These Books ‘BLUE’ Us Away – Book Display

These Books BLUE Us Away

We collected lots of books with blue covers for our book display. The customers at St Barnabas loved it 🙂

These books BLUE us away

These books BLUE us away

These books BLUE us away

These books BLUE us away

Next week I’ll be writing about Kaycee’s and Ella’s first book club instead of showing you one of my book displays. They’ve been sent 6 copies of James Patterson’s new children’s book, Jacky Ha-Ha and some other items to make the book club meeting fun.

Kaycee’s finished the book and Ella’s over half way. They’re both really looking forward to having their friends round to discuss the book. I’ve ordered some nibbles and drinks for them to enjoy 🙂

Read It With A Box Of Tissues – Book Display

Box of Tissues

Read it with a box of tissues is a book display that showcases true life stories. I used to be a fan of those kind of books but since having children, I can’t read them anymore. Most of them are about the author having an awful childhood and they make me too sad.
I just don’t understand, after having three gorgeous babies and watching them grow into wonderful children, how anyone could ever mistreat their child.

I do understand why people read these books, though. They help bring awareness to the public so these things aren’t kept secret.
I suspect telling their story also helps the author move forward with their life.

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

Killer Thrillers – Book Display at St Barnabas

Killer Thrillers

I can’t get enough of Killer Thrillers at the moment. When I read the Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffrey Deaver a few years ago and I moved onto thrillers from chic lit. I love the suspense and trying to work out who the killer is. I usually know when we’re watching shows about murder on TV but I’m never very good at it when reading!

Killer Thrillers Book Display

Thrillers are very popular at the charity shop, St Barnabas, where I volunteer and this display did really well 🙂

Killer Thrillers

Killer Thrillers

Right now, the book display at the shop is ‘Blind Date With A Book’. I’ll be back with the photos next week 🙂

Lincoln Rhyme #11 The Skin Collector – Book Review Week 6

Lincoln Rhyme #11

Lincoln Rhyme The Skin Collector

I love Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series. My best friend bought me a box set of the first three books in the series. I’d never been a fan of thrillers, much-preferring chick lit style but I decided to give the first one a go and absolutely loved it.

The Skin Collector is book number 11 in the series and like all the others, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s been quite a while since I read a Lincoln book but as soon as I started it felt like I was back with old friends.

Taken from Goodreads

A new type of serial killer is stalking the streets of New York. One more devious and disturbing than ever before.

They call this butcher The Skin Collector: a tattooist with a chamber of torture hidden deep underground. But instead of using ink to create each masterpiece, the artist uses a lethal poison which will render targets dead before they can even entertain the prospect of escape . . .

Drafted in to investigate, NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme and his associate Amelia Sachs have little to go on but a series of cryptic messages left etched into the skin of the deceased.

As the pair struggle to discover the meaning behind the designs, they are led down a treacherous and twisting path where nothing is as it seems. And with the clock rapidly ticking before the killer strikes again, they must untangle the twisted web of clues before more victims – or they themselves – are next.

I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads. I was going to give it 5 but I’ve enjoyed some of the others in the series more than this so I figured a 4 was a good rating.

Goodreads reading challenge


Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover – Book Display

Don’t judge a book by its cover

It took a while to cover all the books for our, Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover, book display. I typed out the first couple of paragraphs from each book and attached them to front cover. The idea being that you had to read the paragraph to decide whether you wanted to read the rest of the book.

Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover

Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover

Another book display from the charity shop where I volunteer, St Barnabas. Next week I’ll be showing you my Killer Thriller display. I love thrillers so enjoyed finding books for that display. I ended up buying another 3 books to add to my ‘to be read’ pile!

I Don’t Remember The Title But It’s Blue – Book Display

I don’t remember the title

I don't remember the title but it's blue book display

I don’t remember the title but it’s blue book display

One of my earlier displays is one of my favourites. We got lots of comments for our display from the customers at St Barnabas. I volunteer at the charity shop two mornings a week in the book department.

