• James Hewlett

Book Signings


Sara should be on her way home from work shortly, when she gets back we’ll be turning around and heading straight back out tonight. We’re off to a book signing/q&a in Portsmouth this evening for one of her favourite authors Ben Aaronovitch. He’s the author of the Rivers of London and that series of novels. If you’ve not heard of them, you probably will soon, they’re bound to be adapted either for film or TV in the next few years. I’ve not actually read any of them yet but I keep meaning to. Everyone I know who has adores them. Maybe tonight will inspire me to jump into that series next.

We found out about the event as the manager of the bookstore is a friend, what we failed to realise was that it was a ticketed event and sold out very quickly! Thankfully, as I said, the manager is a friend. It’s not what you know…

I’ve never been to a book signing before, it should be interesting. I’ve been to plenty of comic book signings, even helped organise and run a few in my days of comic book retail, but never a book signing. My only real experience with them is on TV where it is usually the author reading a passage or chapter followed by super in depth questions from the audience.

I’ve always been an avid reader, but not a particularly fast reader. I’d get through a few books a year but there was always a huge backlog of things for me to get to. Thats one of the reasons I love my job, it gives me a hell of a lot of time in the van driving around and listening to audiobooks. My audible library is pretty vast after the three years I’ve had my account and I get through anywhere between thirty and fifty books a year now. I love it.

I’m sure some people will poo poo audiobooks over the real thing but I think those people haven’t given them a real shot. It’s not like the old days of cassette and CD’s where books were heavily abridged and the narration is almost always top notch. Sure, I have had to give up on books I would seemingly enjoy because something about the narrator didn’t jive with me, but that is definitely a minority case.

Today really feels like Friday to me. I think it’s because I’m done with work for the week already, more on that tomorrow, it’s a really nice feeling knowing that I will be able to sleep in tomorrow while all the neighbours will be off to work. I could get used to four day weeks.

If you’ve got any book recommendations, or want any, send me a message.

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