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. 

Today’s question is
“Do you have a pet peeve about books?” (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

This week seems like quite an open ended and open to interpretation question, so it’s going to be interesting comparing what I thought and answered to everyone else’s answers!

I have plenty of peeves, lol. In terms of writing style, I cannot enjoy a story where I am told things instead of being shown them through thoughts, words, actions and emotions. I’m a very character driven reader, I need to feel their emotions and “hear” their reasoning. I don’t want to read that “She was happy”, I want to experience it, I want to know how that happiness felt, how it affected her mentally, physically and emotionally.

So peeve #1 is Telling not Showing.

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I’m a huge fan of dark erotica/ dark romance. First of all I have an issue with “dark” being used, or rather mis-used, as a description when really the book isn’t dark at all. The male lead being in an MC, or a bit of a bad boy, or just very alpha does NOT make a book dark. Kidnapping the heroine but then treating her with kid gloves, as though she were a delicate princess, is NOT dark. At the very least a dark book should contain dubious or non-consensual sexual situations. If those situations do not impact emotionally or psychologically on the heroine then I’m unlikely to find the story to be dark either, though at least I accept the labelling.

What peeves the heck out of me is when the antihero forces the heroine into dub-con or non-con situations but no acknowledgement is made of his behaviour being wrong. I’ve read many books where the heroine is given Hobson’s choice over being stripped bare, forced into a sub/slave type role and punished for not following rules she either didn’t know about or never agreed too. I’ve enjoyed the ones where the antihero acknowledges that his actions are wrong and that he is a bad man, even if he doesn’t care. However if the author tries to make out that because the antihero told her not to try and escape her enforced captivity, somehow the punishment she receives for doing that is totally her own fault. No normal person would NOT make an escape attempt in those circumstances, should an opportunity arise.

Peeve #2 – Acknowledge when something isn’t consensual.

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The final one is more to do with books that don’t exist. I acknowledge that having bought a book in a series, it doesn’t entitle me to future books from that series. I paid for the book I’ve read and (hopefully) enjoyed and that’s the transaction complete. I don’t even mind the series not ever being finished – life happens, books don’t sell, there are lots of possible reasons . What I do mind is when the author releases lots of other books and never explains why that hanging series is incomplete. Even worse is when they then go on to leave another series unfinished.

Peeve #3 – Not finishing what you started

Another peeve I have also involves duets/series and it is when there was enough story for 1 book but the author stuffed in loads of fluff and filler so that they could release it as a duet or trilogy. Or when a story is released as a series of 3 or 4 books, but when you add up the page count it was just one longer book AND would have worked as one book. I’m happy to pay £5 or £6 for a decent length ebook, authors can’t live on fresh air alone. However I don’t like paying £3 each for parts of a novel.

Peeve #4 – Sell me a whole book

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My final book peeve are the inconsiderate, selfish, stealing, lying, cheating scumbags who pirate books and upload them to pirate sites, or who download pirated books to read. I expect to be paid for the work I do, why would I expect an author to accept any less than I would? You wouldn’t walk into a bookstore and walk out without paying for a book, so why would any decent person not pay for an ebook?

Peeve #5 – Book pirating.

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. 

Welcome to the weekly book blog hop – is it really Friday already? We’ve been really blessed with some wonderful weather this week, a real indian summer. Though it’s become very noticable how quickly the evenings are drawing in. I feel like I’ve rediscovered my reading mojo this week too, so I’m a very happy bunny!


What draws you in more: the book’s title, the book’s cover, or the summary on the back cover? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Elizabeth really does come up with some great prompts and, in answer to her question, like all good book worms a great cover does turn my head. That might lead to me reading the summary and deciding from there, however as someone who only reads ebooks, cover has become less and less of a magnet.


The main thing that makes me investigate a book further is the blurb/synopsis, though there are some authors whose book I will buy just on the basis that I love their work so much. Once that description has peaked my interest then I will read reviews and maybe use the “look inside” or free sample options.


The title rarely intrigues me, though it would be a lie to say never. Summary is the most important thing (usually) and occasionally the cover, but always, always, always reviews to back them up!

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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. 

Today’s question is
“Do you read books by authors from outside your country?
Any book recommendations?
Also, if non-US/UK, could you name one author/book from your country?” (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)


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First of all thank you to Kristin for a really great discussion starter! So, yes I do read books by authors from outside my country. I’m UK based and actually read very few UK authors, though I do read some. For me I read mainly US, Aussie, Canadian and NZ authors, though I am currently beta reading for a French author and recently finished beta reading for an author whose first language is Spanish.

