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What’s on your bookshelf? With #BookBlogger Stuart at Always Trust In Books @AlwTrustInBooks

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Today I’m thrilled to welcome book blogger Stuart to share his bookshelves with us. Stuart blogs over at http://www.alwaystrustinbooks.wordpress.com/ if you haven’t visited his blog yet, you really should take a look.

How many bookcases do you have?

I currently have three. A huge one in my living room with about 350+ books on it and two large ones with all my hardbacks on. My wife is so considerate when it comes to having my books all over the house. I constantly ask myself if I need this many books but somehow the thought doesn’t really go anywhere 😏.

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Approximately how many books are on your book case?

I would say I have about between 700 and 800 books in total. This amount has gone up and down over the years quite a bit. It got out of hand when I was looking at this massive bookcase from Ikea that covered an entire wall of the house. I thought about it for ages but then reconsidered. I still want it…

What genre do your bookcase mainly comprise of?

I don’t really limit myself to just a few genres. My bookcases are filled with all sorts from classics and poetry to crime, horror or non-fiction. If I had to narrow down a few main genres then I would say fantasy, mythology and psychological thrillers. I just re-organised my books and found all my Michael J. Malone books so I have put them to one side for re-reading.

 

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Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

I just started reading it. It’s called Sanctuary by V.V. James and its a small town crime-mystery surrounding witches. It is so cool and I am loving every moment watching this elaborate and mysterious case unravelling. It’s a must read.

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Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest and you haven’t yet got around to reading?

Oh that has to be Strange Weather by Joe Hill. I have read all of JH’s books repeatedly over the years but I still haven’t gotten round to this one. That and Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman which I have been putting off for some unknown reason. Hopefully I will get to both of these this year. Fingers crossed.

Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

I haven’t actually given this much thought because I am so busy with the books I have that are staring at me from the shelves. I listened to The Rosie Project on audiobook, it was amazing, and I am incredibly eager to get my hands on the Rosie Effect and the Rosie Result this year. I am excited for The Song Of The Sycamore by Edward Cox as it sounds like an awesome concept for a fantasy novel. Jay Kristoff’s Darkdawn is required as well. I need Little Serbia by Antti Tuomainen as I adored Palm Beach, Finland and The Man Who Died. Oh so many books!

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If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?

I do consider this question quite often and I keep coming back to Kings Of The Wyld by Nicholas Eames. I still don’t fully understand my overwhelming reaction to this book but it blew me away. It’s the first book in as long as I can remember that, as soon as I finished the last page, I wanted to start it all over again right away. It is fantasy at its best. I could easily see myself on a desert island with this book, not a care in the world.

Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

This is a tough one but I would say Matt Haig. His books are something else. I met him last year and I would really like to chat with him again. I have so many questions for that man. I would like to meet Johana Gustawsson and Simon Morden too as they both seem like really cool people. I need to get out and meet more authors!

About Stuart

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My name is Stuart (29) and I attempt to manage the book blog that is Always Trust In Books. I started the blog to talk books with people and found an awesome community that gladly gave me a place within it for which I am grateful. I review Fantasy, Science Fiction, Crime, Non Fiction, Mystery and Psychological Thrillers. I am lucky to have an amazing and patient wife, two impatient yet equally epic sons, a rescue cat called Mrs and a hamster called Eight (that is the only word my two year old can say at the moment).
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and my Twitter handle is @AlwTrustInBooks
and my Instagram handle is @alwaystrustinbooks.

My thanks to Stuart for answering my question and for the use of his personal photographs.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com or leave a comment below. Many thanks 

** Christmas gifts** for #Bookworms #BookBloggers #BookishGifts

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Whohooo it’s nearly December, which means it’s time to share my annual Christmas gifts for bookworms post. As these posts have been so popular over the last couple of years I thought I would put together another post for those looking for gifts for a bookworm. 🎁🎄🎅🏻

In the name of research and my own Christmas list (although I have a feeling I maybe on Santa’s naughty list 🤣) I spent hours trawling the Internet (no change there then) to find some amazing gifts that I’m sure every book worm would love to receive on Christmas Day 🎄 Here are some of my favourites.