I don't remember the title but it's blue book display

I don't remember the title but it's blue book display

I change the displays every Friday ready for the weekend. Today I’m changing it from Killer Thrillers to Children’s Bedtime Stories.
I’ve got the next few months displays planned so the book team can start saving any relevant books they come across when sorting through the donations 🙂


Have you ‘RED’ these yet? – Book Display

Have you ‘RED’ these yet?

Pinterest is excellent for getting inspiration for the weekly book displays I do at my local charity shop, St Barnabas.
This one was a display I did last year and it’s a play on words, Have you ‘RED’ this yet?

We saved up all the red coloured books that came in the week before 🙂

Have you 'RED' this yet? book display

Have you 'RED' this yet? book display

If you have any ideas for future book displays I can do, I’d appreciate it if you could leave me a comment 🙂 I’m planning on doing Date Night With a Book for Valentine’s Day.

Another idea is to wrap the books in colourful paper and do a book lucky dip. As an avid reader who struggles to know which book to read next from the huge ‘to read’ pile I have, this one excites me the most!

Gone Girl – Weekly Book Review Week 3

Gone Girl

I was expecting to enjoy Gone Girl as much as I did, The Girl On The Train.

I didn’t.

In fact, half way through the book, I posted a picture of it on Instagram and said that I was struggling to get to the end. The first half felt like a real slog.
It wasn’t gripping me and I occasionally wondered whether finding out what was actually happening was worth having to read to the end!


I read a few reviews that said the second half was much better than the first so I decided to finish it.

If you haven’t read the book, then here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

The second half was indeed much better than the first but I found the ending a bit disappointing. I can’t really say why without ruining it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet so I won’t.
I will say if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, the movie sticks quite closely to the book and is much easier to get through!

Gone Girl - Book Challenge Book 3



Book Displays – Movies From Books

Book Displays

I’ve been volunteering at my local charity shop, St Barnabas, in the book department, for a couple of years. I love working there and always look forward to my shift. I like finding new ways to do book displays and today I did a ‘movies from books’ display. I’m hoping to get time to do a proper poster for it over the weekend so it stands out a bit more 🙂

Book Displays






If you have any ideas for displays, I’d love to hear them 🙂 I’ve been searching Pinterest for ideas. There are some great ones but I still need lots more so I can change it every week!

Books for Christmas #StoriesForLife

Books for Christmas

A big blue sparkly package arrived in the post for me. I knew what it was and I got excited knowing the girls were going to love the contents! Random House sent me three children’s books.

I get excited buying books for them because I know they love books as much as I do. One of the books in the parcel was one I’d been planning to buy Kaycee for Christmas. I’m glad I’d not bought it yet!

Random house books for children

As soon I learnt to read, I became an avid reader. I used to stay up way past my bedtime. I’d hide my book under the covers and pretend to be asleep if mum popped her head around the door!

It’s hard for me to choose a favourite book from my childhood. I loved so many but one I read more than once was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve read it but I still love it today. I felt transported to Narnia whenever I read it.

Favourite part of the book

Something cold and soft was falling on her. A moment later she found that she was
standing in the middle of a wood at night-time with snow under her feet and snowflakes
falling through the air.

Lucy felt a little frightened, but she felt very inquisitive and excited as well. She looked
back over her shoulder and there, between the dark tree trunks; she could still see the
open doorway of the wardrobe and even catch a glimpse of the empty room from which
she had set out.(She had, of course, left the door open, for she knew that it is a very silly
thing to shut oneself into a wardrobe.)

It seemed to be still daylight there. “I can always get back if anything goes wrong,” thought Lucy. She began to walk forward, crunch- crunch over the snow and through the wood towards the other light. In about ten minutes she reached it and found it was a lamp-post.

As she stood looking at it, wondering why there was a lamp-post in the middle of a wood and wondering what to do next, she heard a pitter patter of feet coming towards her. And soon after that a very strange person stepped out from among the trees into the light of the lamp-post.

He was only a little taller than Lucy herself and he carried over his head an umbrella,
white with snow. From the waist upwards he was like a man, but his legs were shaped
like a goat’s (the hair on them was glossy black) and instead of feet he had goat’s hoofs.


I read it to Aiden, Kaycee and Ella a few years ago. They looked forward to it every night and I was so happy sharing it with them.