About

Hello! My name is Clare, I live near London and I have been running this blog since March 2012. I enjoy solving crosswords, drinking Yorkshire Tea and watching Curb Your Enthusiasm.

It may not come as a surprise to you that I like books and I read quite a lot of them – mostly contemporary, literary and translated fiction. My favourite authors include Haruki Murakami, Sarah Waters and Ian McEwan. I love stories with unreliable narrators and my greatest fear is running out of books to read.

I’m not currently accepting review copies of books other than those I have already requested via NetGalley. However, do feel free to contact me with any queries via email or Twitter. Aside from blogging, I have a full-time day job so please be aware that I may not be able to respond straight away.

alittleblogofbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

Follow me on Twitter: @littleblogbooks

155 responses to “About

  1. Thanks for having a look at my blog 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your posts – I can see myself getting a fair few book recommendations from you. Good luck with the exams!

    PS I can completely relate to sarcasm, procrastination and tea. They’re what get me through life! (Well, maybe the procrastination I could do without…)

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  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog fellow book lover! 🙂

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  3. Thank you for cruising through my blog. 🙂

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  4. Thank you for stopping by our blog and liking a post 🙂

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  5. Zohan

    love when I meet a fellow reader and enthusiast!

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  6. I think we’re kindred spirits, at least as far as reading goes. What are you studying for your Masters?

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  7. Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to coming back to yours often.

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  8. sarahreeves23

    Thank you for visitng my blog & liking my post about The Wasp Factory. I really like your blog, I’m sure I’ll be checking it out frequently 🙂

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  9. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

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  10. Thanks for having a peep at my new blog!

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  11. Yorkshire Tea, good call 🙂

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  12. I hope you enjoy your Master’s studies as much I enjoyed mine. Hard work, but fascinating and challenging. Stock up on sleep now, if you can. 🙂

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  13. Thanks for visiting my blog – great to meet another book lover. I have to admit I like coffee and adore avocados.

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  14. Hello,
    Welcome to blogging and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  15. Thanks for stopping by my place. I see we have the same taste in mastheads! I’ll be following your reading travels in the future. Cheers.

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  16. Thank you for stopping by our blog and liking a post. Appreciate it. 🙂 Looking forward to a tour of your blog! 🙂

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  17. mok

    Thanks for dropping by my blog! Can’t wait to go through your book reviews! I’m a huge bookworm myself and it’s always wonderful coming across another one of our species! Cheers! 😦

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  18. 최다해 gongjumonica

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking a post. Will sure follow a fellow book lover like you 🙂

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  19. Thanks for liking a post on Whimsey Pie. I love your selection of book reviews and have already added a few to my to-read list.

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  20. Crosswords, Yorkshire Tea AND Curb (as the cool kids call it)? That’s refined taste right there.

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  21. paleandrosy

    Hey thanks for stopping by my new blog and liking my post. Much appreciated, I will definitely be having a look for some good summer reads on here 🙂

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  22. Oh I love Yorkshire Tea!!! I can sometimes buy it as I live in NZ. I love your blog, great reviews 🙂

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  23. Hey! Thanks for liking my blog, it means a lot 🙂
    Hope you do well with your Masters!
    Star 😛

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  24. Thanks for visiting my blog. Great to share books with others! Good luck with your studies… when I did my PhD my fiction reading went out the window. Sad times. I’m happier now, my “education” half-forgotten but the joy of reading resuscitated!

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  25. Hello, just to inform that I have mentioned you in my list of 15 wonderful bloggers, keep on posting, thank you! http://greetingsfromengland.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/award-time/

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  26. thanks for liking my blog! I’m curious to check out yours!! Looks like we have similar tastes in books.

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  27. Thanks for the like on the Hunger Games mini-review I posted recently. Also saw yours on Carrie – if you like King, I wrote a slightly longer piece on his most recent, The Wind in the Keyhole here: http://wp.me/p1CVFj-9y.

    Keep up the good work- I love books, too, and read as often as I can, but don’t get the time to write about them as much as I like. My largely unread blog is split between music and books that I like, and has been more heavily weighted toward the music end of the see-saw of late.

    Thanks again!

    Soundscryer

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  28. Thanks for stopping by! I looove Murakami too. Will look to you for some more titles to add to my reading list!

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  29. Elizabeth

    Thanks for liking my recent post!

