Posts Tagged ‘Blog Birthday 2013’

Getting To Know…Daisy

Daisy is 12 and has just completed her first year at secondary school. She likes all types of music, especially jazz, and she plays the piano. Daisy owns a guinea pig called Patrick and she loves reading. Her parents are more likely to find her with her nose in a book rather than doing something vital like getting dressed in the morning. She loves the ‘How to Train your Dragon’ series by Cressida Cowell and likes other authors such as: Eva Ibottson, Kate Di Camillo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Bond.
What have you enjoyed the most about blogging over the past year? Reading books that I wouldn’t usually pick up, the ones I don’t usually go for.

What was your favorite read of the last 12 months?
Probably the Hunger games- A-maz-ing!

What makes the perfect beach/holiday read?
Ooh definitely Jinx by Meg Cabot

What book are you most anticipating reading over the summer?
Slumber Party Wars by Melanie Marks is ready and waiting on my kindle!

Describe your bookshelf/TBR pile.
Pretty much anywhere I can find space. I’m thinking of starting a library! All I can say is I’m glad Kindles store a whole lot of space.

Where is your Favourite place to read?
My bed, definitely, who doesn’t?

What book have you enjoyed sharing with /recommended to your friends?
Ooh that’s a hard one! Probably Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins but lots of people love them already!
Mental note: READ BOOK THREE!!!

A favourite blog/forum/website you would like to recommend to our readers? Why?
I’m still faithful to Big Book Little Book!

And because we ask our visiting authors- Just For Fun

Tea or Coffee? Neither but I guess you’re not asking that…

Slippers or barefoot? Slippers, definatly

Shower or Bath? Showers

Marmite: Love it? Hate it? Love it!

Email or postcard? Email, honestly I’m 21st century!

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Getting To Know…Pruedence

photo-32Pruedence is a fulltime healthcare professional. In her own private environment she’s a book addict. Her drug-books of choice ranges from Young Adult, New Adult, Adult, to the occasional Middlegrade covering a variety of genres.
When not at work she can be found curled up in just about any comfortable location indoors or outdoors with her trusty ipadmini-kindle or paperbook, with Ludovico Einaudi’s classical music playing in the background lulling her into a place free from space and time. And if you look carefully you will also always spot a giant mug of tea within reaching distance so that the least amount of disturbance is brought to her reading by movement.
She is a very firm believer of C.S. Lewis’s saying “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough book long enough to suit me”

What have you enjoyed the most about blogging over the past year?

In all honesty there isn’t just one particular aspect that I’ve enjoyed. It’s all so much fun and adventurous! But if I had to narrow it down I would have to say that I have found the support from the community of bloggers, readers and publishers has been truly wonderful, and has kept me going through fun times and low times.

What was your favorite read of the last 12 months?

Aaaaargh! The most dreaded question by all book lovers and bloggers alike. Do I really have to choose? Really really? Urgh! Fiiiine! Well if I did have to narrow it down to one (from my selection of I don’t know how many) I would probably go for Easy by Tammara Webber. I must have read it every day for about 2 weeks after my first encounter with it. I completely fell in love and now own 2 copies of it ^_^

What makes the perfect beach/holiday read?

Ummmmm if I can turn the pages digitally or in reality and it has a good story I’m good to go :p

What book are you most anticipating reading over the summer?

Well I will be re-exploring (if I ever get the time) most of my old faithful reads. Easy by Tammara Webber will be one of them and I’m hoping to re-read the Inescapable series by Amy Bartol too. But the one I am anxiously and nail bitingly itching to read as soon as it is published, has got to be Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout! Those deliciously aggravating aliens are doing my head in I just NEED to know what happens next!!!

Describe your bookshelf/TBR pile.

Well I’m a book worm or more accurately I’m a library mouse and my TBR is forever growing and I am finally starting to accept the concept that it will never disappear. Diminish yes, vanish no. I’d say it’s about spread fifty fifty between my faithful kindle and book shelves. What can I say a girl has to be book smart and always have a back up lol
I have no say in the kindle stacking 🙁 But at home I lack space on the shelves to let my true inner OCD book freak escape. So instead they’re shelved from all time favourites and reads that I got to time and time again. To the more recent and still unexplored books awaiting to be devoured.

