Hi there, so here’s the bit where I talk about myself instead of books…
I’m Gem, a semi-Northern blogger living in Derbyshire with my husband, two sons, and our senior rescue pets: Rosa the cat and Samson the Labrador.
Let’s get the juicy blog stats out of the way first. I started this blog in October 2017 but it was only at the beginning of January 2018 I started to really regularly work hard on the content. Let’s be clear, I blog for enjoyment not for stats, but I appreciate every follower, visitor, like and comment my posts have gained. In April 2018 my view figures were 453, with 227 unique visitors, 127 likes and 59 comments. My blog currently has 130 (quite frankly FABULOUS) followers. On twitter I have 1306 followers, 940 on Instagram, and 281 friends on Goodreads.
I’ve been blogging on and off now for 15 years (from before it was cool and dream-career-goals, 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.
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.
Books have always been a main love of mine, along with chocolate, and bees (hence the name), and yoga… and gin! There was a section of life in my late 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.
As a carer and literacy volunteer, reading and blogging are things I enjoy doing for my own wellbeing. Depending on how many plates I have spinning at any given time, I may not always be posting content but I love to support authors, publishers, indie bookshops and fellow bloggers whenever I can. I am also a passionate library supporter and advocate children reading for pleasure.
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 email@example.com. I review all formats, the boys only currently read hardback or paperback copies. We love a variety of genres, fiction and non-fiction. Because of commitments we can’t guarantee to be able to respond to all enquiries or review everything but we do try our best and enjoy participating in blog tours.
We post most of our reviews to Amazon, Netgalley, Toppsta, Twitter, Mumsnet Books, Bookbridgr, Instagram and Goodreads.