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  30. I’m helping Kat Lee, author of the new Desperate Measures Trilogy do some promotion for her newest book (I’m her mom and business partner!). We’d love to have you review it on your blog, if you have room in your TBR pile. Kat Lee is also known as Elle Casey, YA Fantasy author. Links to her work are below. The book can be sent to you in the following formats: .mobi, .epub, .pdf.

    Title: Full Measure
    Series: Desperate Measures: Book 1
    Pages: 315
    Genre: Women’s Fiction (Chick Lit)
    Ratings: 4.8 stars on Amazon.com
    Publish date: June 3, 2012
    Link: http://www.amazon.com/Measure-Desperate-Measures-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0088QTJDC

    Link to Elle Casey author books: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_tc_2_0?rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3AElle+Casey&keywords=Elle+Casey&ie=UTF8&qid=1339707453&sr=1-2-ent&field-contributor_id=B006SUPLO6

    I look forward to hearing from you!
    Margaret

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  31. kim's scrapbook

    oooh – i am so glad to have found this little blog of books
    yay

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  32. Congrats on pressuring your Masters. Not a lot of people can do that now a days. Don’t worry about what you’ll do when you’re done. It will all fall into place and EVERYTHING happens for a reason. Thanks for the like on my blog.

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  33. Thanks for reading my very first post. Will definitely browse your literary fiction articles.

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  34. Thank you for liking my post, but avocados are tasty! 🙂

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  35. Thanks for the Like. I see that you like Bill Bryson. I do too. 🙂

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  36. Adding to a long list of ‘thank yous’ – thank you for the ‘like’ and for introducing me to your lovely blog at the same time. I’ll be a regular visitor!

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  37. abookaffair

    Great blog! Thanks for having a look around mine! 🙂

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  38. maxkeefe

    Hi. Don’t know whether you’re a man or a woman but it really doesn’t matter. In case you care, I’m an Italian man from Rome. Most important, I think we share several books. Definitely Murakami and McEwan. I like good contemporary stories and I like to read ’em in original. Any advice for some good British fiction apart from the usual names?

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  39. Rayni

    I’m in love with this blog! I can’t wait to read every post and find some good reads too!

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  40. I’ve just found your blog (thanks to freshly pressed!) and it looks really good 🙂 having looked through your reading list it seems we have pretty similar reading tastes (I love Murakami too, but haven’t yet started on the epic 1Q84…). Look forward to reading more!

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  41. great blog! 🙂 From librarian to book lover, you too can be a librarian! You’d be perfect for the job since you’ve written so many reviews! 🙂

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  42. Greetings from another Murakami lover ^_^

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  43. I love Murakami’s writings too. My favorite is Norwegian Wood.

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  44. I’m so excited to have found your blog – I look forward to wading through your many posts. As we are awash in a sea of mediocrity and bad writing (mine especially), finding a great blog like yours is cause for celebration!

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  45. Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m glad to meet yours. Always great to find another person to share books with.

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  46. Thank you for visiting, and for leading me to you. I have since added more titles to my ever burgeoning reading list.

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  47. Hey! thanks for visiting my blog and I can’t believe I missed your blog on Freshly pressed. Congratulations and be sure I will be following your writings from now on 🙂

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  48. Nice blog here. I love Haruki Murakami too. 🙂

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  49. holliegraceanne

    Thanks for the like on my post! I’m also on Twitter – @holliegraceanne. Happy blogging & reading!:)

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  50. Thank you for liking my post on Nabokov’s Lolita: )

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  51. Thanks for stopping by and posting a like on my blog. I dropped by to return the favour, but was so impressed with the content that it took me all of three seconds to hit the “follow” button. I’m looking forward to reading lots more from your little corner of the world.

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  52. Thanks for liking my blog review of Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending. Your blog looks great – I’m now a follower!

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  53. Vishy

    Your blog looks wonderful! Love your cover image! Bill Bryson, Murakami, Donna Tartt, Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, Jostein Gaarder – wow! It looks like have stolen my favourite books 🙂

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  54. JK

    Hello from Canada! I just found your blog because you liked a post I made to my own bookish blog. Your blog is great – keep up the great work! 🙂

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  55. Thanks for visiting my blog – I shall visit again whenever I want a recommendation for a good novel!

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  56. I love, love, love that you focus on modern fiction, there is is this recent obsession with “classics” (aka the canon) and only reading them, completely ignoring there are authors writing at the moment who are as great as Dickens. Good for you, we see eye to eye 😀

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  57. NoSomebody

    Thankyou for liking my book review! I have a couple more coming so stay tuned! Love looking through your blog, it reminds me of the days before I was a student, back when I was still able to take pleasure in reading and not see it as a chore. These days I enjoy stories best when they are read to me as audiobooks, get to listen and absorb rather than feeling like its a test!

