Sunday, 14 August 2016

My Book Corner | Emma Crowley

It's my pleasure today to have Emma join us for the My Book Corner Feature - thank you Emma for taking the time out of reading for the following information!

1) Thank you for coming on Lozza’s BookCorner. Please can you tell us a little about you and your Book Corner/Writing Space?
Hi , my name is Emma Crowley.I live in Waterford in the southeast of Ireland. I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember and can get through three or four books a week if time allows. I’m a primary school teacher working in my old school and am currently teaching first class. At the time of writing I am wishing the last few weeks of the school year away so I can indulge in heaps of reading during my summer holidays.

I'm a regular guest reviewer for Sharon Wilden at Shaz's Book Blog.    
Thanks to Sharon, I have been allowed to satisfy my love of reading and my craving for books books books. Through reviewing I have discovered many fabulous new authors that I mightn't have taken the chance on before. I’ve even started to read in genres that hadn't previously appealed to me. I love women's fiction ( I daren't used the dreaded chick-lit term) and historical fiction and particularly time slip novels as I enjoy jumping between the past and the present with stories that have a hint of mystery or secrets to be uncovered. Some of my favourite authors are  Lesley Pearse, Lucinda Riley, Dinah Jefferies, Kate Morton and Kate Furnivall. I count Alexandra Brown and Cressida McLaughlin as two authors  whose books I will always want to rush out and buy. Recently I have discovered Isabelle Broom and Annie Darling and both are definitely authors to watch out for. Realistically there are so many authors I could list but needless to say I always have a huge T.B.R pile of books waiting to be read and I don't think that's ever going to change but I really wouldn't want it any other way.

I don't have a particular Book Corner a such as books are literally in every room of my house ( except the bathroom!). There is a massive pile beside my bed of books waiting to be read. Well I say pile at this stage it is extending to four stacks that are in constant threat of toppling down. I have a spare room which I call the library and it has all the books I have read and can't bare to part with. When I first moved into my house I had bookshelves built from wall to ceiling on one wall thinking I'd never fill them up but of course I did and now funds won't allow me to get more built so I have resorted to boxes to store books which I have finished. My favourite place to read is curled up on the couch with either a paperback or Kindle in my hand with some chocolate or crisps near by to keep me going. I can literally spend hours sat in the same place as I often become so engrossed in what I am reading that I never feel the time go by. If we get a nice summer I love nothing more than spending the day lounging in the garden reading. The beach is not for me so a day in a peaceful garden with a good book is pure bliss and perfection for me.

Not a very inspiring book cover but it's where I read and am super comfortable.

2) Do you have a favourite shelf/collection of books? Or favourite part of your Book Corner?
Oh Laura what a question! 
How can you make me choose ? 
I'll go with my heart and my gut instinct and say my Lesley Pearse shelf. 
Lesley has been my ultimate favourite author for as long as I can remember. I have read and own all of her books and not once have I ever been let down, in fact she just gets better and better with each book. She writes both contemporary and historical fiction and if I had to pick a favourite I would go for two as I really can't choose between Trust Me and Never Look Back. I read them years ago but they always spring to mind when I think of Lesley. I  recommended Lesley's last book Without a Trace to a fellow blogger and I was delighted to see she loved it as much as I did and now she wants to go and read her back catalogue. This gives me a real buzz as I love knowing people will enjoy such a wonderful author. Can I be really sneaky and slip in a second shelf ? As I adore the writing of Lucinda Riley and although she hasn't written as many books as Lesley Pearse my shelf is ever growing and she is a superb writer. If you haven't read anything by Lucinda I suggest you do. She is currently working on a planned series of seven books called The Seven Sisters and so far two have been released which were fantastic. She is another author who never publishes a book that I don't instantly fall in love with.

3) Do you have any reading/writing habits?
No unusual reading habits spring to mind apart from the fact I have books everywhere and still insist on acquiring more. I really don't need books from the library as I have such a volume of both physical books and Kindle books but yet I can never resist going to the library ( as it is just above the shop where I go to do my food shopping) and always inevitably end up coming out with a book or two or three that caught my eye. As regards actually reading I like to switch it up between paperbacks and the Kindle and also genres. Sometimes I'll read a glut of historical fiction and then need to change to nice easy, romantic , feel good women's fiction and vice versa. I find if I read several review books in a row it's always nice just to pick up a book that doesn't need to be reviewed and just chill with it. Not that I don't love reviewing books ! I'm someone who is not able to read more than one book at a time although I must confess and you may laugh at this but I always have a hair-drying book on the go. See I do take advantage of every opportunity to read. While I am drying my hair I have a nice easy Kindle book to read. Ok so it may take me several weeks to read the book as I only manage a few chapters at a time but still there is never enough hours for reading so I embrace every opportunity. Lol.

4) How do you keep apart, track and control your TBR books?
Sometimes it feels like everything is getting out of control with so many good books that I find it hard to keep up and keep track. Thankfully Sharon is amazing and super organised and she always knows what books I have for review and when they are published or if a book I am reading is part of a blog tour. She'll always give me a gentle nudge/reminder when needed. I do have a notebook that I keep on a side table next to my reading spot where I write endless lists of what I have to read and by when. I get a deep sense of satisfaction when I can cross a book off a list. I love making lists I suppose that's the teacher coming out in me. For books that are just for personal pleasure when reading and don't need to be reviewed I don't make a list instead I choose when I feel like it from the endless piles scattered around the house !

5) Can you provide links to your social media handles please?
Guest Reviewer:
Twitter: @emthebookworm

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