I’m a twenty-six year old living in Wales with my grandmother, or in Belgium with my partner and our bunny, or in Yorkshire with my parents. I don’t really have a fixed address at the moment! I’m a freelancer, and I get my work through the internet, so it doesn’t matter really where exactly I am. I’m doing a course in Natural Sciences through the Open University, but again, I don’t need to be in one place for that.
I’m also a slush reader for Lightspeed, a volunteer for the RNIB and the Macular Society, I volunteer in the local library, and I do a lot of other online classes and am sometimes a TA for them. I like to keep busy!
My family would probably say that books have always taken up most of my life. Anecdote: I couldn’t read until after most of the people in my class other than the dyslexic students, whereupon I went from Cat and Mouse books to The Hobbit in less than a year. I think my parents more or less gave up trying to get me to bed on time after that. They’d have had to confiscate every book in my room to stop me staying up way into the night. Sometimes they tried, but… it never stuck.
I’m still as prone to staying up all night with a book now, and even as a student much preferred that to a night of partying. So now I’ve set up this blog. I review a selection of the books I read here, including all the ARCs I receive. I’m generally very happy to take ARCs to review, but I don’t automatically agree to take every single one I’m offered — I might not be interested, or I might not feel I have time to do it justice — so if you’d like me to review your book, email me at bibliophibianbreathesbooks[at]gmail[dot]com. I will always indicate when I’m reviewing a book I’ve been sent for free in exchange for a review!
If you’re curious about my suitability for whatever ARC you’re thinking of offering/accepting me for, see also this post: What I read. But please be aware that, at the moment, I’m not taking unsolicited review copies — I’ve got a heck of a backlog!
Note: The content of this page changes as I change, so the comments may not seem relevant anymore!
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You didn’t mention “There’s A Hippo on Our Roof Eating Cake!!”
I should do a post one day about the fact that I didn’t learn to read until I was older than most kids, and the books I learned to read with… Cat and Mouse surely had a formative effect on me (maybe my interest in sci-fi comes from Cat and Mouse going to space!).
You weren’t that old learning to read!! By age 7 you were reading The Hobbit!!
I was in year three! I’d have been six at least!
I think most kids learn to read about 6 (or later). I wasn’t fluent until 7 (when I read Heidi!!)
I was later than most people I talk to!
That shows that you talk to people who read more (obviously).
Mouse and Cat,
Cat and Mouse,
They live together in this house………
I can’t remember anymore!!
I’ve been reading your book reviews and would like to invite you to a new Pintrest board:
This is a place for book lovers to share their favorite books and also a great place to increase traffic to your website by pinning your own book reviews or book-related discussions. Let me know if you’re interested. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, thanks for the invite. I haven’t used Pinterest at all — I’ll have a look at it and see if it’s something I’m interested in.
Sure! Let me know if you have any questions
Hi! I just wanted to say I really really loved your blog 🙂 I just found it in my reader and I love your book reviews. I’m trying to start doing more book reviews and writing stuff, so I’m totally looking here for inspiration! Thank you
Thank you! That’s very good to know.
Hi! we have officially nominated you for The Liebster Award! For more information, check out our blog! Congratulations! http://mylibrarians.com/2014/01/24/the-liebster-award/
Thank you — I’m very flattered! I don’t have the free time to participate right now, but thank you.
I was reading The Hobbit at seven as well! My dad used to read me that and Lord of the Rings as bedtime stories and I loved it!
I wasn’t allowed to read LotR until I was “old enough to appreciate it”. Bah!
You sound just like my wife. She reads all the time, falls asleep with her Kindle every night and finishes books at an incredible rate.
Haha, I can’t fall asleep while reading, but I do read right up to the edge of sleep and then struggle for a while before I succumb!
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Thank you very much for the nomination! Right now I’m afraid I’m too busy to participate, but thank you very much for thinking of me.
Sure, you are welcome! And that’s okay.
My name is Emily Ruth Verona and I am a fiction writer trying to put out my current collection of short stories through Inkshares, a publishing model based on the idea of reader-promoted content.
I know you generally review, but I was wondering if this something you would be interested in covering on your site. It’s an interesting concept to publish based on reader interest alone.
“Conversations: A Collection of Short Stories” is a contemporary work of fiction composed of conversations, each of which stands as a separate story. These conversations take many forms, and often lead to very different results, but all of them explore the distinguishing marks of human nature.
If you are interested in taking a look:
More on me:
It’s something I would normally be interested in covering here, but my backlog at the moment is ridiculous. Thank you for contacting me, though.
Hey there! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogging Award. You can check out the rules here: https://bftreviews.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/versatile-blogging-award/ or if you don’t accept awards feel free to disregard this comment.
Thanks for the nomination!
Hello! I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. I hope you have time to participate, but if not, just know that I’m enjoying your blog! More info here: http://www.zedamadeo.com/blog/blogger-recognition-award/
Thank you! I’ll take a look.
I really enjoyed browsing your blog and reading some of your reviews. I was hoping you might be interested in reviewing my newly released novel. It is the second book in a series, so I can furnish the first book as well if you are interested.
Author: Lars Teeney
Title: The Apostates Book Two: Remnants
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
After the fall of the ruling Regime of New Megiddo, the John W. Schrubb Administration, the remnants of the country are fought over by the Republic of China Army, the Societatum Pentagram, ‘Database’ cartels, and independent city-states. Greta Sanchez, a former Apostate resistance commander who had sought refuge in West Europa is haunted by the nuclear annihilation of the old capital, New Megiddo City. In order to atone for her complicity in the destruction, she resolves to return to America to stop a new war. Greta sets out to track down her old comrades to reform the Apostates to meet new threats.
It features a diverse racial, gender and orientation cast of characters.
I have epub or .mobi I can send.
Thanks for contacting me! I’m not taking unsolicited review copies at the moment, though. I have a terrible backlog.