What I’ve Read: 2018 Edition PART 1

This seemed like a GREAT blog post idea until I sat down to start writing and couldn’t remember a single thing I’d read! As we’re now halfway through the year, casting my mind back as far as January is really bloody difficult! Therefore, this is by no means a complete list, but we can probably…

Help Yourself: My Issues With Self-Help Books

Recently I’ve found myself reading a few self-help books, almost by accident. It’s a section I’ve always stayed away from, despite probably needing guidance to help my own self on many an occasion. Don’t get me wrong, if self-help books work for you, I think that’s great. You keep reading them. There’s a real trend…

Culture Catch-up – TV/Film/Books I Like Lately

I must admit that I spend the majority of my free-time either blogging or watching Netflix, when I’m not being cannon-balled by a little pug, that is. As such, the majority of things that appear here are only found on Netflix, but, to be honest, I’m sure most of you have Netflix and share my…

#BowieBookClub

As you may or may not know, I’m a fairly big fan of David Bowie (I have a tattoo of the ‘Bowie’ lightning bolt on my forearm) and I work in a book shop, so when I came across the hashtag #BowieBookClub on Twitter at the start of this week, I was automatically intrigued. It…

Book Wishlist!

We all know I have a book problem. I went to Manchester for the weekend, read one book and bought one more. I went to Cheltenham for a week, took one book with me (which I didn’t read) and brought 6 books back with me (also none of which I have read yet). I buy…

#18 – Teen/YA Books for the Spooky Season!

Up until about 6 months ago when I had to convince my manager that I was a serious bookseller who reads serious books, my main literary love was the teen section in bookshops. Sadly, I haven’t read a YA book in the past 6 months, but, figured it’d be a great springboard for Blogtober as…

What I Read In April

It should be no surprise to any of you that know me, know my job or follow my instagram (@poppyraptor) that I LOVE books. I wake up, read, go sell books all day and then come home and read until I fall asleep. And repeat. I read anything and everything, no genres omitted. I have…

BOOK IDEAS for MOTHER’S DAY//Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and what better gift to give than a book? My own mother is currently drowning in the number of proofs and free copies of books I’ve passed onto her, so I’m not being allowed to buy her a book for Mother’s Day! I’ve decided, however, to write a post of…

David Walliams BOOK REVIEW (The Boy In The Dress/Blob)

None of us can deny that there’s a hype around David Walliams at the moment. Working in a bookstore, I saw first-hand just how many copies of The Midnight Gang, his most recent book, flew off the shelves over Christmas. My friend told me yesterday that, during his internship at Harper Collins last year, he…

WHAT’S IN MY MARCH BOOK-BOX?!

Since I started my job in a bookshop back in November, I buy books ALL the time. I’m talking like 2 a week – it’s an unaffordable lifestyle, especially as I don’t have the time to read them all! So, to combat this, and help me to read more diversely, I’ve put a shoe-box next…