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Blogger Book Nook #6: Sharing the love of books

In case you haven’t been able to tell from my latest blog posts and Instagrams, I am spending a lot of time reading. I never stopped loving it, but now I’m making the time to read, and it’s the best thing ever.

It’s rubbing off on Dougie too, he drags book after book over to me and sits on my laptop, ready to dive into the adventures of Spot the Dog time and time again, it’s amazing.

This months Blogger Book Nook included a book swap, which was such a lovely idea, as I was sent a book I’d heard about, but may not have gone out and bought myself…

Is there a fellow book blogger whose shelves you’d love to raid?

I think both Amanda and Sarah’s bookshelves. They always seem to be reading wonderful books that I instantly add to my TBR list, and they always share the most incredible book-ish photos on their Instagrams.

If you could swap lives with any book character for a day, who would it be?

Mary Poppins. Although if it was just for a day, maybe it would be fun to be someone totally different and unpredictable – Voldemort or Bellatrix would be interesting! Or Sarah Woodruff from The French Lieutenant’s Woman. Ooo or maybe it would be fun to be Andrea from The Devil Wears Prada.

Do you normally swap books with friends or do you hang on to books you’ve finished reading?

I usually hang on to them. I have quite a few on my kindle so they obviously stay put, but if I’m recommending a book to someone and I have the physical book, I’ll always offer to lend or swap – I love knowing that my books are going to be read and to a good home!

If you could send a copy of one book that you really love to everybody on the planet, which would it be?

The French Lieutenant’s Woman. It’s probably my favourite book and I think everyone should read it.

Is there a book on your shelf that you love so much, you’d never swap it with anybody?

I don’t think so. I probably wouldn’t give away my actual copy of The French Lieutenant’s Woman (mainly because it’s so battered), or my Harry Potter books, but I would always recommend them. The idea of sharing and swapping books so they are read over and over again is so lovely.

Mini review: The Good Daughter (Karin Slaughter)

Abbey sent me The Good Daughter which I was really excited about. I love crime books, and I’d heard so many good things about Karin Slaughter (also, what a fabulous name for an author of crime books?!) so I was really looking forward to starting it.

The Good Daughter is tense, exciting, fairly grizzly and graphic at times (not one to cosy up with before bed) and very well written. The story begins 28 years ago, when two young sisters, Sam and Charlie, are caught up in a horrendous crime. Fast forward to present day, and the sisters are all grown up, living very different lives from one another.

Charlie witnesses a terrible event at the local school, and circumstances lead to her contacting her big sister, Sam. Past and present are mixed up together, as the sisters try to deal with the events occurring, as well as come to terms with their past. If you enjoy crime books, I’d really recommend The Good Daughter, I’m so glad Abbey sent it to me – thank you!