Years ago I was known for my movie reviews, but these days it’s all about the books, going back to my roots in book reviewing (my background is in archaeology, publishing and non-fiction reviewing). I bought a kindle about eight years ago and it rejuvenated my love for books and reading in whatever form. Now, though, I read more tree books than I did before the kindle. Here I can talk about them.
I contribute regular features on historical fiction to the Sunday Express and I am one of the judges of the Historical Writers Association (HWA) Endeavour Ink Gold Crown for 2017. I was also on the judging panel for the HWA Debut Crown in 2015.
There is a good chance, however, that not all posts may be bookish. I may get distracted, thanks to my love of history, archaeology and the natural world around me.
This blog includes reviews of advance copies and bought books. I live in a book nest. I have hundreds to read. This means that I can’t read everything I want to but I do my best. I read and review for a fun hobby and if I don’t enjoy a book, I won’t finish it or review it.
I prefer print copies but will occasionally review well-formatted kindle versions. I don’t read or review pdfs.
I am a genre reader! This means that I read historical fiction (but not romantic historical fiction and not all periods of history), science fiction, apocalyptic and dystopian thrillers, mystery thrillers, a little YA science fiction and some fantasy and horror (definitely not zombies). These days I also read a little crime fiction, mostly detective fiction but some psychological thrillers.
I don’t read romance, epic fantasy, most ‘literary fiction’, books with gangsters and/or zombies, most non-fiction.
Please note! I only read self-published/indie authors that either I know or I have contacted myself. I NEVER read a self-published/independently-published book as a response to an unsolicited email.