Book Trailers: One More Thing by B.J. Novak

Every Saturday I share a book trailer of new releases, books we (other readers and myself) love, want to read, and anything that fits in with BA, in the hopes of helping readers find something new to enjoy.


If you’d like to share a trailer for other readers to watch, including if it is your own, please read through my Special Features Policy and feel free to forward any enquiries.

BA Features Johnny Nothing by Ian Probert

Welcome to BA’s Book Features showcasing a small collection of books to be released this week, or showcasing a special feature as part of a blog tour and promotion event. If you’d like to have your book featured on Bookish Ardour please send an enquiry.

Author Ian Probert and his newest release Johnny Nothing

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Review: Star Wench by Anna Anthropy

StarWenchFrontCoverWSYou’re Star Wench, interstellar adventurer! With your pilot Suzie Starbright, you cruise the galaxy with only one goal in mind: the powerful and treacherous Queen of Space! With her mind-control raygun eye and her boundless space empire, she is literally unbeatable. Your quest is doomed to failure, but what kind of failure?How does the story end? Only YOU can find out! Your one choice: which page to open up to. Keep reading until you’ve suffered not one but MANY terrible fates!


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Review: One Hundred Great Books in Haiku by David Bader

In the sixteenth century, Japanese monks developed the haiku, a poem consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven and five syllables. Now, in “The Loose Canon”, David Bader applies this ancient poetic form to “100 Great Books”.

From Homer to Milton to Dostoyevsky, the entire literary canon is finally within reach of even the shortest attention spans. The formal requirements of the haiku have, admittedly, necessitated a few cuts, such as characters, plot, dialogue and descriptive passages. Still, these are small sacrifices in view of the huge savings in time and shelf space.

Avoid eyestrain and deforestation and show off your literary prowess at parties. It’s the perfect gift for today’s busy reader.


It’s not often I read humour. Not because I don’t have a sense of humour, but because it’s more… selective. So when I pick up a book categorised as humour, I appreciate it all the more when it’s capable of getting a chuckle out of me. One Hundred Great Books in Haiku very easily got several chuckles and a laugh from me. Continue reading

Through The Lens: Nightlight by The Harvard Lampoon

Welcome to our weekly meme, Through The Lens! We’re combining a love of books with photography in order to visually display what we read and love.

How It Works

Each Thursday BA will be sharing a photograph taken of a book, such as a current read, recommendation, or a favourite, with an object or in a setting the reader feels represents an element in the story. Then we’ll share a short blurb about why we chose it.

You Can Join In Too

If you want to participate you can. You don’t have to be an expert photographer, the point of this meme is to be creative and share! Take your book, including eBooks, and display those covers with something that shows what you took away from the story. You’re welcome to post another day, we just like alliteration here at BA, and there is no theme unless you want to have one.

We do ask, if you wish to join in, that you grab the banner, link back to us, and share your link too so everyone can see your photos! Continue reading

Review: The Loribond by Erin Lale

Ex-Marine Carla Punch travels to alien space to get over her fear of aliens and succeeds beyond her wildest nightmares. Her life becomes intertwined with Emperor Xywanda’s through their mutual alien friend, Firuun.

Carla has more than the usual sort of war trauma to overcome, because Carla is a loribond victim: one of a group of human POWs subjected to alien psychiatric drugs. Loribonding is now banned as a war crime, but while Carla is getting into bar fights at a spaceport bar trying to make an alien friend, Emperor Xywanda is voluntarily undergoing the loribonding process in secret in a Byzantine plot to save the galaxy from civil war.

Xywanda is out to save everyone but himself, but it’s Carla and Firuun who will have to save the Emperor from his Empire.


You know sometimes when you read a book and you end up not knowing what to make of it? I have different reactions towards those books. Some I come away from them being angry, others leave me amused, then there are the ones I find enlightening, and finally ones I’m completely undecided on. There’s all sorts of reasons why I have those reactions, but the last one is usually because I’m at a loss as to whether I enjoyed it or not. Continue reading

25 Literary Pick Up Lines

I was procrastinating on Tumblr and I found this gem that I just had to share. The story goes that a dating website for bookworms was launched called ALikeWise, they match people based on the books they like, and Flavorwire came up with 25 literary pick up lines for members to use. Do you see why I have to share this?

  1. I’ll be a Jane around the house but a Bertha in bed.
  2. Wait until you see the size of my… Philip K. Dick library.
  3. Just like James Joyce, I know how to make a girl go, “yes I said yes I will Yes.”
  4. I’m a classic Horatio Alger story — namely, Ragged Dick and Struggling Upward.
  5. You’re so hunky, you must be hiding a rapidly aging portrait somewhere in your attic.
  6. I wasn’t a big fan of “Eat” or “Pray,” but there ain’t nothin’ wrong with “Love.”
  7. Girl, you’re so flawless, even James Wood couldn’t find anything to criticize.
  8. Hey, baby, the sun is not the only thing that also rises.
  9. I know why the caged bird sings — because I’m that good, that’s why.
  10. I love the way you fill out an Amazon wishlist.
  11. Do you know how I can contact Sherlock Holmes? Because I need to solve the mystery of how to win your heart.
  12. Good fences make good neighbors — except when that neighbor looks like you.
  13. Naked Lunch, anyone?
  14. Welcome to my apartment — or, as the ladies like to call it, The Joy Luck Club.
  15. How about you and I re-write The Story of O together?
  16. Will you be the Tropic of Cancer to my Delta of Venus?
  17. I would endure a Dan Brown novel, if that’s what it took to win your heart.
  18. You know Bookslut? They named it after me.
  19. I’m looking for a Malcolm Gladwell fan who can get me over the tipping point in the blink of an eye.
  20. We could make such a beautiful library together.
  21. I hope you’re one of the best minds of my generation, because I’d sure like to see you naked.
  22. Forget the New Yorker. You’d make my 20 Under 40 list any day.
  23. Single white female seeks Brooklyn-dwelling Jonathan for coffee-shop work dates, long walks in Prospect Park, baby-making.
  24. Little-known fact: The Sound and the Fury wasn’t named after Macbeth — it was inspired by a night with me.
  25. I finished Infinite Jest. Wanna bone?

Can you think of any of your own and which ones from this list would you consider using, either as a joke or seriously?