Reader’s Block…

As a book blogger, I kinda have to read, a lot. So when I find myself not pushed about picking up my books, I know there’s a problem! Nick Quantrill (author) recently suggested maybe writing about it, because we hear of writer’s block, but not much about reader’s block. So I’m writing this… when I should be reading!!!

The irony in this is that my blog name is BIBLIOPHILE Book Club:

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Now, I have no issue with the admiring and collecting of books, as anyone who follows me on here or social media can attest to, but every so often my reading mojo decides its time for a little holiday and leaves me in a bit of trouble!

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Anyway, last time I was in a bad reading slump, I mentioned it briefly in this old post from earlier this year: Iโ€™ve hit the wallโ€ฆ& Weekly Wrap Up so I’m going to chat about it a bit more this time I think.

There have been a number of things suggested to me to help get rid of the reader’s block, so I’m going to list them here as though they don’t work for me, they might help someone else.

  • Read some short stories or novellas.
  • Re-read an old favourite.
  • Pick a book that you want to read as opposed to one you need to read.
  • Write something.
  • Watch some tv, or a good movie to keep your brain occupied.
  • Read a magazine (The National Enquirer is GOLD for this one!!!)
  • Read a kids book.
  • Read outside your preferred genre.
  • Walk away from the books, they will still be there when you come back.

I have done most, if not all of these, in my quest to try and get back into a reading rhythm, but to no avail this time round.

*Update*

Funnily enough, it seems I got writers block with this post too. It’s been 5 days since I started this post, and I genuinely couldn’t finish it because I didn’t even know what to write. Even now, I’m only checking in while I’m prepping the blog tour posts that are coming up on here.

I’m still reading, but I’m reading books that I’m on blog tours for first and then I’ll move onto review requests again. I think this slump is making me feel like I’m at school, and I have to read as opposed to picking books to read for pleasure. 

In writing that, I genuinely don’t remember the last book I read that I picked! And it’s not like I don’t have any to choose from, I have literally hundreds of books on my shelves and kindle!

This is just a snapshot of some of my TBR…


(More books have been added since this photo was taken-shocker!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚)

So, have you ever had a reading slump? If so, how do you get out of it? I’d be interested to see if there’s anything I haven’t tried yet!

Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜Š

Weekly Wrap Up November 13th

 Hi everyone, 

So it’s weekly wrap up time again! Oddly enough I’m still in the depths of this reading slump, yet I’ve managed to read two books and I’m on my 3rd this week. I’m reading out of necessity as opposed to reading for pleasure which means that I’m feeling a bit like I have homework and I don’t want to do it ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

On the blog this week, I had a mix of blog tours and reviews. Huge thanks to Ellen who sent me her review for A Man With One Of Those Faces too! Here’s a chronological list of what you may have missed on the blog this week:

*Blog Tour* Beneath The Ashes by Jane Isaac

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Dark Fragments by Rob Sinclair

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*Blog Tour* My Sisterโ€™s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

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*Blog Tour* The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto #FinnishInvasion

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A Man With One Of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell

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Coming up next week for definite, I have two blog tours:

Love You To Death by Caroline Mitchell

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While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

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As well as these, I have a couple of posts hanging around that I may try and finish and get them posted up. Book related but not book reviews! 

Also, I’m (hopefully) taking part in the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast! This is the brainchild of Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste and having listened to the first one, it’s definitely one to watch out for if you’re into crime books and brilliantly funny book chat. I’ll be recommending a couple of books on there and I’m beyond nervous because I’m more at ease behind a keyboard than a microphone! ๐Ÿ˜‚
So yeah, that’s been my week here! How has your week been? Read anything that I need to know about? ๐Ÿค” Do let me know in the comments…

Weekly Wrap Up October 2nd

Hi everyone,

It’s Sunday, which means it’s wrap up day. Now this will be a double one as I was away last week! More on that later though ๐Ÿ˜Š

Bex over at Ninja Book Swap asked me to do a blog post helping to spread the word:

The Ninja Book Swap

I reviewed Erik Storey’s action thriller that had been on my TBR for aaaaages:

Nothing Short of Dying by Erik Storey


I was lucky enough to run a giveaway for a signed proof of Pendulum by Adam Hamdy which I loved:

Run by Adam Hamdy & SIGNED Pendulum Giveaway


I also hosted a stop for Andy Blackman for his new book:

*Blog Tour* For The Love of Grace by Andy Blackman


Another TBR book checked off the list when I started The Enemy series:

Dance With The Enemy by Rob Sinclair


This week opened with a blog tour, and something a little different in that I had to write a post about blogging:

*Blog Tour* The Million Dollar Blog by Natasha Courtenay Smith


I finally got to share my review for the stunning novel, The Bird Tribunal:

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn


My lovely guest reviewer, Ellen, had her first blog tour on Wednesday:

*Blog Tour* The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech


And today I had the pleasure of taking part in the blog tour for Michael Malone’s new book, A Suitable Lie:

*Blog Tour* A Suitable Lie by Michael J. Malone


That’s been the past two weeks in blogging. I’m finding it really hard to read lately, or at least hard to concentrate! This is really slowing my reading down, and my reviews all tend to be for blog tours so it feels like I’m actually not posting half enough! ๐Ÿ™ˆ 

I’m going to try and rectify that soon though! I’m well above my goodreads target now, I think I was at 129/75 at last look so I’m happy enough with it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

And now onto London… I’m still deciding whether or not to do a separate post but for now I won’t! All I will say is that I had THE BEST TIME!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ 

I got to spend QT with my husband, see the sights and go to the launch of Ragnar Jรณnasson’s Blackout in Goldsboro Books. Which was AMAZING!!! ๐Ÿ˜ I think I’ll have to do a different post! ๐Ÿ˜


Isn’t he lovely?!  ๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ 

How was your week?  

Weekly Wrap Up September 18th

Hi hi!

Sunday again and time for my weekly wrap up! And it was another relatively busy blogging week as I managed 8 posts this week, including two reviews! Click the two links below to catch up:

Black List by Will Jordan
Soul Rights by Liberty Gilmore

I also had a cover reveal for Corpus, which looks fab! You can see that one here:

Cover Reveal- Corpus by Rory Clements

Also this week, after some minimal teasing, I finally got to tell you all about my wonderful new guest reviewer! These two posts tell you all you need to know about Ellen ๐Ÿ˜Š

Some newsโ€ฆ

All about Ellen โ€“ Guest Reviewer

One of my fave punk publishers turned one and there was a great giveaway on the blog, you can read about it below! The winner will be announced soon! 

Fahrenheit Press is 1! Giveaway Time!

I also had the usual Triple S post on Saturday, featuring Rachel Dove yesterday:

Saturday Series Spotlight- Rachel Dove

And I managed to squeeze in a cover share for Joyce Schneider yesterday too! 

Cover share for J.A Schneider

I am way behind on posts and reviewing, but I’m planning on rectifying that later on tonight with some serious drafting to be done! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also managed to read 3 books this week, but reviews will be a while yet! I read 

  • Dance With The Enemy by Rob Sinclair
  • Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
  • Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall

I’ve also started Michael J. Malone’s A Suitable Lie in prep for a blog tour in early October! 

Next week I have an Adam Hamdy related post! But it’s not Pendulum, so you’ll have to keep an eye out to see! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m also on the blog tour for Andy Blackman’s new book and I should have some reviews as well! 

I can’t see there being a wrap up next week, as I’m going to London next Sunday, but you never know, I may be super productive! ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

How has your week been? ๐Ÿ“š

Weekly Wrap Up September 4th

Hello!

So its September!!!! I don’t know about you, but I have NO IDEA where summer has gone. Our eldest started back to school this week so it’s been a busy time on the home front but I’m glad to be back in a routine if I’m honest!

I was away this week for a book launch so I am a bit behind with reviews BUT I did manage to post 7 times this week thanks to my being overly organised for once!!!

Anyway, less about me and more about the books! ๐Ÿ™‚

Monday saw my blog tour for Graham Smith, with my review for Matching the Evidence going live. I had so much hassle with this post, it went up on 2 or 3 different occasions well before it should have! *shakes fist at WordPress* I got there eventually:

Matching The Evidence by Graham Smith Blog Tour

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Next up was the blog tour for A Death in the Family by Michael Stanley. I had posted my review for this before but I got to reshare as part of the tour:

A Death in the Family by Michael Stanley Blog Tour

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My FAVOURITE post also went up on September 1st, my monthly book haul. High seventies again for August. I swear these books just fall onto my kindle/into my trolley/through the letterbox. Think Harry’s persistent Hogwarts letters…. *ahem*

My name is Kate and I have ย book-buying obsession and I’m not even sorry!!!!