Personally I find the Aussie and New Zealand authors have a voice more in tune with my own English one. Colloquialisms, dialect and figures of speech are much easier to translate or are even ones that I use, sometimes it feels as though American English is a completely different language!

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So for non-US and non-UK authors I would recommend Cari Silverwood, Sorcha Black, Cassie-Ann L Miller and Nicolina Martin.

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. 

Oh my word how can it be Friday again already? I’m actually away on a holiday (vacation) we booked well before Covid reared it’s ugly head. We have holidayed as an extended family since my boy’s (now 20) were 5 months old. This year the younger-by-a-minute twin has not been able to join us. He’d only just returned to work after being furloughed for several months, requesting time off seemed a little cheeky. Not to mention he had a (unexpectedly) pregnant guinea pig who did give birth a few days ago, so it’s a relief that we didn’t have a neighbour popping around to feed them each day!

Husband and daughter racing down a sand dune at Formby beach

Today’s prompt is “Have you ever read a book that was suggested by another blogger?” (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer) To which my answer is I don’t think so. Please don’t be disheartened – I have added quite a few to my TBR list! However not only do I read within the romance genre (mainly fantasy, PNR and dark), I read mainly indie published authors. I do want to shift my focus away from arc reads and more to “I just felt like reading it” books.


I’ve actually struggled to hook up with blogs who read similar books to myself, an awful lot seem to be traditionally published middle grade, YA and/or fantasy. A good guestimate would be that arc books make up approximately 85% of my reading, the vast majority of this being from various author teams that I belong to. The remaining 15% of my reading is either re-reading books because a series has taken a while to be published, or is random whim reading in between arcs.


I HAVE read books recommended by friends on Goodreads and I do try to regularly join in Book of the Month reads in at least one group a month there.

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Friday Book Blogger Hop

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. 

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So this week Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings asks the question “How often do you visit your local library? 

To which the answer is, not at all for borrowing books but I do use various libraries to do 1:1 Outreach Teaching sessions with students who are unable to attend mainstream school. The library provides a safe, secure and (hopefully) warm environment in which to teach the student.

Had you asked the question many years ago, when my children were young, then the answer would have been weekly. We used to have a “flea market” in our town on a Thursday night, and it coincided with my sons attending the Anchor Boys section of the local Boys Brigade Company.

At that time we were a one car family and my husband worked evenings. So my daughter would be in her stroller, as it took far too long to get anywhere if she was walking, my sons would ride their push scooters and we would make the 15 minute journey into town. Usually we would try to arrive early, so that the boys could check out some of the second hand toy stalls.

Once the boys were at their club, my daughter and I would go to the library, where she would spend a happy half hour (or longer) choosing books to both read there, as well as to take home. We would also choose something for the boys to read, or have read to them.

Occasionally, if finances stretched that far, we would visit the local church where there would be drinks and cakes available, for a small charge. Other times we would stay in the library until my husband got home from work and could collect us. Occasionally, and more so near birthdays and christmas, he would wait in the car with my daughter whilst I went back to those second hand stalls to buy toys and presents that our limited budget wouldn’t otherwise stretch to.

When my daughter was 5 I returned to work as a teacher and my husband stopped his evening work. So there were no more weekly visits to the flea market and library, though my husband would often take our children to it, whilst I was busy planning lessons and marking books, at the weekend. They also used to love to attend holiday fun sessions there too, though these had an upper age limit of 11 years old, so it’s been a long time since we had much reason to go.

Oh my – I’m feeling all sorts of sentimental now! The flea market no longer takes place but the happy memories, I’m pleased to say, live on.

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Friday Book Blogger Hop

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. 

There are several parts to today’s question of –
“Do you read books by diverse authors or books with diverse characters (such as LGBT, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, etc)? If yes, do you have any book recommendations? Do you visit indie and/or used bookstores? Also, have you ever worked in any?”
This weeks questions was kindly submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte

Do I read books by diverse authors or with diverse characters?

I have read diverse authors and still do read diverse authors, though I will be honest in saying that I don’t particularly search them out. I make my reading choices based on genre, blurb, cover and enjoyment of the story. The same is true for characters, though since one of my favourite authors (Ariana Nash) writes MM fantasy romance and I do highly recommend her Silk & Steel series!

Do I visit indie and/or used bookstores? Also, have I ever worked in any?”

I read exclusively on an e-reader, so I don’t visit indie or used bookstores any longer. I did in my younger years, I used to love browsing second hand bookstalls and popping into little book shops when I was younger.
I’ve never worked it a bookstore. I did work in my parents corner shop (I think they may be called Mom and Pop stores in the US), a local post office, and a department store whilst at school and college, but not a book shop.

