Tell Me Something Tuesday #TMST ~~ Preferred Formats

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.


Paper, electronic, audio… How do you read?

TL;DR – Almost exclusively electronic.

I still, very occasionally, read a paperback but in general all my books are read via my kindle or the library app on my phone. It took many years for me to succumb to the lure of an e-reader as I was convinced nothing would take the place of my beloved physical books.


I’m not sure what took me so long to try electronic because I haven’t looked back since. I have hundreds of books that I can carry around with me and I can read at night without needing a light on that prevents my husband from being able to sleep. I also don’t have room in my home for bookshelves and hate having to dust books, so again the kindle wins out by taking up less space than half the space of your average paperback.


I have tried some audio books, but found the strong US accents I encountered were just too distracting and some were even irritating. I would love to find an audio book that both (a) interests me and (b) is narrated by British actors, sadly I’ve not succeeded with that one yet.




Tell Me Something Tuesday #TMST ~~ It’s All About Me

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.


It’s been a while… tell us more about you!

Me? I’m married to a wonderful man with whom I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary this year. We have three amazing offspring – I can’t call them children as the youngest will be 19 in December whilst her brothers celebrated being 21 back in March. I’m a teacher in an alternative provision, in fact I’m now the Lead Teacher there, a sort of mix of head of department and head of year.

I live in the East Midlands and have loved reading all my life, though when my children were young I had very little time to read for myself. In 2016 I got a kindle and rediscovered my love of all things book. I dusted off my scrapbooking blog and resurrected it as a book blog, though for several years I really only posted promotional material provided by PR companies, along with my review if I’d done one.

Some of my favourite childhood books were Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (along with the rest of the series), Tom’s Midnight Garden and The Secret Garden. In my 20’s I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, including David Eddings, Mercedes Lackey, Andre Norton, Julian May and Anne McCaffrey. On my return to reading I focused mainly on romance, but more and more I am reading fantasy and science fiction again.


So that’s a little bit about me!


Tell Me Something Tuesday #TMST ~~ Reading Habits

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 read 1 book at a time? or multiple? 

Recently, for a wide variety of reasons, I have been reading multiple (though rarely more than two) books at a time. However my preference is to read them consecutively, one after the other, I never consciously choose to read in any other pattern but the main reason for switching to another book is that the current one just isn’t working in some way. It might just be that I’m tired of that genre, it could be the characters haven’t grabbed me and occasionally it’s just that the author’s voice doesn’t work for me. However if they are arc books I will keep trying to read them.

Other reasons for juggling two or more books include fitting buddy reads into a tight schedule, last minute arc requests, beta reading and sometimes just getting bored with a book.


Tell Me Something Tuesday #TMST ~~ Cover Love

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.


Have you ever bought a book just because you fell in love with the cover?
And did such book live up to it?

I can only answer the first part of that because no I have never bought a book based on cover alone. I think as a teenager I might have picked up the odd book based on cover from the library, but that was far too long ago for me to recall the outcome.


However when it comes to purchasing books then author and description are the two most important factors for me, particularly as I only read e-books now. However back when I haunted the shelves of Waterstones for the latest Fantasy and Sci-Fi/Space Opera releases I would begin my search by looking for specific authors. A good cover buys the book time for me to read the blurb, if I’m still unsure I might read a sample of the book. (Yes I used to stand in the bookshop and read the first page or two of a book – naughty me!)


It actually feels like a reading challenge we should all take part in. Choose a book based entirely on the cover, without reading the blurb or looking at genre. It would either be an amazing experience or the worst mistake ever!


I am looking forward to seeing covers that made others buy a book.

#TMST Tell Me Something Tuesday ~~ Commenting on Blogs

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.



When does it become too late to comment on a blog post?

As long as the blog is still active I don’t personally think there is a cut off time. I have certainly commented on posts that have been several years old when I’ve found the content pertinent, informative or just plain entertaining. If the blog has been inactive for a considerable period of time then I will admit to feeling less inclined to comment (and by that I mean feel very awkward about it.)


Most of my existentialist angst arises from trying to think of a comment to make in the first place. I feel that if I’ve read and enjoyed a post I should say something, but “loved this post” never feels quite right.


Do you comment on older posts?

#TMST ~ Tell Me Something Tuesday ~ Libraries

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.



Libraries… do you use yours?

Currently not on a regular basis and the reason is two-fold. I’ll start with the bookish reason, which is that I only read e-books, of which there is not the best selection to choose from, and certainly none of the indie published authors that I usually read. Having said that I did recently borrow my first e-book via Nottinghamshire Libraries, a Tessa Dare book that was being Buddy Read in a group I help run. Sadly they didn’t have the rest of the series, which reflects how truly limited the choice of books is. I did reserve book #1’s of ACOTAR and The Cruel Prince, which should be available in a few months.


I had been using Libraries regularly in my job as an Outreach Teacher. They provide a warm, safe and calm environment in which to teach students with anxiety and mental health difficulties. However, as in many countries, those Libraries closed at the end of March in 2020 and whilst they opened, and closed, and opened again a couple more times, restrictions meant that libraries were only open for picking up and returning books. It was only in July, just as English schools began the summer break, that they re-opened fully. However lessons are now held virtually in small groups, so I won’t be going back anytime soon.

#TMST Tell Me Something Tuesday – Anticipated Reads

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What books are you looking forward to reading in Fall 2021? (September-November)

I don’t particularly keep up with upcoming releases, the latest hot author and the must read book, so this list is a mix of older books and arc books on my schedule. The first two are new books the second two I’ve owned for a while and am determined to clear from my TBR list.

