30 Day Challenge- Day 20

Favourite Childhood Book…

I don’t think I had one clear favourite book as a child. I read a lot of books but I’m having a hard time going back 20 years to remember any standouts.

I know I read a lot of Enid Blyton books. I used to have a bed with a headboard shelf on top and I filled it all the way across with books.

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If they haven’t been thrown out or donated, I’m sure they are all in my parents attic. The majority of books I had from her were the ones in the pictures. I don’t recall ever reading The Famous Five books though.

As well as Enid Blyton, I also read some Roald Dahl. The one book that stays in my mind is The BFG.

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I loved it, but it’s been so long since I’ve read it. I’m going to have to go to the attic and see if any of my old children’s book are there as my 6 year old son likes to read and he already has my Beatrix Potter Collection and I’d love to be able to pass on my books to him. My little girl isn’t even a year old so we’ll have to wait a while before she starts into the books! 🙂

30 Day Challenge- Day 19

A favourite author…

I have a few favourite authors so it’s very hard to just choose one… so  I won’t! 🙂 I’m going to give you a list of them instead. in no particular order;

  • Elizabeth Haynes– author of one of my all time favourite books, Into The Darkest Corner.

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  • JK Rowling

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  • Chris Carter

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  • Jack Kerley

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  • Jo Nesbo

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  • Lee Child

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  • James Carol

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The majority of my list are crime writers unsurprisingly. also, they are pretty much all series with recurring characters. Kerley’s Carson Ryder books and Chris Carter’s Robert Hunter books are among my favourite reads in recent years.

I would highly recommend reading these two authors if you haven’t already! 🙂

30 Day Challenge- Day 18

A book you wish you could live in…

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The wizarding world of Harry Potter! Simples! 🙂

No question! Didn’t even have to think about it! I’ve loved those books since I first read them and I always will.

I’m so jealous of anyone who gets to visit the sets at Leavesden or the actual Wizarding World Of Harry Potter theme park! I’d give my left arm to go and see them.

Books for me are a form of escape and out of all the books I’ve read, the Harry Potter series are the ones who let me escape into a completely different world and let my imagine run riot.

Reading Habits Tag

I love book blogger tags but I very rarely get a chance to participate in them! Not this time 🙂

Thanks to the lovely Hayley at Rathertoofondofbooks and the wonderful Lorraine at Thebookreviewcafe, I’m following suit with my reading habits so without further ado;

Bibliophile Book Club’s reading habits… 

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Theoretically, I don’t have one place I like to read. I read in bed every night, but if I’m reading downstairs in the evenings, or (rarely) during the day, I read in my chair. This chair was bought purely because it looks super comfy (it is!!!) and I love a good reading space.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I’d have to say both! I try to use a bookmark but sometimes they aren’t to hand so I’ll just use whatever I find until I can get my hands one one. If it’s a hardcover with a sleeve I’ll use the inner flap and tuck it into whatever page I’ve stopped on. I collect bookmarks though, so I try to use them! Here’s a small selection I found when I reorganised my bookshelves!


Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at the end of a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

Oh god, this is a tough one. During the day, if I had a chance to read I’d have to stop wherever I am because my daughter would rip the book out of my hands! She’s 11 months old and doesn’t understand ‘just one more chapter’… Yet!!! 😉 If I’m reading in bed, regardless,of tiredness, I will not stop reading until the end of a chapter. It’s easier to stop at a definitive point for me.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

I would usually have a coffee during the day if I’ve got a chance to read as I know it’ll stil be hot when I get to drink it! 🙂 I don’t eat or drink reading in bed, but if it’s after the kids go to bed then I like to have something to munch on.

Multitasking: music or to whilst reading?

I have no problem with having the tv on while I’m reading, it doesn’t interfere too much with my concentration. I love listening to music when I read, but this only happens if my husband is playing on his PS4 as he can listen out for the kids. 😉

One book at a time or several at once?

Up until this year, I was a one book at a timer! However, since I got busier with blogging I have been trying to read more than one at a time. The most I read at once is three, one on my kindle, one on iPad and a physical book. Because I read the same genre you’d think it would get confusing but I never get my stories mixed up thankfully. I’m going to have to multi-read again soon as my TBR is piling up for November!

Read at home or everywhere?

I’ll read anywhere if I have a book and the time! However, I usually have one or both of the children with me at all times so it doesn’t happen often.

Read aloud or silently in your head?

Silently! Always! The only time I read aloud is bedtime with my 6 year old!

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Ammmmm….no! I’m going to get there anyway so why spoil the surprise!

Breaking the spine of keeping it new?

The Kate of old would have said keeping it new, on a pedestal, far away from any children or anything that could ruin a book.

However… I love books that look read. You know the kind, well thumbed, worn, loved. So I’ve relaxed my book minding… to an extent!

My signed first editions live in their plastic sleeves, high up on my bookshelves to be admired and kept as they are! 🙂

Do you write in books?

The only thing I ever write is my name and the year! I’ve been doing that for as long as I can remember and years ago I left books into a second hand bookshop and a friend of mine sent me a message ages after saying he’d just bought a book and it had my name in it! I loved that! 🙂
Well, there you have it. My reading habits. I think I’ll tag some fellow #blogsquad members to do this!

Sarah Hardy
Noelle Holten
Joseph Calleja

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 17

Author I wish people would read more…


There’s nothing better than the thrill of finding a new author. Since I started reading mainly crime/ thrillers and so on, I’ve discovered many, many wonderful authors. Some of these authors are already well known their fields, while others are less so.

I’ve read quite a few debut novels this year, I’ve been quite lucky to be honest. Some of these have been requests from authors, and some have been books that I’ve seen the early buzz about on social media.

My choice for today’s post is a debut author. I read their book, and loved it, this past October.

It’s none other than Michael Wood, author of For Reasons Unknown. 


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For Reasons Unknown is an exceptional debut. I thoroughly enjoyed it and you can find my review here!

I think everyone who loves a good crime/psychological/suspense novel should read this book. Anytime anyone asks for recommendations on Twitter or Facebook, Michael’s book is always on my list! I highly recommend For Reasons Unknown. If you haven’t read it already…

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

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I’m lucky enough to be participating in the upcoming Blog Tour for Michael Wood’s For Reasons Unknown along with some of my fellow #blogsquad so make sure you keep an eye out for us during the first week in December! 😉

 

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 16

Most thought provoking book… 

Yet another one I’m stumped on.

What constitutes a thought provoking book?

Is it one with a moral lesson to be learned?

Is it a book that made you think philosophically or is it a book that you felt spoke to you and your circumstances?

Due to the fact that I don’t read many non-crime books, today’s post is all the more difficult.

I’ve read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, both of which feature on many ‘Thought Provoking Books’ lists so they’ll have to do 🙂

Both of these are wonderful books, with very different lessons to be learned, and I enjoyed them both immensely. It’s been a while since I’ve read them but they are both worthwhile reads.

What would your choice be for most thought provoking book?

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 15

A character who you can relate to the most…  

This one is a bit more difficult than usual. The majority of books that I read are crime fiction so (thankfully!!!!) I can’t really relate to sociopathic killers.

The only character I can think of, purely for bookishness, is none other than Hermione Granger.


Hermione is a brilliant character in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Her love of books was infectious.


Her character saved many by having the knowledge gleaned from hours of reading. In my eyes, she can do no wrong.


I can most certainly relate to this in that sometimes, on bad days, reading is my salvation, my escape.