Hi, I’m Nicola and thank you for finding your way here. Anybody who knows me will tell you I am mad about books and am never without a book on the go. I work part time and have a young son so I grab whatever time I can for reading.
I decided to set up the Short Book and Scribes book blog because I was reviewing every book I read on Amazon and so it seemed like a good idea to have them all in one place. I also really love to connect with authors and publishers. For me, every bit of the process of producing a book is interesting, from the writing to the publishing to the reading.
I’ve always been a reader. The first books I remember loving were Topsy & Tim. I only read ‘tree’ books at the moment, although I’m fast running out of space!
The name of my blog came about because my reviews were generally concise and I have the attention span of a gnat and so have always liked reading shorter reviews. However, since starting my blog I find I’m more inclined to put more thought into my reviews and they’re consequently a bit longer. I hope you will still find them ‘to the point’ though.
I’m an Amazon Vine reviewer (not just of books). I also have some of my reviews posted on the fantastic New Books magazine/Nudge website and also sometimes contribute to their content in other ways. If you haven’t checked out the magazine and the Nudge website then it’s well worth a look. I do try to fit in some of the books from my own humongous TBR pile too but the poor things do tend to get pushed aside by the review books. Some of them have been waiting patiently for years! I also catalogue and review my books on LibraryThing and Goodreads.
I always find it hard to know what to say when asked what kind of books I like to read. I generally say women’s fiction (but that covers contemporary fiction and literary fiction) and crime (which covers crime procedurals, ‘conventional’ thrillers and psychological thrillers). I also enjoy some historical fiction and am a sucker for books set in Italy and on Scottish Islands. I love time travel but am not a fan overall of science fiction and fantasy, and I’m not into horror. Please see my Review Policy for more details of what I do and don’t like to read.
I enjoy literary festivals and events and I usually go to several events as part of Sheffield’s annual Off the Shelf Festival of Words. I love to hear authors speak about their work and maybe get a book signed afterwards.
I hope you enjoy my blog and look forward to reading any comments and finding out what you are reading.