Blogiversary Guest Post: Kaisha from The Writing Garnet @kaishajayneh

Tomorrow I celebrate three years as a book blogger. It has been a wonderful three years and I love this community and I wanted to celebrate the community this week by asking five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts to help me celebrate. I purposely asked these bloggers to write posts that reflected them and their blogs so that each post was unique and stood out on it’s own merit, and I think they have each done a fabulous job.

At the end of the post you will find a giveaway, this is my thank you to everybody who has been by my side through the past three years, whether you were there from the beginning or are a newer reader I appreciate your support.

Kaisha is a blogger so many of us know, she not only runs one of those blogs that we can’t help but to love. She has a four year old daughter who is adorable and she somehow manages to read more than pretty much all of us combined. She well and truly came to my rescue this week, jumping in at the last minute to fill a gap after one of the bloggers I originally asked dropped out last week. Not only did she jump in but she has written a heart-wrenching post, one that won’t help but to pull at your heartstrings. Thank you so much Kaisha.

‘What do you do if you see someone getting bullied?’

I knew that at some point in the future, I would have to sit down with my daughter and answer questions on bullying, but, what I never expected was for my four year old little girl, to calmly ask me, ‘Mumma, what do you do if you see someone getting bullied?’. Again, she’s four. She’s homeschooled. Why on Earth should she be asking that question?

My answer to that one is; why on Earth SHOULDN’T she be asking that question?

I was horrendously bullied from the age of five to the age of thirteen at school. I was then cyberbullied at the age of 15, and then I was bullied in every single job I had from the age of 17. I am now 28. The reason why my little girl even knows what bullying is, is because she has heard me talking about it. She has heard me express my voices on a topic which is still painful to this day. I’m not afraid to admit it, nor am I afraid to talk about a subject which NEEDS to be spoken about.

Recently on social media, I have seen people get bullied. I have stood up for people getting bullied, despite getting threatened myself as a result of that and having nobody stick up for me. Am I upset about that? Of course I am – I have been in the position where I get bullied and nobody fights my corner and it’s a horrific place to be. Which is why, despite many ‘don’t get involved’ comments, I chose to get involved because I couldn’t sit back and watch someone else get bullied and I don’t see how anyone can actually do that.

I will continue to talk about the aftereffects of bullying until I’m blue in the face. I will challenge anyone that bullies another person until I’m blue in the face. It just isn’t right. I am constantly reminded of what I went through and, whilst it’s easy for people to say, ‘move on’ or ‘forget about it’, when you’re the one dealing with the scars of eating disorders, sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse, all at the hands of bullying, forgetting it is incredibly hard. I want to forget it, really I do – it just isn’t that simple. The recent events on social media have brought all of my past to the forefront of my mind, especially as, whilst defending others, I was left out to dry myself.

So, back to my daughter’s original question; ‘What do you do if you see someone getting bullied?’. My answer to that was ‘you step in if and when it is safe to do so’. If you see your friends getting bullied or find them in the firing line to some nasty comments, don’t sit back and watch that happen because leaving someone out to dry due to bullies is the most horrendous position to be left in. I understand that people choose to not intervene due to concerns of fuelling the fire or similar, but the victim does not deserve to be getting bullied and they need someone in their corner.

The fact that my little girl already knows what bullying is, is of course rather sad. BUT, I would rather her know about a subject which can ruin people’s lives, break up families, scar people for life, so that she can help should someone need it. Victims of bullying are often afraid to speak out about it due to the high level of stigma attached to the topic, especially if they’re not taken seriously and told are told that it’s only ‘name calling’. Maybe it is, but undermining their viewpoint will make a victim less likely to come to you further down the line. It makes them more likely to hide away if the ‘name calling’ gets worse and threats are being made. Listen, observe, believe them and most importantly, be in their corner should they need you to be. Actions speak louder than words for most people, but for a victim of bullying, actions and words are as sharp as each other.

