#bookclub Feature by SJV
2017/07/25  |  By:   |  Features  |  

This week on #bookclub we have an insight into the life of blogger Laura Nazmdeh from

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Do you have a ‘day job’, and if so, can you tell us what you do?

I actually work for Norwich Business Improvement District (BID), and within that company for VisitNorwich. I work on their website, on our free app which tells people what to see, do and enjoy whilst here, and also on projects that the BID are running. Last Christmas we arranged for a 40-foot tunnel of light to be installed in the city centre which displayed lights in the pattern of the Northern Lights – it was magical!

How did your journey as a book blogger begin?

I’ve always loved reading – my mum is also a huge reader, so I’ve been encouraged to read from a young age. Just over 3 years ago I suddenly thought, since I read so many books, why not write about books I’ve read and share my thoughts with other people? And it took a while to really get into the swing of things so it’s only really been within the last year that I’ve realised that it takes a lot of promotion and work to really keep the content coming! Plus I get to read lots of great books, many before they’re published!

Is there such a thing as a typical day in the life of a book blogger, and if so what does it look like?

I would say it involves a lot of reading – surprise surprise! I am a really quick reader but I still need to put aside a good chunk of time most days to read, and to write reviews too. There’s also all the social media, sharing not just my reviews but other amazing book bloggers’ reviews too, so that takes a surprising amount of time up too! I try to fit it around working full time and still having something of a social life!

We’re obsessed with other people’s TBR piles, how high is yours?

Absolutely giant! I have a huge bookshelf just filled with books, some of which have been sent to me and loads more which my mum and friends have lent to me and I haven’t got around to reading because of the rest of the TBR pile. Plus, Netgalley is the worst (/best!) for TBR piles – so much temptation!

What’s the best and worst part of being a book blogger?

The best part is getting to read exciting, amazing new books before everyone else and discovering some fantastic reads I may not otherwise have been exposed to. It’s also the amazing support of other book bloggers in their comments, shares and general loveliness! The worst is probably having to turn down new reviews when authors contact you directly and you know you won’t have time to read their book – I always feel bad but with a separate full time job there’s only so many hours in the day!

On average, how many books do you read in a year?

It differs – last year I read around 90 and this year I’m aiming for the same, but my Goodreads Reading Challenge widget tells me I’m 20 books ahead of schedule this year – yay!

Is there an author you’d sell a limb to meet?

Ohh too many! Just a few I’d LOVE to meet would be JK Rowling, Donna Tartt, Marian Keyes, Dani Atkins, Ali Harris… I’ll stop now!

Your favourite book of 2017 and why?

Tricky to pick one but I think it would have to be Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – so humorous but also very touching!

What book do you most recommend to others?

So many depending on the person! I often recommend The Power by Naomi Alderman, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave.

Who is your favourite Books and the City author and why?

So many are ideal for cosy reading with a cup of tea, but my favourite is Dani Atkins. She writes wonderful books, and This Love is a recent favourite! I also love Ali Harris and Milly Johnson’s novels!

And lastly our quick fire trivia round…

Thing you’d never leave home without?

My ipad to read my huge TBR list of ebooks, in case I get delayed somewhere.

Favourite place to read?

On a sunny day – in my garden. On a winter day – on my sofa with a blanket!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Canada I think (though I’ve never actually been– it seems a great country!)

What’s the secret to success?

Making plenty of time to do the things you love and enjoy, so you feel happier and relaxed the rest of the time!

What’s on your current reading pile?

It’s towering! A few highlights include Chase the Rainbow by Poorna Bell, The Secrets You Keep by Michael Robotham, Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah and The Child by Fiona Barton.

Staying in or Going out?

Going out – if it involves food and cinema!

What’s your Signature dish?

Thai green curry!

Beach break or city break?

City break most of the time, but the occasional beach break is lovely!

Favourite Literary Hero?

Hard to choose… I do love Cormoran Strike in Robert Galbraith’s series!

Famous last words?

“I’m not going to request any more books from Netgalley this month……oh” – me.