2.5k blog followers celebration party! (& giveaways!)

I’m all for celebrating milestones. In blogging, in business, in life, damn it if you’ve done something you’re proud of, reached a goal or milestone then you should sure as hell celebrate that – however big or small. I’ve done that since I started blogging and 4 years down the line, I don’t plan on stopping. So… today I would like to celebrate hitting 2,500 unique blog followers. Eeeeek! That may seem like a miniscule number to some, a huge number to others; we’re all on different paths and different points in our blogging “careers” but I definitely believe that we should celebrate our own and other people’s achievements. And for me, hitting 2.5k blog followers is an achievement. Especially after so mny blogging breaks and periods of not knowing whether I even wanted to continue blogging.

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So, you want to start reviewing books?

When I started book blogging, back in 2013, my ultimate aim was to start working with publishers and authors and being seen as a worthy enough book blogger to get sent books to review. Now don’t get me wrong, the free books are not the be-all and end-all of book blogging but having an author or a publisher contact you, regarding reviewing one of their new titles and allowing you to be a part of that pre-publication hype and providing your honest thoughts on a book which, chances are, people are going to read before they decide to buy the book themselves, is quite special. Book bloggers and book reviews are so very important so it’s not surprising new book bloggers (or even experienced bloggers who haven’t yet ventured into the book blogging world yet) want to be a part of that.

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GUEST POST: What’s in my Kindle library? by Diane Jeffrey (& Giveaway!)

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Diane Jeffrey onto my blog to talk about book recommendations, more specifically; what she has on her own Kindle Paperwhite. I love to be nosey and find out what books other people have got and you often find some great recommendations and also some common interests in the books you’ve both read. I can definitely identify a few in Diane’s library that I’ve read and enjoyed. Scroll down for some more information on Diane’s own book, ‘Those Who Lie’, which I’m gutted I don’t have the time to read right now because it sounds insane! Oh and there’s a giveaway at the bottom too ūüėČ Over to you, Diane…

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Happy Birthday Jenny in Neverland 

Around this time 4 years ago, Jenny in Neverland was born. 4 flipping years ago. First of all, I can’t believe I’ve stuck at something for so long; I was notoriously known in school for picking up a hobby, being totally engrossed for a month then the novelty wore right off. Flute, piano, dancing, drama, art – you name it. But this isn’t school anymore and this isn’t just a hobby anymore and I had no idea 4 years ago that blogging would become such a huge, important and vital part of my daily life. But it has and although it’s not been completely smooth sailing and there’s been a fair few bumps in the road, I still love blogging now as much as ever. So I’m here celebrating my blog’s 4th birthday and I’d love for you to join me!

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Guest Post: Women in Fantasy by Shona Kinsella (& Giveaway!)

Today I’m delighted to welcome Shona Kinsella, author of Ashael Rising onto my blog to discuss women in Fantasy novels with a fascinating guest post.¬†I’ve actually read through this post 3 times because I absolutely adore it and I think Shona sums up gender stereotypes absolutely perfectly – especially in stereotypical novels. You’ll also find all the information about Shona’s book plus a little giveaway at the end of the post!

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I have been reading fantasy novels for as long as I‚Äôve been able to read and in the vast majority of those novels, the protagonist was male. This is actually a pattern that is true for all genres that I read ‚Äď note that I don‚Äôt tend to read romance, which has a much higher occurrence of female protagonists. Continue reading

BOOK PROMO: His Kidnapper’s Shoes by Maggie James

Today I’m bringing you news of a new book which I think you will love! I am gutted I didn’t have time to read this for the blog tour but I’m definitely going to get my hands on a copy (or maybe buy it for my mum for Christmas so I can steal it, mwhaha). So let’s find out what His Kidnapper’s Shoes is all about…

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Go Indie Now! Subscription Box: The Multi-Sensory Reading Experience (& Giveaway!)

I’m happy to read anything and everything. All different genres, from all different kinds of authors including books published in different kinds of ways. Of course my most read type of books are traditionally published but I am definitely not impartial to a self-published or Indie book (I actually wrote a post on that here!) I’ve read some wonderful self published books since I started book blogging and met, albeit virtually, some of the incredible authors behind them. I’ve worked with Cratejoy before on their Fresh Fiction: Box Not to Miss box and their¬†Nerdy Bookworm¬†Box but today I’m reviewing the Go Indie Now! box and my god, what a treat it was!¬†And make sure you scroll to the bottom for the giveaway to win a Cratejoy box!

Now the main components of this box go together as like a set… sort of. I’ll get to that in a minute so it makes sense but first I’ll share with you the additional items in the box – which have no connection to anything else. I realise this makes no sense. Firstly, there was the¬†Bookish Adult Colouring Book by Martha Sweeney.

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How Books and Book Blogging Saved Me 

Warning: Very personal post coming up so if y’all not into that sorta thing then clear off. The other day (haha I say the other day but it was literally a month ago now) I had a bit of a rant / vent on Twitter. I mentioned that although I love lifestyle blogging and writing about a whole bunch of different topics, I feel sad sometimes that I’m not known solely as a “book blogger” anymore. For those who might be newer readers and followers of mine, my blog started as a book blog and only after a year or so did I venture into other topics. I was constantly reading, reviewing and in contact with authors and publsihers. It was wonderful. And although I still am to some extent (aside from my blog touring business which literally revolves around books), I can’t help but feel a bit distant from the book blogging community now.¬†

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Tips for your Book Blog’s Contact Page

As a just starting out book blogger back in 2013, I craved for the days where I would be contacted by authors and/or publishers asking me to review their books. That was something set aside¬†specially for the top dogs in book blogging – those at the top of the game whose opinions and reviews were crucial for that particular books promotion and development. But what I didn’t really get was that a lot of it was down to me – and my blog. I needed to make it clearer that that’s what I could offer, too.

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April Wrap Up: NetGalley, New Books & Not Feeling Well

And we’re back here again! Another month gone; and although it’s not been the best month ever personally as I was struck down with a rotten cold for 2 weeks after not having a cold in 3 years, I have read some amazing books, taken part in #PaperbackMonth along with a bunch of other bloggers and started a few of my 33 Before 33 challenges including, reading all the books on my bookcase and taking 1 photo a day of something that makes me happy for an entire year. But anyway, onto the books!

What I’ve Received + Won

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Publishers: The Traitor by Jonathan Holt, Echopraxia by Peter Watts and The Atlantis Gene by A.G Riddle (I’ve been spoilt by Head of Zeus this month, so massive thank you for all these surprise review copies!) and Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog Book 2) by Anne Blankman (Headline) Continue reading