I am a 58 year old lady, a mother of 4 grown up children, with 2 grandchildren and another one due at the end of October. I am disabled with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. So have lots of time on my hands to read or do my cross stitch.
I did most of my training to be a nurse many years ago, but didn’t quite qualify as I had knee problems and was medically retired, this was hard for me as it was all I had ever wanted to be. I was a special constable for a couple of years but again that put a strain on my knees with lots of standing around.
For many years I was then a mum and wife raising 4 wonderful children, three boys and finally a daughter. They are now all grown up and living their own lives. I am now single again so needed to find something to keep my mind busy. I attended college a few years ago doing an Access course which included studying Sociology, Psychology, and English. I applied to go to Southampton University to study Criminology as a degree. Unfortunately, my health let me down again I found the travelling to and from the University difficult especially if I had a lecture at 5 pm for an hour and nothing else all day. Doing a round trip of 70 miles just wasn’t easy for me. I had also developed Osteoarthritis in my thumbs which needed surgery. So I didn’t‘ think continue with the course. Again a difficult decision as it made me feel like a failure.
I had started cross stitching a few years earlier and then for some reason stopped, but was on Facebook one day and saw some website for stitchers which I joined and have made hundreds of wonderful friends, some I have met, some live across the other side of the world but it’s a great community. Found so many new things which had me stitching again. Although I have had to have five operations on my hands so far so that interrupts with the stitching. So I looked at my other hobby I have always enjoyed which is reading.
I found another group on Facebook called crime fiction addicts and kept seeing the acronym ARC so asked what that meant and someone told me about netgalley so I had a look for myself and joined the site and decided to do this blog. I have only been doing this since June so it’s very early days for me, but I am learning new things all the time.
I have just earned my 100 reviews badge which I am quite pleased about. I did get a little carried away on netgalley it was like being let loose in a sweet shop. But now I am trying to restrain myself to get what I have on there read. As I have also seen so many new books recommended and have purchased so many that I want to read, but I feel obligated to do the netgalley ones first.
When I was at school I had always wanted to write a book and I’m always thinking up ideas but never get to write them down as it’s normally in the middle of the night as I lie awake with insomnia and my brain becomes more active.
The books I enjoy the most are Crime fiction, Psychological thrillers and contemporary romance thrillers. I occasionally read something that is out of my comfort zone but since reviewing books I have realised I do tend to like books with a fast pace, I tend to get bored with slow paced novels and then my mind wanders. Currently I have quite a few books to read on netgalley and on bookblog tours taking me to February, I would really like to start reading more physical books then all ebooks as it’s starting to effect my eyes a bit looking at a screen all the time. So hoping to manage in some way to get some ARC’s of paperbacks, although not sure how to do that, I do have a couple that I gave managed to get and I have lots of books I have purchased that I really want to read and review. But need to clear my netgalley reading down a bit more and then focus on physical books. Obviously if I see books that I am eager to read become available I will go for them.
Anyway, that’s enough about me. I have been working on my blog site with the help of my daughter trying to add bits here and there. Still needs a little more work, but I am sure I will get there in the end.
I am always open to advice if anyone sees something I should add or remove. Seeing some of the sites they are amazing.
My rating system
I rate what I read between one and five stars. If it only got one star it means I have really struggled to read the book, for one of many reasons, may not be my genre, or didn’t like the story at all, didn’t finish because I couldn’t get into it.
If I rate it two stars again it may not be my genre, I may not have finished it, just couldn’t get into it but writing is slightly better than in a one star review.
Three stars is obviously better, but may feel more middle of the road to me, with some good bits, but other bits had me skimming through it.
Four stars is more of a winner, but maybe something let it down slightly not quite reaching the five star.
Five stars is top marks, a book that has ticked every single box, characters, plot, totally engrossing.
Obviously when reading everyone has different opinions on books what one person finds good another may hate and vice versa. So even if I don’t give it a great review someone else may think it’s brilliant. All I can do is give my thoughts on what I felt when reading a book. Reading is subjective. I know what type of books I like, but sometimes may want to step out of my comfort zone and read something completely different. This may end up in getting fewer stars. However, I would always take into count if it is a different genre and give stars accordingly.
I will never ever criticise a writer, because writing is not an easy thing to do. If readers criticise it should be about the book, the plot, the characters and what worked or didn’t work for them. But not a chance to give a writer grief.