Category: Beautiful Books

  • Cooked

    I’m currently reading my way through Cooked by Michael Pollan, which I’ve been looking forward to since I first heard about it and was lucky enough to pick up for half price in Waterstones recently. I love Michael Pollan’s food writing; he takes a great deal of responsibly for slowly changing my attitude to food…

  • Kindle Fire HD

    When Amazon announced last year that they were bringing out a tablet, I was very excited. I got my Kindle 2 years ago and I loved it so much that I really expected their tablet to be something special. So I was disappointed when initial reviews were lacklustre, to say the least. This year, they…

  • Saved by Cake

    I remember hearing about Marian Keyes having a bad time but beyond feeling sympathy for her, I didn’t think too much of it at the time. Then over the last couple of years my own problems kind of took over everything. When I saw a copy of Saved by Cake on the shelf in Waterstones, it drew…

  • Write A Great Synopsis

    2012 is the year I finally finish off my two ongoing WIPS, then begin the ordeal of putting together a submission package and sending it all off. With that in mind, it’s perfect timing that I’m helping Nicola Morgan with the blog tour for her new book, Write A Great Synopsis: An Expert Guide. This…

  • Book Review: Grub’s Pups

    I was very chuffed to be asked to review this book. It’s a delightful picture book that entranced both my four year old son and eighteen month old toddler. Abi Burlingham has Ruby tell the story of how her dog, Grub is going to be a dad. It’s easy to join in with her excitement…

  • Results Not Typical

    Today sees the last of my little run of blog tour guests, Catherine Ryan Howard, talking about her latest adventure self-publishing a novel Results Not Typical. Thanks for stopping by My Little Notepad, Catherine! Can you give us a rundown of your story so far? I self-published a travel memoir in March 2010 that had…

  • 21st Century Dodos

    If you are looking for something to read that is fun, well-researched and will have you shouting out at regular intervals “Oh my goodness, YES I remember that!” I can recommend nothing more highly than Steve Stack’s new book, 21st Century Dodos. I was lucky enough to read it recently and loved it so much…

  • Tweet Treats!

    You know by now what a huge part of my life twitter is. In this post I can prove that it can really do some good, too! I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for Jane Travers’ newly-launched book Tweet Treats today! If you don’t know about this (where have you been?), it’s a…

  • Adaptation Troubles

    After my rants of recent posts, this one is a little more light-hearted, you will be pleased to hear. Or maybe you won’t. Anyway. I’ve recently finished re-reading all of the Harry Potter books. I do love that series. I have to admit I resisted reading them until they’d been out a while (I think…

  • Tweet Right

    I’m going to tell you something astonishing, that you didn’t know before. Ready? I love twitter. What do you mean, was that it? What do you want, blood? Anyway, I personally think twitter is one of the best reasons for the internet. It’s connected me with so many different people, and given me confidence to…