Books & Reading


Why Do I Read?

I read. Quite a lot. I love to read. I always have a book on the go. I do tend to only read one at a time, unlike my daughter who has 3-4 going at the same time. As soon as I finish a book, I peruse my TBR pile and select my next read, I do enjoy this part! I have a lot of books on that pile as I’ve bought quite a few and have managed to acquire many more – when people know that you love to read, they like to pass books onto you – perfect. Read more >


Book Swap October 2017

Hooray, it is book swap time! I do love a good old book swap. I’m not sure whether the best bit is receiving a surprise book in the post or choosing which one to send out! The idea behind the book swap is very simple and easy to take part in. It’s open to all, as long as you’re aged over 18. The idea is to send a pre-loved fiction book out into the world for someone else to enjoy, and for the recipient to be reading something that they may not have chosen themselves. It’s a really lovely item Read more >


The Little Book of Lykke Review & Giveaway

Earlier this year I discovered the joy of reading Meik Wiking’s Little Book of Hygge, I talked about it in 5 Books Guaranteed to Inspire You and Can Embracing Hygge Make You Happier? It was an absolute pleasure to read, whilst making me think and make a few changes in my life. It’s a book I recommend to everyone, so when the folks over at Penguin Random House got in touch about Meik’s second book, The Little Book of Lykke out on the 7th September, I jumped at the chance to read it. About The Little Book of Lykke Lykke Read more >

The Little Book of LYKKE

How to Make a Trip to the Library Fun for Kids

The libraries we have today are so much different than libraries a few years ago. Gone are the dull and boring image and the mostly-quiet reading rooms; they are being replaced by a vibrant collection of books and a wide range of extra facilities. Libraries now serve more functions and offer anything from digital books to access to high-speed internet. So, is taking children to the library a good idea? The answer is most definitely YES. There are great activities and other resources that kids will enjoy. Some libraries even have a dedicated corner for children, complete with fun events Read more >


Bring Back Paper Book Swap July 2017

It is book swap time! Of all the swaps and sign ups that I run, this is my favourite simply because reading remains my favourite hobby. I find that I enjoy choosing the book for my swap partner almost as much as receiving my surprise book! The idea behind the book swap is nice and simple and easy to get involved with. It’s open to absolutely anyone aged over 18, worldwide. The idea is to send a pre-loved fiction book out into the world for someone else to enjoy, and for the recipient to be reading something that they may Read more >

Bring Back Paper Book Swap

AniMalcolm & a Big Book Giveaway!

Today we’re delighted to be taking part in HarperCollins’ Summer Reads Book Tour. We have been reading AniMalcolm by David Baddiel, so will share more about that with you, along with running a fabulous competition for one of you to win a big bundle of middle grade books, plenty to keep you reading throughout the summer! AniMalcolm by David Baddiel Malcolm doesn’t like animals. Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday. The Read more >


A Summer Of Reading Awaits!

On average, I’d say I read 4-6 books a month. But as summer looms, I can see my summer of reading beckoning me and I’m getting excited. As I study from September to June each year, I do have limited time to read, hence only getting through one book every few days to a week. Then as soon as my module finishes, my summer of books can begin. As I shared yesterday, I have just finished it, hooray! So here is my current to be read pile. I’d say this is actually around a third of the books I have to Read more >

summer reading pile

15 Fabulous Mugs for Book Lovers

15 Fabulous Mugs for Book Lovers

I need to preface this post with the fact that I want every single one of these mugs, yet I know that I need none of them. And I should probably pop a warning up to other avid readers that to read on will probably have the same effect on you, but I know you’ll want to peep anyway, so here are 15 fabulous mugs for book lovers… Drink Tea, Read Books, Be Happy Great First Lines of Literature A Day Without Reading… Book Off I’m Reading       Bronte Sisters Mug  Book Gift Mug Jane Austen Mug   Read more >


