Make Mine an Indie & Armchair Originals

Make Mine an Indie

This series began in August 2015, when I made the resolution that 2016 would be my year of buying only from independent bookshops and publishers. To further that aim and make sure I was aware of the potential awesome around me I began featuring an independent publisher each Saturday here on the blog. Most are UK based but some aren't, and in 2016 I will be continuing the feature with publishers from around the world. 

Alma Books
And Other Stories
Atlantic Books
Bluemoose Books
Cinnamon Press
Far Far Away Books
Granta Books
Graywolf Press
Icon Books
Nobrow Press
Nosy Crow
Orbital Comics
Persephone Books
Pushkin Press
Roost Books
Salt Publishing
Self Made Hero
Seren Books
Unsung Stories
Valley Press


Cecil Court
London Review Bookshop
Orbital Comics

Books for Baby 
A new semi-regular feature in which I talk about the books I've bought for my baby's library and the ones that I still want to get.

Part 1
Part 2 
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

The Telling Tales Challenge 


During 2012 and 2013 I ran a reading challenge called the Telling Tales Challenge, aimed at reading all things fairytale and mythology related. 

The Master List of all the reviews people have written for this challenge can be found here and is pretty awesome if I do say so myself!

The sign up post for 2013 is now up and can be found here.
The master list for 2013 is here.

2013 - A Year of Reading Edith Nesbit

2011 reading Noel Streatfeild was very successful, last year reading Louisa May Alcott was a lot less so. As a child I adored E. Nesbit's books, and she follows the tradition of being a woman whose books I adore but who has written a huge amount more than I was aware. Also, Noel Streatfeild wrote a biography of her which I didn't get around to reading in 2011, so there we go! Read more about it here

2012 - A Year of Reading Louisa May Alcott

Following the fun I had in 2011 reading Noel Streatfeild books, I've decided to make the challenge an annual thing, and a way of discovering the more obscure books of writers I love. For 2012, my author of choice is Louisa May Alcott, creator of one of my all time favourite books, Little Women. For this year, I've also added biographical material and spin offs of her work to my list, as a way of broadening my reading experience.

I'll be listing what I've read as I go, and linking to my reviews. 

What I've read in 2012:

Link to my original challenge post is here.
A complete (ish) list of her work and a short biography is here.

2011 - A Year of Reading Noel Streatfeild

During 2011 I set myself a challenge to read as many Noel Streatfeild books as possible. This is what I read:

Link to the original challenge post here.
Full list of her books here.

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