How do you make time to read?

You mean aside from plotting and attempting to devise a machine that will add hours to the day? Or trying to finally invent time travel? :p

I always make time to read. Reading is a means of escape, adventure and leading a life in someone else’s shoes for even just a few minutes. And who doesn’t want to escape their own life almost everyday lol So be it in the late hours of the night, in garden soaking up some now finally present sun or just a few minutes on my lunch break at work I always make time 🙂

Where is your Favourite place to read?

Curled up under a blanket, with the biggest cup of tea you have ever seen, with a roaring fire. The rest of the world could fall into chaos and I wouldn’t notice. Unless books stopped being written. Then I would definitely notice. And then the chaos would look tame compared to a book deprived book worm. Just saying :p

A favourite blog/forum/website you would like to recommend to our readers? Why?

There are a lot of reader blogs and forums around but one of my favourite haunts has got to be Read and Repeat(Click here to see for yourself). The lovely Kerrie who runs it, is always honest and refreshing in her choices and opinions. She is also the source of suggestion of some of my now most favourite reads such as Easy by Tammara Webber and Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

And because we ask our visiting authors- Just For Fun

Tea or Coffee?

Tea all the way! In the biggest mug you can find!!!!

Slippers or barefoot?

Ummmm why would I care what I have on my feet. I’ll be reading so my feet should be up :p But seeing as you asked: slippers. Big
fluffy comfy slippers!

Shower or Bath?

Bath. With candles, and music and the most important thing of all an amazing book to read. Oh and dead bolt on the door so that I cannot be disturbed. Ever.

Marmite: Love it? Hate it?

Love it!!! As long as it doesn’t end up on my books.

Email or postcard?

Postcard :p

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Getting To Know…Helen

Helen is addicted to books and has been an avid reader all her life – or at least, as long as she can remember! She usually has at least three books on the go at any one time and no day is complete without some reading in there somewhere, if it comes with chocolate that’s a bonus!
Helen pursued her passion for books to University, reading English Literature. Having been a primary teacher, and then re-training in youth work she has had a great incentive to keep reading books for children and young people (not that she has needed much excuse).
Helen will read almost anything that comes her way; classics, crime fiction, humour, drama, chick lit, the list goes on. In between her reading she is a full-time Mummy to her two gorgeous girls, Tianna and Sienna and she is encouraging them to become book worms in as many ways as possible!

What have you enjoyed the most about blogging over the past year?

I have continued to enjoy the range of books that blogging encourages me to read and getting to read ARC’s and see books before they hit the shops. This year I seem to have had more tweets from authors who have read and appreciated my reviews and I love getting their messages. I managed to get to a couple of events this year and was really excited to hear some authors that I love speak about their books, Phillippa Gregory and the children’s book authors at the RHCB’s publishers showcase. Actually getting to have a conversation with Jez Alborough was a definite highlight.

What was your favourite read of the last 12 months?

As usual choosing one is difficult my light read would have to be You Had Me at Hello by Mhiari Macfarlane for great characters, good humour and an unpredictable romance. I have read a few very good more ’meaningful’ novels and the ones that I still think about are The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak and The Declaration Trilogy by Gemma Malley. In adult books the recently read Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows was a favourite.

What makes the perfect beach/holiday read?

For me any book that grabs me and won’t let me go! It has to have a good, pacey plot and interesting characters. After that I’m not so fussy. Usually I go for chick lit or a thriller so it doesn’t take too much brain power but it doesn’t have to be set in the sun for me to read it on holiday. My best ever holiday read was Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher, which had all those things in spades!

What book are you most anticipating reading over the summer?

I have lots of borrowed books I must get on with over the summer, Game of Thrones might take up most of my time, but I have lots of others jostling for position; The Other Hand by Chris Cleave, Sister by Rosamund Lupton, A Sisters Gift by Giselle Green, The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman, The White Queen and The Kingmakers Daughter by Phillippa Gregory. I do love to reread my old faithfuls but the TBR is so huge at the moment I’m not sure if they’ll get a look in!