August Book Haul

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Next up, I was joined by Jane Corry in anticipation of First Monday Crime (taking place tomorrow) where she answered some questions:

First Monday Crime- Spotlight on Jane Corry

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On Saturday, I had the Triple S post, and I had the lovely Mary-Jane Riley join me to talk about her Alex Devlin books:

Saturday Series Spotlight: Mary-Jane Riley

Also, my most favourite Icelander has a blog tour, so naturally I’m on it raving about his new book, Blackout. Catch my review of Ragnar Jรณnasson’s latest here:

Blackout by Ragnar Jรณnasson Blog Tour

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Last, but by no means least, I was joined by Jackie Baldwin today as part of the blog tour for Dead Man’s Prayer:

Q&A With Jackie Baldwin

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That’s been my week here at Bibliophile Book Club. Next week is quieter I think. I have Tom Bale’s All Fall Down blog tour, and you’ll remember I said I’m behind on reviews? I should have reviews for:

  • The Constant Soldier by William Ryan
  • The Truth About Julia by Anna Schaffner
  • Find Me by J. S. Monroe

And maybe a couple of more if I can read fast enough! ๐Ÿ˜‰

How has your week been?! Let me know in the comments!

 

Weekly Wrap Up August 28th

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve all had a good week. It’s hard to believe that the kids are back to school next week here and it’s FINALLY back into a routine! I can’t wait! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’ve had another busy week on here with a couple of reviews and two blog tours as well as the usual Saturday Series post! 

As regards reading, I’m still slow but I managed to read one book, bringing my total books read this year to 114 so far. Not bad when my target was 75!

So anyway, back to this week’s posts!

On Monday, I had the pleasure of author Cat Hogan joining me for a Q&A as part of the blog tour for They All Fall Down:

Blog Tour Q&A with Cat Hogan- They All Fall Down


Tuesday’s post was another blog tour. This time it was Valentina Giambanco with a guest post to coincide with her latest novel, Blood and Bone:

Blog Tour- Blood and Bone by Valentina Giambanco


Next up was a review I’ve been sitting on for a few weeks, a debut from Elizabeth Heathcote called Undertow. I thoroughly enjoyed this one:

Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote


As usual, I had the Triple S post yesterday. I was joined by Hemmie Martin as she discussed her own series as well as some books she’s read and enjoyed:

Saturday Series Spotlight- Hemmie Martin


Last, but by no means least, I reviewed the superb Pendulum by Adam Hamdy! Definitely one to watch out for!

Pendulum by Adam Hamdy

That’s been my week on the blog! Next week sees another very busy week with blog tours, and I’ll hopefully have a review as well. I’m currently reading The Constant Soldier by William Ryan before I go to meet him on Friday evening in Limerick so that will be a nice break from the norm! ๐Ÿ˜Š

What you’ll see on here next week:

  • Matching the Evidence by Graham Smith blog tour
  • A Death in the Family by Michael Stanley blog tour
  • First Monday Crime spotlight on Jane Corry
  • Blackout by Ragnar Jรณnasson blog tour
  • August Book Haul post
  • Q&A with Jackie Baldwin 

How has your week been? ๐Ÿ˜Š

Weekly Wrap Up August 21st

Hi everyone!

It’s that time of the week again! You know, where I rack my brain trying to figure out where the week went and what I did! ๐Ÿ˜‚

This week I’ve not been feeling the best due to ill health and I had to get 20 injections on Tuesday which meant I found it really hard to hold a book let alone concentrate on reading! I still managed to read three books though, but I also started 2 more and haven’t picked them up since! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

I managed to blog 5 times this past week though so it ain’t all bad! Here’s all the link to my of those posts in case you missed them!

Q&A with Harry Bingham

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Angel (DCI Ryan 4) by L. J. Ross

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Ragdoll by Daniel Coleย 

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Saturday Series Feature- Carys Jones

Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre

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That’s whats been happening here this week, and next week I have some great posts coming your way too.

Tomorrow I have a Q&A with Cat Hogan, author of They All Fall Down, as part of her blog tour.

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I’m part of the blog tour for Valentina Giambanco’s latest book, Blood and Bone, and my stop is on Tuesday with a great post from her!

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And I’ll also have the usual Saturday Series Spotlight post and hopefully a couple of reviews if I can concentrate enough to read! ๐Ÿ˜‰

How has your week been? Have you read anything that I need to know about?! ๐Ÿ™‚