We are two sisters who grew up with our noses in books, in a family consisting mainly of non-readers. Our dear late grandmother lit the reading fire in us, and for that we are forever grateful. Books dominate a lot of our conversations, and so one day, we decided it would be fun to start a blog about books together so we can write about them too. The digital age FTW!
Each month, we’ll take turns choosing a book to read together, and then we’ll combine our separate reviews into the one post. You can think of us kind of like the Margaret & David of the book world. Too far? Hopefully we can choose books that push each other out of our comfort zones a little, because that would be smart and also funny.
Because we both need more than one book per month in our lives, we’ll also be posting reviews of what we’re reading individually. We’ll try to keep things interesting by reading a mix of genres and backlist vs frontlist. There will be other bookish things we’ll talk about too (bookspo!), and sometimes we might even write about things that are non-book related, if you can believe that.
We hope you enjoy our Little Blog of Books, and that we help to make your TBR (to be read) list explode! And now, here’s a bit more about each of us:
I’m the older sister. When I was little, I used to set up pretend libraries in my grandparent’s house, and then force my family members to visit my “library” and borrow books, issuing them with library cards made from lined paper. Nowadays, I use my own children as an excuse to keep playing these games in my adulthood.
Apart from being Mum to a 5-year old and a 1-year old, I also work part-time. During the approximately 90 minutes I get to myself each day, I try to squeeze in knitting, blogging, eating chocolate biscuits (look, I’m not fussy, but if you give me choc-coated Scotch Fingers I’m yours forever), yoga, gym, being amazing, Netflix, and most importantly of all, reading.
The genres I read most are thrillers, and literary and contemporary fiction. I’m usually working my way through a few different series at any one time. My favourite recent read is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the greatness of Station Eleven………………
I’m looking forward to this blog expanding my reading repertoire, hopefully into more dystopian fiction, horror, and non-fiction, and I also want to tick off some big-ticket “must-reads”. I also can’t wait to push Mel’s reading boundaries with my picks for our monthly joint read (muwahaha)!
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I’m the little sister, and by little I mean I am an adult, married and have 2 dogs. As I don’t have children (yet) I enjoy spending my free time, (and I have lots of it, much to Janelle’s jealousy) running my dogs, watching new tv series, gym, being more amazing than Janelle and reading. Reading is my main escape from reality and one of my favourite pastimes is working out which book to read next. Most of the time I have barely placed my latest read back in its specified spot on my bookshelf, before I am tapping my finger on my chin and contemplating my next big adventure into the literary world.
My main genres of interest include adventure, chic lit (please don’t judge me), thriller and biographies. I am not a fan of reading more than one book at any given time, but I make exceptions if I have several books due back to the library and I am yet to even start them. This scenario is very stressful and I become a hysterical reader. It isn’t fun for anyone and the morale of the story is, don’t borrow in excess of 5 books at any one time. It can become very overwhelming.
I am excited about this literary adventure with my big sis (despite her above threats) and hope you enjoy yourselves too. I hope you find us funny (and by us, I mean me, as I’m the funny one) and I also hope that our reviews and other bits and bobs inspire your reading journey.
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