**I would like to point out although I’ve included links to the items I’ve mentioned, I did not receive any kind of payment for the products in this post and nor are the links affiliated to my blog**

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Christmas candle bundle

 

Combining 3 Christmas candles, these look striking together and would make a gorgeous gift for anyone.

This box includes The Snow Queen candle (candy cane scent), Sugar Plum Fairy (sugared plums scent) and Narnia (pine and berries scent).

Each candle is handmade and poured in very small batches so there might be very slight differences between each one, making it all the more unique!

Eco friendly, vegan and vegetarian, cruelty-free soy wax and the best in scent oils.

Buying link: Christmas Candles

ALICE IN WONDERLAND BOOK COVERS HOODED BLANKET

 

 

  • Features a premium suede polyester print for beautiful color vibrancy.
  • Interior lining is constructed from an ultra-soft polyester wool-like fabric for warmth and comfort.
  • Edges are embroided with a handmade stitch for maximum durability and a homemade feel.
  • Comes in 2 sizes:
    Adult: Measuring 80″ wide x 60″ tall
    Youth: (Age 4-10) Measuring 45″ wide x 60″ tall

Buying link: Hooded blanket

Penguin Mug Collection

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These six porcelain mugs, featuring original Penguin covers, are perfect for tea and book lovers!

This mug set includes:

– A Room of One’s Own
– Great Expectations
– Man and Superman
– Country Life
– The Common Reader
– The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

Buying link: Penguin mug collection

Books make me happy travel mug

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Each mug is powder coasted and then laser etched in a bookish design with twice the heat and cold retention of plastic tumblers, and a double wall vacuum insulation degisn, ensuring your drink stays hot for a chapter or two.

The narrow base ensures this travel mug will fit in your cup holder!

Buying link: Travel Mug

vegan bookmarks

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Vegan bookmarks, faux leather nature bookmark,book lover gift ideas,bookworm gifts,readers gift ideas,vegan gift ideas.
This is for one bookmark.

Buying link: Bookmarks

One hundred postcards from Ladybird

 

One hundred postcards in a gorgeous book-shaped box. Each one features a different and iconic Ladybird book from the whole history and range. Titles include How it Works: Television and Great Men and Women.

  • 100 postcards in a sturdy box.
  • Pack measures 17 x 11.5 x 6.5 cm.

Buying link: Ladybird postcards

Agatha Christie cuff bracelet

4332E9D2-965F-4752-9707-3C57B8B50141This cuff style bracelet features hand rolled paper beads made from a vintage Agatha Christie book: Miss Marple The Complete Short Stories. The beads are strung on galvanized steel wire. This bracelet is about 7 1/2″ from outside end to outside end. The steel wire frame the bracelet is strung on is flexible enough to have enough give to fit a variety of wrist sizes, but strong enough to keep its shape. The bracelet will be made to order, so it will differ slightly from the pictures.

Buying link: Agatha Christie bracelet

Penguin Books – Virginia Woolf A Room Of One’s Own, Black Framed Print

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A classic Penguin Books cover for writer Virginia Woolf’s 1929 work ‘A Room of One’s Own’. A literary and design classic rolled into one, this representation of the Penguin Books cover is perfect for any lover of literature.

Buying link: Framed picture

Just one more chapter t-shirt

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* Made of premium quality ring spun cotton for soft and comfortable feel
* Fabric: 100% Ring Spun Cotton
* Weight: 150 – 180 g/m2
* Designs are printed via thermotransfer vinyl method. This print will not crack or fade which ensures your garment stays looking fantastic.

Buying link: One more chapter t-shirt

My chronicle book subscription boxes

 

 

♥ Monthly or quarterly ♥ Choice of genres: Crime & Mystery and Science Fiction & Fantasy

Prepaid Subscriptions
♥ Perfect for Gifting ♥ One simple payment ♥ Gift up to 12 months of deliveries ♥ Free personalised gift card

Author & Artisan Celebration Boxes
♥ Special occasion and celebration boxes to showcase books, local artisans and authors we loved so much they deserved their own box.
♥ Perfect for Gifting ♥ Free personalised gift card

Buying link: My chronicle book box

Wuthering Heights Umbrella

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Just about room for two under this umbrella, even on a blowy Yorkshire moor. Part of the growing range of gifts inspired by Penguin’s iconic cover designs.

