Kindle Scout

Since 10th February 2016, I have been nominating books on Kindle Scout, but what is ‘Kindle Scout’?

Kindle Scout is a place where readers vote on whether a book should be published or not. Those books chosen by readers are then published by Kindle Press and the author receives receive 5 year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and is also featured in Amazon marketing. Every book has 30 days in which to gather as many nominations as possible and readers can nominate up to 3 books at a time. It is worth checking back every day as campaigns start and end every day. If readers nominate a winning book, they will receive an early, free copy of the book. This is a great idea for people who love championing new books.

In a world where it’s harder and harder to get your book selected, it is great to see another avenue for authors to take, rather than simply approaching agents and publishers and hoping that their book doesn’t get stuck in someone’s slushpile.

I have been lucky enough to nominate some books that have been selected to be published, and once I receive a copy of the books, I will be reviewing them on this site.

I will list the Kindle Scout winning books, whether waiting to be reviewed or having been reviewed, here.

I think it’s a great idea!

“A new chapter in cinema: why books are big at the 2016 Oscars”

I have just come across an article on The Guardian’s website, “A new chapter in cinema: why books are big at the 2016 Oscars“, where they say, “Of the nine best picture nominees to be announced this Sunday, four are based on novels and one – The Big Short – on a celebrated account of the 2008 financial crisis.” This is great news for all authors out there, as there are so many books out there that would make great films, if only they were picked up. How many times have people gone to see films and said “the film was better” or “the book was better”? There couldn’t be that conversation without there having been a book in existence first. posted their “100 best films based on books“, and having looked through the list, I must admit that I hadn’t realised that so many of them started out as books first, with the oldest film being from 1924 (Tess of the D’Urbervilles) to 2011 (Water For Elephants).

So, if you’re currently promoting your book, or even still reading it, you never know: it might be the film adaptation of your book that’s up for an Oscar in the future! 🙂

I’ve never been so emotional about a book delivery before!

While doing some research for an upcoming blog post, I remembered the name Richard Scarry. Richard was an American illustrator and did the illustrations on a book I loved when I was a child, over 25 years ago:

I’ve just located it online and I bought it straight away. I am beyond excited! I can’t wait for it to come 🙂

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a 2 to 6 year old?

You are? Then take a look at this link:

They create amazing, magical, personalised books for children between 2 and 6. The books are A4 sized and landscape. They are digitally printed on thick, uncoated, environmentally friendly paper.

Watch the video below for more info 🙂

A friendly warning to all readers…

I have just been reminded of the Enid Blyton books that I had when I was younger by a photo on Twitter:


I really have no idea why I no longer have any of my beloved Enid Blyton books, and I wish that I had kept hold of them. So, if you have a beloved book (or two), make sure you keep hold of them, or you’ll be having book regrets like me!

My favourite Goodreads Listopia lists, so far…

I love trawling through the Listopia lists on Goodreads. They throw up all kinds of books I didn’t even know I wanted to read! Below are my favourite lists so far:

Plus-sized Heroines
Everyone knows that you don’t have to be stick-thin to be happy in life, so why shouldn’t it be the same in books? Of the top 100 books, I’ve only read two: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding and The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!

Books Set in Brighton
I used to live in Brighton, so any chance to reminisce is always welcome with me. There are 35 books on the list, and I haven’t read any of them, so I can’t wait to get started. I have seen the Brighton Rock film (the 1947 starring Richard Attenborough, which I really liked) so I should imagine that I’d like the book by Graham Greene.

Non-Fiction Animal Heroes
Animals are cute, but occasionally they can be helpful and this list celebrates that. Of the 64 books on the list, I haven’t read any but I currently reading A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen which is on the list. I have had the below three books from this list on my to-read list for a while now:
1. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron, Bret Witter
2. Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan (though I have seen the film!)
3. Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien
I love owls, so I especially can’t wait to read about Wesley 🙂

Chick Lit for the Beach
I have loved chick lit books since I was a teenager and it’s still the same at 35! I have read 5 of the top 100 books:
1. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

2. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
3. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
5. The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
I loved the films of numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 also!

Favorite books from my childhood
Ah, such a nostalgic list! I have read 6 of the top 100 books:
1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
2. Matilda by Roald Dahl
3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
4. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
5. The Witches by Roald Dahl
6. Blubber by Judy Blume
I really can’t believe that I haven’t read more!

Do you have any favourite Listopia lists?

If you’d like to be friends with me on Goodreads, you can find my profile here 🙂

The Six Book Challenge

I have recently found out about the Six Book Challenge, which is run by The Reading Agency and takes place every year in libraries, colleges, workplaces and prisons.

Their “How to join in” webpage says,

“The Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge invites you to pick six reads and record them in a diary to get a certificate. Sign up now and create a profile.

You may be taking part already through your library, college or workplace – in which case you will already have a reading diary. If not, please contact us and say where you’re based so that we can try to link you up with someone running the Six Book Challenge near you and you can get a reading diary through them. Once you’ve completed the challenge you can enter a national prize draw. Last year, prizes included Kobo eReaders and a trip to London.

You can read anything you like: newspapers, poems, plays, websites, books and more.

Once you’ve created a profile you’ll be able to do lots of things including sharing reviews and finding new things to read. Follow the links below to see more.”

