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Aw…bibliobeth turns 6!

Published January 5, 2019 by bibliobeth

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What? Six years? I’ve been blogging SIX YEARS? It’s hard to believe but there you go. As always, a huge thank you to everyone who has left me a comment, like whether you’ve followed me from the very beginning or are a more recent follower, I appreciate you all and love the little interactions we have.

This past year I’ve watched my little blog grow a bit more and have had my best year ever in terms of views, comments and likes. It’s not all about the stats, of course but I always get a bit surprised and overwhelmed when anyone says they like what I’m doing – it means the world to me.

I’m loving the friendships that I’ve made since starting bibliobeth and some of those have got incredibly strong over this past year. I know I can rely on these people for a good chat, support and advice even if it isn’t blog or book related and I’m so very grateful for that and for them being part of my lives.

This past year was also the year I started buddy reading in earnest. I’ve always buddy read with my sister and fellow blogger, Chrissi Reads. We have a regular “Talking About” feature and of course, there’s our Kid-Lit and Banned Books challenges which we complete on a monthly basis. However, I also started buddy reading with Janel from Keeper Of Pages, Stuart from Always Trust In Books and Jennifer from Tar Heel Reader and I’m just loving my reading experiences with them. Also, they are all brilliant and amazing people so if you don’t follow them, you really, really should!

Today I feel like a very lucky blogger indeed and to say thank you (and because it is tradition for my blogiversary) I’d like to host a giveaway. I’ll be giving one person a chance to win FOUR BOOKS of their choice from either Amazon or The Book Depository. The only stipulations are that they can’t be textbooks or ridiculously priced books but of course, this will be discussed with the winner.

I will keep it open until the end of January so you have lots of time to enter and once I’ve chosen a winner at random, I’ll contact you and you can let me know your address for receiving your lovely goodies! Please make sure if you are under 18 you have permission to email me your address which will only be used for the purpose of this giveaway and not stored.

Please note: this giveaway IS international as long as Amazon/Book Depository delivers to you!

Please enter below and good luck everyone!

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Giveaway – Somewhere Beyond The Sea by Miranda Dickinson

Published July 3, 2018 by bibliobeth

Hello everyone and welcome to a very special post on bibliobeth today. Today the lovely people at Pan Macmillan have allowed me to give away a copy of Somewhere Beyond The Sea by Miranda Dickinson. Apologies to the publisher that I wasn’t able to post this content as part of the blog tour, I happened to be quite poorly and completely forgot about my commitment to them but I’m thankful to them that I’m still able to post it now. So here’s all the information about the book!

What’s it all about?:

Can you fall in love with someone before you’ve even met?

Seren MacArthur is living a life she never intended. Trying to save the Cornish seaside business her late father built – while grieving for his loss – she has put her own dreams on hold and is struggling. Until she discovers a half-finished seaglass star on her favourite beach during an early morning walk. When she completes the star, she sets into motion a chain of events that will steal her heart and challenge everything she believes.

Jack Dixon is trying to secure a better life for daughter Nessie and himself. Left a widower and homeless when his wife died, he’s just about keeping their heads above water. Finding seaglass stars completed on Gwithian beach is a bright spark that slowly rekindles his hope.

Seren and Jack are searching for their missing pieces. But when they meet in real life, it’s on the opposing sides of a battle. Jack is managing the redevelopment of a local landmark, and Seren is leading the community campaign to save it.

Both have reason to fight – Seren for the cause her father believed in, Jack for his livelihood. But only one can win. With so much at stake, will they ever find what they are really looking for?

Miranda Dickinson’s Somewhere Beyond the Sea is a sparkling tale of love, life and finding magic where you least expect it.

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. Coming from a creative family where stories and songs were always present, it was perhaps inevitable that she would end up adoring words. A songwriter for over 15 years, Miranda has successfully penned over thirty songs, delivering both live and recorded performances in a range of venues across the UK and Europe. Her first solo project album, About Time is due for release this year. To hear her music, visit www.mirandadickinson.com – and be sure to leave a message if you like it!

Miranda began writing in earnest four years ago with her first novel, Coffee at Kowalski’s – a romantic comedy set in New York’s Upper West Side. This was spotted on HarperCollins’ site for unpublished authors, Authonomy.com at the end of 2008 and was released by Avon (part of HC) as Fairytale of New York on 12th November 2009. She has also written several short stories, scripts and novel excerpts, many of which are published on Helium.com. Miranda is also a regular contributor for www.myvillage.com writing a range of local interest articles for the Birmingham area and national film and festival reviews.

