Another off topic post but I’m so excited to wake up and see SNOW! Being the UK, everything has immediately ground to a halt which makes it incredibly quiet outside. I’m enjoying the view while cooking the Sunday roast and later on I shall be snuggling up to read The Girl in the Tower (the second part of the Winternight Trilogy, which is epic). Yay!

Hope you’re all having a lovely Sunday xxx


Coventry 2021 City of Culture Winners


Totally off topic post but I’m very proud to announce that my hometown of Coventry has just won the title of City of Culture 2021. Hurrah! I know quite a few people who have been part of the bid and I think they’ve all done a fantastic job. I’m so proud, especially as the bid was based around the city’s diverse population, something that we’re extremely proud of.


Coventry has got an amazing history, medieval buildings, three Cathedrals and a vibrant creative scene. It hasn’t always been a great place to live (it was virtually flattened during the Blitz in the Second World War, and it was hit very hard by the recession in the 80’s) but due to lots of recent investment we’ve bounced back – there’s a reason that part of our coat of arms is a pheonix rising from the ashes.


Coventry is the birthplace of many inventions, including the Rover safety cycle (the basic design that all modern bicycles are based on), the jet engine and the material Tercel. It’s also where the British car industry was founded by Daimler in 1895.

In literary terms, Coventry has produced many writers and poets, including Lee Child, Philip Larkin and George Eliot (whose novel Middlemarch was based on life in Coventry). This is the first stanza of my favourite Larkin poem, “This Be The Verse”:

“They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you“

How true!

I’m really hoping that some of the Heritage Lottery grant that’s awarded as part of the title goes towards the cities libraries, many of which have recently closed or are being entirely run by volunteers.

From now on, everyone is going to want to be sent to Coventry!


Two Years On and I Still Don’t Know What I’m Doing


Hello lovelies,

I can’t niece it has been TWO ENTIRE YEARS since I started blogging. Thank you all so much for following me, liking my posts and giving me feedback. You’re all excellent people!

My (now defunct) first blog started out as a kind of diary/vanity project but I found that it was all a bit of a jumble. I started over, focused on one topic (books!) and got myself into a regular blogging schedule (sort of). I feel like I’ve learnt so much since 2015 that I’d share some of my observations with you…

1. Do your research.
When I first started, I assumed that everyone’s blog was just a diary. I quickly learnt that blogs were so much more than that! I’m always amazed at the quality of some of the articles that I read on here and how you can create a blog about literally anything. When I decided to start a book blog it felt like I’d really found my tribe and I love picking up ideas for posts from other bloggers.

2. Get involved.
I remember being terrified of publishing my first post, even though I was sure that no-one would read it. I was scared to follow anyone because I wasn’t sure of the etiquette – should I like some of their posts or comment on their blog before I commit to following them? (I’m still not sure about this – what do you guys think?)

However, I quickly realised that in order to grow my blog, I had to engage with the blogging community. It is scary to post a comment (or even to just like a post) but unless you reach out, no one will know that you’re there. Plus, everyone I’ve encountered has been super friendly and helpful.

3. Don’t be impatient.
If you have a blog where you talk about predominantly non-YA, non-bestseller books then you’re not going to get 1000 followers overnight (particularly if you are as fond of blogging holidays as I am). Don’t worry about the stats, keep plugging away and eventually you’ll build up a base of likeminded bloggers. It takes time but it’s worth it.

4. Don’t underestimate how long blogging takes.
I could literally turn this blog into a full time job. I don’t have time for that, so in order to be able to post anything, I decided pretty early on to keep graphics to a minimum and to just concentrate on content. It works for me. I also try to stick to a schedule, otherwise I’d write three posts a day for two days then nothing for a month. Little and often is the key.

5. Take advantage of the free WordPress blogging courses.
If like me you grew up in an age before the internet was invented, you’ll probably struggle to take advantage of all the exciting things that you can do with your blog. I found the courses (Writing 101 and Blogging 101) really helpful and I gained a lot of confidence by completing them. I’d highly recommend them if you’re just starting out.

What other tips would you recommend? What else have you learnt from blogging? Let me know in the comments!

Priorities, Plans and New Pencils


Hey guys,

Well, it’s September (how did that happen?), so new stationery at the ready – it’s time to plan ahead for the remainder of the year. I’ve had some time off from my blog recently but I’m back now and raring to go. I always feel like this time of year means coloured pens, new shoes and timetables, with the promise of starting something new and exciting – so it’s definitely time for me to get back into writing. Do any of you feel the same? I think the academic year has been hard wired into me, like how a lunar cycle makes people go crazy on a full moon (or is that just a myth?)  