BookBeat: Fitting More Stories Into My Life

It’s no secret that I adore books. I tend to read 3-4 a month at this time of the year whilst I’m also studying, and I manage to get through many more over the summer when I am free to do so. However, I have never tried audiobooks. Until now. I have been welcomed to the world of audiobooks through BookBeat. BookBeat is relatively new to the UK, having established itself in Sweden, then Finland and now we have it here in the UK. It’s been something of a revelation to me. What is BookBeat? Founded in 2015, BookBeat is Read more >

BookBeat

Book Swap April 2017

Bring Back Paper Book Swap April 2017

Oh, I do love a Bring Back Paper book swap! Reading remains my favourite pastime, making this my favourite swap, and I love the thought of an unknown book turning up one day. The idea behind the book swap is nice and simple and easy to get involved with. It’s open to absolutely anyone aged over 18, worldwide. The idea is to send a pre-loved fiction book out into the world for someone else to enjoy, and for the recipient to be reading something that they may not have chosen themselves. It’s a fun way to discover new authors and Read more >


Brilliant Books for Young Boys

With my son starting school this September, I’ve started to build up a fun chapter book collection for him as he starts to learn to read. I am passionate about encouraging a love of reading in my children and arguably more so with my youngest than my daughter. She devoured books from birth, whereas my son has to be in the mood to pick up books during the day. He loves his bedtime stories every evening and we have recently started reading him chapter books, and it’s great to see how excited he is by them. I am very aware that Read more >

Brilliant Books for Young Boys

12 Reasons to Pick up a Book Right Now

12 Reasons To Pick Up a Book Right Now

I am passionate about reading. I am passionate about its value, its entertainment factor and in passing my love of books onto my children, as well as inspiring others to do so. So today I am sharing with you 12 reasons to pick up a book right now… To reduce stress. A 2009 study by Sussex University researchers showed that reading may reduce stress by as much as 68 percent, even six minutes can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two thirds. To entertain. And the bonus? There are few hobbies cheaper than reading. Books are inexpensive Read more >


5 Books Guaranteed to Inspire You

Yes, today is a bookish post, as I share 5 books guaranteed to inspire you. I have been reading quite a lot this month, which always makes for a happy month for me. If you saw my To Be Read Pile video last week, you’ll know that I got plenty of books for Christmas and I have then since being buying more, and I’ve a vlog up this afternoon sharing my mailbox delights this month, including books, of course! As well as reading a fair smattering of fiction, I have found myself reading several non-fiction books this month, inspirational reads. Read more >

5 Books Guaranteed to Inspire You

Superb Books for 7 Year Olds

Early last year I wrote Brilliant Books for 5 Year Olds Girls, where I shared some of my daughter’s favourite books and recommended reads. Well, my girl has now turned 7, so today I thought I’d take you through some superb books for 7 year olds. Firstly, I would point you in the direction of that first post, as many of those books, particularly the non-fiction reads, are still being very much enjoyed here. In addition to those, my little bookworm has now moved on to enjoying these series…. Fiction Harry Potter by JK Rowling. It kind of goes without Read more >


Book Recommendations for Autumn

As the colder months draw in, it’s got to be the perfect time to snuggle down with a good book and a cuppa. With that in mind, I thought that today I’d have a nosy through my book journal and share with you some of my favourite reads from the past year or so. They’re an eclectic bunch of books, so I’m hoping there’s something for everybody here, though I have to say, I didn’t design it to be quite such a mix of genres, it just fell that way as I looked back on the books that I’ve loved Read more >


Books That I Need

Now, the Husband would tell you that I don’t need any more books for the foreseeable future. He’s completely wrong, of course. Yes, I have a to-be-read pile of around 20 books at the moment sitting on my shelves, but really that’s only a couple of really good months of reading and then where will I be? I like to have plenty to choose from every time that I finish a book, a mini-library to select from, if you will. Every bookworm knows that you can literally never have too many books and that it doesn’t matter how high your Read more >

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