Sunday, 26 January 2020

Sunday Brunch with Jaffareadstoo ~ Sarah Hardy

On this quiet Sunday morning why don't you put the kettle on, make your favourite breakfast, and settle down for Sunday Brunch with Jaffareadstoo

I'm delighted to welcome Sarah Hardy who blogs over at By the Letter Book Reviews 

Sarah with James Bowen

☼ Good morning, Sarah. Happy Sunday!

What favourite food are you bringing to Sunday brunch? 

Probably lots of snacks. I'm terrible for snacking. So plenty of nuts, crisps and dips.

Would you like a pot of English Breakfast tea, a strong Americano, or a glass of Bucks Fizz? 

I actually love green tea, especially the berry ones. Failing that it would have to be a G&T for me please.

Which of your literary heroes are joining us today?

 Is there a limit? There are so many I would love to be able to have sat around a table having a chat with. Enid Blyton and Sue Townsend would have to be two from my childhood. From my teens it would have to be Stephen King and James Patterson. As for current authors whose books I love, it would have to be Robert Bryndza and Noelle Holten.

What’s the title of the book nearest to you? 

When We Fall by Carolyn Kirby. Unexpected book post from No Exit Press. I actually read her previous novel which I really enjoyed so was over the moon to receive this one and can't wait to read it.

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No Exist Press
7 May 2020

What’s the oldest book on your book shelf? 

I have a couple of Stephen Leather books that my brother gave me about 5 years ago and he'd had them for quite a while before that. I used to have the full collection of Agatha Christie novels and also used to buy every book that came out by Stephen King. When I left home, my mum gave them away to a charity shop. Got to say I was a bit gutted when I realised but am sure they have given lots of other readers hours of enjoyment. 

Which book do you really want to read but haven’t had time for …yet! 

Oh gosh, there are lots. Probably the main one is How To Fall In Love Again by Amanda Prowse. I've read Anna and Theo's story and this is the third and final one following Kitty's journey of which I hope we get some sort of conclusion for all of them.

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Do you have a guilty reading pleasure, and if so will you tell us about it? 

Not really but I do tend to try and got to bed between and 9-10 so I can snuggle up in bed with a book and the guilty bit is I usually have a couple of biscuits or packet of sweets to enjoy whilst reading. Hence why I struggle to lose weight lol.

If the house was on fire which book would you rescue? 

Not sure if it's cheating but my Kindle. It's a bit like my phone or keys. It has to be the next important thing that I panic about if I don't know where it is at all times.

Do you have a reading playlist on Spotify, or a favourite CD to listen to when reading? And if so will you share with us a favourite song, or piece of music that makes you feel happy?

 I don't actually listen to any music whilst reading. I find it distracts me to much as a lot of my favourite songs tend to have meanings behind them and memories so end up drifting off away from my book so tend not to listen to it.

Do you have a favourite place to settle down to read?

Yes my bed. I love being able to fully relax and stretch out but only on a night time.

Give us four essential items that a blogger absolutely needs?

A diary to note down any blog tours I'm on or books that I've agreed to read and review for a publication date. 
Laptop, I would struggle to type my reviews and get my blog posts ready on anything other than my laptop. 
Notebooks, I actually also write down every book I agree to and what date i agree to them so I can keep check on where I am up to and highlight them when I've read them. I find it easier this way and also books that I have agreed to read but not to a date, they don't get forget about and I read them within a certain timescale. 
A good pen. Can you tell I love my stationery?

Tell us a little about your blog and why you are so passionate about books and reading? 

My blog is bytheletterbookreviews and I will have been blogging 5 years in April. I have always loved reading and when I became aware of blogs and book bloggers, I thought it was the perfect way to help shout about the books and authors I love and enjoy. It's a great community to be part of and following so many blogs, I am never spoilt for choice of what books and authors I should be reading. Having my blog has opened me up to so many new authors and publishers of who I would probably never have heard of if it wasn't for blogging. 

Twitter @sarahhardy681



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