Harrogate 2018

Hi everyone,

I realised last week that I never did a blog post about our weekend at Theakstons Crime at Harrogate in July so I figured I’d do up a little post about it now that I am getting back to blogging!

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I had never been to Harrogate, but I used to spend the weekend glued to Twitter watching everyone else’s experiences when it was on in previous years. So when last year’s one was done, I immediately booked the weekend for me and my husband to go it this year, and it was the BEST weekend!

We flew over on the Thursday afternoon, so we made it over to The Old Swan that evening to get our bearings and see what was happening, and we ended up staying there until well after midnight because I managed to meet some of the lovely bloggers and authors I’ve been friends with online! 🙂

I genuinely can’t name everyone that I met, because the weekend is just a blur of people and books, but EVERYONE was so lovely. It was really nice to be able to put faces to names (or Twitter handles) as well after chatting online with them for the past few years.

Lee Child was the programme chair, and I am a HUGE LC fan, so I essentially lost my mind every time I saw him. It was impossible not to feel starstruck to be honest, and the great thing is, he’s actually a really nice man. Which made asking him for a photo that little bit easier, even though I am screaming inside! I was also lucky enough to get a proof of Past Tense, the next Reacher novel!

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We only booked one panel for the whole weekend, as when everything went on sale the majority was sold out, but I was delighted to get tickets to Matt Wesolowski’s “Write What You Know” panel on the Saturday afternoon. Again, I’m not shy in shouting about Matt on Twitter, but I couldn’t quite work up the courage to speak to him. So Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books and my crafty husband ambushed me with Matt quite unexpectedly, thereby leaving me speechless again, haha! Honestly though, it was great to be able to meet him, and he signed Hydra for me too 🙂

I didn’t feel like we missed anything by not going to all the panels, and to be honest, we spent the majority of the time outside or in the tents catching up with various authors, bloggers and publishing people. This was a great opportunity to chat with people and do a little author stalking too because I may never get the chance to meet them again. I hope I do, obviously, but you never know!

One of the absolute highlights of the weekend was FINALLY getting to meet Ellen Devonport. Yes, you read that right, I had never actually met Ellen until Harrogate this year, even thought we’ve been online friends for years!!!

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YAY! Its Ellen ❤

There was a lot to take in at Harrogate, a lot of books, a lot of activity, and plenty of banter! My husband had a great time too, beer tents are his fave, and I’ll never forget him taking Ellen’s phone and going up to loads of authors and taking photos with them for her to see when she came back! He even snagged Val McDermid! VAL MCDERMID!!!

Special mentions for meeting also have to go to the supremely gorgeous (and super tall) Jack Jordan, truly lovely Holly Seddon, my fave Tom Bale, and Elizabeth Haynes who I burst into tears upon meeting because she is the reason I started reading and I just got so overwhelmed! 😍

It was a great weekend. I’d highly recommend it if you like crime fiction, and even if not, because it is just loads of fun. I can’t condense it all into this post because there were so many great moments, and memories to last a lifetime. I can’t wait to do it all again next year….

I took enough photos though, so here’s how Harrogate 2018 went for us:

I’m sure I have more photos, but I have no idea where they are, so these will have to do 🙂

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, book people are the best ❤

Inaugural Sucker For A Series Post 

Hi everyone,

So today is a busy day for me! 😊 I have two posts on the blog today and it’s also my 30th birthday! 🎉 I decided to launch my new feature today, as it’s a date I won’t forget, and I figured I should kick it off!

I love a series, hence the title, I often say to people “I’m a sucker for a series” so thought I may as well call the feature that! 

Series are brilliant for so many reasons; they can go on for years (see Sue Grafton, Jonathan Kellerman, John Sandford, Michael Connelly to name  a handful), they are something to get excited about when you are waiting for the next instalment, and they are fun to collect. (I only have a handful I can take a pic of!)


