Introducing Rosie’s Review-A-Book Challenge #RRABC #BookReviews #Reading

Did you know that 99% of the reading public never post a review for a book? That’s quite a staggering percentage.

At Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team (six years and going strong!), we often look at ways to encourage more people to review.  This autumn, Rosie has planned a Review-A-Book Challenge, with a great list of books to choose from, all free of charge to anyone serious about writing a review for her blog – and possibly joining the review team, if you enjoy the process.

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#Extract from Reframe the Day by Adam M. Lowenstein @amlowenstein #SelfHelp #Motivational #reframetheday

Today I have an extract from Reframe the Day: Embracing the Craft of Life, One Day at a Time.

The author is donating all profits from book sales to the Covid-19 response efforts of Direct Relief.

First of all, here’s the book info

Requests and to-dos bombard your phone and inbox, day and night. Information and distractions claw at your time and attention. You’re always busy, always searching for the finish line … or at least the pause button. Life feels like an endless series of “what’s nexts”—what’s the next meeting, task, obligation, goal, achievement?

Adam M. Lowenstein emerged from the nonstop, striving-obsessed world of American politics convinced that everyone, no matter who you are or what you do, has the power to build more fulfilling days. You don’t have to undertake a radical transformation. You don’t have to quit your job or move halfway around the world. 

You can simply tweak how you approach each day. Find meaning in your daily burdens and commitments. Resist the allure of busyness. Make more time for what matters to you (and feel less guilty when you do).

In Reframe the Day, Lowenstein offers ten tips, tactics, and techniques for nudging your days in a more fulfilling direction. Combining concrete advice with tools for self-reflection, Reframe the Day shows you how to reframe the way you see and spend your days and, over time, reshape your life.

Extract

The toy maker LEGO nearly collapsed in the early 2000s. In Brick by Brick, a book chronicling the company’s struggles and subsequent revitalization, David Robertson and Bill Breen describe how LEGO conducted countless focus groups to better understand the types of toys that engaged children. Among their observations was that children are driven by “the notion of mastery.” As Robertson and Breen write, “whether it was flipping skateboarding tricks or obsessing over the design and history of warplanes, kids demonstrated an innate desire to dig into a discipline and conquer it.”

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#GuestPost from Alys West ~ Five Books To Transport You To Scotland #LockdownReads @alyswestyork #FridayReads

Today I’m delighted to welcome Alys West, author of Beltane (Urban Fantasy) and The Dirigible King’s Daughter (Steampunk) My reviews can be found here and here.

Alys’s latest novel, Storm Witch, is set in the beautiful islands of Orkney.  It’s contemporary fantasy with lots of magic, mystery, romance and stone circles. Storm Witch will be published on Friday 17th April and is available to purchase/pre-order on Amazon

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List of 2020 International Book Fairs courtesy of @Kotobee #Books #Reading

 My thanks to Aliaa from Kotobee for offering their list of international book fairs throughout 2020. The ones listed below are those held in the United Kingdom and Ireland but if you’d like the worldwide list, which includes Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Australia, please click this link

London Book Fair

OLYMPIA, WEST LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Mar 10-12, 2020

The London Book Fair is a massive international affair and, in Europe at least, it’s second only to Frankfurt. It’s a place for authors, booksellers/buyers, distributors, literary agents/scouts, publishers, translators and obviously readers. LBF holds two award ceremonies each year. The International Excellence Awards, celebrating publishing and related activities outside of the UK and The Trailblazers, celebrating those under 30 in the publishing industry. The London Book Fair is delighted to have Sharjah as the Market Focus for 2020.

 

Strokestown International Poetry Festival

Strokestown International Poetry Festival

STROKESTOWN, CO. ROSCOMMON, IRELAND Apr 30-May 4, 2020

The Strokestown International Poetry Festival takes place annually on the first weekend of May, in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. The weekend provides a world-renowned forum for excellence in poetry. Strokestown is famous for the large audiences that attend all readings and allied to the welcome, the friendliness and the scenery, the weekend is an unforgettable experience and a thrilling immersion in contemporary poetry.

Bloody Scotland

Bloody Scotland

EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM Sep 18-20, 2020

Bloody Scotland established itself as the leading Scottish International Crime Writing Festival. It’s a place for crime writers new and established. In the event readers can hang out with their favorite crime writers, enjoy entertaining as well as informative events during a weekend in September, covering a range of criminal subjects from fictional forensics, psychological thrillers, tartan noir, cozy crime and many more.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Oct 8-18, 2020

Wimbledon BookFest is a charity promoting arts, culture, and education. Its aim is to develop the cultural offering for the locality through the provision of an annual arts festival and educational projects with schools and young people. It hosts almost 100 events in its 10 day period and has grown from 1,000 visitors in its first year to over 15,000 with 7,000 school children from over 70 schools now enjoying the festival every year. Any money raised is plowed back into the festival and its education work with local schools. Over 2,000 books are given to children from a lower socio-economic demographic every year to encourage reading.

Confessions of a Book Hoarder… #BookTag #AmReading #BookBlogger

I saw this tag on Fiction Fan’s Book Reviews and, although I don’t really do many tags, this seemed like fun. Find an unread book in your TBR (physical or kindle) to match each letter of your blog name. A great way to bring attention back to possibly forgotten books needing some love.

If you fancy having a go, consider yourself tagged 😀

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Top 20 Favourite Reads of 2019 #Books #AmReading #BookBlogger #BookLove

As the end of 2019 is almost upon us, it’s favourite books of the year time!

It’s always a difficult choice to narrow the list down to twenty, but I do enjoy looking back at the books I’ve read during the year.

So, in no particular order…

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#Books I’d Like To Read in 2020 #BookBlogger #AmReading

The time has come to either buy another bookcase, a bigger house or be ruthless and part company with some books. I haven’t read anywhere near half of several hundred physical books and I’ve no idea of how many more are waiting on my kindle. Another few hundred, I’m sure. I never keep count for fear of a meltdown 😉 So, in 2020 I’m going to make a conscious effort to read more of my own books. 

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#GuestPost from Joe Pulizzi #Author of The Will To Die ~ Free Audio Download #Mystery #Thriller @JoePulizzi

I’m delighted to welcome Joe Pulizzi with his guest post ~ 3 Things I Learned Moving from Business Writing to Fiction. Joe’s fiction novel The Will To Die eBook and Audible version will be release on 4th March 2020. In the meantime you can download the audio and listen for free here

Now over to Joe…

I started working in the content marketing industry 20 years ago. Everything I did from start until 2018 revolved around teaching businesses what content marketing was and how they could use it effectively.

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A Christmas Hamster by Stephanie Dagg ~ PublicationDay #Giveaway @llamamum @penandfinch @rararesources

Welcome to the Publication Day Celebration for A Christmas Hamster, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

About the Book

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#GuestPost from Gila Green #Author of #YA Novel No Entry @green_gila #Environmental

It’s a pleasure today to welcome Gila Green with a guest post. Gila has written a young adult, environmental fiction novel titled No Entry. Here’s what the book is about…

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