Find Miranda on Goodreads at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2998054.Miranda_Dickinson

on her website at: http://www.miranda-dickinson.com/

on Twitter at: @wurdsmyth

Somewhere Beyond the Sea is out now, published by Pan Macmillan in paperback, eBook and audiobook.

Interested? Want to win a copy? 

All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below:

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Please make sure if you are under 18 you have permission to email me your address which will only be used for the purpose of this giveaway and not stored. 

I’m happy to say this giveaway WILL be international but please allow time for the book getting to your country as I’ll be sending it from the UK. Obviously I’ll keep you updated by email as soon as I send it! This giveaway will run for two weeks and I’ll notify the winner by email as soon as possible after the closing date. 

Good Luck everyone!

Love Beth xxx

Aw…bibliobeth turns 5!

Published January 5, 2018 by bibliobeth

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Hello everyone and welcome to a very special post – the celebration of my FIFTH blogoversary! Yes, that’s right, I said fifth. I honestly can’t believe I’ve been blogging for that many years, it has just flown by and I want to thank everyone who has supported me, whether you’re a regular visitor, pop by from time to time or this is your first visit, I couldn’t do it without you. I’ve made so many wonderful friends through blogging and because this year is the big FIVE I want to do three things: first of all, thank my wonderful sister and fellow blogger Chrissi Reads who started her blog just before mine, encouraged me to do my own, helped me during the whole wobbly setting up process, always picks me up if I get down about posts/statistics/followers/quality of my posts (the list goes on!) and is forever inspiring me with new ideas for her own blog to keep things fresh.

Thank you sis, you’re a legend and I love you.

Second of all – I know I’m not the biggest or most popular blog on the block and even though I suffer from anxiety, I’ve learned so much over these past five years. I’ve learned that you don’t have to be the best! As long as you are completely true to yourself in your content and love what you do, (which I most definitely am), I think that comes across and people will come and read your posts. That’s good enough for me – I don’t have to have thousands of followers or dozens of comments, I really love the blogging experience and count myself very lucky to be part of such a wonderful community. Thank you so much to everyone who has dropped me a like, a comment or a share, you really don’t realise how much it means to me. Thank you also to all the publishers who have sent me a review copy in exchange for an honest review, I’m honoured to work with each and every one of you.

Things have not been easy for me this year. In fact, I’ve had the toughest year of my life with my ongoing health dramas (chronic illness SUCKS!) and other personal problems for the last six months of the year that has really taken a toll on both my physical and emotional well-being. However, considering what I’ve been through, I’m really pleased with what I’ve done this year blogging wise and I’m so happy that I’m continuing to get posts out there and meet targets much better than I thought it would have done.

So thirdly and finally, because it’s a special year, I’d like to offer one lucky winner a chance to win FIVE books of your choice from either Amazon or The Book Depository (the only exceptions are textbooks and ridiculously priced books but this will be discussed with the winner). I will keep it open until the end of January so you have lots of time to enter and once I’ve chosen a winner at random, I’ll contact you and you can let me know your address for receiving your lovely goodies! Please make sure if you are under 18 you have permission to email me your address which will only be used for the purpose of this giveaway and not stored. Please enter below and good luck everyone!

Please note: this giveaway IS international as long as Amazon/Book Depository delivers to you!

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Aw…bibliobeth turns 4!

Published January 5, 2017 by bibliobeth

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I cannot believe I’ve now been blogging for FOUR years! I want to thank every single person who reads my posts whether you’re a regular visitor or come now and then, I honestly appreciate your support. Who knew anybody would be interested in what I’ve got to say?!

Unfortunately, my last year in blogging hasn’t been as great as the year before. I have a chronic illness (something I’m thinking about talking about in a personal post at some point but am a bit wary of doing this!) and this year it’s really affected the way and the amount I blog. This is really annoying as I love blogging so much and I get cross when something prevents me from doing it.

However, I AM planning on doing some awesome bloggish things this year and just hope to really enjoy it and not put too much pressure on myself.

To celebrate my four year blogoversary I’d like to host a giveaway. FOUR books of your choice from Amazon or The Book Depository (exceptions are textbooks and ridiculously priced books). I will keep it open until the end of January so you have lots of time to enter and once I’ve chosen a winner at random, I’ll contact you and you can let me know your address for receiving your lovely goodies! Please make sure if you are under 18 you have permission to email me your address which will only be used for the purpose of this giveaway. Please enter below and good luck everyone!

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Blog Tour – My Grandmother Sends Her Regards And Apologises – Fredrik Backman

Published April 19, 2016 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

The hilarious, heart-breaking new novel by the author of the international bestseller A MAN CALLED OVE.