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  58. kirkykoo79

    Hi, just popped in to let you know that I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award for “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. See http://heartandahalf.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/an-award-for-moi/ if you’d like to accept. If not, you have a nice mention on my blog anyway!

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  59. becomingrobyn

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking a post, totally made my morning. 🙂

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  60. Thanks for visiting and commenting on our blog. We’re glad you liked it and we look forward to checking out your blog, too!

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  61. Thank you for liking my post on Mark Haddon’s first adult novel : )

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  62. Thanks for the like….. to be inspired is nice but to inspire is great…thx!

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  63. Thought you might appreciate the Murakami photo! No tricks no special effects just a chance meeting of the light.

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  64. duffythewriter

    You can’t beat a good Yorkshire Tea

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  65. Thanks for stopping by and liking my post about Stephen King’s “11/22/63.” I’ll be following your reviews with interest!

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  66. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am still plodding through Kaltenburg (Marcel Beyer) and 2013 Best European Fiction edited by Aleksander Hemon. Not sure if I will make it through I have just started The Book of Jonas (Stephen Dau), The Water Children (Anne Berry) and Chapman’s Odyssey (Paul Bailey), which are all a delight so far.

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  67. I am thankful to you for liking a post on my blog. Through this I have now learned of your blog and can stalk it all I want (which I mean in a good way only :-)). So far it is really nice – you got me with Murakami & tea 🙂

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  68. I’m nominating you for an award in my 6pm post tomorrow. Great blog!

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  69. Arianne Z.

    Thank you for liking my post on the Kite Runner. I love books too so I guess i am going to have to follow you 🙂

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  70. I was in the same boat a couple of years ago – English student in London, lots of tea and biscuits – and nothing like a good book! Great blog 🙂

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  71. greetings from Singapore! Thanks a lot for your visit to my WordPress: glad to meet a fellow Murakami fan. great blog you have here!

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  72. Thanks so much for visiting Bookshelf: for the intellectually curious and posting a like. Great to have bibliophiles writing about literature and books. Had a chance to read some of your posts: some great articles here. Will look forward to visiting again.

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  73. This is a nice blog to come across! Except I happen to be an avocado fan 😉

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  74. silverlime

    Thank you for stopping by and liking my post. Be yourself- that’s what you have to do with your life. 😊

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  75. edwardmgardner

    Just found your blog and like what I’ve read so far. I’ll be receiving your posts via email, and am looking forward to reading your thoughts about some of the books on your upcoming list. Good luck on your Masters work. I did one of those several years back and am still trying to figure out what to do with it!

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  76. Your Gravatar pic has some of my favourite books on it! Looking forward to readng more of your posts.

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  77. Hello! Love your blog 🙂 I’ve nominated you for An Inspiring Blogger award! 😀

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  78. Not too brag but i’m the 1,000th Blog Follower 😉 This blog is so brilliant! I wish my job gave me enough time to read, but nice heads up with the Cloud Atlas review!

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  79. Thank you for liking my post on The White Tiger. I like Haruki Murakami too. 1Q84 is great, and even What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is inspiration, because I do races. I’ll be back and do drop by my blog again!

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  80. THanks for dropping by 115journals.com.

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  81. Thanks for liking ‘Great Opening Paragraphs…’ on my blog. I am a book addict too. Great blog and I love your reading list, my husband complains that my ‘to read’ bookshelf takes up an entire wall.
    Sandra

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  82. Thanks for stopping by “Bookshelf: for the intellectually curious” and posting a like. Book lovers are at the heart of the most interesting blogs — creating discussion around the themes that matter most, and eschewing the mindless prattle found on network television and the never-ending vampire-themed novels. Enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to your future musings on all things literary. Cheers.

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  83. Thanks for stopping by my blog & for the like – I really appreciate it!

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  84. LucyBre

    You sound a wee bit geeky, but aren’t we all?? It what makes us ourselves 😉

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  85. I have nominated you for The Bouquet of Three Award. The rules are posted on my blog. You deserve it!

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  86. Sal

    Greetiings from Singapore. Thanks for visiting my blog and ‘like’ When We Were Orphans. Have you read this book? I see that you are also an avid reader, trust I can find a lots of good reading stuff here. All the Best to your Master’s 😀

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  87. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your blog. Can’t wait to read more of your stuff.

