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We need to talk about books! #10

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Today I have the pleasure of catching up with Adrianna from For the Love of Books, where she writes about all things book related: book reviews, book tags, favourite lists.


Are your bookshelves a ‘work in progress’ like mine or are they clearly and systematically organised?

My shelves are organized by genre and then I have a TBR section. But I don’t consistently organize new books this way, it usually takes me weeks to re-organize.

Apart from books, what is to be found on your bookshelves?

I collect Funko pops, bookish candles, bookmarks and prints, mostly from book box subscriptions.

What do you do with books once you’ve read them?

I pretty much buy all my books. Or I check out books from the library, but I usually end up buying a copy. I never get rid of books I’ve bought, I love them too much!

Do you tend to re-read books?

Definitely. I have books I call my comfort books. I re-read them when I’m sick or if I’ve had a bad day and even sometimes just because.

How do you feel about lending …

Happy Publication Day to...

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Publication day is here and you can now find this atmospheric page-turner both in shops and online...
Congratulations to author Amanda Jennings on the publication of her new book, The Cliff House!

I would also like to thank her publisher – HQ – for allowing me to read this dark drama ahead of publication. As ever, I feel extremely privileged!

You can read my review of the book here – where you can also find out how to win a copy of this book. Plus, keep checking back as the author has kindly accepted to answer a few questions for my blog!

In conversation with... Eithne Shortall

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Hi Eithne! First of all, I would like to congratulate you on the publication of Grace after Henry. Can you please briefly tell us what it is about?
A: Thank you! And thanks for the kind response to it. This is the story of Grace, a young woman whose partner dies suddenly just as they’ve bought their first house. She must learn how to survive without Henry. She sets about doing this with the help of friends, neighbours and new pals she has made at the graveyard. And then, out of nowhere, a man with Henry’s face turns up at her door and her world is blown open. That might sound very sad, but it is funny and uplifting too – I hope.

Did you have the plot entirely figured out when you started writing or did it develop before your eyes as the characters grew on the page and did something that you were not expecting?

A: Not at all. The book that has been published is not at all the book I pitched to my editor. Thankfully she thought the finished version was better! It started with this idea of …

Book review: Grace after Henry + competition

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By Eithne Shortall Published by Corvus
Synopsis: Grace sees her boyfriend Henry everywhere. In the supermarket, on the street, at the graveyard. Only Henry is dead. He died two months earlier, leaving a huge hole in Grace's life and in her heart. But then Henry turns up to fix the boiler one evening, and Grace can't decide if she's hallucinating or has suddenly developed psychic powers. Grace isn't going mad - the man in front of her is not Henry at all, but someone else who looks uncannily like him. The hole in Grace's heart grows ever larger. Grace becomes captivated by this stranger, Andy - to her, he is Henry, and yet he is not. Reminded of everything she once had, can Grace recreate that lost love with Andy, resurrecting Henry in the process, or does loving Andy mean letting go of Henry?
How did this book end up in my hands? I won this novel in a competition online ahead of publication date and I was super happy because it sounded right up my street. What a privi…

Blind Date Book Reveal #7

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Welcome back to Blind Date With a Book Thursday… even if it’s Friday morning! Thank you all for joining in the fun and sharing your guesses on Twitter or on the blog. I hope you enjoyed yourselves!

A quick look at the clues:
I was published in 2018 and I am a debut novelI was written by a female British writerI am set in EnglandI explore the meaning of parenthoodI will ask you: What constitutes a family?One of my characters has a disabilityOne of my characters is a football-playing teenage girlAny last-minute guesses? No? Ok, here we go…

This week’s book was…
The Second Child by Caroline Bond. To read my review of this emotional rollercoaster of a book, please click here.

I hope to see you next week for some more fun!

Blind Date with a Book #7

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Another week, another appointment with Blind Date with a Book Thursday, a new weekly tradition initiated by Ebru from Ebs And Her Reads.
The rules are simple:

You choose a book --> You write a few clues that will help people identify it --> You ask people to guess the title of the book, including the bloggers that have inspired you to join --> You later reveal the identity of the book

Ready? Here we go…
I was published in 2018 and I am a debut novelI was written by a female British writerI am set in EnglandI explore the meaning of parenthoodI will ask you: What constitutes a family?One of my characters has a disabilityOne of my characters is a football-playing teenage girlAny guesses? Leave your answers in the comments below and come back tomorrow morning to find out if you were right. You can also share your guesses on Twitter and don’t forget to invite your friends to join in the game. The more, the merrier!

We need to talk about books! #9

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This is week I have the pleasure of catching up with Sarah from Beauty Addict, where she writes about beauty, lifestyle and fashion, and of course books!
Are your bookshelves a ‘work in progress’ like mine or are they clearly and systematically organised?

My bookshelves are very full! I try and keep them in some sort of order – I try and group together all books from the same author if possible, but I’m not totally obsessed about them being in colour order or size order!

Apart from books, what is to be found on your bookshelves?

I have a candle and some small photo frames with pictures of my partner and family.

What do you do with books once you’ve read them?

KEEP THEM! I can’t bear to part with any books. I always say I will have a sort out of my bookcases, and maybe only manage to get rid of one or two.

Do you tend to re-read books?

Yes, some of my favourite books I have re-read several times over – this is why I can’t bear to part with any books because I love re-reading the good ones aga…