Wednesday, 31 December 2014

My First Year Blogging

My First Year Blogging
So, on the last day of 2014 I look back at my first year blogging and think to myself how proud I am that I started to do this. Now I know this may seem silly to most of you, but the thought of writing down your thoughts and sharing it with the world was and still is a scary thought for me.
Will someone read my blog? Who would want too? Will they laugh at me? Will people think its the worst written blog in the world? These are some of the questions I asked myself and still do sometimes.
The only way to get over a fear in my eyes is to just do it. So I did. I set up my blog and as a lover of reading books I decided to write my own book reviews. Now they may be unhelpful and not very good to most but if just one person enjoys it and does find it helpful then it is worth it to me.
Thank You
I would like to say a few thank yous for getting me started and for peoples help. Firstly To Miss Charley Watkins, Fashion & Beauty blogger ( for pointing me in the right direction and helping me set up my blog. My wife Dawn for proof reading all my reviews before posting them and her help with everything. To Waterstones ( for sending me 4  books (so far) to read and review for their website including my latest book Girl In The Dark by Anna Lyndsey which is not published till March 2015. To Melissa M Wolff for sending me her book Three Little Lies to read and write a review on Amazon US for her, and finally to the people who have read one of my blogs, I really appreciate this.
My Top 5 books of 2014
My top 5 books that I have read this year are listed below:
Book Author
Forgive me, Leonard Peacock Matthew Quick
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
The Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort
Before I go to Sleep SJ Watson
The Silkworm Robert Galbraith
What is happening in 2015? well books, books & yes you guessed it books. I will be reading some new and some old. I'm sure like most people that read we have around 100 books on our shelves that are unread so I will be trying to read them as quickly as I can.
New for the Blog
I will be adding a new page to my blog in 2015 for guest bloggers to write their own book reviews. so if you have read a book recently and fancy writing a quick review then contact me and I will upload this for you. This is open for everyone whether you blog or not. 
Thanks again.
Speak Soon.


Book Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm
Robert Galbraith
The Silkworm is Robert Galbraith's second novel and see's the return of Private Detective Cormoran Strike and his trusted sidekick Robin Ellacott. Galbraith's debut novel 'The Cuckoo's Calling' was fantastic and both my wife and I were extremely excited when we found out this was being written.
Owen Quine is a novelist that has gone missing. Quine has just completed his latest book which shares the darkest secrets of all the people he knows. Strike has been brought in by Quine's wife to find the missing author but when he finds him brutally murdered it changes from a missing person case to a murder investigation. Mrs Quine is the Police's number 1 suspect. Did she do it? Strike does not think so. Who really did murder Owen Quine?
Just like 'The Cuckoo's Calling',  this book sucks you straight into the story and you are hooked. The words just fall off the page and you are wanting to know more. As the story begins, you are introduced to the majority of would be suspects and, like a good Agatha Christie novel you are given a little background as to their motive for killing the victim. You are already making notes in your mind as to "Who done it?" before the victim has even been found.
Galbraith has a way of writing characters that are so believable you build up a visual in your mind. Strike & Robin are brilliant together and are so much fun to read about and follow throughout the book. The relationship between them has grown a lot since the first book. Although strictly business they do act like an old married couple sometimes.
Half way through the book anyone of 9 characters could have killed Owen Quine. I'm sure at one point I thought they all had done it!  With each chapter, your main suspect changes, and and before you know it you only have around 50 pages left. Still non the wiser. I love that the twists and turns kept coming all the way to the end and you literally only find out "Who Done it" with about 10 pages left. Did I get it right? nah way off..........
I scored this book a 5 out of 5. Why? Because it is a good old fashioned Murder Mystery with loveable characters. This book is very dark in places but so much fun and enjoyable to read. I would recommend you read this book but if you get chance to read The Cuckoo's Calling first then please do so you will love that as well.
Please Robert Galbraith can we have more Cormoran Strike novels.
I would love to know what other people think about the book if you have read it. Do you agree with me or not?
Speak Soon