Describe your bookshelf/TBR pile.

My book shelf is packed! Having had to reduce to one book case from two there are many books in boxes too. The book case is double stacked and on one shelf, where it’ll fit the shelf is double stacked outwards and upwards. I try and keep books together by their size, I prefer the look and they fit more on the shelf that way!

How do you make time to read?

Usually by foregoing sleep as I read when I go to bed, my habit of a lifetime, and sometimes I don’t stop as soon as I should! Otherwise I just fit in as and when I can. The Kindle and Kindle app on the phone make fitting in a few minutes with a book here and there a lot easier and with young children at home that seems to be the way to cram it in.

Where is your favourite place to read?

As above, in my bed. Also on a sun lounger on a nice sunny holiday, but that doesn’t happen too much these days.

How do you encourage the love of reading and books in your children?

By reading as much as possible with them and letting them look at the books, the pictures and even my books when they want to. We talk a lot about books, make up our own stories, do the voices… Being excited about books with them hopefully helps them to understand that books are exciting. I buy them too many books too!!

What is your favourite book you have shared with your child(ren) in the last 12 months?

Again I can’t chose just one, our stand out picture books have been Dr Dog by Babette Cole and Johnny Duddles’s The Pirates Next Door. With my older daughter we have enjoyed Usbournes early reader books with the fairy tale stories in chapter book form and then Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

And because we ask our visiting authors- Just For Fun

Tea or Coffee? Coffee, although I currently have a bit of a thing for Peppermint Tea

Slippers or barefoot?Barefoot, but due to hardwood floors in our house making my feet ache and I have to wear slippers.

Shower or Bath? Shower in the morning, bath if its to relax in the evening with a glass of wine and a good book of course!

Marmite: Love it? Hate it? Love it.

Email or postcard? It’s always nice to get a postcard, especially now it’s so rare!

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2nd Blog Birthday: Handmade eReader Cover

IMG_1788The very talented Sam has created this gorgeous eReader cover for one lucky reader

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Getting To Know…Lesley

Lesley is mum to 4 boys and recently made a change to her lifestyle by a move to the wonderfully relaxing county of Cornwall. Village life near the sea has proved to be a fab tonic and although the nearest Starbucks is a good half hour away – boo! – Lesley still has a pretty intense relationship with her coffee cup and loves to curl up, mug in hand, with a good book.
She loves a variety of genres, but has been reading a lot of YA fiction of late. She loved reading Maggie Stiefvater’s The wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy and always has a sizeable ‘to be read’ pile by the side of her bed.
When not reading, Lesley is usually juggling family life, taxi-ing her teenagers around for their various social jollies, or out on a beach somewhere with the children. Bliss.

What have you enjoyed the most about blogging over the past year?

Well, it’s been a funny year really… I took on a full time job for 4 months at the beginning of this year and had to step back from the blog for those months. So I’ve not done as much reading or reviewing as I would have liked. However as always, I enjoy reading then being able to reflect on what I’ve read as I write about it. I feel I get more out of it as a result.

What was your favourite read of the last 12 months?

Gosh, I’ve not read as many books over this last year, but ‘Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes’ by Sue Watson was a real laugh out loud book that I really enjoyed and will go back and read again.

What makes the perfect beach/holiday read?

Well I would say ‘Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes’ as above or ‘Pink Wellies and Flat Caps’ by Lynda Renham.

What book are you most anticipating reading over the summer?

I’ve decided to re read an old favourite; ‘Just for the Summer’ by Judy Astley. It’s one of my all time faves and as its set in Cornwall I thought it would be fun to read it again now I live here!

Describe your bookshelf/TBR pile.

Hmm, they are mostly on Kindle…. And I keep flipping back and forth between the ‘digital’ pages trying to decide which to read next!

How do you make time to read?

If my kids had anything to do with it, I would never have time to read, and life sure is busy so it’s usually just before I go to bed, unless I’m REALLY absorbed in a book, then it comes with me and gets read in dusty car parks while waiting for the teens to appear, or even propped up next to the hob as I cook dinner!

