Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring! A look back on the books I read in August and September bookish news.

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The Books I read in August: RESTITUTION by Rose Edmunds, BURNING FIELDS by Alli Sinclair, THE BOY AT THE DOOR by Alex Dahl and BOOK OF COLOURS by Robyn Cadwallader

August was a very intense month for me on a personal level. Full of contradictions, a few sad endings, and one very exciting new beginning. The most exciting August news for me is that I have began a new learning journey, studying a Master of Information Management, which I’ll be focusing on library studies. Of course!

I am so excited to get cracking on my way to becoming a librarian and am also over the moon that winter is finally over and the sun has begun to make quite a few appearances already. I’m not a fan of the winter months and am always well and truly sick of cold and dreary Melbourne weather by this stage of the year.

The amount of books I read slowed down over August, but I had some great reads. RESTITUTION by Rose Edmunds was a brilliant continuation of the Crazy Amy series. BOOK OF COLOURS by Robyn Cadwallader and BURNING FIELDS by Alli Sinclair were both the first novels I have read by two fantastic Australian historical fiction authors. THE BOY AT THE DOOR by Alex Dahl was a gripping Nordic suspense novel by a debut author. I love that August was another month full of books by female authors for me!

Books I Read in August

Click on the links below to check out my August book reviews and don’t forget to enter my giveaway for BURNING FIELDS! 

RESTITUTION by Rose Edmunds

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RESTITUTION by Rose Edmunds

 

Reeling from a catalogue of disasters, flaky sleuth Amy travels to Prague to help an old man recover a Picasso painting last seen in 1939. It seems like a mundane assignment, but the stakes are far higher than Amy imagines. Competing forces have vested interests, and are prepared to kill to meet their goals. Caught amid a tangle of lies, with her credibility in question and her life on the line, could Amy’s craziness be her salvation…?

 

BOOK OF COLOURS by Robyn Cadwallader

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BOOK OF COLOURS by Robyn Cadwallader

 

From Robyn Cadwallader, author of the internationally acclaimed novel The Anchoress, comes a deeply profound and moving novel of the importance of creativity and the power of connection, told through the story of the commissioning of a gorgeously decorated medieval manuscript, a Book of Hours.

London, 1321: In a small stationer’s shop in Paternoster Row, three people are drawn together around the creation of a magnificent book, an illuminated manuscript of prayers, a Book of Hours. Even though the commission seems to answer the aspirations of each one of them, their own desires and ambitions threaten its completion. As each struggles to see the book come into being, it will change everything they have understood about their place in the world. In many ways, this is a story about power – it is also a novel about the place of women in the roiling and turbulent world of the early fourteenth century; what power they have, how they wield it, and just how temporary and conditional it is.

Rich, deep, sensuous and full of life, Book of Colours is also, most movingly, a profoundly beautiful story about creativity and connection, and our instinctive need to understand our world and communicate with others through the pages of a book.

 

BURNING FIELDS by Alli Sinclair

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BURNING FIELDS by Alli Sinclair

 

1948. The world is struggling to regain a sense of balance after the devastation of World War II, and the sugar cane-growing community of Piri River in northern Queensland is no exception.

As returned servicemen endeavour to adjust to their pre-war lives, women who had worked for the war effort are expected to embrace traditional roles once more.

Rosie Stanton finds it difficult to return to the family farm after years working for the Australian Women’s Army Service. Reminders are everywhere of the brothers she lost in the war and she is unable to understand her father’s contempt for Italians, especially the Conti family next door. When her father takes ill, Rosie challenges tradition by managing the farm, but outside influences are determined to see her fail.

Desperate to leave his turbulent history behind, Tomas Conti has left Italy to join his family in Piri River. Tomas struggles to adapt in Australia—until he meets Rosie. Her easy-going nature and positive outlook help him forget the life he’s escaped. But as their relationship grows, so do tensions between the two families until the situation becomes explosive.

