And if you’ve found us, we’re sure reading is your passion, too!
Rachel and Sharon are Kindle Friends Forever admins. Claire and Klaire run Kindle Friends Forever Book Group and Klaire reviews for them, too. Donna reviews, pimps and helps out on their FB page and they have to say she’s a damn good Friday gal to have on their team. Tracey Lou reviews when she’s not busy pimping her authors. Good on ya gal! Anna and Emma are new to our reviewing team-
Rachel and Sharon’s story is an unusual one. Rach had the FB page, Sharon had the blog. An author suggested they get together and bingo! After nearly three years they’re still at it. Still blogging, reviewing, posting release day blitzes, cover reveals, blog tours, freebies and you name it, when there’s a book worth shouting about, they shout out loud!
SHARON THÉRÈSE’S CONDENSED BOOK READING BIO
My granny gave me four special editions of Winnie the Pooh books by A.A. Milne when I was very young and believe me, the pun is most definitely unintended! I treated these books like gold. Not only was a whole new world opened up for for me, but I also read by torchlight into the middle of the night much to my parents’ frustration. I couldn’t put a book down. I loved the author, Beatrix Potter too, but as I grew up, obviously my tastes changed. I devoured all The Famous Five books by Enid Blyton, and couldn’t wait for the next release by Arnold Lobel. The early 70s were for me, important years. I started reading the classics; William Shakespeare, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens and then moved onto Harper Lee, George Orwell, Ernest Hemingway and Graham Greene.
The mid-to-late 70s were just as inspiring but the genre I chose totally different. I discovered John le Carré, James Mitchener, Frederick Forsyth and much later, Paolo Coelho and Khaled Hosseini. But one of the books which had the biggest impact on me wasn’t a novel. Written by the great but little-known author, David Yallop, in its day ‘In God’s Name’ caused an uproar. His theory about the death of John Paul I and rife corruption in The Vatican Bank made for a thrilling read. Mr B bought me a Kindle E-reader for my birthday in 2010 and all of a sudden, my one-clicking appetite turned into a one-clicking fever! The first book bought was a boring ol’ English grammar book of all things! But the second one was so much more interesting. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson. I’d heard about Fifty Shades of Grey through the grapevine, tried to ignore the furore, so how could I not one-click!
Did curiosity killed the cat? Absolutely! This book changed my life and I can’t thank E.L. James more. Now my TBR is ridiculously out of control, my wishlist longer than my arm and my desire to review that book which knocks me backwards just as strong as it was when I began reviewing. Ooh Lord, what dreadful reviews they were then! I’ve learnt so much over these past few years and all down to the help of authors, bloggers and intuition. Encouraging future readers to buy books KFF love without letting on in our reviews is in a nutshell, us.
My life is a rich one and I am very grateful that Mr B puts up with the hours I spend alongside Rachel and our lovely lasses getting the word home to all of you. I love teaching English; travelling, and so very fortunate to have been able to visit many countries and savour diverse cultures. I am a family gal. Us three—our son plus two; our adorable dogs, is my reason for getting up each morning.
Hi *waves* – I’m Klaire. I love reading, writing, travelling and have an expansive book collection scattered around my home. I’m currently a student studying proofreading, copy editing and content editing. I alpha/beta read, review and have an uncanny knack for writing blurbs.
My love affair with all things literature started off a little differently when I was a teenager and my English teacher coaxed me into reading and studying a subject I found I loved. I didn’t particularly read fiction but fell head over heels for poetry, specifically modernist poetry from the early 20th century. The likes of T S Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Robert Graves and Ezra Pound being among my favourites. I have a particular soft spot for both T S Eliot’s ‘The Hollow Men’ and ‘The Waste land.’ For some reason, these two resonate with me still to this day, 28 years after first reading them. Poetry has long held a fascination for me and continues to do so.
I found a delight with Shakespeare around the same time, his romantic and comical tragedies striking a chord with me. ‘Twelfth Night’ has always held a special place in my heart and to see the play on stage still remains a highlight of my earlier years. Charles Dicken’s ‘Great Expectations’ is a book I covet among others due to its rich descriptive first person narrative. The atmosphere of this book is difficult to ignore hence it’s place in my list. The classics are truly that for good reason.