Where is your Favorite place to read?

In my bed, all snuggled up.

How do you encourage the love of reading and books in your children?

I’m thankful that my kids love reading and need little encouragement to pick up a book, but we love the school library where my 4 year old gets to choose books each week and we always make time to read, especially as a wind down before sleep so it’s become a natural part of our routine.

What is your favourite book you have shared with your child(ren) in the last 12 months?

I reckon that has to be ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler. We all really enjoy that one, time and time again.

And because we ask our visiting authors- Just For Fun

Tea or Coffee? Difficult! Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon!

Slippers or barefoot? Barefoot.

Shower or Bath? Shower.

Marmite: Love it?Hate it? Love it- Only when pregnant!

Email or postcard? Email.

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2nd Blog Birthday: Adult and New Adult Prize Pack

Complete the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win five New/Adult books including a signed book!

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photo-13Adult and New Adult Pack:
A Signed paperbackof Faking It by Cora Cormack
(Donated by Ebury Publishing)
A paperback of The Chocolate Money by Ashley Prentice Norton
(Donated by BBLB)
A paperback copy of Full Dark house by Christopher Fowler
(Donated by BBLB)
A paperback copy of Unsticky by Sarra Manning
(Donated by BBLB)
A paperback copy of Watch Over Me by Daniela Sacerdoti
(Donated by BBLB)

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Getting To Know…Izzy

Izzy is 9. No one will ever see her in a dress and she is exactly the opposite to a girly girl. She hardly EVER wears what her mum tells her to wear. Izzy would mostly be found outside (without any shoes on) or playing with her guinea pig Teddy Fluffins. She likes a good kick about or generally just being outside. Even though she is the outdoors type she still has time for reading good books and playing the piano and violin. She likes the authors: Tom palmer and Emily Bearn. But her all time favourite book is “return to the one hundred acre wood” by David Benedictus.

What have you enjoyed the most about blogging over the past year?

Meeting Lauren Child, and reading some books I wouldn’t normally have chosen but have really enjoyed.

What was your favorite read of the last 12 months?

Cordelia Codd, Not just the Blues by Clare O’ Brien, it was really funny and a bit sad, it made me think alot

What makes the perfect beach/holiday read?

In our family we like to read books about the place where we are on holiday, so when we were in Florida we read ‘Because of Winn Dixie’ by Kate Di Camillo which was set in Florida.

What book are you most anticipating reading over the summer?

I’ve got the next Cordelia Codd, Frankly Ruby I don’t give a Damn, ready to go on my kindle – Can’t wait..

Describe your bookshelf/TBR pile.

I’ve had to build a little book shelf on my floor! Because for some reason my amount has multiplied since we have moved house!

How do you make time to read?

I read before bedtime, at school, while I’m waiting for Daisy (my sister) to have her piano lesson, on holiday

Where is your Favourite place to read?

Laying on the trampoline

What book have you enjoyed sharing/recommended with your friends

Cordelia Codd…

A favourite blog/forum/website you would like to recommend to our readers? Why?

mini clip– good games!(click here to visit the mini clip site.

And because we ask our visiting authors- Just For Fun

Tea or Coffee? Neither, Hot Chocolate

Slippers or barefoot? Barefoot

Shower or Bath? Both

Marmite: Love it? Hate it? It’s alright

Email or postcard? Email, although my Nanna sends me millions of postcards- about 6 per holiday she goes on

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Sci-Fi, Paranormal and Contemporary Prize Pack

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photo-9YA Sci-Fi, Paranormal and Contemporary Prize Pack:
An Uncorrected Proof (ARC) of All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (Donated by Bloomsbury)
A paperback copy of Breathe by Sarah Crossan(Donated by Bloomsbury)
A paperback copy of The Blood Keeper (The Blood Journals 2) by Tessa Gratton
(Donated by Random House Children’s Publishing)
A paperback copy of The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox
(Donated by Much-In-Little)
A hardback copy of The Taming Of The Tights by Louise Rennison
(Donated by HarperCollins Children’s Books)

