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Blog Tour: Dating the IT Guy – Guest Post

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Blurb: Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator’s son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture-perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you’re dating the it guy.

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A library full of books

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I have only been working at a Library for a very short time  – three days to be exact – but already I can see that it will most likely have an impact on my relationship with books and, therefore, on my reading. I am excited to see how these changes develop and if they do have the effect I am predicting. Continue reading “A library full of books”

Dear Reader, I listened to the story.

I am a book purest; I have long shunned anything but the physical, hand-held, page-turning reading experience. I vocally dislike Kindles and have remained sceptical of Audiobooks since their popularity peaked a few years ago thanks to Audible. I absolutely understand and respect these technology’s uses for making books and reading accessible, but outside of this I was – and I hold up my hands to this – remain a little cross when I think about how technology is changing the ways we ‘read’.

That being said, my hostility may be slowly thawing. Continue reading “Dear Reader, I listened to the story.”

Yes, I am in a rut, and I am not sure why.

I recently read a blog post entitled ‘Do you ever get stuck in a rut?’ and I realised that yes, I do get stuck in a rut, and I am currently in one. I graduated from University approximately 3 months ago but haven’t actually been at University or had any University responsibilities for more like 5 months. For a while, I busied myself with relaxing and basking in the fact that I had a degree and could now, quite legitimately, sign my emails Rachael Bsc. Continue reading “Yes, I am in a rut, and I am not sure why.”

Essay: On Readership – What book would you recommend to a 14 year old boy?

Recently, I spent the morning in a job interview. One of the questions asked was ‘what book would you recommend to a 14-year-old boy?’ It threw me and was definitely one of the questions I could have answered better. It also got me thinking – why that particular demographic? Continue reading “Essay: On Readership – What book would you recommend to a 14 year old boy?”

Reading Poetry

I am nothing more, and possibly less than, a poetry novice. I had always shied away from poetry apart from when we were forced – and yes that’s how I felt whilst there – to study it during GCSE English Literature classes. I never really understood them, and lacking confidence in my analysing abilities, something I believed was crucial to understanding and enjoying the medium, I shied away and made peace with my never being one of those readers who quote poetry (or prose, but that may be a separate post). Continue reading “Reading Poetry”

Is this a book blog?

This is a slightly self-indulgent post about a topic which has been on my mind for a while. I have tried very hard to make it non-whiny (as that’s not how I feel) and so I hope it doesn’t come across as such. Just wanted to get the feelings and thoughts out of my head in a semi-coherent manner and maybe discover that there are others who feel the same way.  Continue reading “Is this a book blog?”

I judge books by their covers.

Whilst the origins of the English idiom ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ are ultimately uncertain; it is one that many people know. Popularised in 1946 by its mention in  Murder in the glass room by Fuller and Rolfe, it still rings true for many aspects of modern life. However, it is becoming less of a taboo to judge a book literally by its cover. There can be no denying that the most important part of a book is found between its bindings and that that is how an opinion on the book should be formed: the content rather than the packaging, but the cover design industry is booming and even has its own awards and accolades.  Continue reading “I judge books by their covers.”

Blog Tour: Sunshine After the Rain by Daisy James – Extract



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A summer that changes everything… Frazzled workaholic Evie Johnson has finally had enough! When she’s blamed for a publicity disaster at the art gallery she loves, she decides to flee the bright lights of London for the sun-drenched shores of Corfu and turn her life upside-down. Under the shade of the olive trees, she picks up her dusty paintbrushes and begins to chase the dreams she had put aside for so long. But she never expected to bump into drop-dead-gorgeous Sam Bradbury – and certainly not whilst wrapped only in a towel! A summer fling is the last thing Evie wanted but a few stolen kisses under the stars might just begin to change her mind…



“Hi Sam,” cooed Pippa, as she let their boss’s son into the gallery. “We weren’t expecting you until later.”

“I thought I’d pop in to wish you luck, and to take a quick peek at what the famous Jaxx Benson is offering his adoring fans by way of artistic talent. Don’t worry, I’m not staying long. Wouldn’t want my presence to wind Dad up on such an auspicious occasion, but I’ll be back when the gallery closes. There’s something I need to talk to him about after the show, and a hint from the wise – you might want to make yourselves scarce. If I know Dad at all, I’m not expecting an enthusiastic reception. How’s everything looking?” Continue reading “Blog Tour: Sunshine After the Rain by Daisy James – Extract”

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