‘Granny has been telling fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember. In the beginning they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, and to get her to practise granny’s secret language, and a little because granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can’t quite put her finger on…’

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy. Standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa runs to her grandmother’s stories, to the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas. There, everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

So when Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has hurt, it marks the beginning of Elsa’s greatest adventure. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones-but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

What did I think?:

After reading and thoroughly enjoying Fredrik Backman’s debut novel, A Man Called Ove, I was delighted when Sceptre Books offered me the opportunity to be part of a blog tour for his second novel, My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises (also known as My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry). Many thanks to them for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Before starting, I had no idea how much this book was going to affect me and I’m thrilled to say it didn’t disappoint on any level and I now have every intention of reading everything this author will ever write!

There are a number of weird and wonderful characters in this novel whom we learn more and more about as the story progresses but there are a few real stars that shine so brightly from within the pages that it becomes impossible not to fall in love with them. Our main characters are a seven year old girl called Elsa and her seventy-seven year old grandmother, both true forces to be reckoned with. Poor Elsa is not having the best of times, her parents are divorced and she feels increasingly excluded from their lives – her father with his “new” family that often seem to take precedent over her, and her mother and partner George who are just about to have a new baby themselves.

Both her mother and father although separated both go through life requiring order and perfection and Elsa’s personality is often in direct contrast to this, taking more after her grandmother who zips through life defying authority (and pretty much everyone) in an eccentric little whirl of chaos. For her grandmother, this includes smoking like a chimney in all the forbidden places, urinating with the toilet door open and throwing turds at police officers so she often gets in a world of trouble but her grand-daughter is always by her side, loving and worshipping her. Elsa is quite a precocious child who has an unshakeable habit of correcting people’s grammar and saying exactly what she thinks and unfortunately this leads to her having no friends and being constantly bullied at school. Her grandmother is her superhero and invents a fairy-tale world, The Land Of Almost Awake for Elsa to help her escape when things get a bit too much.

Tragically, Elsa’s grandmother passes away but before she dies she concocts a treasure hunt for Elsa which involves Elsa finding letters that she has placed in strategic places and delivering them to their recipient. Each letter takes the form of an apology and through each one, Elsa finds herself learning more about the important people in her grandmother’s life and indeed, much more about her grandmother herself who has amassed a multitude of secrets in her exciting and bizarre life. Making many more friends along the way, Elsa discovers that the characters in their exclusive fairy-tale kingdom may actually exist and may need her just as much as she comes to need them.

This was such a beautiful read taking me through a roller-coaster of emotions, alternately sniggering then coming close to tears. I loved the closeness of the relationship between Elsa and her grandmother and fell head over heels in love with their eccentric personalities but will also have a special soft spot for a very important dog…I’m sorry – “wurse,” who definitely had a personality all of his own and gave Elsa such comfort and support as she came to terms with the loss of her grandmother. My own rather vivid imagination was given such a treat with the creation of a fairy-tale kingdom and it was lovely to see the blurred lines between fantasy and reality as the author laid bare the people behind the fairy-tales. The humour throughout the novel was impeccable and the characters so wonderfully realised that I instantly felt that I knew them all personally. I’ll be picking up Backman’s next novel for sure and highly recommend his work for anyone that enjoys flawed, intensely loveable characters and skilful story-telling.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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The lovely people at Sceptre Books have allowed me to host a giveaway for My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises and two lucky people will win a copy of the novel. Interested/intrigued? Enter below! Good luck everyone.

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A huge thank you to everyone involved in this blog tour, I’ve had a great time doing it. Why not check out the rest of the stops on the tour where you’ll find some fantastic reviews from my fellow bloggers? My Grandmother Sends Her Regards And Apologises was released by Sceptre Books and is available from all good bookshops now.

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Aw… bibliobeth turns 3!

Published January 5, 2016 by bibliobeth

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It’s my blogoversary today and I can’t believe I’ve been blogging now for three years – just where has the time gone? 2015 was one of my best years to date, I met some lovely fellow bloggers at events such as YALC and YA Shot and Crime In The Court, interviewed some top authors like Alexia Casale, Alison Rattle, Karen Maitland, Sarah Hilary, Jane Elson and Piers Torday (to name a few!), carried out my first face-to-face interview with Jason Starr (post to be published soon) and ran my very first blogging workshop with my lovely sister Chrissi Reads! That’s a whole lot of things to be excited about and if I can be half as successful in 2016 I will be one happy blogger indeed.

I just want to thank EVERYONE who reads my little old posts whether you’re a bibliobeth virgin or a returning reader, it really means the world to me and I couldn’t do it without your support.

