ruminations on my first year of blogging

Today my blog turns one year old, or celebrates its first anniversary … I’m not sure which is the correct etiquette in the blogging world as I still count myself as a beginner, a newbie, a blogger in L-plates.  I’ve learned a lot of new things about blogging and book reviews in this year … and I’ve also learned quite a few things about myself …

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Forget Russia by L. Bordetsky-Williams

I became somewhat obsessed with Russia many years ago when I first read The Bronze Horseman.  It’s a crush that’s grown and grown since then, to the point where Russia has become one of the few topics I actively seek-out non fiction books to read, not just fiction novels. So when I spotted @elspells13 review of Forget Russia, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

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an authorly tribute to mothers & daughters

When the idea popped into my head to ask some of my favourite female authors how their mothers inspired their love of books, I had no idea what a fabulous response I’d get. This post is a tribute to my wonderful Mum, and the mothers of ten inspirational writers … in their own words.

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Dangerous Women by Hope Adams

Anybody who’s read my other book reviews will know I’m a sucker for a historical fiction novel with a very strong, clear basis in real life events, so when I won a copy of Dangerous Women I was over the moon.  The promise of a fact-based novel over-laid with an entirely fictional whodunnit murder mystery enticed me.

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Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Daughters Of Night has to be one of the most talked-about new releases of 2021, and it’s certainly one of my most excitedly anticipated books. Reading this highly acclaimed novel is an experience I’m going to savour. In this short feature I try to do justice to exactly why I’m looking forward to this so much.

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Nick by Michael Farris Smith

In 1925 F.Scott Fitzgerald wrote his iconic novel, The Great Gatsby. Now, 125 years later Gatsby fans are being gifted a treat of a book. Simply named, Nick is a deeply moving portrait of the years that brought Nick Carraway to Long Island and into Gatsby’s lavishly hedonistic world. This prequel to one of literature’s most treasured books really excited me!

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