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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 …

Blog: jenmedsbookreviews.com

Twitter: JenMedBkReviews

Facebook: Jen Med’s Book Reviews

Instagram: The Rambling Reviewer

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.

 

What’s on your bookshelf ? With #BookBlogger Joanne at Portobellobookblog @portybelle

 

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Whohoo time for another book blogger to take part in What’s On Your BookShelf ? Today it’s Joanne’s turn, she blogs over at https://portobellobookblog.com/  and I would highly recommended you check out Joanne’s blog if you haven’t already. So without further ado shall we have a nosy around Joanne’s bookcases?

Hi Joanne How many bookcases do you have?

We had a big clear out a couple of years back when we rearranged and redecorated our bedroom. We got rid of two huge bookcases. Despite this, I reckon there are at least eight bookcases I around the house – and I may just have ordered another this evening. But to be fair, it’s to replace a very cheap one! 

Approximately how many books are on your book case?

Oh dear, I’m frightened to count! I just had a wander round and at a rough guess, I’d say there ae around 500 books on the book cases. And if the piles of books beside the bed and in my wardrobe are to be counted too, you can probably add another 50 at least!

What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?

I’d say mine consist mostly of contemporary fiction although there are a lot of political, spy or war related thrillers which my husband likes.

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Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

I have quite a few coming up I am very keen to read but there are others I’m committed to first. Not that I don’t want to read the ones I’m committed to or I wouldn’t have agreed to review them. I am really looking forward to reading The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing by Mary Paulson-Ellis, The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott and Dead Stock by Rachel Ward.

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

There are a lot I haven’t read but one which has been there a while is South by Ernest Shackleton. I think he is a fascinating man and loved the tv miniseries about his epic adventure starring Kenneth Branagh. Quite like Shackleton whisky but that’s another story entirely! One day, I’ll get around to reading the book.

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

Miranda Dickenson’s The Day We Meet Again, Cecelia Ahern’s Postscript and Jojo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars.

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

Oh that’s a really hard and quite cruel question actually! I think I’d choose Sebastian Faulks Birdsong which is what I usually say is my favourite book if pushed. I think it is a vivid evocation of the horrors of the First World War with a beautiful, passionate love story at its heart. Difficult to mix the two but I think the author manages it with this novel. I read it at a time when I was researching my family history including a great uncle who died in the First World War and a lot of the places where I know he was fighting are settings in this book. I had also been to visit the area so could easily imagine where the characters were.

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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?

I’d like to invite Patrick Gale as I absolutely adore his books. I’d love to have a chat with him as I’ve heard him a couple of times at book festival events and even got to meet him last year at the Edinburgh book festival. He is fascinating to listen to.

About Joanne

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I can’t remember not being a reader and always have at least one book on the go. I started my blog, Portobello Book Blog, in April 2015 to share my love of the books I was reading and it’s been great fun. I’m a busy wife and mum to two lovely girls, an avid book reader of course, a nature watcher, a keen cook and baker, always on the go and I love living by the sea.

Blog – https://www.portobellobookblog.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/portobellobookblog/

Twitter and Instagram – @portybelle

My thanks to Joanne 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

Thank you 

What’s On Your BookShelf ? With #BookBlogger @jocatrobertson at Mychestnutreadingtree

65AD1F9D-60BE-4092-8B5D-B6D0AE224CC2Today I’m thrilled to reveal my brand new feature What’s On Your Bookshelf ? I do love a nose around other people’s book shelves, and even more so when they belong to book bloggers. So I thought why not combine the two and came up with this feature. I do hope you enjoy reading these posts, as much as I have.

The very first book blogger to share their bookcases and favourite books is the awesome Joanne Robertson who blogs over at https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/  just in case you haven’t come across her blog yet it’s definitely one you should check out. And now for first ever What’s On Your Book Shelf? Over to Jo…….

How many bookcases do you have?

Only 4 but will get more once my husband gets his backside into gear and removes his broken treadmill from my study 😂

Approximately how many books are on your book case?

Approx 500

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What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?

Mainly crime/psychological thrillers

Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Violet by SJI Holliday

Who Did You Tell by Lesley Kara

(Couldn’t narrow it down sorry!)

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

I tend to clear out books every 6 months or so and anything I’ve not read or am unlikely to read I pass on to friends. So the longest has only been there a year or so and is probably The Lost by Mari Hannah

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

The new Cara Hunter “All The Rage” and the new Peter Swanson “Eight Perfect Murders”

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

My copy of Riders by Jilly Cooper which I have had for so many years I hate to actually count!

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

I am well known for lending books to friends who come round to look at Joanne’s Lending Library! But I’d love to have Amanda Prowse around! We could swap book tips and hair tips before having tea and cake.

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About Jo

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I’m a 54 year old grandmother and teaching assistant who just loves reading! I started My Chestnut Reading Tree 3 years ago to keep all my reviews in one place and it’s the best thing I ever did! I read mainly psychological thrillers (if there are twins in there even better!) I live in Cheshire UK with my Grumpy Scotsman and Darcy the Cavapoo.
Twitter: @jocatrobertson

My thanks to Jo for taking part it’s much appreciated.

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 Thank you 

#ForbiddenBooks from around the World 2019

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing something a little bit different from my normal reviews. Today it’s all about the books that have be banned this year. When I was offered the chance to share a map of the world and which countries have banned which books I couldn’t resist.
I hope you find this post an interesting read…….

“A book is a loaded gun,” Ray Bradbury famously wrote in Fahrenheit 451, and it seems governments around the world tend to agree.

You may think that book banning belongs to a more regressive past, where authoritarian regimes would try to suppress dangerous ideas from its people. However, book banning remains alive and well in 2019.

From Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Leonni (Italy) to Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally (Lebanon) to The Satanic Versus by Salman Rushdie (too many countries to list), governments continue to curtail access to classic books.

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In the last week of September every year, the American Library Association and Amnesty International join forces to showcase banned and restricted books, and to promote the idea that adults should be free to read whatever the want.

To kick start the event beginning Monday, Global English Editing has created this epic literary map. The map features books banned by nearly 50 different countries worldwide.

You can also check out the Global English Editing blog for a summary of each book, as well as the reasons why they’ve been banned.

In the spirit that people should be able to read whatever they want, the following map shows nearly 50 countries with books currently banned (or were banned in the recent past). The map shows that, unfortunately, freedom of information is still being curtailed around the world.

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My thanks to Isabel Cabrera for the map and introduction.