Hi Biblioshelf Friends!
Welcome to my little corner of the world wide blogosphere.
By day I am a Senior Leader at a Primary School in the Cotswolds… by night I read books and post about them on here!
Favourite reading genres include:
YA Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mysteries, Conspiracies, Children’s Fiction, Poetry and Thrillers.
Why I Review Books:
Reading is a passion which at times makes life worth living for – to be able to escape planet earth (or not in some cases) and venture into countless different worlds offers a magic like no other. I am keen to share with others my thoughts on books I have read, to spread the message about great authors and stories, and in a book market which seems increasingly harder to break into, I feel that it’s vital to champion the indie authors and publishers who sometimes struggle to have their voices heard.
I’m keen to share my thoughts on books I’ve read, to spread the message about great authors and stories, and in a book market which seems increasingly harder to break into, I feel it’s vital to champion the indie authors and publishers who sometimes struggle to have their voices heard.
Bookishly Connected – Ways I Review Books:
I review across several different platforms and websites. Quite often I will always post a review on my blog and will occasionally put full/mini reviews onto Goodreads, Amazon and Waterstones. To find new content, I use the following methods:
NetGalley – The Holy Grail for upcoming releases, I have now started to be accepted for more pre-publication books and am striving to keep my feedback ratio higher than 90%!
Readers First – This is a great UK based website for receiving current and pre-publication reads. Each week they reveal a new book from a range of different genres; write a mini-review of the First Look sample and you are entered into the prize draw to win a copy of the book.
Author Request – Several authors have contacted me via my Goodreads and Twitter accounts and asked me if I have been interested in their work. It’s a great way of finding a hidden gem that I might have missed otherwise.
Direct from the Publisher – Starting up my new Twitter account this year has also meant that I have been approached directly by publishing companies to review a particular title which they have sent across.
Reedsy Discovery – This is something I have very recently signed up to and am looking forward to getting more involved in once I have finished some of my current requests.
My Reading Background
I have always had a passion for reading despite being one of the only readers in my family. My Grandad used to take me to no end of car boot sales when I was a child and I’d always be drawn to the book stalls first! During High School I was the English Department Resource Assistant and voted the Most Likely To Come Back As Headteacher, so you could say that I am definitely still following along that path in life. At University I studied English Literature and History before doing my PGCE to become a teacher.
Away from the pages of fictional worlds I enjoy:
> Horse Racing – I am a member of a local Racing Club and love going to the yard to visit our horses. I try and get to the track whenever I can to see them race.
> Rugby – My love for this sport definitely runs in the family! I have a season ticket to Gloucester Rugby and it’s very rare that I miss a match. We stand in the infamous Shed and it’s pretty special when the whole Glaws Family comes out in full chorus to cheer on our boys.
> Films – I love going to the movies and co-organise a film club in the area I live. We often see 2-3 films every week and hold a Top Ten Film Review bi-annually. It’s great to get out and meet like-minded people who enjoy films just as much as you, plus you never end up going to see a film by yourself as there’s always someone who wants to see the same film as you in the club.
Feel free to drop me a comment on any of my posts to say hi!