My progression into more modern fictional worlds came swift after reading Bernard MacLaverty’s book ‘Cal’ for a school project. Stephen King, James Herbert and Anne Rice held my attention for many years. There was something about the dark and twisted tales these authors penned that reached out to me, fantastical fiction for the most part was easy to get lost in. Their work most likely attributes to the kind of books I like to read now although I do remember sneaking the odd Mills and Boons from my grandmother. JRR Tolkien’s work was fascinating to me at this time also, so when Mr. King got a little too dark, off to The Shire I would go. My stepfather bought me a book about the Holocaust called ‘Never Again’ by Martin Gilbert when I was in my twenties and to this day, remains the only book that I cannot read. It is no longer in print. I enjoyed heavy psychological books and was fascinated with the human psyche, a fictional book about MPD, ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ piqued my interest and I’ve yet to read anything like it.
I took a break from reading for a long time, it coincided with a very busy and disparaging time in my life and it really wasn’t until about 7 years ago that I dove back into the fictional books. My ever thoughtful husband bought me a random gift – a Kobo. That was it; a whole new world opened up to me, the choices overwhelming. I found it difficult to go back to my previous likes and wanted to read something “different.” I stumbled across Karina Halle’s ‘Experiment in Terror’ series and never looked back. I was a little scared to try new genres but I did and again the possibilities were endless. I have since found the likes of JA Huss, Ian Rankin, Santino Hassell, Tess Gerritsen, Jay Crownover, BN Toler to name but a few of my favourites. There are two books recently which have had an impact on me for very different reasons, they couldn’t be more different yet managed to pull emotions from me – ‘Her Name is James’ by CJ Heath and Christine Hughes’s ‘Three Days of Rain.’
I predominantly like dark books, m/m and mafia themed stories but have wide tastes and will read most things as long as the blurb is appealing. I particularly love debuts; to watch a fledgling author grow, going from strength to strength is quite something. From the trial and errors of jumping from one book to another and everything so easily accessible I have escaped into every conceivable scenario and plot line, my thirst for a good book knows no bounds. Having a literary background; qualifications in literature, language and communication I found it difficult to keep my thoughts and opinions to myself thus I began reviewing about two years ago. Words and sentences and paragraphs are something I love.
I’m Anna, I live in the UK and I’ve been married for almost 23 years. My first love affair with books started when I was introduced to Grimm’s fairy tales and Aesop’s Fables during my early school years. Then one day my aunt gifted me Nancy Drew’s mystery stories and Hardy Boys and I was hooked. When I was in high school my friends and I swapped Mills and Boon novels and I remember one classmate who lent me a Harold Robbins paperback, she said she “borrowed” it from her older sister, well that was quite a revelation for me when I finished reading as I was only 14 years old! My aunt also had a huge library of Barbara Cartland books and whenever I spend the weekend at her place I’d borrow some from her collection and read them through the next few weeks until my next visit.
I studied Comparative Literature at university and one of my favourite subjects was reading the classics i.e. Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, Homer’s Iliad, Alexander Dumas’s The Count of Montecristo. But when out of the classroom I devoured the books of Robert Ludlum, Sidney Sheldon, Stephen King, Ken Follett, James Clavell and Robin Cook during my spare time. When I read Colleen McCullough’s Thorn Birds I even skipped class because I could not put it down. When I met my husband who also loves reading we shared books by Andy McNab, Wilbur Smith, James Patterson, Dan Brown, John Grisham and Tess Gerritsen.
There was a time when I was fascinated with the paranormal genre and read all of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Underworld series. And then E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey happened. Some of my friends mentioned it on social media and I was intrigued so I bought myself a paperback and I was back in the romance genre!
I read every day and still am into romance and psychological/romance thrillers. I am glad that we now have many indie authors and that gives us, the readers, a lot of fantastic books to choose from.
Ever since I was a small child I’ve adored reading. My father when home from work, would read ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ to me. As my father worked away it could be weeks before we got another chance to read it, but I would never let my mum read that to me. We had our own special books we read together; Lady Bird’s fairy tale books. My mum use to ace the different voices in the books. As I got older, I moved onto C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl.
As a teenager it was of course Mills & Boons, I use to scour our local market book stalls for new ones I hadn’t yet read. I blame this change in reading genre on my mum. She had been reading those types of books for as long as I could remember. From Mills and Boons it went on to other genres: Murder Mysteries, Science Fiction, and the occasional Stephen King thrown in for good measure.
Over the past twenty years my reading diversity has grown more and more. I’ve grown into the type of reader who can’t or won’t pigeonhole herself into any one genre. I see a book advertised or sitting on a book shelf and as long as I like the blurb on the back cover, I’ll more than happily pick it up and give it a read. I can count on one hand the amount of times I have been unable to finish a book.
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