Does moving to hardcover mid-series signal a decline in quality?

move to hardcover mid-series

Whenever a series I love moves to hardcover, I groan. Not just because it means either paying extra for a space-hogging misfit with a cover that doesn’t match the rest of the series, or waiting another year for the paperback to be released. This transition, to me, usually means extra pressure on an author to deliver on a series when they may have run out of inspiration.

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Monthly Round-up: April, May & June 2015

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Here’s what I’ve *sneeze* posted, read, reviewed and *sneeze* bought in the last three months.




Margeurite Patten's Every Day Cook Book

Marguerite Patten’s Every Day Cook Book


Murder of Crows Anne Bishop

Murder of Crows (The Others, #2)
by Anne Bishop

Why Women Need Quota Vicky Pryce

Why Women Need Quotas
by Vicky Pryce

Accidental Abduction Eve Langlais

Accidental Abduction (Alien Abduction, #1)
by Eve Langlais

Kodiak's Claim Eve Langlais

Kodiak’s Claim (Kodiak Point, #1)
by Eve Langlais

Plaid to the Bone Mia Marlowe

Plaid to the Bone (Spirit of the Highlands, #0.5)
by Mia Marlowe

Through the Woods Emily Carroll

Through the Woods
by Emily Carroll (graphic novel)


Out of Skin
by Emily Carroll (graphic novel short)


When the Darkness Presses
by Emily Carroll (graphic novel short)


Virgin Radhika Sanghani

by Radhika Sanghani

Blood Destiny Helen Harper

Blood Destiny series by Helen Harper:

Blood Politics


Doctors Dissected Jane Haynes Martin ScurrDoctors Dissected
by Jane Haynes & Martin Scurr


Fat Chance Robert H. LustigFat Chance: The bitter truth about sugar
by Robert H. Lustig

Staying Alive Phil Hammond

Staying Alive: How to Get the Best Out of the NHS – advice from a doctor
by Dr Phil Hammond

Get It Together Zoe Williams

Get It Together: We Deserve More than the Politics We’re Given
by Zoe Williams


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New Facebook-style emojis to go with your Booklikes updates – new stick with which to beat reviewers?

booklikes emojis
Am I the only pessimist to feel this way towards the new Booklikes feature? Who will be the first to attach a ‘big smile’ to a 1-star review? Including even a slightly negative emoji when adding a book to your shelves or a currently reading update will, at some point, earn a reader the ire of the book’s author and their fans.

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Marguerite Patten’s Every Day Cook Book

Margeurite Patten's Every Day Cook Book Rating: 5 stars

I was really sad to hear Marguerite Patten had died ten days ago at the ripe old age of 99. She was the first celebrity chef, teaching British people how to eat a nutrient rich diet while making the most of their rations during World War Two, going on to have her own TV show in 1947. She wrote over 170 cookbooks which sold over 17 million copies worldwide. I last saw her on TV doing an interview on the BBC’s The One Show in 2007 when she would’ve been in her early 90s. Clearly she was a hardworking woman with a passion for food. Her love of butter and lard obviously did her no harm.

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Gunshots, Reclusive Uncles, Vulnerable Aunts and a Surprisingly Robust Mother – a weekend break I’ll never forget

My time away from blogging has been interesting, to say the least, in both hilarious and shocking ways. After I finished painting my kitchen green, I decided to take my mother 120 miles away to visit friends and family, family she hadn’t seen in many, many years. While the trip was successful overall, there were a few mishaps.

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