  • Collapsible umbrella with matching sleeve.
  • 110cm diameter when open.
  • 100% polyester.

Buying link: Umbrella

Book/travel journal

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This travel journal features a vintage world map design and an inspiring quote about the importance of adventure and exploration. A wonderful leaving present that’s bound to delight any friend of family member off to travel the world.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” 

A5 writing notebook that’s as beautiful as it is functional. It’s chunky with lots of room for doodles, sketches, lists and ideas.

Your journal will come gift-wrapped in a lovely old road map.

Buying link: Book/travel journal

Kindle classic book covers

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A beautiful vintage hard back book style ereader and tablet cover handmade in England using 40 years of bookbinding experience. The perfect coming together of old books and new technology make this the ideal gift for kindle and ereader owners that miss the feel of a book in their hands.

We have recently improved our cases by adding the capability to fold backwards for one-handed reading. This includes a strong magnet closure that keeps the kindle cover closed in transit and also in position when the case is folded backwards.

Please note that our covers do not have sleep/wake functionality because they are a universal fit for any eReader. The power button can be accessed easily when open or closed.

Made using locally sourced materials by highly skilled craftsmen and women in England, our cases are of the highest quality and have a lovely back story that makes them the ideal present and conversation piece.

Each case is wrapped with a beautiful antique paper band as standard, for an extra special personal touch.

Buying link: Kindle classic book covers

Book spine tote bag

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The classic tote with a modern twist: all-over-print allows for 100% customisation, bringing the basic tote to the next level. Your next shopping trip just got a little more earth-friendly and a lot more stylish!

  • Dimensions: 40.6 cm l x 40.6 cm w; Strap: 71.1 cm l
  • Material:
    • Exterior: 100% sturdy brushed polyester
    • Interior: 100% polyester nonwoven laminate
  • 100% cotton web handles
  • Printed then sewn for edge-to-edge designs
  • Black laminated lining for extra support
  • Spot or dry clean only
  • Made in the USA

Buying link:     Book spine tote bag

Book lover gift set tin

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Gift Set includes:
* hinged storage tin with quote on lid
* reading journal featuring matching quote
* matching ruled notebook
* stainless steel or black resin fountain pen (please specify your choice or one will be chosen for you at random)
* 4 mixed quote ex libris bookplate labels
* 4 mixed quote bookmarks
* OPTIONAL Add a notecard & envelope featuring matching quote (packaged separately to tin contents, for gifting purposes)

Buying link: Book lover gift set tin

Book sleeve

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This sleeve will protect the edges of your favorite novels. Don’t worry about the damaged corners, or scratched cover!

It has one foldable side that will adjust to your book thickness. This book cover is perfect for books up to 600 pages (this cover can be used with a 200 pages book or 600 pages book).

You’ll find 4 height size options, depending the size of the books you usually read.

Buying link:  Book sleeve

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood’s poster

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The first edition cover design of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale – the groundbreaking work of speculative fiction that shocked people not because it was prescient, but because it described what societies have already done.

  • A1 size, 84 x 59.4 cm. Dimensions include 5cm white border.
  • Printed on 150 gsm silk matt paper.
  • The poster is delivered rolled.

Buying link: The Handmaid’s Tale Poster

Bodleian High Jinks Jigsaw Puzzle

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A stunning jigsaw featuring beautiful decorated cloth editions of 19th Century children’s books from the Bodleian Library, with an emphasis on plucky schoolgirls. Perfect for jolly japes with madcap friends!

  • 1000 pieces.
  • Comes in a box.
  • Box measures 25.4 x 25.4 x 5 cm; finished jigsaw measures 73.5 cm x 51 cm.