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Friday Book Blogger Hop

Friday Book Blogger Hop

Thank you to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer for hosting this weekly meme, which starts on a Friday and ends the following Thursday. There is 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 their own blog.


This weeks question for 31st – Aug. 6th is – “If you haven’t read a book in awhile and someone asks about a character or the plot, can you recall the details?” (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

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The answer is very much dependent on the book in question. Over the last few years I’ve become increasingly stingy with my 5 stars. I use them like confetti on Amazon, since 3 stars or less is considered negative. However on my blog and on Goodreads I use them much more sparingly. I also have a shelf for 5+ star reads. Those books that just have that magical something extra. Stories that buried their way into my heart and soul, and they are the books that would have me answering an emphatic “Yes” to Elizabeth’s question.


For instance, I could tell you about the meaning of chicken noodle soup in Comfort Food, or pennies in My Torin. I could tell you how Ren and Delta stole my heart in The Boy and His Ribbon, before completely shattering it in The Girl and Her Ren. Tears are gathering in my eyes just thinking about that heartbreaking read. I might say how Wishing Well by Lily White reduced me to a heaving, sobbing mess, or how much I loved Kesh, Kellee, Talen, Sota, Arran and Sirius in The Messenger Chronicles. It might just be how a little, elephant-like, purple, bot helped Emery adjust to her new life in Acquired Possession or perhaps how very taboo The Wild by K. Webster was.


However the truth of the matter is that it’s only a very small proportion of the books I read for which I could give that answer of “yes”. I started using Goodreads as a place to review and set reading goals in 2017 (very late to the party I know!). In that year I read 439 books. It was also the year that nearly broke me, I was out of control with arc reading and really overstretched myself. In 2018 I read 337 books and last year 307, though neither of those figures include the books that I beta read (often more than once). I’m on about 160 so far this year, so if you add those figures up, I’ve read over 1000 books in less than 4 years. Some would have been DNF’s, some I might have skimmed parts, but most I’ve ploughed through from start to finish. For a lot of them, the well written ones that touched me emotionally, I can recall limited details and main plot points. There are others that, even after I’ve read the blurb and my review, I no longer remember at all.


I can recall limited details from some books I read in my 20’s, over half a lifetime ago. I still vividly recall the King Kong pastiche scene from Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett, of a gigantic women climbing the side of a high tower, clutching an orangutan in her hand.

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Friday Book Blogger Hop – Top Books on your TBR

Thank you to Billy @Coffee Addicted Writer for hosting this weekly blog hop. This weeks prompt is “What are the top books on your TBR pile?”

There are over 700 books on my TBR list so trying to chose a couple might induce slight hysteria. However what I will do is talk about a couple of favourite authors whose back catalogues are currently on my TBR list. These are sort of my top priority To-Reads, along with recently purchased books.

Pippa DaCosta

I’ve read the vast majority of the work by this author, whose works are either fantasy, urban fantasy or science fiction. I’ve read several different series’ of hers, but have only dipped a toe in the water of her Soul Eater series. I’ve read book 1 but there 6 more books that I need to devour.


The Soul Eater Series by Pippa DaCosta

Urban Fantasy
https://www.goodreads.com/series/179000-soul-eater
“They call me devil, liar, thief. In whispers, they call me Soul Eater. They’re right. I’m all those things—and more.”
Kicked out of the underworld and cursed to walk this earth for all eternity, Ace Dante finds solace in helping others avoid the wrath of the gods.

Cari Silverwood

Another author whose work I have mostly read. I need to complete her Pierced Hearts series along with reading a few co-authored books. Goodness knows why it’s taking me so long because I absolutely LOVE Cari Silverwood’s writing. Her humour and her likes mesh so perfectly with mine that I enjoy every single word.


The Pierced Hearts series by Cari Silverwood

Dark BDSM Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/series/100310-pierced-hearts

The Pierced Hearts series is my journey into the dubious consent and capture fantasy genre.

So that’s my sort-of answer for this week. Top of my TBR list are authors rather than specific books!

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Friday Book Blog Hop

So I’m joining in once again with Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and their weekly blog hop. This weeks prompt was supplied by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews and is –

What book/books got a lot of hype but were a disappointment for you?


That’s not all that easy a prompt for me, because I mainly read independently published books, so there isn’t always a lot of hype for those. However in our little corner of the book world, we do still see some books whipping up a social media frenzy. One of those was The Wild by K Webster which, in my opinion, fully deserved the praise heaped on it. I’m going to interpret this (as is my want) in my own way and go for books that everyone else seemed to like, but I didn’t.

