About Me

Hi, my name’s Hayley.

Welcome to my book blog! I spend more time reading books and talking about books than almost anything else so it only seemed right for me to set up a book blog! I started this blog properly in August 2015 and I’m enjoying it so much. I love having a platform to share all the great books I’ve read.

I have time on my hands to read at the moment as I’m trying to adapt to having a neurological condition and a spinal cord injury. Due to various treatments and physio I have to spend a fair bit of time resting so I read to relax and escape.

You can also find me in the following places:

twitter: @hayleysbookblog

Facebook page: RatherTooFondofBooks



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  6. Ah books, the magical topic that makes me more happy than going down a slide into a ball pit. I look forward to many bookish chats with you.

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  14. Hi Hayley, it’s always nice to have another bookaholic visit your site and “like” your last review posted. I browsed around here long enough to read your post about saving the best things and never using them. My mom was like that too, but eventually some of the best things became her ordinary day things when she outlived our dad. When she died I brought them home with me and thought how tragic it was that they didn’t enjoy the best together.

    On another subject altogether different, somewhere in one or your posts I picked up on the words “chronic pain.” So I did a search on the word “pain,” and read your review of the incredible book on coping with chronic pain. I have had chronic pain, sometimes controlled, sometimes not. But always with me will be the onslaught of severe back pain as I have degenerative disc disease. Thanks for the recommendation of that book. It sounds most helpful.

    Come and visit Puddletown again!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! That is sad that your parents didn’t enjoy their best things. It makes me so sad that the things that make people happiest are kept away in cupboards so they don’t get damaged or worn out, it’s such a shame. I use my late mum’s best cutlery every day and it makes me happy. I’m so sorry that you suffer with chronic pain too. I definitely recommend the Explain Pain book I reviewed – I have a neurological condition and my physio recommended the book. There is so much in there that is helpful or reassuring – I often refer back to my copy. I hope you find it useful.

  15. Greetings! Books really are the best, I just finished a book called Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman which will probably bring a huge smile to your face with its talk of the love for books.

      • I’d like to retract that recommendation after all, on further reflection it just wasn’t as good as I had hoped, I did read A Pound of Paper years ago which I remember enjoying despite the obscurity of the books mentioned in it.

        • Oh what a shame that it wasn’t as good as it seemed like it was going to be. I’ll maybe give it a miss now. I have a copy of Pound of Paper on my bookcase but haven’t read it yet so I’ll definitely look at getting to that soon, thanks for the recommendation.

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  17. It’s so great connecting with other fellow bookworms so I’m really excited to get to know this blog a little better! I look forward to following this amazing blog!

  18. I’m so pleased to see Love Story by Erich Segal in your list of Favourite books of all time. Maggie O’Farrell is a brilliant writer – The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox was a masterpiece of suspense and shock. Great to see you put Wendy Cope (her poems are though-provoking and/or hilarious). I’ve tried three times to get into The Secret History – without success. Most of the books on your list I haven’t even seen before!
    Have you read Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood (the book, unfortunately, was made into a movie called Cabaret, which didn’t do it justice). I adored Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell – gritty, sensitive, funny, shocking – but then saw it only hs 3.5 stars on Goodreads, which surprised me.

    • I adore Love Story – it’s possibly the book that I’ve re-read the most over the years. Maggie O’Farrell is incredible – I’ve loved all of her novels. It’s a shame that you haven’t managed to get on with The Secret History. I first read it in my late teens and devoured it. I’d love to read it again to see if I still enjoy it as much but I have so many other books waiting to be read first!
      I haven’t read Goodbye to Berlin but I will definitely add it to my list – thank you for the recommendation. I’ll also look up Back Roads – I haven’t heard of it before but I’m always open to finding new-to-me books and authors.

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