Welcome to my bookshelf!
This is my bookish corner of the internet, and extension of my life. I spend a lot of time reading, and I’m most happy when cuddled up with a book, or off exploring places knowing I’ve got a book in my bag.
A bit about me: I’m from Beeston in Nottingham (A City of Literature no less) and I studied English and Creative Writing at University for three years before embarking on a Masters in Magazine Journalism at Nottingham Trent University.
I then spent a year freelancing as a writer, poet, proofreader, website editor and general admin/assistance type person. Then I got myself a non-self-employed job! So, now I’m freelancing in the morning, and working at NTU Boots Library in the evening, which is good really cause I get to be surrounded by books at work. Disclaimer: All the views expressed in this blog are my own, and not those of the university.
You can also find me writing literature and poetry related stuff over at The Beestonian.
I write a lot of poems, mostly in my head, but occasionally they make it to the page. Sometimes I read them out to people, and occasionally they end up in books and zines. For a list of publications my writing has appeared in, click here.
I write spoiler-free reviews, but if a book had such an impact on me that I can’t write a review without spoilers, then I will give you fair warning! My philosophy on book reviews is that they give you a sense of what you’re going to encounter when you open a book, and ultimately, a review is down to personal opinion. What I want to do is offer you my thoughts, and then let you find out for yourself. Reading is an adventure, and this blog is a map of mine.
You’ll also find an interview with an author every month! I think it’s important to pin these creative people down and ask them a bunch of questions about what they do, so that we might learn a thing or two and maybe even get a little bit of inspiration along the way…and also more books. You can read all of my interviews here. If you want to be a featured author, get in contact!
You can follow my bookstagram at @bookishjade to see what I’m reading turned into nice photos and insights into my strange life.
You can also find my personal blog here for a mix of my thoughts on life, writing, journalism and the occasional bit of fiction and poetry.
Happy reading! And feel free to leave your comments and thoughts, I’m always open to discussing books.