.
If there’s one thing my friends and I like, it’s a good story, so the six of us turned up with bags full of recommendations for everyone else, which were quickly snapped up by the others. One wild card was Greg (not pictured because he deigned not to dress up because he’s just not as cool as everyone else), who brought classics thrillers, history recommendations and non-fiction offerings to mix up the fantasy fare we were in danger of over-dosing on.
I recommended authors like V.E. Schwab (Vicious and A Darker Shade of Magic), William Goldman (The Princess Bride) and Trudi Canavan (Magician’s Guild) and came back with a TBR pile bigger than the one I had made to give away. (Pictured, right).
I can’t wait to get stuck into it. One of them, Shtum, is actually on my Top 10 TBR from my earlier blog post, so I was thrilled to have it unexpectedly handed to me.
Top marks also go to my friends for their fancy dress efforts. What started out as a whim soon became a serious undertaking as [left to right] The White Rabbit (Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll), The Fool (The Realm of the Elderlings – Robin Hobb), Valkyrie Cain (Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy) and Julian (The Forbidden Game – LJ Smith) all took the stage.
S.E.Berrow (Cain) and myself (Fool) were even rewarded with retweets and favourites from our favourite authors, which obviously made our nights!