#bookclub Feature – Lara Marshall by SJV
2017/09/19  |  By:   |  Features  |  

This week on #bookclub we welcome Lara Marshall from for a new A Day in the Life of feature!


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

I’m a Librarian, working for Hillingdon Libraries, looking after three libraries and organising fantastic author events (best ones with S&S)!  When I’m not working, reading or writing, I’ll be doing something else vaguely bookish.


How did your journey as a book blogger begin?

I discovered the wonderful world of book blogging through working with publishers organising author events. Book bloggers were the most enthusiastic people and I loved the sense of community, love and general positivity. They were always the champions for events. It just seemed like a natural progression to express my love of books outwards into book blogging when I realised that not all people on the internet are nasty trolls! 


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

Um….reading, reading & more reading, then tweeting, then gushing about what you’re reading to  friends, then feeling guilty as you haven’t written anything on your blog. Then eventually writing something! Work should fit in there somewhere too.


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

I tend to split my TBR’s into “Nice to Read” “Read Soon” & “Urgent Reads!”, so far there about over 100 on my “Nice to Read”, less than 50 on “Read Soon” and about 9 on my “Urgent Reads!” Eeeek!

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

Best part is the community and the fab relationship with publishers. Blogging about books opens so many doors and opportunities to meet authors and read fab books before they are published :).  Worst part is the guilt of not blogging enough, or not feeling good enough.


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

It’s getting more and more, but around 80.

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

While I LOVE all types of fiction, I would sell my soul to meet Neil Gaiman.


Your favourite book of 2017 and why?

Together by Julie Cohen – LOVE LOVE LOVE this! You have to read it.  Very close second is The Woman at Number 24 by Juliet Ashton.

What book do you most recommend to others?

This is such a hard question but one of my favourite books of all time is The Bees by Laline Paull. It details the havoc being wrecked on our bees without being preachy or boring. Told from the perspective of the bees themselves,  the storytelling is beautiful and it’s such an original concept. Also it has a very positive message.


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

Juliet Ashton – she is my fav :).  Her books are like wrapping yourself up in a warm blanket on the sofa on a cold winter’s evening. So happy, comforting and uplifting.

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And lastly our quick fire trivia round…

Thing you’d never leave home without? – My phone.

Favourite place to read?-  In bed

What’s the secret to success? – Hard work

What’s on your current reading pile? -  The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce, My Map of You by Isabelle Broom, Tin Man by Sarah Winman and The Other Twin by LV Hay.

Staying in or Going out?- Going out!

What’s your Signature dish? Spag Bol

Beach break or city break? Beach break

Favourite Literary Hero? Mr Rochester

Famous last words? Valar Morghulis