Book trail birthday

Happy WordPress birthday to me!
Happy WordPress birthday to me!

It’s my second blog birthday today and I’m so excited to have reached such an milestone that I wanted to write a little post on my special day. I’m celebrating with some literary friends and more are coming over. I hope you will want to celebrate with me as I never could have imagined that the book trail blog would be going and at such strength two years after I started it to chronicle my travels as a hobby. Thank you to everyone who reads the book trail and for all your comments. I have made lots of new friends via this site and love chatting about books with you all!

Which made me think – if I were to have a literary party, invite my favourite authors for example, then who would I invite? I can’t imagine selecting only a few of my favourite authors – I would have to invite them all. What a party we would have! I would be so honoured to have people from the past as well as from the present. Imagine chatting to Charlotte Bronte over a slice of cake? Or waiting to talk to Charles Dickens as he enjoys a smoke with Wilkie Collins? I have had dreams about such events.

So, for this party, I would like to invite you all to a literary party, a literary gathering at Deyning Park from The Last Summer- the surroundings of which  I became  totally immersed in during my time there wandering its halls and gardens when I first visited. Now it’s the setting for my special day..

My literary party awaits...
My literary party awaits…

Then as it gets dark, we will step out side to watch the Night Circus….courtesy of Erin Morgenstern

this would be the circus spectacular we would watch later
this will be the circus spectacular we would watch later

Now what literary delights will we eat? – let’s have a literary feast of foods including peaches and chocolat…courtesy of Joanne Harris

Monsieur Le Cure would provide the beaches
Monsieur Le Cure would provide the beaches

Now as for the rest of the guests..Let’s  turn the music up loud and shout for people to come on to the dancefloor. Yeah let’s get this party started!

Sara Sheridan has a hair raising experience at the literary party
Sara Sheridan has a hair raising experience at the literary party

I like it when my guests appear relaxed and happy…

Val McDermid seems like she's happy
Val McDermid seems like she’s having a good time!

Now, I did explain to my guests that they could come dressed as they were. No need for dressing up fancy or borrowing a dress even though we were having the party at Deyning Park. They should come dressed comfortably and ready for action. I guess someone didn’t get the memo…..

There is always one who doesn't get the memo
There is always one who doesn’t get the memo – Steve Cole yes I mean you

Yes, Arne Dahl, you may well look disgusted at this last guest. There is always one wanting to break the rules isn’t there!? Nice to see you yourself have made a fine effort and are dressed for Deyning  –

At least Arne Dahl is dressed accordingly
At least Arne Dahl is dressed accordingly

I shall leave you as the party continues – probably into the night. There will be a few sore heads tomorrow but a literary party is totally worth it as it is the best mix of characters, writers and locations I have ever had the pleasure of immersing myself in.

I’m off back to my party. Please come and join me won’t you? Happy blog birthday to all you other people out there on your special day!!

images are of book covers and from publicity photos taken at Edinburgh book festival

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