Hi everyone! Let me introduce myself to you. I am married with three grown-up children and a dog, and I live on the outskirts of North London. There is nothing really interesting to tell you about myself. I left school at 16 because I hated it, something I regret and wouldn't ever recommend. I then went to college to study hairdressing and beauty therapy...hated that as well and then applied for a job in the finance section of our local council. Here I stayed. I worked my way up the ladder and ended up as an auditor. After this, I joined a firm of accountants and now my husband and I have our own business.
By night, I am the laziest person you could ever meet. After all, why do today, when you can put it off till tomorrow, or the day after, or the day after that...I find by then you have forgotten what is was anyway!
My interests include listening to music, walking my dog, fiddling with anything gadgety and reading. The latter is one of the reasons I am here today, chatting away to you. I have read all my life, always to be found with my nose in a book. In January 2011, my reading life changed. I got a Kindle! It was very exciting, a brand new experience, and I soon discovered indie authors and the wonderful books that were being written. On the strength of this, Book Junkies was created. I didn't ever imagine in those first few weeks that the group would ever grow to such mammoth proportions, but it has and is still growing. Now we have numerous groups linked to the main group and, of course, this new website, designed for the young reader.
So now, along with Cathy, who is my co-administrator of the group, we have embarked on this new venture.
My pet hates ... hmm where do I start? There are many, too numerous to name them all, but among the worst are ironing, cleaning, hoovering, in fact anything housework (has to be done, of course but doesn't mean I have to like it ), cooking the dinner - the worse thing about this is that it's expected every day !??!! I dislike being told what to do and when to do it. That leads to my struggle with the TV ... I don't watch it. I find it hard to sit down to scheduled programmes. More specifically, I don't like what's on most of the time.
Oh, I also forgot - I hate gardening ... I really can't get my hands dirty!
Well, there you go! I told you I was lazy.
And it's hi from me too!
I was born in January, 1954. A lot of Book Junkie members will know I’m British, married with twin daughters, have three grandchildren, and live in Bristol in England. In March last year, I signed into Facebook. I’m not sure what suddenly made me do it, I hadn’t actively been avoiding it. I just hadn’t thought much about it. At the same time, I bought a Kindle, now one of my must-haves, one of my most loved possessions. I don’t go anywhere without it! It has rekindled (yes, pun intended) my love of reading which, I’ll be honest, had lapsed for many years for one reason or another.
Kindled and FB-ed, I surfed Facebook and came across a multitude of Kindle and book pages and groups and stumbled upon Book Junkies, then with only 150 or so members. I felt comfortable immediately. It was somewhere to learn, to chat, to advise and help, and sometimes just ‘chill’, and I have made some good friends. Book Junkies inspired and encouraged me to become a book reviewer and, more recently, to offer some editorial support to authors. Aside from reading, proofreading, and kissing my grandchildren to absolute pieces, what else do I like? Skiing and cycling.
My pet hates: I'm with Sue on the housework and gardening (leave that to the husband). Housework is a pointless task, but I do love cooking. I can't stand people who whinge and won't do things for themselves, and I can't stand rudeness. I absolutely abhor any sort of cruelty to animals.
Last year, Book Junkies launched their ejournal which led to this new project for young readers. As a reviewer, I get asked to review children's and YA books. Whilst it is important for adults to monitor their children's reading and, most importantly, to encourage it, what better feedback than from the target audience itself?
In the ejournal, we feature books for children and young readers and their reviews.
We very much hope you enjoy it!