When a long-hidden family secret is discovered and Tomas’s mysterious past is revealed, everything Rosie believes is shattered. Will she risk all to rebuild her family or will she lose the only man she’s ever loved?

 

THE BOY AT THE DOOR by Alex Dahl

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THE BOY AT THE DOOR by Alex Dahl

This riveting psychological suspense debut by Alex Dahl asks the question, “how far would you go to hold on to what you have?”

Cecilia Wilborg has it all–a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a gorgeous home in an affluent Norwegian suburb. And she works hard to keep it all together. Too hard…

There is no room for mistakes in her life. Even taking home a little boy whose parents forgot to pick him up at the pool can put a crimp in Cecilia’s carefully planned schedule. Especially when she arrives at the address she was given
and finds an empty, abandoned house…

There’s nothing for Cecilia to do but to take the boy home with her, never realizing that soon his quiet presence and knowing eyes will trigger unwelcome memories from her past–and unravel her meticulously crafted life…

Tips for new bloggers

Entering the blogosphere for the first time can be a daunting prospect. There seems to be thousands of articles and blog posts online that guarantee they have the best blogging advice and they all contradict each other. This blog post is different from the rest because I’m not here to tell you exactly what you need to do to make your blog go viral with step by step instructions. Instead, I have put together some helpful blogging tips I’ve learned while studying Internet Communications and blogging that will make setting up a new blog easy.

Develop your blog’s identity and theme

Your first task is to take some time to develop your blog’s identity and theme. Decide what you will be blogging about and then make sure all of your blog’s features match that identity. The name of your blog, the blogging platform you select, the layout and colours you select, and the topics you write about, should all reflect your blog’s overall identity and theme.

A great way to help you work out your blog’s identity and theme is to write a detailed ‘About’ section on your blog. Your ‘About’ section should include information about who you are, why you blog, and the kinds of things you will blogging about.

You can choose to keep your true identity private by choosing a pseudonym and developing your blog’s identity and theme around that. Using a pseudonym provides a lot of scope for creativity as you will need to create an entirely new character!

Get Social

Select the social media platforms that best suit your blog’s identity and theme.

Facebook and Twitter are good social media platforms to connect with readers due to their popularity, although Facebook can be difficult to build traction unless you are prepared to pay for advertising.

Instagram is fantastic if you enjoy taking your own photos and there are a lot of active blogging communities there.

Take some time to search for hashtags and topics that are relevant to your blog on different social media platforms to get a better idea of where people who are interested in the same things as you like to hang out.

Most digital professionals recommend that you should have at least three social media platforms connected to your blog. Three platforms is a good amount for most bloggers, but the amount of social media platforms you choose should really be however many you feel comfortable with. Many bloggers are perfectly happy to simply blog with no social media accounts at all.

Once you have selected your social media platforms make sure they reflect your blog’s identity and theme and are connected to your blog. Use the same colours in your social media cover images and condense your blog’s ‘About’ section to fit in your social media bios.

Connect with other bloggers

Once you have developed your blog’s theme and identity and set up your social media accounts it’s time to connect with other bloggers. If you are using a blogging platform that has a connected news feed such as WordPress or Blogger, start by searching for topics that are relevant to your blog and get reading.

Reading other blogs will help you with your own blog because it will give you an idea of what topics are relevant to your readers. When you come across an interesting blog post make sure you hit the like and follow buttons and leave a comment to let the blogger know how much you enjoyed their post. You will also find lots of blogs to read on social media using the same method.

It’s impossible to read every blog post every day, but when you do spend time reading other blogs you will find that leaving relevant and thoughtful comments will inspire most bloggers to come and have a look at your blog too.

Develop a posting schedule that works for you

It’s a good idea to develop a posting schedule that will work best for you. Some bloggers post every day, some post once or twice a week, and some post whenever they have time. Make sure your posting schedule fits in with your current schedule and do your best to stick to it. Setting yourself blogging deadlines will help you to plan ahead and manage your blogging time better.