Buying link:  Book Jigsaw

 

Well that’s it folks my guide to Christmas gifts for bookworms, I hope I have given you some inspiration, is there anything on here that you would love as a Christmas present? Or is there anything I’ve missed? Please feel free to leave a comment

And now I’m feeling festive so I’m off to put the Christmas tree up 😂🎄

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What’s on your bookshelf? With #BookBlogger Noelle at Crimebookjunkie @nholten40

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Whoop whoop today not only is it #HumpDay but it’s time for another What’s On Your BookShelf? Post, and I’m so excited to look around the one and only Noelle Holten’s (aka crimebookjunkie) bookshelves.

Noelle was one of the first book bloggers I followed when I started blogging, not only is she one of my favourite bloggers, but she’s also now one of my favourite authors. If you haven’t read her debut novel Dead Inside it’s a Must! Noelle blogs over at https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk/

Now over to Noelle……..

How many bookcases do you have?

I have six bookcases but need another one or two (or four 🙈) to house the books I have in piles around my home. I actually donated twelve bags (those #bagsforlife strong bags) to charity a few months back – I had read those books and thought someone else might enjoy them. 

Approximately how many books are on your book case? 

About 800 … there could be a lot more though 😂😂 and if we include my kindle shelves, well there are about 1000 books there…(some have been read though, I just haven’t organised my kindle to remove them and some are writing reference books) The actual bookshelves I have are filled with books I collect (ie: my Jack The Ripper books), proofs, books I have purchased, signed copies of books purchased and crime theory/practice books. I couldn’t squeeze all the books I have in pictures so sent a few. 

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What genre do your bookcase mainly comprise of?

Crime fiction (various sub genres); crime theory; true crime; psychological thrillers; philosophy; and a lot of research material or manuals on writing, types of crimes, offender profiling and the like. Basically crime 😂

Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

Again, ALL OF THEM! There is just not enough time in the day and I keep buying more books, even though I get sent ARC’s – sometimes I buy the physical version as well as the kindle as I can struggle to hold a physical book but I love them, so buy the kindle version to read. I definitely want to get back to reading the Lennox series by Craig Russell, so I’m going to say that – final answer! 

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Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest and you haven’t yet got around to reading? 

I couldn’t even tell you which has been there the longest. There are quite a few I have had for years – and I couldn’t even guess. So I won’t! 😂

Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

There are far too many to mention and as I have deadlines now to write/ edit my own series (shameless plug) I’m being really strict! However, I’m looking forward to Martina Cole’s next book out in October and a new, non-Rebus book from Ian Rankin out in November I think! 

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If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why? 

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor dostoevski – I read this in highschool and it always stayed with me. Or Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I’ve read both of these numerous times and enjoy them more each time. 

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Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why? 

You’re killing me here! I’d want to invite them all! I just can’t choose one as I am a fan of so many, I’d welcome each and every one of them into my home! And if they end up locked in my basement..well… 🤷‍♀️

About Noelle

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  • I blog at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. I am one of the PR & Social Media Managers for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and was a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. I worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse but left in 2017. I have three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. My hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the booklove via my blog.
    Dead Inside is my debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.
    Connect with Noelle on Social Media here:
  • Website: https://www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk
    Twitter: (@nholten40) https://twitter.com/nholten40
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noelleholtenauthor/
    Blog FB page: https://www.facebook.com/crimebookjunkie/
    Instagram: @crimebookjunkie

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My thanks to Noelle for answering my question and for the use of her personal photographs.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier. I’m hoping to make it a long running feature and looking for more bloggers to take part in 2020. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com or leave a comment below. Many thanks 

What’s on your bookshelf? With #BookBlogger Sarah Hardy at bytheletterbookreviews @sarahhardy681

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Woohoo it’s Wednesday not only is it #HumpDay but it’s also time to share another What’s on your bookshelf? post.
Today I’m thrilled to welcome one of my favourite bloggers on the planet to the book review café, THE Sarah Hardy, book blogger extraordinaire at Bytheletterbookreviews and book blog tour organiser at Book On The Bright Side. I’m sure you already follow Sarah’s blog, but if you don’t, it’s a MUST! I hope you enjoy reading Sarah’s post, and I have to say after seeing her photos I have serious bookshelf #Envy 😂. So without further ado over to Sarah……..

Hi Sarah how many bookcases do you have?

