Literary Coins to look out for in 2019

Literary characters and figures are no strangers to being on British currency, in previous years we’ve seen; Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggywinkle and Jemima Puddleduck, Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear, and a full collection of Shakespeare coins. We’ve also seen author, Jane Austen make it onto a bank note thanks to feminist activist Caroline Criado-Perez.

In 2019, The Royal Mint, are introducing new literary-themed coins for you to collect. 350 years after Samuel Pepys’ last diary entry there will be a commemorative £2 coin. Pepys’ diary which accounted historical events including the Great Fire of London began on 1st January 1660 and the last entry was on the 31st May 1669. “And thus ends all that I doubt I shall ever be able to do with my own eyes in the keeping of my journal …” – wrote Pepys. The coin is designed by Sculptor, Gary Breeze, and features a quill writing in Samuel Pepys’ shorthand, complete with his signature and the date at the bottom.

Also released by The Royal Mint this year, is a commemorative 50p celebrating the 160th anniversary of Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday. Doyle, is best known for bringing us the fictional but brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes who features on this coin. In the centre of the 50p, is the silhouette of Holmes in his distinguishing deer stalker hat and smoking a pipe. Surrounding Sherlock are the titles of Conan Doyle’s Holmes books including; The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet and The Valley of Fear.

So, before you had over you change in a shop, take a second to check them in case you’re holding Sherlock Holmes, Samuel Pepys, Peter Rabbit, Paddington Bear or William Shakespeare in the palm of your hand.

Newly discovered ‘Baby-Sitters Club’ book covers revealed

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The Baby-Sitters Club has recently been announced as making a comeback and many fans are very excited.

Zacksploitation Comics decided to celebrate by taking classic Baby-Sitters Club book covers and having a bit of fun with them. Using his editing skills and fatuous humour, he created a handful of cheeky and laugh-out-loud funny covers for the classic tween reads.

Find Zack on Facebook and at his website.

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Man Tweets his FIRST ever viewing of the Harry Potter movies

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As much as it may amaze you some people have yet to watch the movie adaptation of the Harry Potter series. (I know!) One of those folk is Chef Swasty on Twitter. Chef describes himself as “Conqueror of Greenland, heister of couches, bane of shitty-neighbors, YouTube chef, uneducated in movies” in his Twitter bio. His lack of magic was never on purpose- sometimes movies or fads can pass us by- but he certainly made up lost time by binge watching every single HP movie over the course of a few days. Live tweeting as he watched, his reactions during the emotional rollercoaster are just brilliant. The live Twitter thread is immense- as one can imagine- but the full thread can be found on Imgur.

For now, here are Chef Swasty’s hilarious reactions to the first two movies…

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‘Green Book’ Wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards

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Last Summer, we reported the news that Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, House of Cards) and Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings, Captain Fantastic) were set to star in a film called Green Book. Inspired by a true story, the film follows a white driver as he chauffeurs a famed black musician on a tour through the deep south of the United States. The film takes its name from Green Books, which were published in the early to mid 20th century and were travel guides that informed black travellers in the US of where they could find accommodation, restaurants, and gas stations which would serve them in segregated America.

 

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Hilarious Honest Book Titles from ‘Story of My F*cking Life’

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Story of My Fucking Life has been creating hilarious (but fake) honest book titles since March 2017. Their snarky, cringe-worthy, and relatable titles range from embarrassing moments we all experience, to some we would be ashamed to admit. According to their ‘About’ information on their Facebook page they say:

“New stories added daily or at our convenience.

Submit your tales — your life is bullshit too!”

Good to know we can add our own shame to the ever-growing list of tragic titles.

If you submitted a title about your life- what would yours be?

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How Many Books Can You Read in a Year? Take the Test

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We all know reading is about quality not quantity but with so many books on the TBR it’s great to be able to power through them quicker than most. According to the Pew Research Center, the average American who reads gets through twelve books a year, and now you can find out your reading speed with this new test.

Lenstore has devised a test to measure your individual reading skills and see how long it will take you to tackle the world’s most popular novels. Take the rest below and see how you fare!
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Tumblr has a seriously hilarious obsession with Harry Potter

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Tumblr is absolutely stuffed full of fandoms sharing their obsessions, observations, and frustrations. There is a group of fans for every television series, movie franchise, graphic novel, and all kinds of literature; many of them end up on Tumblr armed with GIFs and memes, and ready to fly the flag for their fandom.

The Hogwarts/Harry Potter fandom is one Tumblr has been obsessing over since forever and, despite the last movie being released back in 2011, they’re still going strong!

Some of the funniest observations ever made about Harry Potter and the wizarding universe can be found on the blog site, and here are our favourites…

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