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~~ Friday Book Blogger Hop 27th May ~~

Friday Book Blogger Hop


The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 



Do you use the Kindle app on your phone or iPad for reading e-books?

submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews


As someone who hasn’t read a physical book in several years, my kindle is usually within easy reach. I have been accused of being addicted to it, and my family usually know better than to try and talk to me when it’s in my hand.

Once in a blue moon, I do use the app on my phone. The problem is that it tends to drain my battery really quickly, so I either need a charger close to my hand or it has to be a dire reading emergency.

Do you read e-books? If you do what is your preferred reading device?



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Tell Me Something Tuesday #TMST

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Jen @That’s What I’m Talking About, where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the questions from Jen’s blog and answer it on your own.



Do you review every book you read? Why or why not?

For the first few months of having my kindle, I only clicked on the star rating when I reached the end of a book. Once I started reading arcs I discovered Goodreads and have become somewhat review obsessed. I review every single book I read or attempt to read, on there and use the site for my own personal record-keeping system. Unlike most bloggers, this is my go-to place to create my reviews and I then transfer them to my blog or elsewhere afterwards.

I mainly post reviews here for books I enjoyed, so not every Goodreads review will appear on my blog. In the main, this is based on how I use reviews. If I am looking for recommendations I will keep an eye on what others are blogging about. When it comes to making my final decision on whether to purchase or not I will use reviews on Goodreads and/or retail sites to help me decide. It doesn’t bother me to see negative reviews on blogs, some of them make for great reading 😁😉. Whilst I may choose not to do so, if others choose to post the good, bad and ugly of their reviews on their blog, then that is fine by me.

Rounding off with other review sites, I used to transfer all my book reviews to retailers, Amazon in particular. This has dwindled down in the main to arc books, with the very occasional review for a purchased book.

What are your reviewing practices? Do let me know in the comments.



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Sunday Wrap-Up ~~ 2022 Week #21

Welcome to my weekly round-up post where I link up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberley @Caffeinated Reviewer as well as The Sunday Salon meme hosted by the wonderful Deb @Readerbuzz. Do please pop by their blogs and show them a little love 💗.


Life Last Week

I barely got any time this week to visit blogs, reply to comments or even post content, my apologies if you were kind enough to visit my blog and I haven’t repaid the compliment. Exam season has kicked in, despite me not being directly responsible for running and organising them I am in charge of the day-to-day running of the education centre and so I ended up doing a lot of setting up and troubleshooting. I also had to sort out the who, how and where of teaching those students not taking GCSEs as we are a very small provision so most of the rooms were being used. I’m hoping next week will be a little easier!




Last Weeks Books

Whilst I didn’t spend much time in blog land last week I did spend my free time reading as this helps me relax and destress. I also woke up at 4 am so filled the hours until my alarm for work went of with reading too.

Having put Dark Class aside last week I picked it back up and finished it last Sunday. Whilst I enjoyed it there was a fair amount of repetitive action, thoughts and scenes. I followed this up with a book from my library that met May’s TBR22 Challenge, not that I had any time to do this month’s post. The Lady was a quick, historical, erotic romance that was well written but sadly lacked any significant plot.

Kitty Thomas is a queen at writing darker romance and The Sacrifice didn’t disappoint. The story skirts the line of dubious consent, but then further muddies the water by having the heroine actively choosing to enjoy the situation.

I also managed to squash in a novella and some beta reading yesterday.


Currently Reading

Freya Scott is getting married. Her wedding to Matthew, her long-term boyfriend, is the first of eight in her calendar this year, and as someone who prides herself on being meticulously organised, Freya is intent on making it the perfect day to remember.
But when Matthew calls things off hours before they walk down the aisle, Freya’s entire life plan goes up in smoke. Humiliated and heartbroken, the last thing she wants is to attend a summer of other peoples’ nuptials on her own.
Fortunately, her friends have an idea: together they devise a series of outrageous challenges for Freya to complete at each event, designed to distract her from Matthew and what might have been.
From getting stuck in an old church bathroom and needing to be rescued by the vicar to making out with a barman at a French chateau, Freya realises that despite herself, she might just be having fun.
By the time the final wedding arrives, she’s not the same woman she was at the start of the season. And maybe her own love story isn’t over just yet


Looking forward to…


… visiting my sister in a week or so.