Technically two and a half, which you can see from the picture. There is still room luckily for a few more books yet and then comes the hard part of what to keep and what to get rid off as hubby has put his foot down that, that’s all the book space I can have. I could of course just get rid of him instead. I do also have around twenty books on two shelves in my bedroom which I have still to read all of them. There is also a work desk which has around another thirty odd books on the shelves but was a bit embarrassed to take a picture as not the tidest of work spaces lol. So can understand the hubby’s reluctance at making anymore room for them.
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Approximately how many books are on your bookcase?
I have no idea how many books I have. I could of course, include my kindle and it would be probably running over a thousand but physical, at a guess, Maybe two hundred. I wouldn’t swear on that though.
What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?
Definitely crime/thrillers are the main genre on my shelves. My all time favourite genre is psychological thrillers. I do read mainly on my Kindle now a days and love getting books signed by authors for books i’ve already read and then pop them on my shelves next to the other signed ones. Getting quite a collection now.
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Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?
The most desperate book is probably The Talking Of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor. Har last book, The Chalk Man I had sat on my book case for over two years before reading it and so far this one has been there for over a year and hearing yet again so many great things, I know I really need to get round to reading it soon.
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Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest and you haven’t yet got around to reading?
So ashamed with how long this one has been sat here for but it’s Far From True by Linwood Barclay. I got a signed copy at Theakstons crime writing fesitval in Harrogate in July 2016. I have only just recently read Elevator Pitch by the author which I loved and that is actually the first book I have read by him. I bought this copy after hearing so many great things and also my wonderful Harrogate room mate, Joanne Robertson over at My Chestnut Reading Tree, won a competition to have afternoon tea with the author and she very kindly took me as her plus one. Such a lovely man and I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to his books.
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Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?
Definitely a signed copy of Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza. I am a huge fan of his books. The crime ones as well as the wonderful Coco Pinchard series. I have them all and each one signed. Even the one that he co wrote with his husband which I got them both to sign another year at the Theakstons Crime Writing Festival. Also can’t wait to add Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten which is the second book in the brilliant Maggie Jamieson crime series. Very excited about this series.
If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?
Ooh, that is a very tough question. It’s like asking me which is my favourite child. As it’s been my top read of 2019 though, I would have to say my proof copy of Nine Elms. Definitely my most outstanding read this year.
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Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?
If you hadn’t already gathered, it would have to be Robert Bryndza. He is such a lovely guy and I love all his books. i would only let him borrow one though if he gave me a sneak preview of his next book. That would only be fair wouldn’t it?

About Sarah

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Sarah is a wife, mum to two, as well as her two fur babies, Bailey and Woody. She lives in West Yorkshire where she works from home. Through her love of books, she also set up her own book blog, By The Letter Book Reviews, which will have been going 5 years next year.

My thanks to Sarah for answering my question and for the use of her personal photographs.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com or leave a comment below. Many thanks 

What’s on your Bookshelf? with #BookBlogger Will at hghorror @homegrownhorror

This week on What’s On Your BookShelf? I’m thrilled to have Will taking part, Will is a huge horror fan, and I thought seeing as it’s Halloween tomorrow 👻🧟‍♂️🧛‍♂️☠️ he was the perfect choice for a spooky post. Will is a relatively new book blogger, but I would  recommend you check out his blog at https://hghorror.wordpress.com/. Now over to Will

Hi Will How many bookcases do you have?

I have three bookshelves in my current home, and three more in storage.

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Approximately how many books are on your book case?

Roughly 100 books currently.

What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?

My books are almost entirely horror.

Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

As a reviewer, I have a decent backlog that I’m very excited to get to, but I would have to say Sean McDonough’s new novel The Class Reunion is what I’m looking forward to most right now.

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Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest and you haven’t yet got around to reading?

I have yet to read any of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. I’m reading through all of his other works in preparation, because a lot of them connect back in some way to the Dark Tower series. I want to be aware of all those easter eggs when I finally make my journey to the Tower.

