Hey guys! As you probably already know, throughout the month of November I’m shining a spotlight on thirty wonderful book bloggers 😊📚 If you’re not already following them, then I’d definitely recommend that you check them out – these guys are all such wonderful bloggers and all incredibly kind and supportive.
Today is the turn of the wonderful Emma (from Emma’s Book Blog) who is a lovely member of the book blogger community and posts some amazing reviews on a large variety of books and gives fab recommendations for your next read!
Hello! So my name is Emma, and I blog over at Emma’s Book Blog. I’m originally from Cork in Ireland, but I have been living in Yorkshire for quite a while now – married with two kids, and a beagle called Lola.
By day, I’m a teacher, working in a primary. At work, I lead the school on reading and writing, and I love those parts of my job. By night, and any chance I get, I’m a bookworm! I started my blog at the very end of December last year when I found myself reading lots of ‘best of 2017’ book reviews. It just got me thinking about what my favourite reads had been, and that lead to my first post. I entered the world of book blogging with absolutely no idea about what a positive force it would be in my life. I have ‘met’ so many wonderfully kind and bookish people through Twitter and on Instagram, and also on my blog. I love writing, and book blogging has done wonders for my mental health.
Why books? Well, I used to blog about running. That was a few years ago before I returned to work full-time after my kids were both at school. Then I didn’t have time for running, so the blog died. Really, books are the most obvious thing for me to blog about because it’s an area I feel so passionately about. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise that until recently! I have endless material…and never worry that I won’t have a subject for my posts.
Where did your love of reading come from?
I have always loved books and stories. Some of my earliest memories are of having my Dad read me The Famous Five. As an introvert, I have always been drawn to libraries or bookshops when I need some peace or headspace. I once drove to the library after having a blazing row with my husband, and being near books just soothed me. My nana is the first person I remember sharing ‘book love’ with. She introduced me to Anne of Green Gables; I used to love chatting to her about Anne’s adventures on Prince Edward Island.
What is your favourite book that you’d recommend to anyone and everyone?
I find this a tough question, but my favourite book is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. It has everything I love about a novel; old, rambling house and gardens, shady characters and lots of mystery.
Which author (dead or alive) would you love to meet and why?
Either Emily or Anne Brontë. I read Wuthering Heights as a teenager and was pretty unmoved by it. Then, a few years ago, I watched a film called To Walk Invisible by Sally Wainwright; it was about the four siblings up to the point where the three girls were published. It triggered a minor Brontë obsession in me. I’ve since re-read Wuthering Heights, and loved it, even though it’s bonkers. My big love though is for Anne – I loved The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I think she’s definitely the forgotten Brontë, and one who I feel deserves more kudos.
What is the most memorable/sentimental book you’ve read?
The Love Song of Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce broke my heart. It is such a beautifully written yet sad book.
What is your favourite genre to read and your favourite book from it?
I like to mix it up a bit, reading a range of crime fiction, detective, literary, historical and the odd thriller. I can’t say I love one over another…but if forced, it’d be a draw for first place between literary and historical.
What are your top tips/tricks for fitting reading around a busy schedule?
Always have a book/kindle in my bag for when I can grab a few minutes. I read while waiting to pick my kids up from their hobbies. While walking my dog, I listen to audio books.
What are you reading now? What have you just finished? Are you enjoying/did you enjoy it?
Right now, I’m reading Circe by Madeline Miller. I’m absolutely loving it. I must admit I had a bit of book fear about this title. Because I know so little about Greek gods, I was worried I wouldn’t ‘get’ it. I signed up for a Buddy Read over on Insta and love how that is working out. I’m off now to read the final few chapters. The Song of Achilles is going on my wishlist for Christmas.
My most recent blog post is about Book Fear, or bibliophobia (apparently!) You can check it out here!
I hope you guys are enjoying reading this month’s series of posts as much as I’ve loved organising and collaborating with so many amazing bloggers to create them! 💖 Check back tomorrow! x