… celebrating my husband’s birthday tomorrow.

… improving weather – it’s been rather wet and chilly this week.


2022 Reading Stats
Books read – 55 (52)

Re-reads –  7 (7)
Owned books from TBR list read – 14 (13)
5 Star reads – 12 (11)
DNF’s –
14 (14)


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Tell Me Something Tuesday #TMST

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Jen @That’s What I’m Talking About, where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the questions from Jen’s blog and answer it on your own.



How long have you been blogging? And has your blog changed over time?

My very first blog post was on 24th August 2014. However, that was back in my days of using Blogger to participate in Scrapbooking challenges and sharing my crafty goodies along with my scrapbook pages. Needless to say, it has changed quite a bit since then!

My first bookish post was on 19th November 2016 and I’ve been book blogging ever since. My next change was when I moved to WordPress in the March of 2019 but I feel the biggest change whilst I’ve been book blogging was in March 2020. That was when I moved from the almost daily posting of promotional material, with the occasional review post, to posting less frequently but with what I hope is higher quality content.

That’s my blogging journey, so far, let me know about yours in the comments section!



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Sunday Wrap-Up ~~ 2022 Week #20

Welcome to my weekly round-up post where I link up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberley @Caffeinated Reviewer as well as The Sunday Salon meme hosted by the wonderful Deb @Readerbuzz. Do please pop by their blogs and show them a little love 💗.


Life Last Week
Ilkeston, from Bennerley Viaduct

The weather has warmed up, though Wednesday saw more rainfall in one day than our area had in the whole of April. It was very much needed as farmers are already saying crops aren’t growing well.

A very clever rat had discovered how to balance on the thin branches of the holly bush we hung our bird feeders in. Yesterday we went out and bought a free-standing bird feeding station, which we are hoping is too smooth for any rats to scale. I’m just hoping it’s tall enough that our cats are unable to jump up and reach the birds as they feed.


Last Weeks Books

I put Dark Class to one side last week as it really wasn’t capturing my attention. I have returned to it yesterday, it’s one of those books that is pleasant enough but is soon forgotten. That said I do love all the droids that appear in this one.

I DNF’d a Buddy Read. It was NA Bully/Academy, none of which appeal to me BUT having enjoyed a book in the same genre last week I thought it was worth giving a try. Yes, the authors achieved their aim in writing a very dark story but they totally missed any chance of writing a convincing romance by making all 3 men involved mean, spoilt and entitled. I can get behind an anti-hero who has at least some reason for his hate (or one who is evil but not to the heroine). I can’t abide one who has no redeeming qualities at all.

Thankfully, these two disappointments were soon wiped from my mind by the incredibly entertaining and well written Hummingbird. I’m already looking forward to book #2 later this year.

My final read was another netgalley arc. It was a strange one to rate as I enjoyed reading it most of the time, but there were so many things I had to ignore/let slide I just couldn’t rate it any higher than 3 stars


Currently Reading

Freya Scott is getting married. Her wedding to Matthew, her long-term boyfriend, is the first of eight in her calendar this year, and as someone who prides herself on being meticulously organised, Freya is intent on making it the perfect day to remember.
But when Matthew calls things off hours before they walk down the aisle, Freya’s entire life plan goes up in smoke. Humiliated and heartbroken, the last thing she wants is to attend a summer of other peoples’ nuptials on her own.
Fortunately, her friends have an idea: together they devise a series of outrageous challenges for Freya to complete at each event, designed to distract her from Matthew and what might have been.
From getting stuck in an old church bathroom and needing to be rescued by the vicar to making out with a barman at a French chateau, Freya realises that despite herself, she might just be having fun.
By the time the final wedding arrives, she’s not the same woman she was at the start of the season. And maybe her own love story isn’t over just yet


Looking forward to…


… seeing my sister’s new house (she’s moving this week).

… exam season being over – it starts this week so things will get very busy at work.

… only two more Monday get-ups.


2022 Reading Stats
Books read – 52 (50)

Re-reads –  7 (7)
Owned books from TBR list read – 13 (12)
5 Star reads – 11 (10)
DNF’s –
14 (13)