For my first series post, I’ve chosen the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. I have all of these books, mostly in paperback but some on kindle too! As I write this, there are 20 books in the series:

  • Killing Floor (1997)
  • Die Trying (1998)
  • Tripwire (1999) 
  • Running Blind (2000) 
  • Echo Burning (2001) 
  • Without Fail (2002) 
  • Persuader (2003) 
  • The Enemy (2004) 
  • One Shot (2005) 
  • The Hard Way (2006) 
  • Bad Luck And Trouble (2007) 
  • Nothing To Lose (2008) 
  • Gone Tomorrow (2009) 
  • 61 Hours (2010) 
  • Worth Dying For (2010) 
  • The Affair (2011) 
  • A Wanted Man (2012) 
  • Never Go Back (2013) 
  • Personal (2014) 
  • Make Me (2015)

I’m relatively new to Lee Child’s work. When I say relatively new, I mean I only started reading them in the last 7 years or so. The first book, Killing Floor was published in 1997, with the most recent Make Me being published in September 2015 but I’ve managed to catch up! 😂

I’ve read every one of these books, in order, and they have not disappointed me once. Lee Child, for me, is a “comfort” author. When there is an imminent Jack Reacher novel, you can be guaranteed I have it on preorder or I buy it immediately! I know what they are like, and I know all the characters. Picking up a Jack Reacher novel is like catching up with an old friend! 

I really enjoy manly books. The kind of books that are full of action and fighting and bad guys and everything else that goes along with them. They basically read like a movie, which I love!

Speaking of, Jack Reacher, was a movie made in 2012. Starring Tom Cruise, it wasn’t what I expected. Not least because apparently Jack Reacher is built like a brick shithouse, which Cruise is clearly not! Questionable casting aside, I still thoroughly enjoy an action film so it’s by no means the worst I’ve seen!

I don’t reread books, ever, if I’m honest. However, I can say with certainty that I will reread the Jack Reacher series at some point. As a character, I think he’s brilliant and I hate that I will never read them with fresh eyes, but I won’t let that stop me! 😊

I could go on and on about Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, but at some stage I’ll have to stop! 😁 If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend them! The books are escapism, action-filled, testosterone-fuelled and full of tension. I’ll continue to read them for as long as Lee Child continues to write them!

I’ve devoted this post to Lee Child because his series is the longest I’ve read, at 20 books. That being said, there are tons more series I’ve read and loved so I’m sure you can expect to see more posts from me during the course of this new monthly feature. 

I have posts up until November, but if you’re an author or blogger and want to feature, email me at bibliophilebookclub@gmail.com for more info! 😊

Make Me by Lee Child



About the book (via Goodreads):

 

“Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there’s something about Chang . . . so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way—right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine.

Walking away would have been easier. But as always, Reacher’s rule is: If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.
My thoughts:

There are a handful of authors whose books I wait for with bated breath, and Lee Child’s books are always on my list! Definitely one of my most favourite authors, and a comfort read if ever there was one! I won’t keep gushing, I’m going to save that for my first I’m a Sucker for a Series post which starts next month! May 13th to be exact!😉

Make Me is the latest Jack Reacher novel (I say latest, September 2015!) and it’s been on my TBR since it was released. I just haven’t gotten to it. This week I decided to cheat on my TBR and start sneaking in some of my own purchases for reading and my first port of call had to be Reacher!

I started this on Wednesday night,and finished it last night (Thursday) because I just couldn’t stop reading it! As is often the case with Lee Child’s books for me!

Make Me is classic Reacher. As usual, he’s travelling with no real destination and all the time in the world! Reacher ends up in Mother’s Rest, and tried to find out how the tiny place got its name, but nobody will tell him.

Meeting Chang however, sparks something in him, and they team up to try and find Chang’s missing partner. What ensues is a cross country search, with plenty of action thrown in for good measure!

There are plenty of unsavoury characters, and shady goings on in Make Me. These are what draw the reader in, and keep them reading. As usual Reacher manages to walk into trouble at every opportunity, rarely looking the other way. With Chang at his side, they make a formidable team in searching for her missing partner.

I don’t want to say any more about the plot, because if I’m honest, it is not what I was expecting AT ALL!!! Sufficed to say, Child has once again written a brilliant Reacher novel and in all honesty, possible one of my favourites of the series, purely for the unexpected route the story took.

I gave Make Me an easy 5⭐️ on Goodreads, and I cannot wait for Night School to be published!!! In the meantime, I plan on reading Reacher Said Nothing by Andy Martin which I’ve had for a while now too! 😊

You can purchase Make Me AND Reacher Said Nothing by clicking on the relevant links below! 😉


Make Me: (Jack Reacher 20) by Lee Child

Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me

Happy Reading 😊