As you know, I’m not just a writer, but an avid reader too. Obsessive, in fact. From an early age, I used to badger my older sister to read me the Biff and Kipper books, then trapse around with my mother to find book bargains at the local car-boot sales. They were just 20p back then, in case you were wondering… those were the days!
The appetite for literature only got worse as I got older, and it wouldn’t be uncommon (pre-children) for me to spend whole days curled up with a book or two. Ah, the bliss!
Because I love books so much, it makes sense that I’m a Netgalley reviewer. For those of you who don’t know what Netgalley is, it’s a great site where you can get hold of ARCs (advance reader copies) of forthcoming releases, in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks to Netgalley, I’ve read some phenomenal books recently. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Elmet, 4321, The Tattooist of Auschwitz… I could go on and on. I’ve also found that the reviewing process is a great way to analyse a book; to figure out what worked and what didn’t – and it’s actually helped my own writing a lot.
Reviewing not only helps the reader, it’s also invaluable to the author. Here’s where I just take a moment to thank everyone who has taken the time to review one of my books in the past – it’s really appreciated. Even the negative ones – because those opinions count just as much as the positives! Cheers everyone, you rock.
That’s another reason why I review books; because it supports the author. This is particularly the case with Amazon, where more reviews basically equal more exposure. And it’s with that in mind that I set up www.thebookscoop.co.uk – a new site devoted to book reviews.
The Book Scoop
I set the website up with a mate of mine, who is called Nick, and who is as obsessed with reading as I am. For years, we’ve chewed the fat over various books; and we felt it was time to put our shared views into official review form.
In addition to standard review posts and ‘debate’ reviews (where Nick and I thrash out our opinions over a particular book), we’re also hoping to interview some authors in the future. Fingers crossed, anyway, as it’s lovely to chat to writers.
Check it Out
If you’d like to take a look at our new site, please click here, and feel free to leave comments / get involved in the chat / get in touch on social media to let us know what you think.
On a completely different topic, it’s now just two weeks until the release of The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger – mind-boggling really, given how quickly the past year has raced by. If you’d like to bag a copy, it’s available for pre-order on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.