My A-Z of books…

I saw this recently on some of my very favourite blogs namely Cleopatra Loves Books and  By The Letter Book Reviews so thought I would have a go myself for a bit of Thursday fun!

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From

Probably Lisa Gardner. I picked up one of her books once as a freebie-i couldn’t chose which book I wanted as my third in a “buy two get third free” so just picked up the nearest book. I ended enjoying it far more than the other two and bought everything that she’d written previously!

Best Sequel Ever

Oh this is a hard one! Probably Sarah Hilarys No Other Darkness-I do love the Marnie Rome series.

Currently Reading

Something Old, Something New by Darcie Boleyn as I’m a stop on her blog tour on Tuesday (also my birthday coincidentally!)

Drink of Choice While Reading

Tea! Or in the evening a gin and tonic! Or cocktails if on holiday (rather partial to margaritas!)

E-Reader or Physical Book
I never thought I would love reading on my kindle as much as I do! I read in bed until pretty late at night or early morning really so I don’t disturb my poor old hubby. But I do still love the smell and feel of a real book.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School

Probably Edward from The Twilight Saga. I just love that book almost as much as my teenage daughter who made me read it on holiday after she had. She bought the rest of the books on the day we returned home!

 Glad You Gave this Book a Chance

The Host by Stephanie Meyer which I put off reading for ages as I’m not a big sci-fi fan. It’s now one of my favourite books.

Hidden Gem Book

Sewing the Shadows Together by Allison Baillie which is one of those books that I saw people reviewing but wasn’t sure about it. When I read it I nearly cried that I had nearly missed out on reading this wonderful novel.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life

When I joined THE Book Club on Facebook. I had been reviewing for a while but all of a sudden I was meeting people just like me who were obsessed with books and wanting to spread the word about the fantastic books they were reading. I felt like I belonged and was understood for the first time in a long time

Just Finished

Death Do Us Part by Steven Dunne which was amazing!

Kind of Books You Won’t Read

Not keen on sci-fi but saying that I have read and loved some books in this genre e.g. The Host and The Martian

Longest Book You’ve Read

Gone With The Wind!

Major Book Hangover

A Tapping at My Door by David Jackson is a recent one, I still think about that ending even now!

Number of Bookcases You Own

I’m sorry to say just the one at the moment! I changed my study and library into a playroom for my grandchildren so had to pack lots of books away but still kept my favourite books on one bookcase

One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times

Lady of Hay and Kingdom of Shadows both by Barbara Erskine are both books I read again and again. Astas Book by Barbara Vine is another well worn book as is a book called Glitter Baby by Susan Elizabeth Phillips that I read and loved years ago and will read to cheer myself.

Preferred Place to Read

In my garden on my swing seat with my gorgeous doggy curled up beside me.

Quote that Inspires You/Gives You all the Feels from a Book You’ve Read

From Gone with The Wind

Tara! Home. I’ll go home. And I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all… tomorrow is another day

Just love that book and I’m a pretty positive person so it suits my mood!

Reading Regret

That I don’t have enough time to read every book on my to be read pile!
Series You Started and Need to Finish

I read The Needle House by Robin Roughly and really enjoyed it. It’s the first in a series of 11 and I am gradually building up the rest of the series and hope to have time to catch up on it before number 12 comes out!

Three of Your All-Time Favourite Books

Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor

Madame Bovary by Flaubert

Sister by Rosamund Lupton

As I have already mentioned other favourite books in other questions!


Unapologetic Fangirl For

Harlan Cohen!

 I’m a huge fan!! 

Very Excited for this Release more than All Others

I’ve heard that Jilly Cooper has a new book out this year and I am such a big fan. Rupert Campbell Black is back!!!! *swoons*

Worst Bookish Habit

Buying too many!

X Marks the Spot: Start on the Top Left of Your Shelf and Pick the 27th Book

Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Your Latest Purchase

The Island Escape by Kerry Fisher as I loved her most recent book After the Lie by Kerry Fisher

Zzzzz-Snatcher Book (Last Book that Kept You up Way too late)

See How They Run by Tom Bale which scared the life out of me and I kept reading late into the night. Mainly as I was afraid to go to sleep in case I woke up to strangers standing at the end of the bed! Still giving me the shivers now!!

Well that’s my A-Z and I will be interested in seeing some of yours as well!


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

18 thoughts on “My A-Z of books…”

  1. I love Lisa Gardner too. I have two Sarah Hilary books but haven’t had a chance to read them yet. Happy birthday already.. what’ll you hope to get… more books ;-)?


    1. Haha probably!! Just need a holiday to read them all now! Sarah Hilary is such a talented lady, her books are great favourites of mine. And when Lisa Gardner has a new book out….that’s the highlight of my year!


    1. You’re welcome! And yes looking forward to Jilly Cooper mainly for nostalgia sake! Her books got me through some tough years when I was younger. The book equivalent of eating a big cream cake!!

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    1. Oh how lovely to meet a fellow fan then! My copy was hunted down in the Eighties when I was at uni. It’s one of my dad’s favourite books weirdly enough and he was the one who encouraged me to read it and so glad I did 🙂

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      1. One of my A level history subjects was the Restoration. Our teacher clearly thought we were a lost cause and suggested we read it in an attempt to get us interested – it worked. My mother, however reminded me she had to read it under the covers, in secret as it was deemed very racy in her day – oh how times have changed! ☺

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