August Book Haul

Have i got a stash to show you this month? Well yes, i darn well have and its gorgeousness personified! Lets begin with a couple of books sent for review, i’ve decided to add them here rather than give them their own Book Mail this time but it will return. A huge, huge thank you to Abrams & Chronicle Books and Simon & Schuster for these beauties. Odd & True by Cat Winters Sit back and admire this cover design! and its a floppy, i adore floppies! The History of Bees by Maja Lunde BOOM! this is a stunner of

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The rapid fire book tag

Another great book tag to try so lets begin… ebook or physical? physical all the time! even though i finally caved and bought a Kindle i dont enjoy using it. It just doesnt give me the whole book experience of feeling the solid weight of paper in my hands. Plus, you dont get to enjoy the gorgeous cover! hardback or paperback? paperback anytime! hardbacks make my hand ache and the dust jackets drive me nuts but i cant remove them as most books are soooooo boring beneath and that would ruin the reading fun for me. I especially love those

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mini book reviews – ARC’s i didnt like

It is a truth universally acknowledged that we cant like ALL the books we are sent or buy for ourselves right? I hate it when this happens but i’d rather be honest with the publishers who have sent them to me and maybe pass the ARC (advanced review copy) onto someone else who will love it and want to review it fully. So here are the latest batch of books I did not like… The hanging tree by Ben Aaronovitch Its not the first book in this series that I couldnt get on with but i had hoped that as

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Bloggers need comments too

I’ve been writing blogs in various forms for over 10 years now and I love it. As a book blogger I enjoy the writing process, getting my thoughts down, sharing my views and recommending books but there has always been one thing that really narks me about blogging. The lack of comments! Bookish folk with You Tube channels have far more ways to see if their posts are enjoyed or engaged with than us bloggers. They have a counter each time someone views their video They have a ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ button to give them feedback too plus

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Book Mail #3

BOOM! take a look at this! I only got a copy of the wonderful Jen Cambell’s book, The Beginning of the world in the middle of the night! How exciting is that? A huge thank you to Two Roads books for this treat. It came with some fab little goodies too including: a sort of tea ball? not sure as i dont drink tea A bag of silver Smarties a large seed, which looks like it could be some sort of bean. I will definitely plant it and see what happens. a nice letter from Jen herself Isn’t that such

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Ruler of Books Tag

I saw this the other day on Charlotte’s lovely blog Bookmarks and Blogging but she got it from the wonderful Ariel Bissetts channel on You Tube. It basically says if you ruled your own world what would it look like bookwise. Let’s get to it! If you were the ruler of books… Question 1. What book would you make everyone read? A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens of course. My favourite book of all time! But I suspect that seeing as it was published over 170 years ago most people, may have read it anyway. The book shows that its

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Book Mail #2

Well i never expected Book Mail #2 to be written so quickly but today this beauty came through my door A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge I was so thrilled! Frances Hardinge is an award winning writer and to get a proof of her latest book is such an honour.  Its published on 21st September by Pan Macmillan.  I’ve been lucky enough to receive ARC’s from publishers for over 3 years now but each one is still as much as a thrill as my first one. Whats been your most exciting book this week?   Save Save

Book Mail #1

Welcome to the first post of my new series Book Mail!  *Imagine cheering and a tickertape parade sort of thing* This is a new thing on the blog whereby i share with you the excitement of any book post as it arrives, literally minutes after postie delivers it through my letterbox and as soon as i’ve picked myself up from the floor after passing out with happiness, you will know about it. Not at the end of the month in one big haul along with other books i may have been tempted to buy myself! Okay, enough of the waffle

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A Change is Gonna Come – Book Review

This ARC was sent to me by Stripes Publishing – @StripesBooks in return for an honest review so thank you very much guys! This is a book of short stories and poetry by 12 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers. For someone who doesn’t often read books of short stories/poetry this was a real treat and totally hit the spot for me. The diverse range of genres in this book is amazing. There are contemporary, dystopian, magical realism, time slip and historical tales all under one gorgeous cover, designed by Lucy Banaji, her cover design is so striking. As with

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#ChangeBook Photo Challenge

                                      I absolutely loved it so look out for my review which will be up tomorrow (10th August) on publication day!  But for now I thought i’d share with you my entries for a Photo Challenge based on the book thats currently on Instagram.                                                 I love the colour yellow, dont you? Its so happy and jolly and cosy

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