Top Ten Tuesday- Things I’ve Done Because Of My Book Blog

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we are thinking about things that we’ve done because we love books. It’s supposed to be outrageous things but I had some trouble with that. I’m pretty boring and bland. I thought I’d talk about things I’ve done because of my bool blog that have taken me outside of my comfort zone. I don’t think I’ll get to 10, but here are 5!

In no particular order:

  1. Attended YALC in London– I’m not one for big crowds and YALC has that in abundance. I’m pleased I went though as I enjoyed it for the two times I went there. It’s a massive anxiety trigger, but I’m glad I did it.
  2. Attended an Oxford bookshop crawl– I’m a bit nervous with meeting new people. My sister Beth and I coincided this bookshop crawl with a mini break. It was lovely, even if the weather was terrible!
  3. Had 2 Reading Spas– I wouldn’t have found out about it without book blogging. Highly recommended if you’re ever in Bath. Read about my experience HERE and HERE.
  4. Received the Champion Newcomer Award at the UKYA Book Awards- I was made up to be nominated-let alone win. My little corner of the internet got attention!
  5. Carrying out a workshop at YA Shot Beth and I had the opportunity to carry out a workshop all about book blogging. It was awesome but so scary for me to speak to teenagers. I’m used to speaking to young children! Such a great experience though.

I’m really looking forward to reading posts today! Make sure to leave me a link to your post so I can stop by!


My Mr B’s Reading Subscription 2016-2017

Last year for my birthday, my sister and my mum bought me a reading subscription for Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. This is a wonderful shop in Bath, which we’ve visited twice for a reading spa. Read about our experiences HERE and HERE.

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A reading subscription involves receiving 11 books hand-picked for you by a member of the bookselling team. After I received my little card informing me of my reading subscription I emailed Mr B’s and answered many questions about my bookish tastes and some random questions to go with it (to get to know me better!) I was able to name my sister as someone who would know if I had a book. She knows my reading tastes well! They emailed her every month to discuss books and quite often many emails would fly between them. Such dedication to finding the perfect book! Mr B’s do offer a 3, 6 or 11 month subscription (11 months due to a month off for Christmas!)

Each month, I received a beautifully wrapped book and bookmark for me to review the book and send back to Mr B’s.

Photo from Mr B’s website

I have attached my reviews to the books I’ve read from my reading year. 2 are to be reviewed and 2 need to be read. I shall edit the reviews in as and when I read/review them. For books not reviewed yet, I have added a Goodreads link to the book. 

Book 1- Early One Morning– Virginia Baily

Book 2- Infinite Sky– C. J Flood

Book 3- Disclaimer– Renee Knight

Book 4- Uprooted– Naomi Novik

Book 5- The One In A Million Boy– Monica Wood

Book 6- The Sudden Appearance of Hope– Claire North TO BE REVIEWED

Book 7- The Girl In The Red Coat– Kate Hamer TO BE REVIEWED

Book 8- Waking In Time- Angie Stanton

Book 9- Spontaneous– Aaron Starmer

Book 10- The Miracle Life Of Edgar Mint– Brady Udall  TO BE READ

Book 11- Fly On The Wall– E.Lockhart TO BE READ

I was a bit rubbish at sending the bookmarks back with my reviews, but I really did appreciate their pick books for me. I wouldn’t have picked some of them for myself but I ended up really enjoying them!

A big thank you to Beth and my mum for getting me this gift and for Mr B’s Emporium for selecting such a wonderful variety of books for me!

For more information, please check out their reading gifts on their website. It really is a perfect gift for a book lover!

Stacking The Shelves #149- A special haul from Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

This week I went to the wonderful Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath. I had another reading spa with my sister. You can read about our first experience of a reading spa HERE.

Images of the shop

This time around, we had the lovely Amy as our bibliotherapist. Amy made us a cup of tea and then sat down to chat to us about our reading tastes. It was a lovely chat and we found out that our reading tastes were very similar. A wonderful bibliotherapist for us both!

Amy then supplied us with the yummiest cake as she went to collect a pile of books for us to look at. Amy come back with a huge stack of books. She also brought Emma with her (our first bibliotherapist from our first reading spa!) to talk through some books. As Amy knew we were looking into graphic novels, she also brought Ed to speak to us about some graphic novels he thought we might be interested in. All of the staff at Mr B’s are so lovely!

Here are the books we picked up. If you click on the title of the book below the photograph it’ll take you to Goodreads. What I love about this stack is that the majority of books are books we would never have picked up. I can’t wait to read them.

Deathless– Catherynne M.Valente

Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson

My Name is Lucy Barton– Elizabeth Strout

The Gracekeepers– Kirsty Logan

The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge

Dreamwalker– J.D Oswald

If I Fall, If I Die– Michael Christie

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet– Becky Chambers

The Rithmatist– Branden Sanderson

Into The Trees– Robert Williams

The Book Collector– Alice Thompson

Get In Trouble– Kelly Link

Undemajordomo Minor– Patrick DeWitt

The Immortals– S.E. Lister

Hideous Creatures– S.E LisBter

What Is Not Yours Is Yours– Helen Oyeyemi

The Nao of Brown– Glyn Dillon

Massive thanks to Amy for being so lovely and knowledgable about books. The staff at Mr B’s are marvellous. I highly recommend popping into Mr B’s if you’re in Bath in the UK! We will certainly be back…

Visit their website HERE.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Mr B’s Delightful Reading Spa

On Friday, I visited Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath. I took my sister to Bath and Mr B’s as a little treat and purchased a reading spa for us both!

Images of the shop

Pictures from the shop as seen on the shop’s website. Click on the image to get to Mr B’s website!

 Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights opened in June 2006 after the owners Nic and Juliette Bottomley fancied a career change- from lawyers to independent booksellers. This was a fantastic (and brave) choice. I can truly say that Mr B’s is an absolutely beautiful shop. It’s relaxing, appealing, packed full of books and has incredibly knowledgeable and welcoming staff.

Mr B’s shop is quirky. It’s got a rentable reading booth where readers can rent their own little space to have some quality reading time. There’s a beautiful bibliotherapy room. We all need some bibliotherapy and Mr B’s is a fantastic place to undergo bookish therapy! I loved the wall papered with comics and the bookshelves that seemed so personal. There’s even free tea and coffee for customers.

It’s no surprise then, that Mr B’s has twice been named the UK’s Independent Bookshop of the Year (2008/2011)

Mr B’s has more than just beautiful books. They have blogs, book groups, events, book recommendation lists and gifts for us bibliophiles. Check out their website (linked in the image below) for just an idea of what they do. It’s incredible!

As I mentioned, I purchased two Reading Spas for my sister Beth and I.  We met with the lovely Emma, who chatted to us about our bookish likes and dislikes over a cup of tea. She then disappeared off and found us a wonderful mountain of books to look through. Emma knew so much about each book she was recommended and sold them beautifully to us. We seriously wanted to buy THEM ALL. She then left us in some very comfy chairs to look through the stack and make some decisions about what beauties we were going to take away.  Luckily for us, Emma is going to email us the titles of the rest of the books!


Here is the damage… but the oh so pretty damage. We also received bookmarks and Mr B mugs.

I absolutely loved my experience at Mr B’s. I’ll certainly be revisiting! I will be recommending this beautiful shop to many!