Anyway, my colour coded, bullet journalled, super organised plans are:

1. New blogging timetable
I’ve had a look at my blog stats and I can see that anything posted on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday gets far more attention than anything posted in the week. I’ve always said that I don’t care how many followers I have or who reads my stuff, but it seems silly not to take advantage and post when most of you are likely to see it. So, from now on I’ll be posting on Fridays and Sundays, with the option of a Wednesday discussion type post.

2. Complete my reading challenges
I’m doing both the Popsugar reading challenge 2017 and the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 and to be honest I’ve lost my mojo a little bit. There’s just so much good stuff coming out at the minute and Netgalley seems to be getting all of my attention. My current stats are:

Book Riot: 12/24 books read (3 books currently being read)
Popsugar: 23/40 books read (3 books currently being read)

*blinks in surprise* that’s actually better than I thought and although I’m a little behind I think I can complete both by the end of the year.

3. Work on making my blog prettier
I’ve always thought that I’m quite creative but other than sticking up a picture of the book cover I don’t bother with graphics. It actually annoys me when other bloggers put a million gifs into their blogs because I think it interrupts the narrative and my crappy old kindle fire struggles to play them. Does anyone else have this problem/bugbear? I’ve got a vague idea of what I want to do but sometimes I just find it so time consuming and tedious – I’ll have to see how this one goes *reads this back and immediately knows this isn’t something I’ll pursue for long*. Does anyone with a super adorable, graphics heavy blog have any tips?

4. Engage more with the blogging community
I’ve neglected you guys lately so I need to show you some love! I’m sorry and I missed you all, but I have been pretty busy (see previous post).

I think that’s all for now, I can’t focus on much more than that without getting overwhelmed.

Are you all making plans and prioritising specific tasks that you’d like to achieve with your blogs, or in your lives in general? Does everyone have that back-to-school feeling? Do you find it a positive motivator or do you get a mild sense of panic? Let me know in the comments!

Super big love,

Lucinda xxx

Book Blogger Test

So I’ve been meaning to do this for aaages and just haven’t got round to it…thank you to Jess from Daring to Jess for nominating me! Sorry it’s taken so long!

Here we go


1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog
2. Answer the ten questions asked on this post
3. Nominate at least five people to do it 
4. Let your nominees know you nominated them


1. What are your top 3 book pet peeves?

1. A tiny font. Seriously, why? Are you trying to break my     eyes so I can never read again?
2. A forward or introduction that includes spoilers. Again, why?
3. Poetry or songs within the narrative. Also quotes at the beginning of chapters. I either skip over them or spend ages trying to work out the relevance. Either way, it ruins the narrative flow for me.

2. Describe your favourite reading spot.

My Grandma had a big 70’s vinyl egg chair that both spins and tilts, and when she died I put it in my spare room. It’s so super comfy and it still smells like her house. I couldn’t get a good photo but it’s almost identical to this…


3. Tell us 3 book confessions.

1. I read about 7 books at a time, and I had no idea this wasn’t normal until recently.
2. I got excited when I broke my leg knowing that I would have so much extra reading time.
3. I’m a total kindle convert and the last time I read a paperback it actually hurt my arms.

4. When was the last time you cried during a book?

I hardly ever cry at books. Maybe when Snape died in Harry Potter. He will always be my favourite character ever.


5. How many books are on your bedside table?

Seven! My mum keeps lending them to me. They’ve been there quite a while…

6. What’s your favourite snack to eat while you’re reading?

Satsumas. Or cake. Mmmm, cake… I recently started baking along with the Great British Bake Off (even though IT IS NOT THE SAME WITHOUT MARY, MEL AND SUE) and I made these chocolate mini rolls from week one…


7. Name 3 books you would recommend to anyone.


Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts – a really epic story of one man’s attempt at redemption helping people in an Indian slum.


Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann – a super glitzy story with a very dark undercurrent.


How to be a Woman by Catlin Moran – literally changed my life and woke me up to gender bias, inequality and feminism.

8. Show us a picture of your favourite book on your bookshelf.


Valley of the Dolls, part of my Virago Modern Classics collection.

9. Describe how much books mean to you in just 3 words.

Books mean everything!

10. What is your biggest reading secret?

I stole a book called “the Creepy Tale” from our school library, I just loved it so much…shocking behaviour!

Heather@sassy book geek
Mikaela@well thumbed reader
Alex@whimsy pages
By hook or by book


What Lucinda Did (when she wasn’t blogging)

Hello lovelies!

