Best Loved Poems – A Treasury of Verse by Ana Sampson

I’ve loved reading poetry for 40 years now and this book is such a wonderful addition to my bookshelves. Its a beautiful naked hardback with as you can see the prettiest of covers and some beautiful teal blue end papers. Its perfect for picking up whenever you need a little lift or a laugh or the perfect words to say something. It contains such a fascinting mix of poetry spanning hundreds of years from Shakespeare to the present day and is split into sections like; love, war, lost love, poems remembered from childhood etc. In here there are so many

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End of the year Book Tag

The last 3rd of 2017 has begun so lets answer these questions Q1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? A. Oh baby what a question! Yes there certainly are: Enjoying all of these books a lot! but things just keep getting in the way (damn you real life) and I keep putting them down again. Q2. Do you have an Autumnal book to transition into the end of the year? A. (See answer above)  Autumn by Ali Smith is the most autumnal sounding book i’ve ever owned but isn’t so much about the

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Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell

Oh how I wish i’d had this book back when i was a teen and followed boy bands. It captures perfectly the feelings of what it was like to be ‘in love’ with the band members. To want to meet them and know everything about them. With my son being in a band I can also identify with the tensions between band members which is something this book does really well. Digressing for a second, my first loves were the Bay City Rollers but i also loved a band called Flintlock back in the 70’s (oh god im old!) I

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September Book Haul

Yes its happened again! Yes I have more books! Get over it! Lets get to the books shall we? I dont usually follow book awards especially not The Man Booker. All the books chosen are usually far too ‘high falutin’ for me but I have been eagerly waiting for Autumn by Ali Smith to come out and Elmet sounds really good so I had to get them. UPDATE and WARNING: Just begun reading Elmet and this is why i hate books long or shortlisted for awards. Its really beautifully written and nicely descriptive but in just over 30 pages there

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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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