The Beginning


As my first blog post, I wanted to start with a little bit about me!

I’ve started this blog as a way of putting my thoughts and feelings about the books I read out into the world by some sort of book review. I love to read and can usually get through 2-3 books a month as a personal hobby of mine. I come across a lot of books either through recommendations on social media, blog reviews or just charity book shops that I happen to pass by.

I don’t often buy the new best seller at Waterstones, as I sadly don’t have the money to spend on numerous books a month at full price at £8.99 each time.
Personally though, I prefer finding old books in charity shops because I feel like firstly I’m helping a good cause, and also because there is something about finding a random book that catches your eye by chance, that makes the book all the more special.
Anyone can walk into a Waterstones or Foyles and find a specific book and feel like it’s theirs and theirs alone from the new book cover and the new book smell. No one has yet turned the pages of their new addition which makes it exciting.

It’s something complete different to walk into an old book shop and find an old hard cover of Jane Eyre, with a scruff marks, yellowish pages and old handwriting on the inside. The type of cover you’ve been looking for for a while which will look great on your shelf and your mind starts to imagine the type of person that previously owned it and how you happened to discover it in this book shop of all places. This is my kind of book. The kind that you find out of pure luck and can’t wait to spontaneously get lost in.

More recently I have been buying more books on my kindle as I’m running out of space to store the book collection I have where I’m currently living. It’s a lot easier to sneak in a few pages at work on your kindle than a paperback too! I’ve always got my kindle on me so if I find I’m waiting for clients or I’m stuck somewhere and need to pass the time for an hour, it’s the perfect opportunity to read. If I could live my life in coffee shops with a good book I will be forever happy.

I’m currently reading a book called The Dandelion Years by Erica James (charity shop find this week). I’ll let you know what I think once I’m finished!

Gemma x

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Hey! I'm Gemma :) I moved to Japan with my husband and cat three years ago which has been one big adventure. The only downside (besides missing my family and dairymilk) is that I've moved to a country where English bookshops are limited, plus the idea of transporting so many books back home sounds dreadfully expensive. I've grown to love my Kindle which is why I'm fixated on ebooks. It connects nicely to my goodreads and netgalley account also which means I'm always adding more to my never ending list of books. I read fiction and love all things fantasy, YA, historical fiction and classics. Add a bit of mystery and I'll be hooked!

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