Confessions of a Reader

'Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.' – Mason Cooley

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I’ve moved!


I’m actually writing this to let you know that I’ve moved. I decided to change my blog a little and go self-hosted. I now have a swanky new blog – but I will still be posting book reviews.

You can find me here:

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I hope you’ll come and visit us!


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Cover Reveal // Just the way you are – Lynsey James


Today I have a really lovely book to share with you all. The lovely Lynsey James is releasing her first novel this year, with a release date being set for Summer 2015.

Isn’t this cover just gorgeous?JustTheWayYouAre_C11-1

I am really looking forward to getting hold of this book, it looks like it’s set to be a fun read.

You can find Lynsey on Twitter @Lynsey1991.


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The One Lovely Blog Award


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How exciting, I have been nominated for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ by Alice over at Toast for Tea. As far as I can work out the idea of the award is to encourage new(ish) bloggers. The rules are that in my post I have to:

  • Name the person who nominated me (thanks Alice!)
  • Share 7 facts about myself
  • Nominate some other people and leave a comment on their blog so they know about it

So, 7 facts about me…

  1. I love animals – my dog is my furbaby and I adore him. He is a 4 year old golden labrador, who is daft as a brush.
  2. I love sewing and creating things. I got a B in Textiles for my GCSE, I really would love to buy a sewing machine and give it a go.
  3. I love cartoons and kids programmes – I would happily watch these over soaps and ‘adult’ stuff any day.
  4. I first went on a plane at the age of 9, and then didn’t go abroad again until I was 20.
  5. I got engaged in Venice – it was beautiful.
  6. I am a fully qualified dance teacher of Ballet, Tap, Modern and Street. I teach Performing Arts and Dance in a secondary school.
  7. I have a beautiful 4 month old little boy, who keeps me on my toes every day!


Now, for my nominations…

Maia @ Maia Moore Reads

Jenny @ Jenny in Neverland

Sam @ Tiny Library

Thanks for reading!

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Epic Reads 365 Days of YA


I saw this post on Twitter and just had to post it to my blog. The amazing people at Epic Reads (@EpicReads) have created a book calendar, 365 days of YA. The infographic includes a book recommendation for the season, a book per month, a new series per week or a book a day! To find the original click here.

Here is the Winter calendar;


Source: Epic Reads

I think this concept is awesome! Be warned: it may increase your TBR. It is definitely worth a look though. I am going to try and read the recommended book for each season, although reading the lists has definitely made me want to read many more. I am hoping I may discover some new authors this way.

365YA_EpicReads_webSource: Epic Reads

So, if you want to broaden your YA reading then look no further – this is the perfect list.

Happy Reading!

S xx


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It’s been a while…

I haven’t managed to post to the blog in such a long time, my reading has slowed down too. I have a good reason though – I am now the proud mummy of a four week old baby boy, named Parker. He is absolutely adorable, I love him so much already – but he has turned our world completely upside down. We have been getting used to settling in as a family and with Christmas around the corner you could say life has been pretty hectic.

I am aiming to re-vamp and get back into the blogging world in the new year, I really want to keep up with my reading and am already reading books to Parker. I am currently searching the book blogger community for a few challenges to sign up to for 2015 – liking the sound of this one: Library Challenge 2015 and would like to introduce baby/children’s book reviews on the blog too now that I have a little one to introduce to the world of books.

So, all I will say for now is Merry Christmas and a happy new year – I look forward to getting back to blogging in January.

Happy Reading!


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Top Ten Books people have been telling me I MUST read!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


Top Ten Books that people have been telling me I MUST read (but I haven’t yet!)

There are absolutely tons of books that people on BookTube, Book Bloggers, and friends have recommended to me time and time again, because they think I would like them or because everybody-must-read-it-at-some-point-in-their-life. Some of them I’m not in a rush to get to.

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Divergent by Veronica Roth


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank


The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

Have you read any of these or are you planning to? Are there any that you think I should definitely pick up?

Happy Reading!

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#Sunathon Update 1


So I have been taking part in the #Sunathon challenge this week, hosted here. I have been doing pretty well, considering I worked Monday and half a day on Tuesday.


I managed to finish The Book Thief – wow, what an amazing read. Cannot wait to watch the film, although I think many tears may be shed. I will post a full review soon.


I am now about 70 pages into Heroic by Phil Earle. I purchased this from The Book People one afternoon whilst browsing their website (which is amazing by the way if you live in the UK!). I hadn’t heard anything about this novel, so decided to pick it up as the synopsis sounded interesting.

Synopsis taken from Amazon:

‘For the past five weeks I’d prayed that I’d never see my brother’s name spelt out in poppies. In the weeks that followed I often wished I had.’

Jammy and Sonny McGann are brothers, but that’s where the similarities end. One is calm when the other is angry; one has a plan while the other lives purely in the moment.

When Jammy returns from Afghanistan a very different man to the one who left, it’s Sonny who is left to hold things together. But just how far will he go to save the brother who always put him first?

Inspired by S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and by the battles facing young soldiers all over the world, this is a devastating novel about brotherhood and sacrifice, from the award-winning author of Being Billy and Saving Daisy.

The story is very current and after reading Looking at the Stars earlier in the year I knew that I would like the subject matter. I am really enjoying it so far, looking to finish it today.

How have you been doing with your #sunathon reading?

Happy Reading!