 

Kaisha’s Links

https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/Kaishajayneh

https://www.facebook.com/thewritinggarnet/

Giveaway

As a thank you to all my followers I’m giving away 3x £10/$10 Amazon Gift Vouchers at the end of this week. To enter just head to Rafflecopter.

Blogiversary Guest Post: Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek @SarcasticEnigma

On Thursday I celebrate three years as a book blogger. It has been a wonderful three years and I love this community and I wanted to celebrate the community this week by asking five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts to help me celebrate. I purposely asked these bloggers to write posts that reflected them and their blogs so that each post was unique and stood out on it’s own merit, and I think they have each done a fabulous job.

 

 

At the end of the post you will find a giveaway, this is my thank you to everybody who has been by my side through the past three years, whether you were there from the beginning or are a newer reader I appreciate your support.

 

 

I asked Drew to write a post because, well, Drew is fucking awesome. He is a guy who would slip into my group of friends without any trouble at all. He loves heavy metal, he doesn’t hold his tongue when he has something to say, he has a killer sense of humour and best of all he swears like a drunk sailor! In case you hadn’t noticed I’m partial to a bit of the old swearing myself! Drew has taken to izzling all words where I am concerned (Brizzle izzle). I havent mastered the art of izzling words which just makes the whole thing even funnier, even the Hubs now izzles words to wind me up, so yeah, thanks Drew! When Drew asked what he could write I said anything as long as he was himself and if that involved taking the piss out of me then have at it…I walked into that one!

Brizzle Guest Pizzle

Hhhmm…….where am I? I appear to be lost as this isn’t my blog! Whatever am I doing here?!🤔 I seem to have stumbled into a nightmare containing a cacophony of covers with abs…….abs people! Barf!🤢🤢🤢

I am delirious and disoriented from not being able to see due to bleeding eyes! Da fuq! I mean, c’mon, look at all the baby oil on the abs, they are glisizzling! Oil is slippery making it hard to grasp (yeah, bad choice of words as hard, oil and abs in the same paragraph are a definite no people, shudders). So, it makes you wonder how Brizzle Shizzle manages to keep hold of her books whilst reading?!🤔 The only answer is that she must have a very firm grip! Hey, brizzle’s husbizzle does she have a firm grip?!🤔 On her books people, let’s keep it clean!📚😂

Oh, right! I remember why I’m here! Brizzle shizzle (Claire if we use her proper adult and grown-up name) asked me if I’d like to guest pizzle on her blog to help her celebrate 3 years of bloggizzling! Damn! She must be loco to allow someone like me on her blog!

Serious side note: It is a privilege to be asked by Claire to appear on her blog and help her celebrate her anniversary for brizzlelassbooks.

3 years of blogging is a wonderful achievement and Claire is a fantastic blogger and person so please all join me in offering her a massive congratulations.😀🎆🎊🎉

If you are wondering what a guest pizzle is then I shall enlighten you. It’s merely a guest post with post swapped out for pizzle. Claire’s blog is brizzlelassbooks and I take great pleasure (probably not the best choice of word for me to use in a post containing abs as no, I don’t take pleasure in abs) no, let’s go with amusement in using ‘izzle‘ in as many words as possible when talking with Clairizzle. Why you might ask?! Because I’m a maturizzle man-child, obviously!😂

Shizzle does read some sweet fantasy books. I have to give her props and praise for that but! Yes, there’s always a but and on some of the covers for those ‘other‘ type of books, she reads there’s often another type of butt too. If the abs are not glisizzling then the full moon is on display! – Ooohhh, cheeky!😂

And now for your amusement:

“Old McBrizzle has a blog,

E-I-E-I-izzle,

And on that blog there are some studs,

E-I-E-I-izzle,

With some ghastly abs here,

And some hairy abs there,

Here some abs, there some abs,

Everywhere some oiled abs,

Old McBrizzle has a blog,

E-I-E-I-izzle!”

