The year of making time – an update

We are nearly three months into 2014 and I wanted to update you all in my plan for 2014 – the year of making time!

Well, I would say my year of making time has started off very well! I have learnt to use a sewing machine. Given my family’s craft history it was bound to happen to me at some point.

I have also helped my husband paint the downstairs loo and started tackling the garden.

Other achievements include being accepted on the LLM panel for my book reviewing. When I received the email to say I was accepted I actually shouted out “yes!!!”. I was at work at the time and I did get a few strange looks but I didn’t care. Being complimented on my “blogger style” really did give me a feeling of I can actually do this and do it well.

Also being approved by bookbridr was also an exciting moment of the past 3 months. It’s a platform between publishers and bloggers which is a fantastic idea and I have loved being part of it.

My pledge for making time for myself has pushed me to read more. I would
Like to thank the publishers and authors that have let me read and review their books. I have read so many different books and I will be honest and say that I have enjoyed every single one. I have been lucky that so far I haven’t had to write a difficult review.

I think the books that have stuck out for me so far this year include Zenith Hotel, The Summer at the Lake and The Dead Wife’s Handbook.

I have also had the pleasure of being part of some blog tours. 3 months ago I didn’t even know what a blog tour was.

After such a strong start to my first 3 months I have no option but to carry on. I think my idea of making more time for me was a pretty good one. Go ahead steal my idea. You won’t regret it.

Holiday readings

Hi everyone,
I’m (finally) back from my summer holiday! I managed to read two and a half books during my week in sunny Mallorca. They were not my usual holiday reads so I am excited to share my reviews with you!
Once I have completed the reviews I shall post them on my blog for you all to see!
Bye for now
P.s my husband “who doesn’t do books” actually read a book whilst we were away! What have I done to him!!!

Poolside reading!

I am going on holiday tomorrow so the blog will not have any new reviews for at least a week . When I get back I’m sure I will have a few reviews to post as I have plenty of books to read on my travels. Even my poor husband has realised he might get a tad bored so he has learnt how to download e books. Considering he says he is allergic to books and doesn’t know how to read I think this is an achievement!!

How to read and influence people!
Happy holiday reading!


Summer reads

Well summer is definitely here! I have one week left until I go on holiday! I cannot wait to get on the plane!
I have downloaded a few books ready to read by the pool. A kindle is much better to take on holiday. Less weight to carry in the suitcase, allowing for more shoes.
Fingers crossed more books reviews shall be posted on the blog very soon.

Hope you are having a great summer.


Wanted – books to review

If you would like me to review a book please do let me know! I want to review all different genres of books. I’m still learning what I like to read.
The book club I have been going to over the past 3 years has opened my eyes away from the usual “chic lit” I would normally pick up to read.
If you have a book that you would like me to review please email me:


Welcome to my new blog!!

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Reviews by Fran. It my new blog for my new adventure – book reviews!

I’m an avid reader. I want to share what I think of books with the world.

I’m pretty new to this “blogging” so you may have to bare with me

I’m currently reviewing for a website called netgalley. The book I am reading is “The Letter”, by Kathryn Hughes and Published by Troubador Publishing Ltd.

I am also reviewing ” Fortunate” by Andrew JH Sharp and published by Troubador Publishing Ltd.

Once I have reviewed books, I shall post the review on this blog for the world to see 🙂

I hope you enjoy my blog and reviews.

Let me know what you think!!

Frances 🙂