Welcome to our new feature where we talk about random things we’ve seen around the blogosphere. It could be an interesting article, a book trailer, maybe a fun piece of news we feel you should know about, and maybe even a stylish pair of shoes or handbag we’ve seen (if Laura has her way!). Basically it’s a bit of a mashup! Enjoy…

Happy Monday everyone, it’s Laura taking over Monday Mashup this week. It’s a bank holiday here in the UK, so fingers crossed for some sunshine and maybe a few barbecues! This is what I’ve come across to talk about this week.

Bookish Bag

I did warn you that I might slip a few handbag loves into this post. But I think I’ve found one you’ll all adore. Check out one from the collection by Olympia Le-Tan. Clutches that look like books… how cute! *Want* They cost a bomb, but we’ll ignore that! (Also I’ve read this book and it’s fab if you haven’t picked it up).

Olympia De-Yan Collection

Shaving Amnesty

Now us romance readers now that it’s important to look gorgeous, but when Mills and Boon posted  a link on their Facebook page to a post by a woman who decided to give up shaving for 18 months, I couldn’t resist a read. 

The brave lady literally went eau naturel for 18 months which including tackling the dating scene, baring her legs, armpits and all to the world. Yikes! I had to share the following excerpt from the article of a scene from when she was on the tube in London.

A scene from my life:

Small child: Why do you have hair under your arms?

Me: Because when girls and boys grow up into women and men they grow hair under their arms.

Small child: My mum doesn’t have hair under her arms.

Me: She shaves it off.

Small child: She doesn’t.

Me: She does. Ask her.

Small child: Mum, do you?

Mother of small child: Yes.

Small child: Why?

Exactly, small child. Exactly.

Now quite frankly the idea of doing the same makes me feel a little bit nauseous. Not that I wouldn’t want to shuck the quite irritating task, more because I’m just too damn chicken! I completely admire her for doing this, but I so couldn’t do it, would/could you? What about the swimming pool?!

Source: Guardian and Mills and Boon Facebook

Dictionary Bookmark

Do you ever find when you’re reading that you just want to quickly look up what a word means? Me too. So I do love this little bookmark that’s also a dictionary, plus it comes in pink. I do have a bit of a fascination with all things pink.

Source: That Company Called If

Ebook Sales Rise & Tor Ditches DRM

I read with interest this week that sales of ebooks have risen by 366% this year (in the UK).  Inevitably this means that there has been a decline in the sale of print books. I have long been a lover of ebooks and would hate to be parted from my Kindle now. But I also do still read paperbacks and I think that there is a place in the market for both.

The publishing industry seems to be quicker to the mark on innovating for the ebook market than the music industry was when the iPod took off.  But we all know that ebook piracy continues to be an issue. However, I was actually really pleased to read this week that Tor has decided to ditch its DRM on its book and I hope that it sets a precedent for other publishers. 

When I sold my Sony ereader last year in favour of a Kindle I also had to say goodbye to a number of books that I had rightly purchased and paid for. This would never be a problem if I was buying a new bookshelf! I believe I buy a book, I should be able to read it on whatever device I choose, I have bought the book after all. So this is an exciting development. I also hope that this will perhaps help to discourage book piracy too.

Source: Guardian Books (Huge Rise In Ebook Sales) and BBC News (Tor Ditches DRM) 


A self-confessed bookworm who's favourite genres are urban fantasy, horror and a good love story with a sexy supernatural beastie. Also has a bit of a handbag fetish… actually, let's not mention the handbags; they seem to be breeding!


kay May 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

I couldn’t agree more with you about DRM! It was a pain when I switched from Sony to Kobo. Even though apps allowed me to transfer books, it was a lot of trouble. I hope other publishers will follow, too!


Laura May 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

I agree, I ended up losing quite a few books when I switched, it was depressing. I think it may help some of the book piracy issues too. Although sadly not all, but there will always be some problems.

I look forward to Kindle book lending in the Uk too.


Kelsey @ The Lost Book Reports May 14, 2012 at 8:36 am

I love the Dictionary Book Mark! Perfect Gift or stocking stuffer for someone who reads a lot!!!


Laura May 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

I know, it’s a really good idea isn’t it. I’m regularly looking up words on my iPhone.


Carmen May 14, 2012 at 8:58 am

I love my kindle but I do still love ‘proper’ books too. Especially for art & craft type books which I’m addicted to. I love seeing them in colour and being able to prop the book up while I paint…something I would NOT do near my kindle. Also I love a good paperback to take into the bath 😉 Am waaaay to clumsy to do that with the kindle.

Loving that dictionary bookmark!


Carolyn May 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

I do like my kindle but I agree love my paperbacks more, and I also read in the bath a lot, so definitely wouldn’t want to take my Kindle in there – although I have been known to drop an iphone in the bath while texting *oops*


Laura May 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Oh dear texting in the bath lol – sorry Carolyn 😉 I think you need to keep your Kindle away!

I’m with you both some things only work well on an actual physical book. What I do miss on my kindle is beautiful book covers.


Gemma May 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

Ooh I really think that book/bag is so cute! Its so quirky, like me! Lol

I do love my kindle, but a real book is still my fav! I love the smell of a new book and that crack of the spine when you firt open it. Plus you get a real sense of accomplishment when you get to the end of a book you never get with the kindle. ORrat least I don’t


Laura May 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I know, how cute is the bag?! Most day to day reading I would happily do on my kindle. But I seriously miss pretty covers on it, and I do love the smell of book stores mmmmm :-)


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