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Coming Up – May – June 2016

A somewhat lengthy post (#sorrynotsorry) to let you know about some coming attractions!!!

I’ve joined the #bookstagram community and am having fun taking photographs of my collection – you can follow me here if you wish. The picture I’m happiest with so far is this one – thank you for that, Sunlight!

Blog Tours

Sat 7th May – Andy Briggs – The Inventory: Iron Fist (I’m so excited to share this interview with you). Check out this post by @daydreamin_star for handy links to the other stops on the tour.

Iron Fist blog tour banner


As part of the 2016 Debut Author’s Bash at I will be interviewing the following two authors. Check out the sign-up post here to see the amount of amazing authors (and their books) that will be taking part.

Fri 3rd June Jennifer Mason-Black ‘Devil and the Bluebird’

Sat 11th June  Kiran Millwood- Hargrave ‘The Cartographer’s Daughter’

Debut Banner copy


Sun 26th June – Tommy vs Cancer – I will be reviewing two of Tommy Donbavand’s books – Ward 13 and Scream Street 1: Fang of the Vampire – Tommy has cancer and this blog tour is designed to help support him pay his bills – check out one of his blog posts here and please consider donating. Do read the rest of the blog too. Thanks to @Serendipity_Viv and @daydreamin_star for organising.



I’ve done lots of reading and have some reviews to catch up on.

Just a note I’ve decided to leave star ratings off reviews though you can still see them on my Goodreads Profile if you are interested.

2016 Classics Challenge

Feb – The Art of Happiness/A Force for Good, Mar – 1984/Brave New World, Apr – Anne of Green Gables, May – The Handmaid’s Tale, June – The Catcher in the Rye

Our Shared Shelf

I’m a little behind on the Emma Waston feminist book club reads but have all the books I’ve not yet read on my May TBR pile

Jan – My Life on the Road, Feb – The Color Purple, Mar – all about love, Apr – How to be a Woman/Moranthology/Moranifesto, May – The Argonauts, June – TBC

2016 Most anticipated

So far I’ve read 9/16 books I was most looking forward to this year and will be reviewing:

Morning Star, How Hard Can Love Be?, The Sleeping Prince, 13 Minutes, Desolation, Geek Girl 5: Head Over Heels, Rebel of the Sands, Kindred Spirits and Mind Your Head.

YA Book Prize 2016 Shortlist

When the 10 books that made the shortlist were announced I was very happy to see that I’d already read 5 and owned an additional 3. Since then I’ve bought and listened to One! on audiobook so just have 1 to acquire and 4 left to read. This will be the first shortlist I WILL have finished reading before the prize is announced. I think as Melvin Burgess is getting a special prize I should really add Junk to my list too.

Book Boxes

I appear to be expecting 4 book boxes in May – oops – so I’ll share an unboxing and review of each one.

They are, in alphabetical order: Fairyloot, Illumicrate, My Bookish Crate and Owlcrate.


New Feature

Finally, in my interview with Andy Briggs I asked him a somewhat nasty question – which he very kindly answered and I’m thinking of making it a feature.

Repeat, Rewrite, Remove

The question is ‘Which of the Characters in your book would you Repeat, Rewrite, Remove and why?’

I’m looking for brave authors who’d like to explore this to get in contact – please use the form below.

Ummm – just realised it looks like I have a busy couple of months ahead. What have you got coming up?



New Features

I have just added a couple of new features to my blog that I have been finding useful on other peoples.

You can now share any blog posts you find interesting with your social networks by clicking on this button Shareat the bottom of any post – it then gives you options to share to facebook, twitter, via e-mail, etc. (Plugin – Share-Widget).

You can also subscribe to receive follow up comments to blog posts (and pages) via e-mail by ticking the box at the bottom of the comments box – you can also subscribe without commenting if you wish (just open up the comments box at the top of the post to find the tick box (Plugin – Subscribe to Comments).

Liquid LinksI’ve been updating and adding to my links – if you scroll down the page you’ll find links relating to Writing, Occupational Therapy etc and a few of my friends. I will be continuing to add to this. Hope you find them useful.


You’ll also find links in the side bar to join me on Twitter, Goodreads, or to subscribe in a Reader (RSS feeds) via the Feedburner chicklet.


Oh Yes I’ve also got a favicon for the site now so you should see the white ink blots on black in your browser address bar.

And if you’ve got an iPad you’ll see the site using the Onswipe theme which I think is rather funky.


(If you are a WordPress user here are a few other plugins I use that I find quite helpful:

Insights – Allows you to search your own blog, or the web for content, images, video, Wikipedia, Google etc to embed in your post.

WP-Touch – I’m guessing iPhones don’t use Onswipe yet so this is a simplified theme for phone browsers.

WP -> Twitter allows you to send each new post to Twitter directly – you can customise the message or select posts that you don’t want to send.

Multipage Toolkit – I’ve used this at my other blog more but it allows you to split a page into multipages which users navigate with arrows or a drop down box to jump to the numbered page they want. Useful for pages with lots of content.

Theme my login – allows you to add a widget to your site so that you can login via the page your visitors see rather than the WP admin page.

Hope you find trying some of the above helpful for your blog needs)

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