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Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

On the small horror side of things, I can’t wait to get my hands on a paperback copy of David Simpson’s newest Zombie Road release, Zombie Road 7. It’s currently only out digitally. As for fine and limited edition releases, I’m so excited to receive the debut book from Letterpress Publications; Stephen King’s Revival.

If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?

That’s an insanely difficult choice. I think maybe my signed limited edition of Joyland, by Stephen King. It’s probably my favorite of his books. I have my copy in a custom made slipcase from the company 19th Edition.

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Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

Looking at my bookshelves, you might think my answer would be Stephen King. But I’m sure he gets tired of meeting his “number one fans.” I’d have to go with Brian James Freeman. He’s the general manager at Cemetery Dance Publications, as well as the founder of his own press, Letterpress Publications. Not to mention, he’s a pretty good author. I’m sure he’d enjoy seeing all of my Cemetery Dance books, as well as my King collection. I’d love to talk with him about his Letterpress Publications venture.

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About Will

Hello, my name is Will and I’m the founder and lead (only) reviewer at Home Grown Horror Reviews. I am a passionate fan of all things horror, and an avid supporter of our community of authors. I have discovered many wonderful talents that I probably wouldn’t have ever known about had I not been actively looking. My goal is to write and publish reviews that will help spread the word about those authors and works who deserve a little recognition.

My book collection is almost entirely horror. My focus is Stephen King and Cemetery Dance Publications. I have several signed King books, and many special or limited edition King books and other Cemetery Dance books. The thing that makes my shelves unique however is my collection of personally inscribed books. I’m active in several horror groups on Facebook, including a few for horror writers. I love finding new (to me, or new to writing) authors and getting their books signed and personalized to me. This has led to a small but very loved collection of books that mean a lot to me.

Links

https://hghorror.wordpress.com/ My review blog

https://www.instagram.com/willybusmc/ My Instagram for pictures of my signed books

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/101198995-will-blosser?order=d&sort=review&view=reviews My goodreads reviews

https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/amzn1.account.AEJ44UQCCXIIYCVEOJCSWH77OVYA? My amazon reviews

My thanks to Will for answering my questions, and for the use of his photos.

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What’s on your bookshelf? with #BookBlogger Juliet at Bookliterati @Bookliterat

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Woohoo  it’s Wednesday so not only is it #HappyHumpDay  but it’s also time to have a peek around another book bloggers  bookshelves. Today I’m thrilled to welcome one Juliet who blogs over at www.bookliterati.com
If you haven’t checked out Juliet’s  blog yet it’s a MUST,  Now over to Juliet……….

How many bookcases do you have?

I have 9 Bookcases, soon to be 10; 2, soon to be three in the sitting room, 2 in the snug, and 5 in my bedroom. I also have some of my signed paperbacks on the windowsill in my reading room / conservatory.
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Approximately how many books are on your book case?

There are over 500 books on my shelves to read, which is frightening.

What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?

I read most genres but the genre I have the most of is historical fiction, my favourite genre.
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Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

The one book I am desperate to read is The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, I just haven’t found the time to fit it in with my review books.

Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

Over the next couple of months I am looking forward to adding Tidelands by Philippa Gregory,  The Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier and Akin by Emma Donoghue.

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If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?

It is hard to keep just one book but I think it would be my limited edition first edition signed copy of Possession by A.S Byatt.  This is one of my favourite books of all time and there are only 70 of these special editions in circulation.

Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

An author to my house is a difficult one. I wish the Bronte Sisters were alive so I could meet them but now I think I would like Lucinda Riley to come around. I love her books and she always seems great fun, and  could quiz her about the final book in her Seven Sisters series.
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About Juliet

I am Juliet, I am married to David with one daughter, Briony, who is 26 and still lives at home, and four wonderful Cocker Spaniel. I. was an only child with a teacher for a mum who encouraged me to read from an early age. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a book on the go, and I still always have a book with me.  After  was diagnosed with Spondylosis and couldn’t work any more reading books became a place to escape the pain and depression and still is today. I started blogging two years ago as something to focus my attention on during the days and I love sharing my thoughts on the books I have read.  My reading companions are my four Cocker Spaniels, Bramble, Bailey, Bronte and Blaise who also ocassionally  help with my blog accidentally.