On my own blog (The Tattooed Book Geek, a place of erudite eloquence and debonair refinement run by a gentleman blogger extraordinaire) I have a series of posts about fun and inappropriate book covers. Add in that I often tease Shizzle (Claire, if you’re still not keeping up) about the abizzles on her covers and the ideal topic for my guest pizzle on her blog is one about book covers involving ‘Big‘ Studley Dong and his ghastly glisizzling abs!

So, I present to you a selection of ten of the cheesiest, occasionally hairiest, often oiled and sometimes downright weird book covers featuring boobizzles! Oh right, my mistake, the boobizzles were on display in another tab whilst I was writing the post but ssshhh don’t tell anyone.😉 It’s abizzles or if you prefer abs for you lot, enjoy!

To finish, here’s a trio of book covers that I made and izzled!

Drew’s Links

https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/SarcasticEnigma

https://www.facebook.com/DrewWeldonTTBG

Giveaway

As a thank you to all my followers I’m giving away 3x £10/$10 Amazon Gift Vouchers at the end of this week. To enter just head to Rafflecopter.

Blogiversary Guest Post: Danielle from Books Vertigo and Tea @BooksVertigoTea

On Thursday I celebrate three years as a book blogger. It has been a wonderful three years and I love this community and I wanted to celebrate the community this week by asking five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts to help me celebrate. I purposely asked these bloggers to write posts that reflected them and their blogs so that each post was unique and stood out on it’s own merit, and I think they have each done a fabulous job.

At the end of the post you will find a giveaway, this is my thank you to everybody who has been by my side through the past three years, whether you were there from the beginning or are a newer reader I appreciate your support.

I asked Danielle to kick this week off because I knew she would bring us something perfectly tasty and she didn’t disappoint. Danielle have formed a friendship which has come off the page, both having a possibly unhealthy relationship with tea, we send tea across the atlantic to each other and talk regularly. She is a good friend as well as a fabulous blogger who I highly recommend to everyone.

Pairing Teas & Genres

I was over the moon when Claire asked me to help kick off her blogiversary by sharing a guest post! She is one of my favorite bloggers, biggest supporters and well.. quite honestly embodies all that I look for in a friend and fellow human. But what to post? Books and tea have brought Claire and I together, so it felt most appropriate to choose exactly that. I have put together a small post of teas and the genres I pair them with. Thank you Claire for the continued inspiration, wonderful cups of tea, and incredible friendship.

Danielle’s Links

https://booksvertigoandtea.com/

https://twitter.com/BooksVertigoTea

https://www.facebook.com/booksvertigoandtea/

https://www.instagram.com/books_vertigo_and_tea/

Giveaway

As a thank you to all my followers I’m giving away 3x £10/$10 Amazon Gift Vouchers at the end of this week. To enter just head to Rafflecopter.

Week in Review – 16 April 2017

Happy Easter everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely long weekend, and for those of you who eat chocolate I hope you are buried knee deep in it.

I’ve been a reading beast this week, I’ve read so much I’m a little confused how I’ve managed it as I’ve also been extremely busy! This is by no means a complaint mind you! I’ve also succeeded in acquiring less books than I’ve read which means my to read list is actually shorter now than it was this time last week which is the first time in about six months I can say that! (Hoorrraaayy!)

This week saw my second blogiversary, I can’t believe I’ve been at this book blogging game for two years now! I said this in my post but I want to repeat it here, a huge thank you to all of you who have supported me both from the beginning and along the way. The book blogging community is like no other blogging community and it’s not something I ever forget. To celebrate I pulled together some pretty nice giveaways, if you missed them I have links to them in the giveaways section below, or you can head to my blogiversary post to find out more details about the prizes on offer.

I also got to meet the lovely Laini Taylor this week. My review of her latest book, Strange the Dreamer, is linked below if you missed it. Laini was over here on a book tour promoting the new book and as she came to Bristol is was a great opportunity for me to stop by the signing and say Hi! Robin Hobb is over here and in Bath in a few weeks so I’m rather excited to be going along to that event, I must make sure I keep the fangirl under control or I may just end up being an incoherent imbecile!

