Inner Reader

Hooked on pages

The story inside

World within


Printed beauty

Escapism first

Cover to cover


Sentences flow

Paragraphs born

Coming together


Something unusual happened

Watch out; there’s a positive progress post about to drop. Brace yourselves.

Yes. I did a thing. A thing that I have barely managed for YEARS.


I know. I’m just as shocked as you are right now. Mouth agape and everything. To most people this is just what a social life is, something normal that they don’t even register as a big deal. But for this little spoonie? This little spoonie who’s been ill for nearly NINE years? It’s hugeeeeeeee. I also haven’t crumbled into a heap with payback either *touches wood incessantly* 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 AND when you add into the mix that I’ve struggled with social anxiety since I was a teenager, it’s even more awesome. Both nights were fairly big group things; meals, pub, that sort of vibe. I didn’t freak out. I wasn’t nervous. I rarely felt self-conscious or worried that I wasn’t talking enough. I just let myself be me + enjoy it.

I hope you’ve done something lately that made you proud too!

Kelsey x

In a Nutshell – Others by James Herbert

Hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday. I’m still sat in my PJs at 11:45am and it’s glorious.

So here’s something a bit different for you guys; something that I’d like your opinion on. I’ve been writing short and to the point book reviews on Goodreads for AGES now. I never write anymore than a couple of paragraphs generally as I think it’s best for everyone to read a book for themselves instead of bowing to reviews 🤷🏻‍♀️ ANYWAY! I was thinking of copying some of my reviews from there onto my blog as and when I finish books etc. Oh and I’ve decided to call them my In a Nutshell reviews; short, sweet and concise 👍🏻 here goes nothing!

As an avid reader of James Herbert novels, I opened the pages of Others with tangible excitement. I knew that I was likely in for a dark and disturbing nightmare of a read; and that is precisely what I got.

Some of the scenes were particularly ghoulish or violent, which is exactly what I like in my books. Call me morbid if you will, I don’t mind one bit. The ‘haunting’ scenes were especially creepy and left me feeling a wee bit edgy!

Overall a solid 4 star read and would highly recommend to anyone who loves a twisted read.

Any feedback would be awesome!

Kelsey x

Bookish News!

Yes I’m one of those people now: I’m starting a Bookstagram.

It’s the same link as the one I *think* is already hooked up with my blog. But in case you’ve missed it and want to check it out, here it is 😊

Bookworm Q&A

Just a little light-hearted, book related post for this Sunday evening…

*DISCLAIMER* I’m not shaming anyone who enjoys any of the authors or books mentioned. Everyone has their own taste and that’s what makes the world such an interesting place.

BOOK I DISLIKE: The Boy in the Attic by David Malone

BOOK I LOVE: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

BOOK I THINK IS OVERRATED: Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, Twilight…

BOOK I THINK IS UNDERRATED: Ritual by David Pinner. Almost unheard of but a fantastic read

BOOK I COULD READ ON REPEAT: Anything by Edgar Allan Poe, especially The Raven

BOOK THAT MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH READING: The Jiggy McCue series by Michael Lawrence + The Measle Stubbs series by Ian Ogilvy

BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

GUILTY PLEASURE: I don’t feel remotely guilty about anything I read or have read and neither should you

MORBID CURIOSITY GENRES: Basically anything about the Holocaust, concentration camps etc. Also true crime, especially serial killers like Jack the Ripper

BOOK I SHOULD HAVE READ BY NOW BUT HAVEN’T: Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. I have the trilogy in one HUGE book but find it so daunting, even though I know it contains 3 books!

LONGEST READ: My paperback copy of It by Stephen King was over 1,300 pages and it’s still the longest book I’ve read to date

BOOKS CURRENTLY OWNED: According to my Goodreads account, it’s 161, which is predominantly made up of my ‘to be read’ collection

BOOKS READ SO FAR THIS YEAR: 34 and almost halfway through number 35. My goal for the whole year is 70 so I’m pretty chuffed with my progress so far

How to Spot a Bookaholic

A very warm welcome to you on this Monday afternoon!

So it’s confession time today. I need to get something off my chest…

I am a bookaholic

But how can you spot the signs of a bibliophile, bookworm etc? Do you suspect a family member, friend, partner, or co-worker? Or maybe you think that you yourself has a penchant for bookish ways? Well, the wondering could stop right now with my extremely (not) scientific list; based on my own traits and those I recognise in other book loving folk.

  1. Buying new books when you already have mountains of unread ones at home
  2. Struggling to walk past any bookshop without at least browsing the selection on offer
  3. Owning more bookmarks than you can possibly use at any one time
  4. Staying up late to read ‘just one more chapter’
  5. Being overjoyed when receiving bookshop gift cards for a birthday, Christmas etc
  6. Scouring through charity/thrift shops and claiming it would be rude not to buy anything at such low prices
  7. Feeling irritated when people try to converse with you whilst immersed in a book
  8. Moaning that you don’t have enough space in your bookcase but continuing to buy more regardless
  9. Trying to convert a non-reader
  10. Getting mildly high off the smell of books, bookshops and print
  11. Using apps such as Goodreads to overwhelm yourself with all the beautiful novels you want to read
  12. Having a reading routine/ritual, such as burning a specific candle, sitting in a certain place, drinking or eating something in particular
  13. Putting off starting a new book as you’re still emotionally attached to the last one
  14. Feeling utterly heartbroken and personally offended when someone folds the corners instead of using a bookmark
  15. Stalking authors online
  16. Signing up to every book giveaway site you can find
  17. Remarking on the differences between the book + film adaptation, much to the annoyance of those non-readers around you
  18. Feeling exhilarated when discovering a new author + immediately yearning to read everything they’ve ever written
  19. Going to the library regularly
  20. Telling anyone + everyone that they must read this book, this author, this genre

I’d say that’s a pretty extensive and accurate list. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to read my 9th book of the year.


Kelsey xxx

Just Me

Whirring thoughts

Busy mind


New ideas to find.

Quiet times

Loud times too

Picky with company

Means I cherish you.

Barriers will fall

Patience is key

I leave my shell

And truly be me.

I am who I am

Quirky till the end

Introvert girl

Immature friend.

Some think me distant

Aloof, even rude

Untrue and false

I’m not in a mood.

Unique and myself

Perfectly me

Those who look closer

Are the ones who’ll see.

Judge at your peril

The introvert crowd

We are what we are

Reflective and proud.