Hi there, so here’s the bit where I have to talk about myself instead of books…

I’ve been blogging on and off now for 15 years (from before it was cool and commercial, yes, I’m THAT old) but the thing that always draws me back is my love of stories; a chance to write my opinions on a variety of things and to meet and read about others’ opinions and stories. Over the years I’ve met so many interesting people and made some lifelong friends, all from the power of stories,

Books have always been a main passion of mine, along with chocolate, and bees (hence the name), and yoga… and gin! There was a section of life in my teens where I stopped reading for fun, then, after having my first son, I found books were the friends I so desperately needed. On that 2 hour long 3am feed, when the only place he would sleep was nestled in to one shoulder through to when I was made redundant on maternity leave and I had no idea what to do. When he was 13 months old I found a part-time position in a library and this fueled my passion for books beyond anything I’d imagined before. I saw the difference that reading made to people of all ages, all manner of books, all manner of people. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a brand new hardback, an e-book, a well dog-eared favourite paperback, a “how-to” book, an inspiring biography, a vibrant picture book, an exciting junior adventure book, an audiobook for filling the silence, a large-print romance, a guidebook, a cookery book or an old classic; books are for all, whenever you need them.

This blog is here for the stories, and for the books, because I’d like to share a bit of that passion and pass it on and on.



If you have a book you’d like my sons (age 10 & 7) or I to read and review then please get in touch on the Contacts page, via Twitter @beereader, or email us at gembeereader@gmail.com. I review all formats, the boys only currently read hardback or paperback copies. We love a variety of genres, fiction and non-fiction. We also post our reviews to Amazon, Netgalley, Toppsta, Twitter, Mumsnet Books, Instagram and Goodreads.