Book Blogger Appreciation Week and the Best of Farm Lane Books

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is an annual event celebrating the work of book bloggers and I’m pleased to announce that my blog has been long listed in the Best Literary Fiction Blog category.

Thank you to all who nominated me!

It is lovely to know that you appreciate the work I put into my blog and to see that I am amongst such wonderful company on the long list.

I thought this would be an appropriate time to introduce myself to new readers of my blog and highlight some of my favourite posts from the last three years.

About Me

My name is Jackie and I live in Surrey, England with my husband and two young sons. When my first son was born I gave up my ‘proper’ job as an analytical chemist to stay at home and look after him. To make a little bit of money I set up an online business selling second hand books. This gave me the excuse to create my own library at home (take this in the loose sense of the word – imagine wobbly stacks of books, rather than a posh room lined with ordered book cases!), allowing me the pleasure of being surrounded by thousands of books.

I have always loved reading, but spending so much extra time at home allowed me to indulge in my hobby a lot more. This led me to discovering book blogs and eventually starting my own nearly three years ago. Since then blogging has enabled me to do many things I never dreamed of. I’ve met lots of lovely bloggers and have been lucky enough to attend many publishing events in London. I’ve even met some of my favourite authors. All this is wonderful, but what I love most is discussing the books I’ve read in the comfort of my own home. I wouldn’t continue blogging if I didn’t receive all your wonderful comments. So thank you for making my blog what it is today!

My Favourite Posts

My favourite posts are those that generate a lot of discussion. I have written a lot over the years, but my favourite remains:

Does the age of the author matter?

I still notice that I tend to favour authors who are slightly older than me and think this is a more important indicator of how much a person will enjoy a book than most people realise.

I also think my post  Has Reading Ruined Your Facial Recognition Skills? is one all avid readers should ensure they read.

You can see more of my favourite posts by clicking on the ‘My Favourites’ tab in the box of my side bar.

You can see a post listing My Favourite Books, but all the books I’ve reviewed on my blog can be found under the ‘Books Reviewed’ tab in the top right-hand corner of my blog. These can then be sorted either by Author Surname, Book Title or by My Rating, allowing you to easily see my taste in books.

For those interested, I submitted the following posts for the BBAW award:

If you’d like any more information about me or my blog, please ask below.

Enjoy browsing my blog!

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  1. Melissa says:

    Congratulations on your nomination! Well deserved!

  2. cbjames says:

    Congratulations to you from me. Yours is one of the blogs I make an effort to never miss. Your nomination is well deserved.

  3. Amy says:

    Congratulations, well deserved :) Thanks for sharing this post and your favorite links!

  4. Louise says:

    Well done on the nomination – nice to see a local girl recognised.

    Thanks for posting your favourite links – will have a look through them all.

  5. Wendy says:

    Jackie, I was thrilled to see your blog nominated!!! Congratulations…well deserved, my friend! :)

  6. Sandy says:

    So happy you are on this long list, and very much deserved! You have the most refined literary tastes, and totally my go-to blog for reviews of the good stuff. Good luck my friend!

  7. Teresa says:

    Congratulations! It’s great to see you on the long list!

  8. Amused says:

    The nomination is so well deserved – I love reading your blog!

  9. diane says:

    Congrats Jackie – well deserved.

  10. parridh says:

    Congrats jackie & here’s hoping you can go all the way. Best of Luck.

  11. Alex Baugh says:

    Congratulations, Jackie, I have always enjoyed your blog and you have inspired me to read quite a few books I might not have considered on my own.
    Good luck to you.

  12. Alex says:

    Congrats Jackie! You can tell how much work you put in your blog and I’m glad you’re getting the recognition you deserve :)

  13. Jenners says:

    Congrats … your nomination is well deserved! And it was fun to learn more about why and how you started your blog.

  14. Cognratulations on the nomination – I have never been here before but I am really loving having a look over your reviews. It seems a well deserved nominatino. I will definitely be back more in the future and I’m looking forward to it.

  15. Ros says:

    Congratulations Jackie! Well desreved nomination. I find myself stopping by more and more and checking out what you thought of a book I have just read.

  16. Congratulations, Jackie. Well deserved (and I guess my vote for you didn’t get lost in the system!).

    It’s nice to find out a bit more about you. I checked out a few of your submitted posts. Fun to see!

  17. Jackie says:

    Thank you for the kind words. It means a lot to me. :-)

  18. Mrs.B says:

    Congratulations Jackie! Well done. Your nomination is well deserved.

  19. Kathleen says:

    Congratulations on your nomination Jackie. It is well deserved!

  20. Kristen says:

    A well deserved nomination. I always enjoy your blog.

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