How are you all? Have you had a good summer? I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to keep up with my blog, so I gave myself a little break from it. I think that’s ok? Anyway, I’m back now and ready to catch up with the hundreds of reviews that are yet to be published (ok, maybe not hundreds, but several). I’ve missed blogging, and specifically, the blogging community, LOTS so thank you all for sticking with me.

In the meantime, I thought I’d ease myself back into writing g-e-n-t-l-y with an update on what I’ve been up to…

Brace yourselves…

The New Allotment
Oh my goodness, I am OBSESSED with my new allotment. We picked up the keys in March and got cracking pretty much straight away. We’ve taken it from a sea of weeds to creating lots of neat rows of veg, with a grassed area for fruit trees and bushes. This is it about a month ago when it was sill a work in progress:


I’ve harvested peas, beans, potatoes, kale, onions, soft fruits and carrots, baked pies, blanched, steamed and roasted vegetables, made soups, stews and risottos and produced my own jam. As a result, we’ve been eating more adventurously, although not necessarily healthier – plum tart is my new favourite dish! This is the runner bean risotto that I made – we have about a million beans at the moment that we give away to as many people as we can think of:


I’m planning out my crops for next year and I’m planting winter veg now. Exciting times!

The New House
So as an investment opportunity we bought a second property to do up and rent out. We now own a small terraced house which was built in about 1850 and after peeling back the wallpaper and ripping up the carpets, it doesn’t seem to have had anything done to it since then either! It has some lovely original features like a brick fireplace but it also has dodgy electrics, mice and a leaking roof. We’ve stripped everything out, had it rewired, put in new windows and fences and we’re in the process of replacing some of the floorboards and having it replastered. I’ve chosen a new kitchen and bathroom, semi tidied the gardens and had antique lights fitted outside. This is my partner Rich chipping back the plaster to expose the original fireplace:



I can’t wait for the plastering to be finished so I can get on with the decorating!

Chilling Out
Summer is a time for relaxing and we’ve had some nice family days out, been to Trentham Gardens (definitely worth a visit, especially at this time of year), had a few relaxed barbeques with friends, been on nights out and had a holiday in Devon with my parents. We also ticked off one of my ‘bands to see before I die’ as we went to watch the Flaming Lips in Birmingham, which was just the best gig I’ve ever been to. It was crazy and funny and an unbelievable stage show. Here’s so poor quality pics that I tried to take on my phone:

The lead singer’s unicorn – he came out into the crowd riding it to throw glitter all over us


One of the many inflatable stage props – this one is a giant robot.


Singing Space Oddessey in an inflatable orb balanced on top of the crowd – as you do.


Anyway, that was my summer – how was yours? Let me know in the comments.

Loadsa love,

Lucinda xxx

Discussion: Found Books

Hello lovelies!

Today’s post concerns a weird event that took place whilst I was out enjoying the ridiculously hot weather that we’re currently having in the UK (remember, heat is such a rare thing here that us Brits are not equipped to cope – also we don’t have air conditioning). I went with a couple of friends on a bit of a road trip to Newark Antiques Fair for a browse around the outdoor stalls. Nothing caught my eye, but on the way back to the car (which does have air con, thank God) I came across a box of old books that had just been left in the middle of the field. It looks like someone had either put them on the floor when they were loading up their car and forgot them, or perhaps had abandoned them because they’d not been able to sell them on. Hopefully it wasn’t because they’re haunted and/or the were ditching them to break a curse. Anyway, I obviously had a bit of a rifle through and found a couple of interesting titles that I kept (stole). Seriously though, there was no-one around and there was no way of knowing who they belonged to.

The first book I noticed is called “The Brotherhood of Light” and looks to me like it might be Masonic? It was published in 1947 by the Church of Light and seems to be about stellar healing, or using astronomy to improve physical health. Whatever it is, it’s pretty weird.

The second book is called “Sciatica, Lumbago and Brachialgia” by Dr Henry Lawson and was published in 1877. It’s a second edition so might be quite rare. It seems like a standard medical text although it’s incredibly quaint; “a subcutaneous injection into the joints of the phalanges” is one passage that stuck out. I’m sure there’s loads of weird and wonderful treatments detailed in it.

I can’t wait to research both books to find out more about them!

So – have you ever found a book by accident and kept it? Do you have any interesting experiences of books finding you, instead of the other way round? Do you have any idea what the books I’ve found are? Let me know!

I hope that you’re all having lovely sunny days, wherever you are in the world.

Lucinda x