So, onto my update this week…

Currently Reading

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What I’ve Read

  Right Here Waiting For you - Rebecca Pugh     

New Books

I’m still on a mission not to keep adding to my TBR right now…as you can see this is still not going so well! But I at least managed to read more than I acquired this week so that’s something and I never bought any books this week which is something of a miracle!

Competition Wins

  

Book Post

Master Professor - Tara Sue Me

eARCs

Reviews

I’ve been a little bit more proactive with the reviews this week, my new schedule seems to be working and I’m catching up on my backlog (insert happy dance here)!

Saving Mercy - Abbie Roads Strange the Dreamer - UK Cover Reveal My Beautiful Disaster - J.D. Hughes Right Here Waiting For you - Rebecca Pugh

Other Posts

This week was my Blogiversary and paranormal romance author, Catherine Green stopped by for The Bookshelf this week. Speaking of The Bookshelf, I don’t have anyone locked in for May yet so if anybody fancies it you can sign up here, it’s open to bloggers aswell as authors.

  My Beautiful Disaster - J.D. Hughes the-authors-bookshelf-logo

Giveaways

  • 5x Myths & Legends Boxsets and More from Myths & Legends (International) Rafflecopter
  • 2 x $25 Amazon Gift Cards with Saving Mercy (International) Rafflecopter
  • The Last Days of Magic Paperback & Tarot Cards – Blogiversary Giveaway (International) Rafflecopter
  • Caraval Novel & Second Place Prize of Caraval Goodies – Blogicersary Giveaway (UK Only) Rafflecopter
  • Bookishly Stationary Set & Second Place Prize of Book & Nook Candle – Blogiversary Giveaway (UK Only) Rafflecopter

It’s My Blogiversary…So it’s #Giveaway Time!

Wow, it’s been two whole years since I posted my first book review! For those who don’t know my blogging journey is much longer and bigger than book blogging and I first started blogging in 2002, but I didn’t even consider book blogging until I posted my first book review two years ago! The review went down so well I started posting them regularly and eventually set up this dedicated blog where I moved all my posts to separate from my personal/mental health ramblings.

I really want to give something back to honour reaching two years so have grabbed some great prizes aswell as spoken to a few authors/publishers who have kindly donated some lovely prizes aswell. You can enter as many or as few giveaways as you want. I’ve marked which one’s are international and which one’s are UK only (for postage purposes…sorry).

The giveaways will stay open for two weeks and I will contact the winners once they have closed to arrange delivery of prizes.

Good luck to you all and thank you again to you all for all of your support.

The Last Days of Magic Book & Tarot Cards

(International)

Giveaway ButtonMark Tompkins author of this fabulous fantasy novel is kindly giving a paperback copy and a set of book-branded tarot cards. This is a wonderful prize and Mark is also happy to ship these worldwide so all of my readers can enter regardless of location.

If you want to know more about this book you can read my review here.

Caraval Novel & Goodies

(UK Only)

Giveaway ButtonStill need to read Caraval? This Giveaway is for you then! I have a copy of Caraval from the publisher, Hodder & Stoughton, and for a runner up there is a Caraval goodie bag with a poster, ribbon, postcard, and bookmark. Caraval is a wonderful novel and a real pleasure to read even if you don’t normally read fantasy I still highly recommend it.

If you want to find out more you can read my review and the first chapter here.

Stationary & Candle Giveaway

(UK Only)

Giveaway ButtonMy final giveaway are some book themed goodies I’ve picked up from some favourite sellers. First prize is a stationary set from Bookishly, I think most of us are familiar with this lovely seller of all things book themed. I have pencils, a notepad, and a bookmark for the lucky winner of this giveaway. Second place wins a beautiful book themed candle from Book & Nook, if you haven’t checked them out before go see their store on Etsy, so much choice!