7 Lessons I’ve learned after 14 months of blogging as a hobby

7 Lessons I’ve learned after 14 months of blogging as a hobby

Features, Tips and Tricks
I started my blog in May 2021 (so last year) and it's been quite an educational 14 months. I've learned more about what I enjoy reading, I've learned more about what you enjoy reading and so much more. I keep writing on this blog because inevitably I love books and I love writing about books. At some point, I hope this becomes a viable source of income? Yes. It would not only give me some motivation that I'm writing about people actually like but also that the amount of time I spend on it is worth it. Yes, it's a hobby currently but as it becomes a hobby where I spend a lot of my free time doing it, having it bring in a successful income wouldn't be so bad.…
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10 Mystery Thrillers you MUST Read – Have you read these gripping page-turners?

10 Mystery Thrillers you MUST Read – Have you read these gripping page-turners?

Features, Recommendations
Who doesn't love a good mystery thriller? Well, what even is a "mystery thriller"? I have "mystery" and "thriller" down as two separate categories on my blog as sometimes there are other genres which are "thrillers" and others that are also "mystery". When you combine "mystery" and "thriller," I think we all have an idea of a book we can think of. Please note that this article contains affiliate links, this means if you choose to purchase any books via any of the links below, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the products. Generally "mystery thrillers" are books where something intriguing or interesting happens to a person whether it be a murder, a missing…
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Emma Pearl author interview

Emma Pearl author interview

Author interviews, Features
A while back, I asked my Twitter followers if any of them were authors and whether any of them wanted to take part in a new series where I asked them some questions about their publishing experiences. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any products via the links below, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. I received an abundance of wonderful responses, so I have decided to turn this into a whole series to give as many authors as possible a chance to get their responses in. This week is Emma Pearl and her responses about publishing, writing, her new book Mending the…
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My Most-Read Articles from June 2022

My Most-Read Articles from June 2022

Features, Monthly Round Ups
At the end of each month, I have a look back and see which articles did the best throughout those four weeks. This is an interesting insight into which articles people found useful, which articles my social media platforms promoted the best, also, which articles maybe need another push to get them into people's eyes. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means that if you choose to purchase any products via the links below, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the products. June has been a month of highs for my blog. I received a new monthly viewership of 4.8k users which means, as it suggests, 4,800 people chose to come…
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My Favourite Books of the Year So Far – Halfway Through 2022

My Favourite Books of the Year So Far – Halfway Through 2022

Features, Recommendations
At the end of last year, I wrote up a list of my favourite books from the year. Today marks exactly halfway through the year and so I thought I would mark it by highlighting my favourite books from this year. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any of the products via the links below, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. To avoid writing a list of every single five-star read I've read so far this year, I have decided to narrow it down to the top five I've read so far. These aren't in any sort of order though as I think…
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My June 2022 Reading Round-up – The 6 Books I Read This Month

My June 2022 Reading Round-up – The 6 Books I Read This Month

Features, Monthly Round Ups
Every month I do a round-up of the books that I've read over the past four weeks and this month I've decided to add their rating out of five that I gave them to make it easier for you to decide which book review you want to read. This month was very varied. There was an array of very different books including a classic, a "thriller" I guess, a much-praised fantasy and even one that is simply deemed "contemporary fiction". But yes, to say the least, this month covered pretty much all the genres I'm in to at the moment. Whilst you're reading through the list, let me know if you've read any of the books or whether any of these books may be ones that you decide to pick…
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You Asked Me Questions and Here Are My Answers

You Asked Me Questions and Here Are My Answers

Features
This blog is mostly about books. However, there is someone behind the scenes who writes these reviews. Therefore, I thought I'd throw out the option for people to ask me whatever questions they wanted on social media. I'm often open in my newsletter about what I'm up to and often get a little more personal about my life - however, I realise that for you are able to relate to me a little more, I wanted people who read my blog or follow me on social media the option to be able to ask me anything they wanted. So after I asked people want they wanted to ask me, I put all of the questions into my Notion app (see my article on How I Organise My Blog for more…
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Author Interview with Randy O’Brien

Author Interview with Randy O’Brien

Author interviews, Features
About a month ago I posted on my Twitter asking for authors to come forward who might want to feature as part of my new series of interviews on my blog. I received a lot more responses than I ever thought I would and so decided to formulate some questions with some ques and send them all off and see what different responses I got back. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any products via the links provided below, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. This week is Randy O'Brien who last year had Gettysburg by Morning release in November. I'll let Randy…
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Anna Friend author interview

Anna Friend author interview

Author interviews, Features
A few weeks ago I posted a tweet asking whether any indie book authors would be interested in taking part in an interview on my blog. I received a fair few responses and so have decided to turn this into a series. I've sent the same questions to all of the authors and it's been fascinating to see how their answers differ. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase anything via the links below, I'll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you which will go towards supporting the blog. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. This week we have Anna Friend, the author of the Big Little Heart series. I won't go too…
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Steven Kedie Author Interview

Steven Kedie Author Interview

Author interviews
A couple of weeks ago I put out a call on social media for Indie authors to contact me if they wanted to be part of an interview series I was doing and got way more responses than I ever thought I would. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase a product via one of the links below, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you which goes towards the running of the blog. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. After a little deliberation, I decided to respond to a few of the first to respond and then apologise to those others stating I had received far too many to ever get…
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