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  88. Hey, I just want to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine blog award! You can view your nomination, along with the other nominees, here: http://booksteame.com/2013/05/27/three-awards-oh-my/
    Keep up the great work!

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  89. imaginebella

    Thanks for liking my post and giving me the opportunity to discover yours! Loving reading aswell ! Following you

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  90. I am guessing you get replies/ comments every day. However, I wanted to see your complete collection of books once. One photograph. Or maybe, you could do a post on how you arrange them?

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  91. francescamasotti

    Very nice blog! 🙂

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  92. Hey I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! Please check http://randommuzings.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/liebster-award/ for the details! Congrats for the Award!!

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  93. Lotte Horrie

    thanks for having a look at my blog, I like the look of your bookshelf 🙂

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  94. Oh no – I was enjoying your blog SO much – but now I find you hate avocados! Having just this minute finished a delicious lunch including a whole avocado – I like them FAR too much to just have a half – departs, more in sorrow than in anger (don’t worry, I’ll be back!)

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  95. I see you have some Gabriel Garcia Marquez on your shelf. I would like to live another lifetime, just to read him again and again!

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  96. Thanks for checking out my blog – a pleasure to meet a fellow book lover – I must say I need more fiction recs, so it looks like you have many! Best –

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  97. Thanks for the like–your blog looks marvellous and I look forward to reading it! Feel free to drop by again 🙂

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  98. Your blog looks wonderful!
    I love reading, but often find that I simply don’t have enough time anymore, unless the book is really gripping, in which case I throw all caution to the wind and read the night away, to my own detriment at work the next day :p
    I’m also a Yorkshire Tea girl, myself 🙂

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  99. A great bookshelf. Look forward to some reviews.

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  100. Some of your favorites are in my favorite list too! Nice to find your blog.

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  101. I have the same fear! Need a well stocked to read pile 🙂

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  102. I’m glad I found you. Living in the US, I miss out on the UK books that are selling at home that might not make it over here. For this reason I love airport shopping. So I’ll just tune in here. Although what you could possibly have against avocados I’ll never know.

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  103. Hi there! I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and I really love it. That’s why I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award!
    http://booksbakingandblogging.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/the-liebster-award/
    Congratulations!

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  104. A fellow Yorkshire Tea lover?! Oh I approve. I approve wholeheartedly. 🙂 And not forgetting the similar love of books!

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  105. Thanks for stopping by my site and introducing me to yours. I like some of the same authors you do. Also like Yorkshire tea and am addicted to crossword puzzles. Except I am huge fan of avocados and just finished a bowl of guacamole 🙂

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  106. I too review books that I read on my blog, but I cannot imagine the speed with which you do it. I would need a lot of time for “Luminaries”. Just finished Carlos Fuentes “The Death of Artemio Cruz” which I recommend. Now reading some lighter fare (Anne Enright; Lydia Millet). I don’t read romance, most poetry, mystery, and most science fiction. Otherwise, fiction and non-fiction- but well written. If you have the time, you might take a look.

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  107. Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! Really glad to have found yours and looking forward to discovering some new authors. Sarah Waters and Ian McEwan are also huge favourites of mine, along with Kate Atkinson and Tracy Chevalier. But I could do with some new names 🙂

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  108. Hello you’ve probably never heard of my blog before but your reviews are great! I love reading also. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award, which is basically WordPress getting bloggers to know each other. My site is thesweetreview.com, go on it for more details. You’ve got a new follower.

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  109. Chris Sullivan

    Hi! I hope you don’t mind but I have linked some of your reviews in my latest post. It is reviews you have written on the shortlist of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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  110. Thanks for stopping by my blog at Brenda’s Bookshelf! Appreciated browsing through your blog and found several books we have both read and had similar reactions too- The Goldfinch, The Circle among others. Look forward to reading more of your reviews in the future!

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  111. Hello, fledgling blogger here with the intention to build a bookish corner of my own and muse on books among other matters of living (as if reading and loving books happens in a vacuum). Currently those other matters are looming large with only one bookish rave on my blog but i like the tone and scope of your literary interests. I am in Canada but I seem to relate most strongly to readers in the UK, maybe because discovering the Guardian books podcast was like a light in the dark. Sorry for the long note to say hi but I look forward to exploring your space further.

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  112. I stumbled upon your blog and really love it! Thanks for sharing information about great books and films.