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Getting To Know…Sam

Sam is a new recruit to Club ‘In the 30s’, despite her desperate resistance to join. She is currently attempting to live a life of luxury on a shoestring budget whilst simultaneously wrangling her two-year old tearaway monkey/child hybrid (a.k.a Daniel).
Rumour has it she only wanted a child as a cover so she could lurk in the children’s book section and revisit her favourite author Roald Dahl’s back catalogue. She is therefore waiting desperately for her son to grow into these stories so they can leap into a world of snozcumbers and dream catching giants together.
When it comes to genres, Sam is fairly fickle and will opt for most fiction with a twist or quirky plot! But will happily jump into a spot of sci-fi, fantasy and graphic novels equally alongside a cheesy chick-lit or apocalyptic tale! Her main rule for enjoying a novel is strong characters to intrigue her enough to stay up until early hours of the morning whilst the rest of the household sensibly sleep!

What have you enjoyed the most about blogging over the past year?

Publicly gushing about books I’ve enjoyed! it’s been very exciting as blogging with my real name has been very new to me!

What was your favorite read of the last 12 months?

The fantastic Hunger Games trilogy completely blew my mind! Best love/action story I’ve enjoyed in a long time! I had to read them back to back whenever I had a spare few minutes (even on my iphone kindle app!)

What makes the perfect beach/holiday read?
My last ‘holiday read’ was Room by Emma Donoghue which isn’t really the standard holiday suggestion, but it’s so gripping and well written I found it impossible to put down!!

What book are you most anticipating reading over the summer?

I have to confess I don’t have one! I have a few on my wishlist for my kindle My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary by Rae Earl, and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, both have tickled my fancy so might treat, myself to them after my birthday

Describe your bookshelf/TBR pile

My real bookshelf is currently boxed away 🙁 even after being moved in to our new home for the past 7 months. But I’m steadily building a vast electronic collection on my kindle to compensate!

How do you make time to read?

Staying up to ridiculous hours forgetting that I have to be up the following day!

Where is your Favourite place to read?

Bed and Bath (dangerously with my Kindle!!)

How do you encourage the love of reading and books in your children?

I haven’t specifically done anything to lean Daniel towards books, but I have surrounded him with them!!! He has a bookshelf in his playroom, a tub of books in the Living Room and a Toy Box filled with books in his bedroom where no other ‘toys’ are permitted!! 😉 Also I do throw myself into the bedtime stories – shrieking ‘THE BIG BAD MOUSE!!!!’ as loudly as I can (probably a bit counterproductive with a bedtime routine, but it’s impossible to read that bit quietly!

What is your favorite book you have shared with your child(ren) in the last 12 months?

Discovering and learning by heart the Gruffalo’s Child for my Little Boy’s bedtime read as mentioned in the last question. It’s the first ‘story’ book Daniel has enjoyed so it’s easily my favourite too!

A favourite blog/forum/website you would like to recommend to our readers? Why?

Attic 24 (click here to view site)purely for my other obsession which is Crochet. This lady makes the most beautiful things and shares so much it’s a pleasure to look at as well as read. A must follow for any Chabby-chic & Kirstie Allsop fans!! 🙂

And because we ask our visiting authors- Just For Fun

Tea or Coffee? Tea (milky, two sugars and at least 2 digestives!!)

Slippers or barefoot? As it’s Summer barefoot!

Shower or Bath? Bath!

Marmite: Love it? Hate it? Ergh!!!! Hate hate hate!

Email or postcard? Postcard!

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2nd Blog Birthday: YA Fantasy Prize Pack

Complete the Rafflecopter below for the chance to win five YA fantasy books, including a signed box set!.

Click on the book title to learn more about each book.

photo-10A Signed Boxset of books 1-3 of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
(Donated by BBLB)
A paperback copy of The Spooks Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
(donated by Random House Children’s Publishing)
A paperback copy of Black Arts by Andrew Prentice and Jonathan Weil
(Donated by Random House Children’s Publishing)

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