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My thanks to Juliet for answering my question and for the use of her personal photographs.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com or leave a comment below. Many thanks 

What’s on your bookshelf? With #BookBlogger Jen at jenmedsbookreviews @JenMedBkReviews

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Whohoo it’s Wednesday so not only is it #HumpDay but it’s also time to have a peek around another book bloggers  bookshelves. Today I’m thrilled to welcome one of my very favourite bloggers on the planet Jen who blogs over at jenmedsbookreviews.com. If you haven’t checked out Jen’s  blog yet it’s a MUST, especially if you are a lover of crime thrillers. Now over to Jen……….

How many bookcases do you have?

7 of varying heights dotted around the house. That’s not including my massive Kindle bookshelf. But I need more. I’m double stacking now …

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Approximately how many books are on your book case?

Each one? Or total …? 450+ unsigned and 300+ signed. The 700 unread (1269 total) on kindle don’t count right? (Eek)

What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?

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Crime, crime and more crime. Anything that comes under that generally unspecific genre heading so mystery, thriller, action, procedural, psychological etc. There are some rom coms and a few humour books, maybe a couple of dozen reference books which I haven’t counted here, but they are all well hidden and surrounded by murder etc.

Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

Right now? Physical book wise it’s a tie between The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry and Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza. E-book wise, probably Mark Hill’s The Bad Place, closely followed by End Game by Daniel Cole

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Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest?

and you haven’t yet got around to reading? Probably The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. I had all good intentions when I bought the book as a teenager until I realised that life, much like my good self, is far too short. So I cheated and watched the Disney cartoon instead. That’s kind of the same thing right?

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Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

So, so many. I have pre-orders which take me up to December 2020 … Aside from the ARCs I already have and will be converting to kindle copies when released, I’m looking forward toThe Family by Louise Jensen, Poison Ink by Alison Belsham (I need a signed copy to go with The Tattoo Thief, obvs) and Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten. Really looking forward to seeing where she is taking the series. Other than that I’m trying not to take life too seriously and playing it by ear and by recommendation. Aside from the 30 pre-orders I have in

If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?

Just one? Really? The complete works of someone who has written a hell of a lot of books? No? Okay then. The Sun Also Risesby Ernest Hemingway. This was one of few the books I read at school which really stuck with me because of the imagery (even if the bull fighting is barbaric), the conflict and the complexity of the relationship between Brett and Jake. The writing style is superb, sparse and yet expansive at the same time, creating such a vivid setting and all engaging characters. Plus he sparked my love for American literature (which led to a rather useless American Studies degree …) I think the book has one of the finest closing segments in any book, where Brett and Jake finally give up on any chance of being together. It encapsulates the whole essence of the book – the dreamer v the realist.

“Oh, Jake,” Brett said, “we could have had such a damned good time together.”

Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me.

“Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

Plus he’s a fellow cancerian so he can’t be all bad.

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Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

Cripes. Not sure I’d like that. Would I have to vaccum? If they need to be breathing then possibly Stephen King. One, because he was such an influence on my childhood reading habits and, two, because I’d love to know what he really thinks of some of the books he’s been quoted on 😉 Of all time and not currently breathing (though I’d prefer we could rewind to a time when they) then Ernest Hemingway. I just think he would be fascinating to talk to with the life that he led, and again, a big influence on me as a reader in my formative years. And I’d love to know what he would make of the modern publishing world.

About Jen

I am a nearly mid-forties recovering Transport Manager. I now live a much less stressful life managing contracts for an Engineering company, which gives me a lot more time to read and attend book events. Bliss. I am very much ruled by my two moggies Luna and Rory and what they say (meow) goes.

I started blogging in 2016 after having attended CrimeFest in Bristol and foolishly thinking that I might be able to give this blogging malarkey a go. Three years on and I haven’t been called out as a fraud yet so must be doing something right. When not reading I can be found out walking (pretending to get fit), listening to music or heading off to the theatre. Failing that, find yourself a Crime Literature Festival and I may well be lurking there somewhere …

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My thanks to Jen for taking part in What’s on your bookshelf ? and for the photos from her personal collection.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com.