So, to celebrate my blogoversary I will be running a giveaway where the prize is four books of your choice (excepting textbooks and ridiculously prized books) from Amazon or The Book Depository. I’ll leave the giveaway open until the end of January to give people a chance to enter where I’ll then pick a winner and update you all. Please make sure if you are under eighteen you have permission to email me your address so I can send your books. Enter below!:

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The giveaway IS international so why not try your luck?

Once again, thank you so much to everyone in the blogosphere for making this such a great community to be part of. Here’s to hopefully many more years of blogging ahead. Good luck everyone!!

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Blog Friends Forever Tour – BLOGGER INTERVIEW – bibliobeth visits Chrissi Reads

Published October 10, 2015 by bibliobeth

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This post is part of the Blog Friends Forever Tour, first developed by Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys  podcast aka Erin, Jaime, Kassiah and Meg to spread some blogger love. The tour consists of posts by bloggers active in the blogosphere including Podcaster Love and Favourite Newbies to Why I Love Being A Blogger and Blogger Interviews. Today I am grabbing one of my favourite bloggers (who just happens to be my sister) and grilling her in a Blogger to Blogger Interview.

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I’d like to welcome Chrissi Reads to bibliobeth today and thank her for her time in giving this interview.

1.) You have been blogging now for nearly three years and were short-listed at the UK YA blog awards for Champion Newcomer. What did the nomination mean to you?
The nomination meant a lot to me because I never expected to be recognised for the first UK YA awards. It was a complete shock. It felt like recognition of all of the work I put into the blog. It certainly felt like (and still feels like) there are many more great blogs out there, so I was incredibly flattered to be recognised and nominated.
2.) What is your favourite and dare I say, least favourite part of being a blogger?
My favourite part of book blogging is definitely finding out about many books that I wouldn’t have read otherwise. My tastes have evolved so much over the past three years. I’ve definitely become more open to trying new genres. As you know, I used to be only a chick-lit reader. I’ve certainly expanded my horizons. I also love the community in the book blogging blogosphere. I’ve been blogging overall for nearly six years now and the book community are much more welcoming. I don’t know if I do have a least favourite part. I guess sometimes I feel pressure to read ‘current’ books, but I think I’ve got past that now and I’m happy to do a mix of older books and newer. Book love is book love after all.
3.) This year you completed your teacher training and wrote a post every Sunday entitled A Week In The Life Of A Primary PGCE Student. Do you find personal posts harder to write than book reviews and why?
At first I did mainly because I wondered if anyone would actually be interested in my posts. My confidence grew as the weeks progressed and I could tell that people were enjoying reading them. The blog posts became almost cathartic and it’s amazing to look back at them and think about how far I’ve come.
4.) One of your favourite genres to blog about is YA. Have you seen any changes in the YA fiction market since you have been a blogger?
I’ve noticed that YA authors are writing about a much wider range of topics than when I first started reading YA. Don’t get me wrong, there was a range of topics out there, but for me it feels like there’s less fear now in being raw and real. YA readers want a raw read. They want honest, true reads and I think the YA authors are totally running with that right now.
5.) If you could recommend one book that everyone should turn off their computer and go read right now, which would it be?
ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes. One of my favourites.
Now for some quick fire questions!!
E book or real book?  
REAL. I love the smell and feel of a real book.
 
Series or stand alone?
Hmmm…at the moment stand alone. I don’t have a lot of time for series at the moment. 
 
Fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction.
 
Online shopping or bookshop trawling?
Bookshop trawling. Harder on my bank balance, but I can actually touch the pretties. I like to support bookshops too. 
 
Bookmarking or dog-earing?
Definitely not dog-earing. I’m not a huge bookmark lover, but if I had to pick one it would be bookmarking!
A big thank you once again to Chrissi Reads and a big thank you also to Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys podcast for developing this blog tour. Click on their names to visit their websites!
Why not also enter the big blog tour giveaway below? There will be 3 winners. We are giving away $75, $50, and $25 gift cards to the winner’s choice of book retailer. Enter below!

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As well as that, I’m hosting a separate giveaway right here to win a £20 (or US equivalent) Amazon gift card or that amount of books from the Book Depository. Enter below

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Why not enter both?

 

Finally, please check out the other amazing bloggers posting today!:

Literary, Etc – Blogger RAK – http://literaryetc.com

The Fox’s Hideaway – Why I Love Being A Blogger – http://skizzles22hu.blogspot.com

Carpe Librum – Blog Besties – http://ccarpelibrum.blogspot.com/

 

I’ve really loved being a part of this blog tour, lets all carry on spreading that blogger love!

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