Title – R.I.P.
Author – Charity B
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46141235-r-i-p

This was a Book of the Month read in a group I’m in and several reader friends raved about how good a book it was. I started reading this at the start of lockdown in the UK, so there is every chance my mindset wasn’t right for this but I just felt it was rather contrived. It seemed to have dark events solely for the shock factor and bragging rights, rather than being pivotal to the plot.
I do intend to give this a second try at some point – it wouldn’t be the first time I did that and totally changed my mind about a book.

Title – The Body Painter
Author – Pepper Winters
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36602208-the-body-painter

This was a much anticipated book. I remember doing the cover reveal for this over a year before it was eventually released. We heard so much about how dark this was going to be, until it wasn’t. I found it very slow and repetitive, yet the prose is so poetical and beautiful that it still entertained.

Title – Land of the Beautiful Dead
Author – R. Lee Smith
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27228341-land-of-the-beautiful-dead

The author who features next recommended this book in her Facebook group. Loads of people then jumped on the thread praising it and saying how it was a 5 star read.
It was probably three times longer than it needed to be. An hour in and very little had happened (I was maybe only 10 – 15% into the book too).
A book needs to hook me in quickly or I soon lose interest, which I did with this. It ended up being a DNF.

Title – Stolen (Alpha’s Claim #4)
Author – Addison Cain
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35992776-stolen

My aim is not to sound entitled here. The purchase of a book does not make the author beholden to me in any way. I enjoyed what I paid for so the exchange was successful. This represents all those unfinished series, all those sudden radio silences on when the next book will be.
This isn’t the only author who has abandoned a series part way through, though the rest have stepped away from writing altogether, mainly due to mental or physical health reasons. I have been hearing more and more dissenting voices over the fact that the author has 3 (or 4 if you include The Golden Line) series that are unfinished. Until recently, when a book #5 was put on pre-order, there was no indication of when any of these series might be continued. I won’t say finished as that simply feels too much to hope for.
This isn’t a criticism of the author, who has every right to write and release what she wants, when she wants to. She owes me nothing. This is a personal note to myself to learn to step away sooner from a situation that isn’t doing me any good!

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Book Blogger Hop

This is my first time at joining in with the Book Blog Hop hosted by Ramblings of A Coffee Addicted Writer. I did try and join in last week but misread the dates and posted on the day that the NEW prompt started!


The prompt/question this week was submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews, and is When you run out of bookshelf space, what do you do?”

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This question sort of breaks my book loving heart. When my husband and I moved into our home, a rather long time ago and before our beautiful twin sons and our daughter were born, I owned a lot of books. A LOT. Most of them paperbacks, plenty of them purchased second-hand, in my Uni days, from book fairs. David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Andre Norton, Julian May, Katherine Kerr, Margaret Weis, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Terry Pratchett, Janny Wurts and many others filled half a dozen boxes. Their numbers were easily in the several hundreds and at first they graced several bookshelves I owned.


However as our family grew – and let me tell you twins take up a huge amount of space with their double of everything. Two cots, two highchairs, a much larger stroller, two bouncy seats etc etc. The books gradually got packed away and stored up the loft, until space became even tighter and many of them were donated to charity shops and the second hand bookstall at the local market. Do I regret it? Some days I do, but I know that they would still be sat in the loft and it would be highly unlikely that I would ever re-read them.

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I think there might be one box left up in the loft, holding the most favourite of my books. I also have a few scattered in strange places, such as the bottom of wardrobes and a shelf in the under-stairs cubby. I have 20 or so books on my chest of drawers, most of them new and bought for books signings or won in competitions.


Despite my initial reservations, I am now exclusively a reader of e-books. I can keep thousands of books in the cloud, or on my pc. I can carry hundreds of books around in my bag, available to read anywhere, anytime. It also feels better for the environment, yes there were the raw materials used in production and a couple of times a week it requires an hour or two on charge, but there isn’t the ongoing carbon footprint of paper production, printing and distribution.


As a result of exclusively e-reading I am unlikely to run out of “bookshelf space” anytime soon. However, I did recently notice that the memory of my kindle was almost full. After starting to delete them individually, and the frustration of just how time consuming that was proving to be, I reset my kindle. I now have the issue that I am having to manually download books, as they aren’t auto-delivering, but that isn’t a huge problem. I’ve had to adjust my settings to show ALL books and docs, rather than downloaded, though retaining my preference for ‘recent’ means anything new shows up on the first page.