#bookclub Feature by SJV
Do you have a ‘day job’, and if so, can you tell us what you do?
Yes, I’m a Medical Secretary in a GP Surgery.
How did your journey as a book blogger begin?
I had been thinking about starting a blog for a couple of years before my son said to me in late January 2015 “Come on Mum, let’s set you up with a blog” and the rest, as they say, is history!
Is there such a thing as a typical day in the life of a book blogger, and if so what does it look like?
Not for me. I prep my blog as and when I can. As well as working full time and trying to feed my husband and 2 grown up children, I am studying for a Business & Admin Apprenticeship through my work and also try to squeeze in a bit of Nordic Walking, Zumba and Clubbercise in between!
We’re obsessed with other peoples TBR piles, how high is yours?
Well, I’m 5ft 2” and my TBR pile is taller than me. Does that answer your question?!
What’s the best and worst part of being a book blogger?
The best part for me is attending book events and meeting authors, bloggers and publishers. I have made so many friends through blogging and I would never worry about attending an event on my own as you always have something in common to talk about!! The worst part is the anxiety I feel when I don’t have time to read and review as much as I would like to.
On average, how many books do you read in a year?
In the past I have read 50+ in a year, but this year with all the other things I have had going on, it is way below that unfortunately.
Is there an author you’d sell a limb to meet?
I don’t know about a limb, but I might sell a digit to meet Victoria Hislop!
Your favourite book of 2017 and why?
Ask me in December as I’m still trying to wade my way through a lot of this years’ books!
What book do you most recommend to others?
I’m going to be cheeky and name two! The first is A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor and the second is The Dead Wife’s Handbook by Hannah Beckerman, both books left me bereft and with puffy eyes!
Who is your favourite Books and the City author and why?
Jane Costello. I absolutely love all of her books and she is the only author to have me actually “Laugh out Loud” so much on holiday that I had tears streaming down my face and my son thought I was crying!!
And lastly our quick fire trivia round…
Thing you’d never leave home without? Mobile Phone
Favourite place to read? On a sunbed by a pool
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Dorset
What’s the secret to success? Happiness
What’s on your current reading pile? Tracy Buchanan’s first book The Atlas of Us, Anna Mazzola The Unseeing and The Sixth Victim by Tessa Harris
Staying in or Going out? Both!
What’s your Signature dish? Spaghetti Bolognese
Beach break or city break? Beach
Favourite Literary Hero? Bridget Jones
Famous last words? What goes around comes around