Fireborn by Jessa Graythorn
Halley Ashwood is well on her way to achieving her dream of being a doctor. Focused and independent with a mother she never knew and a father who never loved her, the only constant Halley has ever had in her life is her brother, Flynn. Where Halley is logical and grounded, Flynn has always had an interest in conspiracy, but they’ve always been able to trust each other above anyone else. And Halley and Flynn don’t believe in making promises. That’s how Halley knows something is wrong when her brother leaves her a message the day before her scheduled trip to visit him in Amsterdam, asking her to promise him she won’t come.

When she arrives in Amsterdam, her brother is missing, leaving only his ominous words in his wake. Halley sets out to find out what happened to him and discover something she never expected. Turns out Flynn’s conspiracy theories maybe weren’t so farfetched after all. Demons are real, they’re living among us, and they may hold the answer as to what happened to Flynn.

Determined to find out the truth about her brother’s fate, Halley begins a dark journey that will force her to question everything she thinks she knows about the nature of the world, the forces within it, and even herself.





A Spell of Rowans by Bird Nash
Magic and troubles come in threes.

The Rowan family: Victoria, whose empathic talent reads hidden feelings. Phillipa, with a glamour that bewitches. Liam, who can touch an object to reveal its past. We all had our magic twisted by our mother’s games. After her death, I thought it was safe to come back. But the police haul in my autistic brother for questioning about a murder, while my sister knows what Mother was really doing. Hint: nothing good.

And that hometown boy I dumped? He’s now with the FBI and thinks he knows the truth about me

An emotional page-turner about healing from a haunted past. Perfect for fans of Practical MagicGarden Spells, and The Witches of New York.

NOTE: Trigger warnings for discussion of child abuse and trauma, with one assault scene, and some cursing.



In The Beginning by London Miller
Twenty-year-old Lauren Thompson left her small town in Michigan to begin a new life in the Big Apple where no one knows her name or the tragedy that had rocked her family fifteen years prior. With new friends and an intriguing new love interest, starting over is easier than she expected…but Mishca Volkov isn’t what he seems. As the son of a Russian Mob boss, he thrives in a world of chaos and fear, earning the title of Bratva Captain through blood and pain.

When the two cross paths, lines blur and passions ignite, bringing them closer than they could ever imagine. Until secrets from the past threaten to tear them apart. Can they fight past their demons…or were they doomed by fate before they ever met.



Deacon by Kit Rocha
Ana has trained most of her life to achieve one goal: to prove that anything men can do, she can do better. Now she’s Sector One’s first female Rider, and being the best is the only way to ensure she won’t be its last. Distractions aren’t allowed–especially not her painful attraction to the reserved but demanding leader whose stern, grumpy demeanor has already gotten into her head.

Deacon has spent the last twenty years trying to atone for his past, but the blood he spilled as a mercenary and assassin will never wash away entirely. If his riders knew the extent of his sins, he’d lose their trust and respect. It’s easier to keep them all at arm’s length, especially Ana. But his newest recruit’s stubbornness is starting to crack his defenses. And their sparring matches are driving him wild.

The passion sparking between them can’t be denied, but neither can the vengeance barreling toward Deacon. When his old squad comes back to punish him for his betrayal, Ana and the Riders are squarely in the line of fire. The only way to save his people may be to make the ultimate sacrifice.

But first, he has to convince Ana not to follow him straight into hell.

Tell Me Something Tuesday #TMST 24th August

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Do you have any pets?
Tell us about them (past or present)

Currently we have 1 cat, called Nipper, and 11 Guinea Pigs (though 9 of those technically belong to my son and his girlfriend). Previously we have had 4 gerbils and another cat, Kato, who adopted us after living feral for several years.

I’ve semi-owned countless gerbils during my time as a science teacher, they would live in the labs during term time but usually spent the longer holidays with me. As a child/teen my family always had a cat in the house. Tish was the first one I can remember, she disliked children and spent all her time with the old lady opposite. Next was Ginger who loved water and was a big old softie. He was followed by Lucky who was probably the offspring of a feral cat and allowed us to look after him. Finally came Sophie, a half persian and half farmyard hybrid with an evil temperament and a penchant for drawing blood. Her favourite pastime was to sit half way up the stairs and swipe at your head as you walked past them.

Tell Me Something Tuesday ~~ 17th August

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 ever buy physical copies of your NetGalley/Edelweiss approvals?

I don’t buy physical books as I have nowhere to store them. I am exclusively an e-book reader and whether I buy an official copy of the book very much depends on whether I enjoyed it or not. Who publishes the book also has a bearing on my decision. I will generally buy books that are published by an Indie company unless it was a DNF. If I really didn’t care for the book but I DO like the author I compromise by purchasing another of their books when I can.


Do you buy a physical or ebook copy of an arc?

Tell Me Something Tuesday ~~ 10th Aug

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Tell us about the best summer job you’ve had

I wish I could quote some amazing, fun or even silly job but I only ever had 2 summer jobs, though I did have a “Saturday” job whilst I was doing my A-Levels (from ages 16 – 18 if you aren’t in the UK!), which was as a sales assistant at Littlewoods, a low budget chain store (can be seen behind the market stalls below). Prior to this I would help out in the corner shop my parents owned.

Of the two summer jobs I did have, one involved working in the shop part of the local post office, the other was sorting film at a photographic processing lab. We had to organised film by cartridge type/size (35mm, 110 and 126) along with separating out Boots orders, which took priority, and removing the cartridges from disposable cameras. Neither job was amazing, and although I got to hear about saucy photos that made the rounds of the factory, I wasn’t high enough up the pecking order to be included.


So that’s my boring story – I hope you had a more exciting job!