25 Thoughts I’ve Had In My Time As a Book Blogger

Book bloggers… We’re a funny bunch aren’t we? Since I started book blogging, back in March 2013 I’ve experienced so many things I would have otherwise been oblivious to. Book blogging is a whole different world and I didn’t quite realise how much there was to it until I was in it.

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June Wrap-up: Cute Gifts & Chick Lit

Hi guys! Welcome to yet another wrap-up post. I swear the last one is only up for a day before I have to start writing another one! Well, I hope you’ve all had a lovely June and the weather is warming up where you are. June has been pretty good for me too – bookish and otherwise! So lets get to it!

What I’ve Received, Bought and Won

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Publishers: The Dress by Kate Kerrigan (Head of Zeus), My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies by Fredrik  Backman (Bookbridgr) and Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (Head of Zeus) Won: Full Brazillian by Cintia Silva with Teena Lyons Bought: The Fire Within by Chris d’Lacey (a childhood favourite of mine I’m desperate to read again!) I also received a lovely little wish bracelet from Lynsey James as a thank you for helping out with her book. Continue reading

Book Review: Sunshine and Spaniels (Primrose Terrace, Book #2) by Cressida McLaughlin

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25340862Title: Sunshine and Spaniels (Primrose Terrace, Book #2)
Author: Cressida McLaughlin
Format: eBook, NetGalley
Links: Amazon UK | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook


Blurb: Cat Palmer’s dog-walking business, Pooch Promenade is taking off. It hasn’t been plain sailing but with the help of her flatmate Joe, she’s taken on some more new clients from Primrose Terrace. But when she meets boisterous puppy Olaf, who is owned by harassed single mum Frankie, she wonders if she has bitten off more than she can chew!

Cat’s also getting to know her sexy neighbour Mark and his Collie, Chips, a little better, but is there more to him than meets the eye? Perhaps sorting out her best friend Polly’s love life will be easier than her own…

Sunshine and Spaniels is the second part of a serialized novel told in four parts – all set in Primrose Terrace. Continue reading

Ramblings of an Unpublished Writer: Volume 2

Hi guys! Welcome to volume two of Ramblings of an Unpublished Writer! I had such a great response on my last one, which I honestly didn’t expect because let’s face it, it literally is just a load of rambling! But you guys seemed to like it and I’ve had a lot of lovely support regarding my writing since posting it. I aim to please, so here’s another one.

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Posting my last “Ramblings” post made me feel extremely liberated. I never realised quite how many other bloggers out there, even some I know, are working on their own novels! Some of which are even in the editing process. You lot kept that one quiet, didn’t you! But it’s given me a lot more confidence to crack on with my own. I’m currently at just over 30k and here are some things I’ve learnt and some things that are helping me at this point: Continue reading

Embracing People’s Differences

I had a bit of a rant on Twitter a while ago, about how some people put you down or make you feel small because your hobbies, interests and what you enjoy doing for fun is different from theirs. Now, I know on a whole, people are generally accepting. In the diverse world we live in, it’s hard not to be but I know from past experience that some people do have something to say about the fact that I don’t enjoy clubbing anymore, nor do I like getting drunk and doing what could be considered “normal” for a young woman of my age to be doing. And unfortunately, I’m probably not the only person to have experienced this. Continue reading

Four Things Tag

I’ve been stuck for blog post ideas. Like, really stuck. But I figure, you can’t go wrong with a trusty “tag” post, can you? I pinched this one of Danielle from Underland to Wonderland (who’s blog is fantastic, by the way!) and it’s called the “Four Things Tag” where, unsurprisingly, you name four things under each category. So lo and behold, here are my answers!

Four Jobs I’ve Had

1) Sales assistant at Primark. Loosely translated to: Chatting to friends all day and having sock fights.
2) Optical assistant at Vision Express. Loosely translated to: Cringing as you take photos of people’s retinas.
3) Voluntary teaching assistant. Loosely translated to: I don’t like kids. Why am I even here?
4) Admin assistant at my mum’s work. Basically getting my travel for free and eating all day.

Four Things I Don’t Eat

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Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 (So Far…)

Can you even comprehend that we’re in the middle of June already? This year is going by much quicker than I hoped it would but the good thing is, it’s been full to the brim of amazing books. I’ve read a total of 22 books this year so far and although compared to some that isn’t an awful lot (I admit, it isn’t!) most of them books have been 4 or 5 star-ers! So I’ve narrowed it down and below are my best books I’ve read this year so far. In no particular order! Continue reading

Quick Tips for Writing Book Reviews

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Now, I know this post may seem really obvious but I was surprised by a few people mentioning on twitter that they feel like their book reviews were lacking and that a lot of people would find a post like this helpful. I’m no expert on writing book reviews, far from it. But I’ve been doing it long enough to establish a “voice” and know what generally makes a “good” book review. Continue reading

May Wrap-Up: NetGalley Month & New Adventures

Hello my little lost boys and girls! I hope you’ve all had a fabulous month and read some amazing books too! I’ve been away on holiday and gallivanting around the UK for a lot of May but I still managed to get some reading done, although not as much as usual. I did come home from holiday to a lot of lovely bookpost which I will share with you below! Here’s what’s been going on in Neverland this May…

What I’ve Received and Won

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Publishers: Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates and The Washington Stratagem by Adam Lebor (Head of Zeus) Continue reading

Ramblings of an Unpublished Writer

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll have become aware by now that I’m currently working on my own novel. I know what you’re thinking, “Sigh. Another blogger who’s writing a book” and whilst yes, a lot of bloggers start writing books I think it’s great that so many people have aspirations to write. I’ve not mentioned it properly on my blog yet but I feel that now is the right time to do so and although I’m still in the early stages, I’m extremely excited about it.

I started writing this particular book over a year ago. I made a good start and was super enthusiastic about it but then I crashed a burned. I realised that writing wasn’t for me and that I should stick to what I know; reviewing other people’s books. That was until my best friend Lynsey James got her publishing deal when I realised that I probably could do this, if I set my mind to it. I could finish a manuscript and it didn’t matter how long it took me as long as I didn’t stop, I would get there eventually. Continue reading