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  113. areaderinsg

    Running out of books to read…! *shudder* May that never, ever happen. Great to ‘meet’ a fellow Murakami fan! 🙂
    Thanks a lot for dropping by my blog!

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  114. Just discovered your blog. Loved your reading list.. Hopefully will make one for myself very soon.

    Loved your NON-FICTION section very much….

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  115. I’ve just stumbled across your blog, and I love it!
    It looks like we share a similar taste in books (I also love a good unreliable narrator), so I look forward to reading more of your reviews.
    Keep up the great work!

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  116. You had me at Murakami. I stumbled upon your blog and I definitely think I’d enjoy your take on books.

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  117. I am so excited that you stopped by my blog today. Thanks for using some of your valuable time to check out my work, I appreciate it!

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  118. haribosunshine

    Your blog was recommended to me by WordPress as I, like you, am an avid reader and thoroughly enjoy reading books. I really like your blog!

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  119. Hi! Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your book blog – it’s a really valuable resource when picking what to read next from the towering pile beside my bed! I’ve made you my Featured Blog on my blog’s main page. Hope I send a few extra readers your way 🙂

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  120. Jet Weasley

    Hi I love your blog!
    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂

    https://jetweasleybookreviews.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/versatile-blogger-award/

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  121. Hi, just read your latest post and will link you to my next post as knew nothing about the World Book Night and am fascinated by the idea – doing to earmark it for next year in good time. Thanks again, Clare, see that we both like lists and am reading through the Baileys’ shortlist – read your comments on “How to Be Both” and am hoping my story starts with George’s. Nice reading you, bye for now, Nicola

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  123. Hello! I just stumbled onto your blog, and I absolutely love it. I definitely share your fascination with Kazuo Ishiguro – he’s bursting with such creative and beautiful ways to express things.
    Perhaps you’d like Ruth Ozeki’s novel too?
    Anyhow, I just wanted to show my support (from halfway across the world)!
    Best,
    Akanksha

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  124. I have nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. Congratulations and thanks for blogging!

    http://browngirlreading.com/2015/08/01/the-blogger-recognition-award/

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  125. Jeremy

    Hi Clare,

    I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award: https://inklingstime.wordpress.com/2015/08/09/the-blogger-recognition-award/

    I hope you don’t mind. It’s okay if you prefer not to act on it. If anything it’s my way of telling you that I really like visiting your blog.

    Thanks for being a wonderful blogger!

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  126. Dear Claire,

    I was recently nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award, and I’ve nominate you, also.

    While ou may not be interested in this blog award – and may not want to deal with it, which is fine – I am using it as a way to draw attention to _your_ site – on _my_ site.

    When you click on this link – http://recniky.com/2015/08/26/blogger-recognition-award-from-ms-linh-tran/ – you will see a little blurb about every blog I’ve nominated. I truly appreciate your blog and the information, interest, enthusiasm, and work you bring to it.

    If you have any questions/concerns, please use the “Contact Me” page on my site: http://recniky.com/contact-me/

    Best,
    Jo Doran

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  127. islandmoonrise

    I know that fear of running out of books!

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  128. Tom Taylor

    Hi Clare — Here are some favorite authors: John Banville, A.S. Byatt, and Britanni Mroz. Tom Taylor

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  129. I just came across your blog today and I wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying it. It seems we like a lot of the same authors. I look forward to diving into your archives. Happy reading!

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  130. Erik Von Norden

    What did you think of the movie they made out of Ken Kesey’s novel?

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  131. Love the books on your shelf photo. Seems we have similar tastes!

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  132. Overjoyed to have discovered your blog! We are like-minded reading souls. Thanks for stopping by my new blog, and for the like.

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  133. OOOOOoooo!! A fellow Murakami lover! I think I’m going to like your blog and recommendations! I am fairly new in the book blogging scene and have yet to find people with similar tastes in books! I’m glad I found you (I literally typed “bloggers who review haruki murakami books” inside Google search… that’s how desperate I was ;p

    Cheers from A Simple Digest of a Wannabe Bibliophile!

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  134. I love, love Sarah Waters too; she’s in my top three favourite authors. Although I find reviewing her books so difficult – what more can be said about that kind of genious?

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  135. Sil

    Thanks for liking my post!

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  138. Have you ever read A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride? That narrator is about as unpredictable as it gets!

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  139. I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely adore your reviews! It seems that we have very similar taste. Happy reading! 🙂

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