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blogger-award

Shanannigans over at Reads and Reels rather kindly nominated me for this and truth be told I am absolutely honoured and flabbergasted!  I never expect to be part of these things, it still amazes me that so many of you read my ramblings and are so lovely to comment too. 

Here are the award rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
*5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
*6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How “The Quiet Knitter” started

The Quiet Knitter was really just a way for me to share my love of books and my thoughts on the ones I had read with more people.  I regularly chat with friends and family about books, giving recommendations on new books and old books that I think they might like.  An online friend suggested that I start a blog to ‘collect’ all of my ramblings and could then share it with people…after much convincing I dipped my toe into the world of blogging and haven’t looked back….yet!

Advice to New Bloggers

Since I’m a book blogger these are really geared towards fellow book bloggers but you can take from it what you wish and apply it to yourself…

Be honest – if you don’t like a book then be honest and tell the author/publisher.  Don’t just leave a “didn’t like this” comment, explain why.  Was it perhaps poor formatting in an electronic review copy you received that made it difficult to read?  Did you feel that you couldn’t connect with the characters?  Was this book one you struggled to get into – was the beginning to slow for you?  Did the book turn out not to be what you expected from the blurb?
If you can be constructive an author/publisher will appreciate that.  Not every person will like every book, books are like marmite….love them, hate them.

Don’t feel you have to accept every review request – I’m sure most bloggers have been in that position, especially when starting out.  It’s hard to say no, believe me, I still struggle.  Hence why I have a note on my “about me” page saying I cannot take review requests at the moment (I struggle to say no and am now victim to a ridiculous reading pile!).
Equally, if a request is made and it’s a book that really isn’t something you would read then just say no.  Explain that this falls outside of your interest area, and although you are flattered/honoured to be asked, unfortunately it would be unfair on both parties to take this one one.

Connect with  other bloggers – this is the main one for me.  There are other people out there doing what you are doing, writing a blog about something and putting their heart and soul in to their posts.  Most blogging communities are full of likeminded people who don’t mind answering questions, we all started somewhere.  I know that the book blogging community is made up of some of the most wonderful people I’ve “met”, no question is too silly to ask, always someone around to offer support or virtual hug.

* I’m supposed to tag 15 bloggers, but I know that most of them will be up to their eyes in reviews just now (there are far too many good books coming out on the next few months and us lucky things are getting to read them early – you’re in for a treat!).

So instead, I’ll offer you the names of 15 blogs and  their bloggers to check out:

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  Georgia bakes and writes.: A novella 

Georgia Bakes and Writes

 

Author: Grethe Tozer
Published: 19 November 2015
Reviewed: 26th November 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

Read more at: http://www.london24.com/entertainment/book_review_what_milo_saw_by_virginia_macgregor_1_3750981
Copyright © LONDON24

Copy purchased via Amazon

  5 out of 5 stars 

Georgia is a divorced single mum trying to keep life going on as normal as possible for daughter Spencer. Spencer has needs that require careful consideration and time, for her things have to be a certain way for her to cope and Georgia is damned if she’ll let anything get in the way of her little girl’s happiness, so if that means she’s late for work because she has to put her daughter first then she will.
When Georgia loses her job she desperately tries to think of something that will keep her busy whilst Spencer is at school. A plan is made, a blog is started and things take off for Georgia.

Without ruining the story (or ending!) for anyone, I won’t say much more about the plot, other than to say I absolutely loved it. It felt so real to life, the misunderstanding, the confusion, the hurt feelings, the blunt honesty are all things we deal with and seeing Georgia soldier through them was heartwarming.

For a debut novella this was impressive writing, the characters were interesting, engaging and real, we all have that friend like Iris that brings a bottle of wine over, reminds us that idiots are always idiots but buoy us up and help us to move forwards.
Having not had any experience of children with any special or additional needs this was an interesting read, just a glimpse into the life that Georgia had with Spencer made me realise just how hard it must be on a parent caring for a child with autism, but how rewarding it can be when they can achieve something like Spencer did in the story.

I really hope that some of the delicious recipes surface, my mouth was watering at the thought of some of them! And I can’t wait to try making my banana bread with some yoghurt to see the difference it will make!

Despite being a short read, this was wonderfully enjoyable. It held my attention all the way to the end, and it had an ending that brought a happy sigh and a smile. It’s the sort of read you could happily curl up with on the sofa (or other chosen reading place) with a cuppa (or hot chocolate) and just relax. The pace was good, things moved along well, narrative didn’t drag, plot was interesting and engaging, and as I’ve mentioned, I adored the characters (especially Spencer’s blunt honesty!), in all it was an enjoyable, heart warming read and I would definitely recommend it!

I would have no hesitation to recommend this to anyone that enjoys Romance, YA, Fiction or a short and sweet read.

If you would like to read this, a copy can be purchased via Amazon Georgia Bakes and Writes (UK Kindle Version)

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Evenin’!
Well fine, ok, Afternoon then to be correct.
 
Guess what?!  I messed up on the turn stitches on the heel of my sock so ended up ripping it all apart and starting again – surprise surprise eh!?  But the good thing is that it made me look for another pattern to try (feel I’ve attempted this current pattern too often now!) and found one that I really can’t wait to start on this lovely page Susan B Anderson’s Blog.  It’s written in such a way that even I can make sense of it and can understand it without having to sit and stare at it for a few minutes thinking “so what is it I actually have to do here?!”, so all I need to do now is get the time to actually cast on and knit!

Yesterday was a good family day, we went to the local railway museum (which is only open April to October for one weekend a month) and had a look around.  We’ve lived here almost a year and that’s the first time we’ve actually been down to the museum.  It was pretty interesting, and it was really nice to see the collection that had been saved by the people of the village, as well as the items that had been loaned by the Council etc.  It’s nice to have the heritage and learn what the village had been like before the lines were closed in 1979.  We also had a look at the Anderson Shelter they had there and heard the sound track of the bombing…..Didn’t much like that, the shelter as you’d expect was very claustrophobic and you never really know just how “dark” the dark is until you’re stood in it and your imagination starts to run away from you, thankfully I had my husband here to make fun of me for being spooked out by it all.   

(Image: taken at the Maud Railway Museum by us)

 We even took a walk about the village and explored bits we’d not been to see yet.  I tend to take the pram along the same routes through the village, I know that certain routes will make up a mile or so in distance so use that as a means of keep fit (as well as chasing after a baby careering around the house in a baby walker!) but it was nice to see where the old hospital was in the village, and looked it up online once we were home.  I hadn’t known it was a Poor House and is actually a Listed Building.  It’s such a shame it’s sitting empty at the moment (it has been up for sale since closure in 2008).  More information can be found on Google about it or via the Local Council Website

(Image: http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/smrpub/shire/photo/NJ94NW0115/NJ94NW0115_001.jpg)

In the afternoon, we had a chill out at home, got some jobs done in the house and garden and then took the munchkin out on her wee trike, up and down the street.  Think it’s fair to say she loved it, all you could hear above the noise of the plastic wheels of the trike was her shrieks of delight and squeals of happiness as we went haring up and down the street and lots of “eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees” from her.  It’s moments like that that make my heart swell with pride and make me realise how lucky I am.  

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