I hope these tips help you get started on developing a blog that you love. Taking time to develop your blog’s identity and theme, setting up your social media accounts, connecting with other bloggers, and developing a posting schedule, will help you decide on the blogging choices that will work best for you.

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I love to connect with new bloggers! You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Instagram

2015 Review

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Happy New Year to all my bloggy friends from all corners of the world. I hope you all saw in the New Year in style and wish you all an absolutely fabulous 2016!

Due to some unforeseen circumstances I spent New Year’s Eve watching Netflix at home with my boyfriend and our cat, but it was actually quite nice to have a quiet one for a change. I think I must be getting old!

2015 has been a bit of a strange year for me. I’ve had some tough times, but there were plenty of good times as well. I’ve moved house which is never much fun, but I am loving my little sea change now Summer has arrived.

I’ve worked incredibly hard at university, but all that hard work is finally starting to feel like it’s paying off. I’m now well over half way through my BA in Internet Communications! I am currently enjoying a well-deserved break until March and am doing a very good job at catching up on my naps and Netflix.

And, finally, my blog has been so rewarding over the past 12 months. I have ‘met’ so many kind, clever and caring people through this humble little blog. It’s hard to believe that Scatterbooker started out as an assignment just over a year ago. I’ve learned a lot about myself and an untold amount of bookish and social media things in 2015 and it’s all thanks to you guys.

I’ve had some periods where life and uni got the better of me last year and that meant I wasn’t able to blog as much as I would like. So, the only thing close to a resolution I will be making this year is: spend more time blogging. Besides from that, I will continue to be just as fabulous as I was last year.

Thank you all for being your fabulous selves!

 

One Lovely Blog Award

lovelyI’m an extremely flattered to receive the One Lovely Blog award from Marjorie at Kyrosmagica https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/

Thank you so much for the the nomination Marjorie, I think that you are pretty lovely too!

To accept this award, the nominees have to follow a few rules:

* Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
* Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
* Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
* Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

7 facts/things about myself:

1. I wish I could be a full blown crazy cat lady! For now I just have one cheeky cat called Zeus but I would love to                     jazhave more one day. And a puppy!.

2. I am studying a BA in Internet Communications.

3. I once lived on a tropical island. I used to work as a housekeeper on Brampton Island in the Whitsundays…

4. However, I hate cleaning! Maybe housekeeping when I was so young scarred me for life?

5. I am the worst procrastinator ever. I’m meant to be doing other things right now while I’m typing this post!

6. My best friend says that my best quality is my loyalty. This can sometimes be a good thing or a bad thing. I tend to give people way too many chances.

7. The beach is my happy place which is lucky because I grew up on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. sorrentoMy nominees:

1. Terry Tyler, author. http://www.terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/

2. Rosie Amber, book reviewer. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

3. A Woman’s Wisdom, book reviewer. https://awomanswisdom.wordpress.com/

4. Some Kind of Book Blog, book reviewer. https://somekindofbookblog.wordpress.com/

5. Em Does Book Reviews, book reviewer. https://emdoesbookreviews.wordpress.com/

6. Rachel’s Reviews, book reviewer. https://rachaelsbooks.wordpress.com/

7. Pages and Tea Book Blog, book reviewer. https://pagesandteablog.wordpress.com/

8. Books and Bookmarks, book reviewer. https://booksandbookmarks.wordpress.com/

9. Bookaholic Confessions, book reviewer. https://bookaholicconfessions.wordpress.com/

10. Steve Marriot, traveler and author. http://stevescribble.com/

11. Postcards from, Asia, book reviewer. http://wrongspelling.com/

12. Margaret Lynette Sharp, author. https://margaretlynettesharp.wordpress.com/

13. Book’d Out, book reviewer. https://bookdout.wordpress.com/

14. Bookshelf Fantasies, book reviewer. http://bookshelffantasies.com/

15. Lisa Tiller, blogs about a bit of everything. https://lisatiller.wordpress.com/