This is a really clever idea as I know lots of people who love reading but “never have the time”. If they were part of a group taking part in this, then I bet they’d find the time somehow! 🙂

Are you already part of a group? Are you going to take part in the Six Book Challenge?

Those talented people from M*A*S*H!

I must admit that prior to meeting my husband, Michael, I hadn’t really watched any episodes of the TV series M*A*S*H. Over the last nearly 6 years of us being together, I have been catching up with M*A*S*H episodes, and I really enjoy watching them. If you’ve never seen it, you can catch it on a couple of channels. Click here to find out via when you can catch it next 🙂

I have been reading up via Wikipedia about the cast members and it seems that a few of the cast have been involved in the arts:

Alan Alda (Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce)
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned

“He’s one of America’s most recognizable and acclaimed actors–a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances.” (2006) (ISBN 978-0-09-179652-5)

Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself
“On the heels of his acclaimed memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, beloved actor and bestselling author Alan Alda has written Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, an insightful and funny look at some of the impossible questions he has asked himself over the years: What do I value? What, exactly, is the good life? (And what does that even mean?)” (2007) (ISBN 978-1-4000-6617-9).

Jamie Farr (Maxwell Q. Klinger)
Hababy’s Christmas Eve
“Join Hababy and his friends on Christmas Eve. As mother camel, Habeeba, bakes date cookies, father camel, Habeebee, tells of a great journey following a bright start in the East. Jamie & Joy Farr’s delightful holiday story is told from the point of view of the camels that carried the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem and their adventures along the way. All New Printing.” (2003) (ISBN 978-1-9343-4110-0)


William Christopher (Father John Patrick Francis Mulcahy)
Mixed Blessings

“For 11 years, William Christopher played “Father Mulcahy”–the soft-spoken, sensitive army chaplain on one of the most successful programs in TV history, “M*A*S*H”. Away from the public eye, William and his wife Barbara were living a private drama–they were raising a son with autism, Ned. 24 pages of photos.” (1989) (ISBN: 978-0-6872-7084-2)

Gary Burghoff (Walter Eugene “Radar” O’Reilly)
To M*A*S*H and Back
“To millions of faithful television viewers, Gary Burghoff will always be Walter “Radar” O’Reilly, the lovable telepathic assistant to Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H. But the man behind the bespectacled TV Land icon is a true Renaissance man. He’s a classically trained stage actor, a jazz musician, an environmentalist, a poet, a songwriter, an inventor, a wildlife artist, and now – a writer. In this intensely personal memoir, the author takes you on his journey from his family’s home in Wisconsin to his successful carreer on the New York stage, from the Hollywood film version of M*A*S*H to the hit television show, from the challenges of married life to the rewards of single fatherhood. Often funny, occasionally poignant and always honest, To M*A*S*H and Back is an account you will long remember.” (2009) (ISBN: 978-1-5939-3343-2)

Mike Farrell (B. J. Hunnicutt)
Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist
“From its opening pages, Mike Farrell’s new memoir reveals the distinctive voice of a man for whom life is an ongoing odyssey of self-discovery, personal commitment, and uncompromising social engagement. With deep insight and disarming candor, Farrell describes his early years as a timid but restless teenager in West Hollywood, delivering groceries to the homes of Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Jimmy Stewart, and countless other celebrities, while dreaming of having his own career as an actor. In stark but riveting language, he relates his formative years as a Marine recruit, confused, conflicted, and eager to prove himself as a man.” (2007) (ISBN: 978-1-9333-5408-8)

Kellye Wallett (née Nakahara) (Nurse Kealani Kellye)
Kellye is a professional artist and she produces watercolor paintings. You can find out more at her website:



What a talented bunch! 🙂

NB: All book synopses are taken from their Goodreads webpage.

An oasis for those interested in Music and Performing Arts

Leeds Reads

image-medium (99)TheMusic & Performing Arts Library at Leeds Central Library currently holds over 3000 books covering several areas of the creative arts.

If you haven’t visited the library, it’s well worth a visit to browse /borrow from the diverse and substantial collection. It covers topics relating to the performing arts, such as production, performance, acting, theory, history, composers, education, instruments, biographies, analysis, business, publishing, dance, theatre design, composition and many more.

The Music & Performing Arts Library is used regularly by makers, appreciators and consumers of the performing arts alike, from musicians, actors, teachers, students, dancers, film-makers and even the odd local celebrity.

We offer a valuable resource to both amateurs and professionals and our current stock covers all genres, styles, methods and practices relating to music, drama and dance.

Over the coming months we will be highlighting individual sections of our monograph shelves and looking at some of…

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Top Teen Tome list announced for World Book Day

KidAround Magazine UK


The nation has voted for the books that help shape and inspire teenage lives the most, with the results announced to mark World Book Day today (6th March).

The results of the Writes of Passage initiative, run by the organisers of World Book Day, create the ultimate list of 50 recommended reads for teens.  It includes a plethora of genres from the critically acclaimed to unworldly fantasy.

Thousands of adults and teenagers in the UK voted for different categories.  From the awkwardness of the first time (Judy Blume’s Forever) to the brutality of war (Joseph Heller’s Catch 22), the tender (Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper), the terrifying (Stephen King’s The Shining) and fantastical (J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series) the list shows how books can inspire and entertain young adults at a time of transition and, more importantly…

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