This week has flown by! I’ve had a lot going on in real life this week and so haven’t read quite as much as I would have liked to but I still have lots of bookish things to share with you today.
I started my blog on 19th August this year but didn’t post my first review until 9th September so I’m almost at my two month anniversary of my first book review on here. It was lovely to notice that this week I actually posted my 40th review! I do review every book I read but I hadn’t realised that I’d already reviewed so many. It’s given me a much-needed boost after a week of not-so great news in real life.
I decided this week to add a new page link to the menu at the top of my blog. It is a list of my all-time favourite books. Even before I was a blogger I had a favourites shelf on my Goodreads account and a real-life favourite bookshelf in my home, and I realised when I read an incredible book this week that I really wanted to make a feature out of those books that are in another league of special. The books that rate 10 out of 10 and have that extra magical something that makes you want to treasure that book forever and ever, and you want to shout from the rooftops that everyone should read it! I haven’t yet got the skills to make this part of my blog look super fancy so it’s a work in progress but at least it’s there and every author that makes that section of my blog is very highly honoured. Here’s a link to the page: My Favourite Books of All-TIme! I also have a sideshow in my side-bar showing a loop of covers of the all-time favourite books!
This led me on to the realisation that as I’m a newbie blogger I’ve so far only reviewed one book that is on my favourites book shelf. So, for now I’m adding a list of my favourite books and ideally I’d like to re-read them all and do proper reviews. I don’t have time to do that as well as keep up with new books so I’m thinking i might start a mini reviews section on my blog where I share the blurb of a book and a few words about what it meant to me. This would just be for books on my favourites shelf so that you can all start to see why I love these books so much.
Also on my blog this week:
I currently have a fabulous giveaway (UK only) running for a gorgeous prize courtesy of Katy Hogan.
Katy Hogan has very kindly offered me this fabulous prize package so that I can run a giveaway. The giveaway is UK only this time. The prize is for one paperback copy of Out of the Darkness, a gorgeous Yankee Candle and a box of chocolates from Hotel Chocolat.
Please click here to read my review of this incredible book and to find the link to enter the giveaway. Good luck!
This week I have read four books and have posted reviews on all of them. (Click on the titles in the list below the pics to read my reviews)
Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan (This book is the first book I’ve read since I started reviewing that has made it on to my all-time favourites shelf, it’s an incredible novel and I can’t recommend it highly enough)
The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
Time to Die by Caroline Mitchell
How To Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake
I’m also joining in with Stacking the Shelves (hosted by Tynga’s Reviews), which is all about sharing all the books you’ve acquired in the past week – ebooks or physical books, and books you’ve bought or borrowed or received an ARC of.
Books I’ve bought this week:
The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern
Katherine Carlyle by Rupert Thomson
Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
About Sisterland by Martina Devlin
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Indecent Acts by Nick Brooks
The Storytellers by Laurisa White Reyes
Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn
The Prodigal by Nicky Black
ARCS I’ve received this week:
The Winter Wedding by Abby Clements (Paperback)
Look At Me Sarah Duguid (Paperback)
Dead Pretty by David Mark (ebook)
The Stylist by Rosie Nixon (ebook)
The Secret by the Lake by Louise Douglas (ebook)
The Mince Pie Mix-Up by Jennifer Joyce (ebook)
Follow Me by Angela Clarke (ebook)
Don’t Jump by Vicki Abelson (ebook)
Also, I won this lovely signed book in a giveaway this week. It’s How to be Brave by Louise Beech and I can’t wait to read it.